I was just reading a thread "Whats your worst Purchase?"
I thought well Most of mine really.
Then I thought What makes them so bad is all the good gear you sold to finance them in the first place.
I won't go into details but suffice to say I sold all my Analog Synths to buy Digital gear in the late 80's early 90's Turned out to be a bad move.
Can't afford the Prices for decent analog synths now and all the digital gear I've got drives me insane. I've most likely got more than the local music store and none of it is really any good???
So is there anyone out there thats done the same or are you all sitting there looking at my gear you got for peanuts thinking "What a c***???
Ha, one of mine as well. Actually a whole wealth of analog synth gear, the reality is I just can't afford to hang onto expensive stuff for more than a couple months.
Most recent regret though is a 1965 Fender Mustang I lucked into relatively cheap...certainly regretted it for quite some time after selling it. Having gone through the experience of lamenting selling something and then getting it back in my possession later, I've learned it's not always as great as I remembered it to be...
this probably extends beyond music gear as well....
Fender twin reverb amp that i"d been playin thru for 43 years. Just got too heavy and too loud for what I play now. I play country rock kind of stuff. I needed something easyer to haul since I still play out a lot. as you can see by my pic I don't have the ability to carry a hundred pounds of amp any more. Got me a mustang 3 to gig with but I sure do miss the twin. Oh well it was a lot of fun for a long time. peace all.
Back in the UK, I briefly worked for some guys who worked out of a farmhouse near Manchester. They did clean outs. Auctions. Firesales e.t.c. All in the name of getting good antiques to sell to the americans for vast profits.
One day I walked in and instantly saw the Studer A-800. Not in a good condition. It wouldn't even turn on. Full of dust but I was sure it would work or someone could work on it. It was really strange to see it in a dusty farm with chest of drawers and antique lamps everywhere. The guy didn't have a clue what it was. He sold me it for 500 Pounds. He often got old valve military radios in which he would sell to museums and collectors, so it wasn't out of the ordinary for him. Someone had actually given it to him and dropped it off in a van. I don't have a clue where from. Probably stolen in retrospect. Anyone would know it's value and heritage if they worked in music.
I was naive myself. I thought I could take it home and get it working. I had to pay a guy to take it to my house in his van. It's a MASSIVE, heavy thing.
It sat there for months whilst I tried to find out how to get it serviced. I realised quickly that it was going to take a lot of money to get it into a serviceable working order and I didn't have a mixer anyway and was poverty stricken at the time. One of the service engineers bought it from me for 2000 pounds. I believe it's still in a studio in Leeds in fine working order.
I would sooooo love to have that machine right now here in Australia with the knowledge and experience I have now. Having the UA Apollo and using the Studer emulation on it makes me think about that every day.
Thats the ticket! just how I feel!
At the time you go woo hoo got that much off that mug?
Then you miss not having that sound. so you use something else and forget about it.
Then you think no I need to get that sound again and start checking out ebay to find that that old thing is now "Ultra Rare" "Classic" Vintage" and about 10x more than you have to spend?
Know what you mean but I won't be "Cutting Heads" with my gear thats for shure or sure? just realised some b*****d has relieved me of a unidyn B and an Sm58. left 2 spaces in the flight case and also pinched the xlr leads too
Thats even worse? than giving the stuff away
Many years (ok, decades) ago, I had a Fender Rhodes 73. Loved it.
My wife insisted she had to have a 'real piano' so we sold it to a church group.
Ahhhhhh "THE WIFE"
Thats like all the digital gear I have now after selling all the analog.
The amount of girlfriends that had to go in favour of music.
The amount of decent gear i'm not allowed to have says the wife?
My Mate offered me a Hammond C2g "C3 without the percussion" for free
No No No No NO What was I thinking?
Soundelux E47, Hammond C3, Fender Rhodes Silver Top, Fender Rhodes Suitcase, Arp Odyssey, Moog Source, Roland Super Jupiter, Access Virus b, Two Handmade Harmoniums, Clavinet D6 and a 1960's Rogers drum set.
Almost all of this stuff was sold a long time ago. In a way I don't actually regret selling any of it just wish I had it. At the time I never suspected I would end up back in the music business. But that is the way it goes.
The bright side is I now have gear that I love more than anything and would never, ever part with any of it....Okay...maybe...it depends.....