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Buy And Hold Or Love Them And Leave Them?

Discussion in 'Maddrakkett's Caffe' started by tomb68, Nov 25, 2018.

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What is your gear acquisition style?

  1. Buy and hold

    12 vote(s)
    54.5%
  2. Buy and sell

    11 vote(s)
    50.0%
  3. Buy and buy some more

    4 vote(s)
    18.2%
  4. My child needs braces

    2 vote(s)
    9.1%
  5. I'm a multi-instrumentalist and it varies by instrument

    1 vote(s)
    4.5%
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  1. tomb68

    tomb68 Supporting Member

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    Since we all need hobbies and I don't like to label people hoarders for having more gear than I do I was wondering about the following. People seem to have distinct styles of cycling through or building up gear. In relation to basses I churn through them on a regular basis enjoying the novelty and relative strengths each brings to the table. Some of them do tend to stick and I have 5 basses that aren't gong anywhere, there rest however are subject to be traded or sold at my pleasure.

    What's your style in instrument acquisition? A few lifer's or a rotating cast?
     
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    RIP California U.S.A. Supporting Member

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    A few years ago I had 9 basses in my heard, then I sold some and settled on 2. Then I bought some and got it back up to 4, Then I sold 2 and got it back down to 2.........I think over my lifespan of playing I've probably owned close to 25 / 30 basses (not a lot by some standards)

    The 2 I have now are the best basses for me and are both played regularly .......so I kinda have a history of buying and selling
     
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  3. jester

    jester ocdemon Moderator

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    I think it's very dynamic, even for a given person. Depending on your experience during a specific period in your gear acquisition life.
     
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  4. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris

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    I've only owned 11 basses in my life, eight of which I still have.
     
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    PaulS Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    I have only ever sold 2 basses, they were flipped to buy an amp, and a new bass. I have 11 now and probably won't sell them until my hand gets so bad I can't play at all. Even then, I might keep a couple because they are so pretty.
     
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    Hardy Good Vibe Sponsor

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    That is how it’s my look on it.
     
  7. Madmaskbass

    Madmaskbass Supporting Member

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    yep Dynamic for me. I had a number of basses for years and a full awesome rig but sold off everything when I wasn't playing for 5 years. Now I am back up to 5 and loving it but finding it hard to justify more really even though my want is great. I need to slow down and enjoy what I have for now methinks (everyone says that leading up to xmas)
     
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    ectoflanger Supporting Member

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    But and hold and ... cherish ... but if you have to move on ... give to a dear friend or another aspiring artist ...
     
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    To find something special, you first have to search.

    I have owned many basses and now know a thing or two about them. I like trying out many things and trading instruments at times provided me with the opportunity to do this and gain some knowledge.

    If the instrument is special enough, like my Ric 4001 v63 for instance, I hold on to and cherish it.

    Same goes for my current Dolphin which is perfect in every way and has a bit of a hidden history. The Zon Sonus 5 is also special to me. I have tried selling the Zon but couldn't manage to want to part with it.

    While perfectly functional and sounding fine, the fender jazz, precision and Ric 4003 I have do not mean as much to me and might be flogged at some point.

    So in short: keep the ones that move you. The rest is just gear.
     
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  10. tomb68

    tomb68 Supporting Member

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    It's true it is dynamic for me. I have purchased instruments because I was playing in a particular genre and wanted something more suited to it. I have downsized to reduce clutter and re-acquired when convenient or bored with my current inventory. My gear changes usually follow life changes with a 6 month delay while the realization sets in.
     
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    I buy and try instruments and hold them, if I like them til I find something better :)
     
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    2019 is my year for buy and hold, wasted too much money only to end up with the same basses a year or two later after cycling through stuff.
     
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  13. Marcoelwray

    Marcoelwray Commercial User

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    I'd called "Buy & Sell" choice "Compulsive & Nevrotic"
     
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  14. Florin

    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    I play one bass only, no backup, nothing else. Depending on the band I play, I have to look for the right bass, so when I am in a new band I shop around a little. But after this I am stable, and usually sell the extra basses I have :)
     
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    I guess you're Wise. If only I could be like that...
     
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    I have two basses and two cabs that are keepers:
    Pedulla Buzz
    Callowhill J(unk)
    Acme Low B2 x2

    The rest are a rotating cast of stuff I should just keep, but I can't stop.

    I'm refinishing the headstock of an awesome Tobias Killer B5, wrestling with possibly selling my vintage Thumb, and just traded amp heads.

    This year my goal is to find an amp, another fretted 4 string and a fretted 5 string to keep, which may end up being the Tobias once I'm done with it.

    I'm done with the revolving inventory. Need to play what I have if I want to keep improving.
     
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  17. Hector

    Hector Moderator Staff Member

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    My Guitar history:

    Cort SD Starter Pack, purchased new - Sold
    Framus Renegade, purchased new - Still have it!
    Gibson Les Paul BFG, purchased new - Sold (I love the LP shape, just find it horrible to play)
    Gibson Les Paul Standard in Cayenne, purchased new - Sold (see above)
    Gibson SGJ, purchased new - Still have it!
    Gibson SG Special, purchased used - Sold
    Squier Bullet Mustang - Sold
    Harley Benton TE-52NA, purchased new - Still have it!
    Gibson SG3 Special 3 Pickups, purchased used - Still have it!
    Harley Benton SC-550, purchased used - Still have it! (ok, it's an LP shape...)

    So yeah I do flip some, and the ones I love I keep...
     
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