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Help! We keep buying new gear.

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Posted By : That Manchester Sound | Comments : 18

Any other bands got buying-new-gearitus...

I knew it was bad when one morning last March, I awoke with hangover and new drum kit, stands and cymbals.

Online shopping at 3am whilst under the influence is more dangerous than driving drunk. What could I tell the Mrs? Thinking on my feet, I quickly purchased a Welsh holiday and told her I'd bought a few little extra bits for my kit too...

But my bank statement keeps reminding me that AT LEAST ONCE a month, I find myself with another little musical trinket. October: woodblocks/stands (woodblocks FFS!?), November: china cymbal, December: splash cymbal and January: a new Roland KD-85.

I keep telling myself I can pay it off with gig money but it doesn't quite work like that. I mean, I probably will break even if I stop now and keep playing until 2017 but I can't stop. I'm now looking at lighting, for example.

What makes me feel extra guilty is the fact that I think I've infected the rest of TMS. Bass man Mike has a new amp and new bass. Paul, our lead guitarist keeps buying amps and pedals and as of today... even Spen has bought a new guitar and amp.

Is this an epidemic or is it just us???


# Posted by Hush - 25/02/2014, 18:34 (GMT)

It's called GAS
Gear acquisition syndrome :-D LOL

# Posted by That Manchester Sound - 25/02/2014, 18:37 (GMT)

Hahahaha!!! Nice one. We've got serious GAS!!!!

# Posted by Mr Cottonhouse - 25/02/2014, 18:45 (GMT)

I've got it real bad and I'm not sure if it's curable or not :-(

# Posted by Gin Pit - 25/02/2014, 19:01 (GMT)

Our bass player suffers from GAS and has been taking tablets (that don't work). But here's Joe Bonamassa who has it really bad - but also has millions of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ to treat it!

# Posted by Gin Pit - 25/02/2014, 19:04 (GMT)

but I can't see is his Vox AC30 - surely a must have?

# Posted by The Kasuals Solid Sixties Musi... - 25/02/2014, 19:04 (GMT)

I only buy gear if it is going to help me make money now or as an investment for later in life. And everything is paid for in pound notes, been down the road of buy now pay later, I was disciplined enough back then. So cash only now for me, if I don't have it I don't buy it!!!

But it is definitely contagious.......

# Posted by The Kasuals Solid Sixties Musi... - 25/02/2014, 19:05 (GMT)

I would have an AC30 over any amp/head I can see in Joe's collection.............

# Posted by That Manchester Sound - 25/02/2014, 19:13 (GMT)

Holy crap Joe Bonamassa!!! Ha!

The Kasuals, I shall call you sensai from now on if you'll lend us 2 ton for some lights. :)

# Posted by Could be owt at the mo - 25/02/2014, 20:11 (GMT)

Always got it......it's what attics full of spiders are for ;-)
Got caught out once though. Was doing a gig in Kirkham and my Mrs decided to surprise me by turning up unnanounced.....me with me new white Strat an'all :-( Talk about a bollocking....worth it though.


# Posted by That Manchester Sound - 25/02/2014, 20:24 (GMT)

Hahaha! Tony, one purchase will eventually lead to my divorce.

What gets me is that I don't really need the stuff I buy. The china I bought is used on one song. The splash I bought was also for one song - which has now been dropped...

The gear just makes me feel safer and warmer inside...

Just been discussing golden hand grenade mics with our singer when we've already got some lovely SM58s. Kill me now.

# Posted by the tfi fridays - 26/02/2014, 10:44 (GMT)

ahh yes,

getting familiar with this one, first it was a pa, then came along a second drum kit, then a couple of cymbals, then a couple more cymbels, oops another drum kit, a slightly bigger pa, more drums, recently a 3rd pa, might as well have a couple of mics to go with it, uhhh, (I don't even sing by the way) guy tells me last week me mates selling a drum kit cheap guess what, yep know that's on the way,

all this and bands not even gigging, and does not have all members in place anyway,

hello my names peter and I'm a gasaholic :-)

tottaly sympathise with your dilemma,

# Posted by That Manchester Sound - 26/02/2014, 11:21 (GMT)

Ha!!! Peter, you've got it bad. You might be in a league above us there with the three PAs. :D

# Posted by the tfi fridays - 26/02/2014, 17:04 (GMT)

we can soon put that right,

i'll sell you one, or two,:-)

# Posted by That Manchester Sound - 26/02/2014, 18:39 (GMT)

Ha! Sad thing is, my GAS is genuinely curious about what you've got spare!!!!

# Posted by the tfi fridays - 27/02/2014, 11:06 (GMT)

oh dear,

being as you asked. going spare,

peavey 200 watt pa,
peavey 800watt pa, built in mixer, with decent pair of American peavey speakers,
solar 16 " crash cymbal,
pearl 16"crash,
pearl hohner 5 piece kit not great ideal learner,
70's pearl export 5 piece in wood veneer, adjustable toms v nice,
old hi hat stand
pair of hi hats,

spose if I sold some stuff then there would be room to buy more, ha,ha,

# Posted by That Manchester Sound - 27/02/2014, 11:24 (GMT)

Ha! Amazingly, we don't need any of that but I'm sure some of the above GASers will have a look. Does this mean I'm cured??

# Posted by the tfi fridays - 28/02/2014, 22:39 (GMT)

I think its known as being in remission,

or drying out,

# Posted by That Manchester Sound - 28/02/2014, 22:53 (GMT)

Tried to make me go to rehab and I said,
Buy, buy, buy, buy!!!!!

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