Downsizing

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  1. Rockinvet

    Rockinvet Tele-Afflicted

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    Limiting my collection to my American Deluxe ash Tele, Player Strat, a Taylor Acoustic and my Eastman Jazz box. I’m not gigging a lot anymore and most of my gigs have now turned acoustic. So I sold off a bunch of equipment. Some of my favorite amps, guitars and PA speakers are now gone. It’s kind of sad but also a relief and I’m still not done. I’m a boomer and I just don’t see gigging in my future anymore. By the time the current situation clears I may be too old anyway! I may buy a dream acoustic with the cash for my own enjoyment or to use on some occasional acoustic performances. Funny how you never realize much money you have tied up in equipment until you start selling it off. But I’ll always love my Telecasters most of all!
     
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    You are not alone. My fellow close musician boomer friends are doing the same thing and have concluded the same reality.:(
     
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  3. FenderGyrl

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    Wow...
    I have been feeling the same way. Seems like the good times are going to b ed gone for quite awhile. I walk into my music and just feel... depressed and sad.

    I have so much giggling equipment, probably will never use it now due to my age and what's going on.

    Trying to come to terms with letting stuff go here.
     
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    Covid19 turned out to be the tipping point for many, not only musicians but bar/club owners to draw the curtains, unless an upsurge of enthousiasm after the war, like in the 1950s will revive a new generation.
    I live in hope!
     
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  5. Rockinvet

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    yes, we are stuck at that point in time where even if things get better in a few more years it will be to late to get started again. But, we had many good years and the next generation behind us will have many more. We probably lived through the golden years of gigging anyway. Time to pass the baton.
     
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    There is hope. Some of us are just a little older and a few years makes a difference. As I replied to @Obsessed, time to pass the baton.
     
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    Well, we had the best years and there will be more after this is all over. It just won't be all of us. I think we have to be thankful for all the great years we had. Especially before DJ's and karaoke! Time for that super wood acoustic. No one said we can't still entertain within the parameters of the times!
     
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    Idle bands are always bad for my G.A.S. True to form throughout the early and middle stages of this predicament, I went through a whirlwind of trying things out and turning things over.

    At one point I had to 6 guitar stands and a lap steel in the corner!

    I completely redid my modest pedalboard thrice!

    I had at one point 6 amps stashed various places. Gig amps that is.

    I also cycled through my home amp solution multiple times.

    WTF?!!

    I think I've come out the other side. MicroCube or Waza Headphones for home.

    Three gig amps that are each distinct.

    One 7 guitar stand.

    Way more than I need but enough to keep me happy and have some differentiation (which I don't really need).
     
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    I'm getting there..... To old. This am I just realized re-learning a song from decades ago, my fingers hurt! Gawd... after all these years I'm losing that too. I've been trying to play some, but that's much different than playing 2-4 hours twice a week gigging. UGH
     
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    Years back when I was trading stuff to upgrade, letting something go was never a problem.
    Now I find that I just want to acquire more but never do any disposals! Hence downsizing remains a problem.
     
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    I have always wondered , what the total sum in actuall dollars us loonies have collectively innvested in our gear, between the collectors of fine instruments, the accumulators of vintage gear and the knobs like myself who are magnets to free gear , there must be enough money invested to buy our own country ,LOL
     
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  12. chris m.

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    My mother is 81. She is starting to clean out her home of superfluous stuff. It's pretty amazing what one accumulates over a lifetime, even when in her case she has been fairly good about getting rid of clutter and stuff she isn't using.

    I hope I'm still a long way from the age where I feel I have to declutter in order to prevent my heirs from having a huge pile of junk to deal with. (Although my garage sure has a lot of crap-- important crap-- in it). I'm really hoping my son takes up guitar in a more serious way and then I can rest easy knowing he'll gladly take it all.

    But I agree with the sentiment of the OP. I'm in a downsizing mode-- not as drastic, but attempting to hone things down at least a little where I can try to sell off the things I hardly ever use. I figure if at least two things go out for every one new thing that comes in that's a good start, as well as dramatically slowing the rate of new things coming in.
     
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    Bandlab is getting hammered by us... done more recording and getting focused on practice playing in lockdown than before.

    More interested in DI boxes and mics now... new gear to lust after!
     
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  14. Ed Storer

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    I decided to do some downsizing before we moved to a slightly smaller house. I had my guitar stable where I wanted it, but I needed to get rid of amps I really wasn't using (with no prospects of that changing). I sold my MAZ 18 Jr 2x10 and my '69 Super Reverb with its original CTS alnico speakers. I hated to let them go as they were both glorious sounding amps - even at low volume.

    My remaining amp is my Allen Sweet Spot that I assembled in 2010. It really ticks the boxes: USA made, handwired with Kester 60/40 solder, 12" neo speaker and weight of 28 lbs. Yes, it sounds great - like a muscular Princeton Reverb.

    Guitars are down to 4 electrics and 3 acoustics. I have 6 on wall hangers and the one that I play most often, Larrivee C-03 RE, in its case ready to go to my weekly session at my sister's house about 2 miles away.

    I do have an amp at my sister's place. It's a G-K 200MB head and an Acoustic Image Contra EX speaker. It works as a great bass amp and does acoustic very well.
     
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    I sold some stuff this past summer - three guitars and an amp. Bought two guitars and an amp with the money though. So I downsized one guitar I guess.
     
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    I sold off some pedals an amp and PA equipment for $ and a small 5W Tube Amp.

    Also, just sold off 3 Acoustics and and Electric to replace with just one new acoustic. But, also to get my 1963 Gibson C-0 Classical repaired after many years out of commission.

    Actually feels pretty good. I've been trying for a while to appreciate, play, and enjoy what I have that actually all fits in the guitar rack now.
     
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    To tell the truth, my finances are good so no need to downsize, although i am down to one bigger amp, a Vibroverb 63 reissue i bought in the late 90s.
    I have a multitude of 5-20w amps i have required in the last 5 years. Just more useful on stages nowadays.
    2 mandolins, 2 banjos 2 ukeleles 2 basses 2 teles, (im building an ark), some folk instruments, a 1930s Kalamazoo for slide, a jumbo, a dread, a 000, a few classical guitars, an lp, an ES295, a Casino, an SG, a Strat and recently an old Hofner with a goldfoil.
    Each of those instruments has its practical use.
    I have tried to let go of a couple but stopped at the last minute.
    Downsizing amps is the easy part, pedals even easier.
    By the time i would like to let go of my instruments i guess the market will be saturated, in a 30s style recession.
    God had the chance to take me up last january but decided not to push through completely. So, even atheists get off lightly sometimes..:)
     
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  18. chris m.

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    I wouldn’t be downsizing due to financial necessity. It’s more the desire to declutter my life by letting go of stuff that I hardly ever use....but it’s not easy. I’m not a pathological hoarder type, but I do have a hard time letting stuff go.
     
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    I'm down to three guitars, an HD-28, my Tele and a LP. I keep saying I'm going to sell the LP and stay at two guitars until I play the LP and fall in love again. Three is a good number I guess.
     
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    Guitars are bringing great prices round here right now. I list things at prices so high that, if I had the money in my pocket, I wouldn't buy the thing - and yet everything keeps selling, given time

    Makes me feel a little lighter as I walk down the road of life
     
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