It’s a pretty crazy mix of opinions and struggle to bet on the best long term living strategy.
One being that many of the most fiscally fit work in places they really don’t enjoy, doubt stuff that stresses them out. But then the money pays for home comforts and vacations etc.
While many but not all who chose trades actually look forward to the work day, but have to make some compromises on housing and luxuries, or in many cases put money into recreation but forget retirement saving.
Choose are area where housing is affordable and you get lower pay, or live cheap and doubly stress commuting 30-50 miles to a stressful office job.
I eventually chose to commute about 35 miles into Cambridge Brookline etc where carpentry brought literally double the rate.
While housing was more like triple or quadruple.
My truck insurance alone was $3500/ year not even counting the purchase and maintenance.
Maine potentially allows less stress height quality of life, but because I live by the ocean there are lots of home buyers offering Boston income based prices for second homes while locals are literally driven off our land as valuation requests big prop tax while local jobs pay small money.
Now I have plenty of space (sort of) but fewer musicians really near me who maybe play the non record bin approved stuff I play.
Brooklyn had more of the fringe musicians but once again, I got quickly priced out of my loft as young entrepreneurs with trust funds showed up in the new settlements.
So the yuppie like crowd drove out the broke artists and musicians, but us poor white folks had been just as guilty of driving out the even poorer Hispanic families who settled for crack dealers on every corner because it was what they could afford, and to some degree what they expected as their lot in life.
Along the way in all the places I tried to fit my life around, I never ever had a bedroom amp!
a bedroom amp is what we used to call a practice amp, and it used to be a champ or worse, and we didn't really expect it to sound all that great? For example, I used to have a 120Watt Ampeg head with a 4x12, but I used a tiny little amp of one sort or the other at home to learn songs with, that was what I would have called a practice amp.
Now we want a practice amp that gives us some undefinable thrill such as we would imagine playing a cranked up amp would...hence the bedroom amp and... what pedal should I have use to make my... blah blah blah bedroom questions.
In reality practice will give you great tone at any volume.
My JCM900 (and 800) definitely sounded better when loud, but my mindset was (and still is, I guess) for practice at home, all it has to do is work so I can hear myself. I figured at a gig is where the tone really mattered, and that just sort of took care of itself when I turned it up to hear it over everything else. At home I'm not thinking of tone, dynamics, "sag", all that stuff - I just want to be able to hear it so I can make sure I know how to play the songs so that when I do go in front of people, I don't look like a dork...
People living in studio apartments play in their bedroom.
They have beds, because studio apts are one room.
Ahhh, issues of semantics again!
So when those who live in studio apartments have friends over, they tell their friends to come over and hang in my bedroom?
Or do they say come over to my apartment?
When did "studio apartment" become "bedroom"?
Is a studio apartment amp really a bedroom amp?
Or more of a multi use kitchen/ LR/ bedroom/ practice amp?
Back in the 60s most people I knew had an amp and a guitar. When I had only my Twin Reverb it was the amp I played at home. A lot of times I do not plug in. "Tone" is something I think about at the gig, not at home. At home I concentrate on technique.