Gear purge time

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Neurotics in Tsawwassen - Sticky 2One year ago today, October 3, 2009, I played guitar and drums with my band out in Tsawwassen. I had a feeling (though I wasn't certain) that it might be the last proper gig I would ever play, and now, in retrospect, it seems that was indeed the case.

Whenever the possibility of a show has come up in the last year, my health hasn't been good enough, and that situation isn't improving as time goes on. I'm not well enough for the packing, transport, setup, sound check, playing, breaks, teardown, re-packing, and traveling home, even for simple local performances. Tremendously fun as it is, it's also physically and mentally exhausting. After that final show last year, I was wiped out for two days.

Heist at Cloverdale Pub 2So, I made money as a gigging musician for 20 years, and now it's over. And that's okay, because 20 years is nothing to sneeze at as a musical career. It's been my entire adult life, and half my life overall! (I haven't held any other job nearly that long.)

A benefit now is I can now decide what musical gear is worth keeping and what I can give away to my family, friends, and colleagues, or sell:

  • I'm still storing some amplifiers and speakers in the basement, whose owners I can ask to take them back before I attempt selling them.
  • I have two complete drum kits with hardware and cymbals (a set for playing at home, another packed up for gigs), one of which I can purge, either by selling it or by finding a drum-playing friend or family member who might like it.
  • My computer/recording desk holds more keyboard controllers than I know what to do with, especially since I'm not a keyboard player.
  • I've already started giving away and selling parts of my way-too-large collection of guitars.

Sticky NeuroticI don't plan to get rid of everything. My two daughters are quite musical, studying piano and voice and now playing in the school brass orchestra. (They've each had far more formal musical training than I ever did.) There's a decent chance they might want to put a band together in a few years, so it might be wise to have the minimum roster of gear available to do that. Plus, for now I still like noodling around and recording the occasional tune, in addition to co-hosting Inside Home Recording.

I've purged out old computer technology from that office/studio a couple of times in the past five years. This is the next obvious step.

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I'm surprised there weren't more comments then me being the first. ?

Anyways, as musician who used to play (Trumpet and pretty much all Brass) in jazz bands, I can understand how you feel right now.

While my stopping playing wasn't because I was ill (I had joined the US NAVY as a Corpsman, not many places to play a trumpet while serving with the Marines and such!) I do miss those days.

My daughter is showing a "NEED" to learn Piano, we have 1 electric and one regular Piano, gonna get getting her lessons soon.

I myself have 2 acoustic Guitars, and who knows, might take them up.

Just wanted you to know, that someone understands...

Keep Strong..


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Gear purge time from Inside Home on October 4, 2010 11:49 AM

Following our gear de-acquisition discussion on IHR #83, here is a cross-post from Derek’s personal blog at One year ago today, October 3, 2009, I played guitar and drums with my band out in Tsawwassen. I had a feeling (though I w... Read More