Where's that butt-kickin' machine?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by notduane, Dec 8, 2000.

  1. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Long ago, I was happy. I had a beautiful, heavy, MusicMan
    Stingray (a year after they came out!) and an old tube amp-
    Alamo 2x12. I played that M/M whenever I could. We wuz ONE.
    Bein' a techno-weenie, I just had to start futzin' with it.
    The folks at M/M were nice enough to sell me a new preamp
    module when I finished messin' it up.

    A few years later, I came into a windfall and was able
    to get a "dream" setup. A Rickenbacker 4080/12 and a 550
    watt bi-amp setup. Life was good. All was well.

    Then..........I got married :(:rolleyes::mad: .

    Through jaded eyes now: I learned one thing. Money is
    easier spent than made. It wasn't a year into wedded bliss
    when the dream rig went to the pawn shop for 10 cents
    on the dollar. OK. Alright. I still had the first "wife" -
    the MusicMan. I was getting the electronics back together
    to have something playable. I thought I was dealin' with it
    fairly well. After all, the M/M was just about ready to go.
    Well, the money from the sale of the dream rig ran out.
    It wasn't actually pawned. You get more money from selling
    dontcha' know. I had just scored a plain old set of GHS
    Boomers (on sale, natch). I started unpacking them and was
    gonna' install `em on the M/M when the "better half" strolled by.

    Apparently, there was a little misunderstanding about the
    purpose of my efforts with the M/M. SHE thought it was
    yet another "product" to sell for more clothes, jewelry, etc.
    I needed a voice. Maybe I wasn't over the sale of the Rick
    after all. This musta' been the last straw. I set down the
    Boomers, grabbed the M/M, and headed out the door of the
    apartment towards the complexes' trash dumpster. Seething
    with rage, my first thought was to pitch it in the trash.
    But then it could be recovered and sold. Halfway to the
    dumpster, a vision came to my addled brain: Pete Townshend.
    :mad: Let's see how much it's worth splintered in two! :eek::eek::eek: :( .

    So. I ask you. With old M/M's fetchin' a small fortune,
    where's that automatic butt-kickin' machine? I'll buy a ticket.

    I have to look back in humor. Probably the two biggest mistakes of my life.

    Live & learn.

  2. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Homer on: DOH! Homer off:
  3. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    It seems to me that the wrong item ended up in the dumpster...... ;)
  4. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Now there `ya go, not thinkin' ahead :D .
    You know darn well they don't allow stuff like shoelaces,
    belts, and STRINGS in prison [​IMG]

    [Edited by notduane on 12-12-2000 at 10:33 PM]
  5. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    I wasn't suggesting any real harm to your "better half", just that if anything should be discarded, it certainly wasn't your bass. :D
  6. Oh man.. Whenever I hear about things like this I get sad. Dont ever let anyone interfer with your private interests.. I mean a person still have to have his/her own interests even if he/she is married? If not then it is not a good relation in my eyes. :)

    My .02 $
  7. Why not sell a few of her toys? =)

  8. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    I appreciate the comments, Mesa Man. They ring true.
    Unfortunately, I was young, naive, and stoopid. "True
    Love would conquer all" :rolleyes: . The incident above was the tip
    of the iceberg. Later, it was more like one of those
    fenced-in, "Texas Death Matches" `ya see on WWF. The ex
    made "Sybil" look like Mary Poppins. I consider myself
    lucky to have gotten out of it with only minor tendon damage
    in my left wrist (frettin' hand) and a gnarly scar on my
    right thumb (anchor). Not to mention a healthy respect
    for insane women and what they're capable of.

    Once in a blue moon, they run a movie on TV (usually
    "Lifetime" - go figure) called "Men Don't Tell" with
    Judith Light (Who's The Boss) and Peter Strauss (Jericho
    Mile, Rich Man/Poor Man). Story o' my life.

    Dude! I just checked your profile. You're from Sweden?
    What part? I'm 3rd generation `merican. My Grandfolks
    came over around 1915 from Goteborg (sp?).

    [Edited by notduane on 12-11-2000 at 11:01 AM]
  9. I am from Vänersborg originally, (about 80km north of Göteborg, just at the south end of Lake Vänern the biggest lake in Sweden.. cant miss it.:) I have got realitves in the US as well, some of them just outside LA.

    Anyway now I live in Linköping where I study at the university and play in a band in my spare time.

    I would NEVER let anyone interfer with my private interests (well unless it is illegal, then maybe :D)

    I believe that if two persons really love eachother then they respect the other persons private interests. Perhaps you could go out and find another old nice Stingray?

    I guess that lady also had to go eventually? :)
  10. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    I'll probably have my postin' priveleges suspended for sayin'
    this, but I don't think I'd get another Stingray.
    They are beautiful instruments no doubt. Just not the tone
    I'm lookin' for. Check out the last post here to see where
    I'm at: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?threadid=8948
    Although....there's a beauty fretless M/M Sabre on Ebay (de-fretted neck) :D .

    Oddly enough, SHE bailed around `94. The divorce was final
    in `96. I was willin' to work it through :rolleyes: (shrinks, etc.).
    Left me to raise four young `uns! :eek: (my four Chow-Chows :D ).
    Like a bad C & W song or somethin' off Jerry Springer huh?

    [Edited by notduane on 12-13-2000 at 02:58 PM]
  11. Well the sound prefs are different I dont think you'll get fried for saying that. The Jerry Springer analogy is very good, which day did you say it you would come on the air? ;) :D
  12. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Awright wise guy [​IMG] [​IMG] :D

    No thank you very much.
    I'll hold on to my "15 minutes" for somethin' a little less revoltin' [​IMG]

    [Edited by notduane on 12-13-2000 at 02:46 PM]