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Were you a Gear Slut 'Type' before you became internet connected?
Old 9th December 2008
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Were you a Gear Slut 'Type' before you became internet connected?

Obviously there are benefits to the various internet communities specialized in examining the pros and cons of so many kinds of gear: guitars, recording equipment. So I'm not knocking the good stuff.

If I pick an arbitrary date, sometime in the early nineties, I was definitely looking at guitar magazines and the occasional Sound on Sound, but I don't think it was possible to get so obsessed with gear...down to the point where I know of five brands of replacement bridge assemblies for Telecasters. Or I know which singers dug MD441s, and which ones perform their vocals in the control room with SM58s.

Is there a danger of becoming a nerd with all this surfing and comparing products and gathering trivia? You know what I mean?
Old 9th December 2008
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I real slut is born that way. Science has even begun to find the gearslut gene. This notion that normal people are just born that way but gearslutz make a choice is simply wrong. Do you think people chose a lifestyle that drains their bank account? Don't you think they would much rather be normal people if they could? Yes the Bible does say that being a gearslut is an abomination, but it also says not to judge others.

heh
Old 9th December 2008
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most likely... yes... all my life as far as i am concerned.....
Old 9th December 2008
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Of course. Same goes with my cichlid aquarium obsession.
Old 9th December 2008
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We don't choose to be slutz... we are born this way.
Old 9th December 2008
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I would say yes, but I had nobody else to talk to about this stuff. I will say forums like this have saved me a bunch of money, as I have skipped buying mediocre equipment and saved up for better gear.

Justin
Old 9th December 2008
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Originally Posted by j-madd View Post
I would say yes, but I had nobody else to talk to about this stuff. I will say forums like this have saved me a bunch of money, as I have skipped buying mediocre equipment and saved up for better gear.

Justin
+1

Although it still really hurts to drop ~1k on a preamp (reason I still don't have one!).
Old 9th December 2008
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Natural Born Slut here! I remember I had the thing with toy cars and airplanes scince my memory actually serves. Then the same thing with sport wares, Fotball Balls, then with guitars, then Chrome and metal cassetes, Now mics, Plugs, Interfaces, etc (oh give me a break...)
This has to be in my blod.
The only change Internet has introduced is turning me to a much luckier GS.
Old 9th December 2008
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I always sort of was but, it is only the last couple of years that I actually committed to buying more expensive gear. I thought I could somehow stumble on that magic method that would allow me to make music that sounded as good as the records I listened to by only spending a couple of hundred bucks on a sound card, or before that four hundred bucks on a Yamaha MT120....Yes, that was pretty delusional.
Old 9th December 2008
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I'm rather young (29) and was rather early (96 or so) on internet reading sites like this and others. i've always been a nerd, if it's computers, photography, video or audio, i've always been a nerd and gearslut in a certain way. But i'm not affraid of low end diy systems neighter, it's a challenge to make as good as possible results with them.

When i was young, my main focus was video and photography, but i also did audio stuff and have read anything about it that i could find (mag's, papers, books, sites, ...) since about my 15th. Now it's audio, and i don't care much about video and photography stuff anymore. I just want to see the good results from others.
Old 9th December 2008
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When the Borders book store chain hit the UK, and copied the US Barnes and Nobel model - where you could go get a stack of book and magazines, buy one cup of coffee and then go sit in their cafe all afternoon (or evening) reading them - and have the staff put them all back for you afterwards....

.. I became even more hooked on audio magazines, I would blitz through; Mix, Pro Sound News, EQ, Sound on Sound and Audio Media... all for the cost of a cup of coffee and a muffin..! Even Tape Op used to be found in Tower records but the drag there was there was no cafe and you had to read all the mags standing up..)

So yes, pre internet.. I was hooked.
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get a stack of book and magazines, buy one cup of coffee and then go sit in their cafe all afternoon (or evening) reading them - and have the staff put them all back for you afterwards....
What gets me about the Barnes and Noble clone in Canada (Chapters-Indigo Books) is that they insist on playing this light jazz background music ('artists' like Diana Krall) so it makes it harder to concentrate when you're trying to study technical books (usually computer-related) without buying them.
Old 9th December 2008
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when I was really young I started saving money for the Soldano SLO100 Head that all my heroes were playing that time.....but it was just too expensive for a young dude like me....so I kept trying everything my guitar store had available all the time...Steavens, Marshalls, whatever....as soon as I plugged into the SLO again I knew there was no substitute.....


...so the next summer I worked 8,5 weeks in a chemical plant, doing shift work with only 3 days off through the whole time....and ended up with around 7500,- DM (way before the €) an insane amount for me....and enough for the Soldano!!

in the next week I heard Reinhold Bogner´s first Ecstasy-Head....and I bought that instead (with 6L6s) regardless of the Soldano 4x12" cab I had waiting for it at home, in snakeskin of course, those were the 80s

each and every other guitar player around was jealous to death wherever I put the Bogner on stage and whoever tried it immediatly asked how much it was after they got their jaw back from the floor and I always paused, smiled and told them how much....
I always got a blank stare followed by a "how much????? wow"
....that was soooo worth every hour of work & every penny I paid.


good gear isn´t cheap, but makes you feel proud & sound better!!!! lesson learned!!

do I qualify for a real GS ??? hehheh



(funny thing, today I really love my blackface princeton, which is about 900,-...but it´s not the 80s anymore thank god!)
Old 9th December 2008
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The first gear porn mag entered my house in 86........like colinmiller says, it might be a nice notion to be like the other, normal people, but it seems out of reach........the slut infection is too strong
Old 9th December 2008
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Gearslutz are nerds, but they are the best of the nerds in the highest class of cool. Nerds that slave away to create beauty are so much better than nerds that exist to build email servers or whatever for some crap company that makes spam.

I suppose doctors are up there too though.
Old 9th December 2008
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probably started around the same time when I started to notice boobs
Old 9th December 2008
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In the summer of 1977, give or take a year, I obsessed over a Beyer microphone catalogue, and within a year acquired a pair of Soundstar Dynamic mics. They had this chart with various ticky boxes, or applications vs mics. The Soundstar seemed to be the most all-round useful mic, but because of my student budget it had to be paired with my 1975 Realistic (Hitachi) cassette deck.
Old 9th December 2008
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I was tripping over dream vintage amps in my father's shop from the time I was 8
into my teens.

I remember him cussing out the POS Super Beatle he was working on
ranting on about poor workmanship and components.

I was amazingly foolish not to learn his trade, but the interest in tube gear
is undeniably in my DNA.

I had nice amps and nice guitars, but this place is where I discovered fine
recording gear along with a bunch of nice peeps!
Old 9th December 2008
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Obviously there are benefits to the various internet communities specialized in examining the pros and cons of so many kinds of gear: guitars, recording equipment. So I'm not knocking the good stuff.

If I pick an arbitrary date, sometime in the early nineties, I was definitely looking at guitar magazines and the occasional Sound on Sound, but I don't think it was possible to get so obsessed with gear...down to the point where I know of five brands of replacement bridge assemblies for Telecasters. Or I know which singers dug MD441s, and which ones perform their vocals in the control room with SM58s.

Is there a danger of becoming a nerd with all this surfing and comparing products and gathering trivia? You know what I mean?
I started formally engineering in the early 80s. I first went online in 1987 (dial-up BBs, Compuserve, etc)... but my natural inclination to being a cheapskate has always tended to inhibit my gearsluttiness.

But, yeah, when I was building my project studio in the early/mid 90s, I definitely spent some time (even back then) online discussing different gear... when the WWW started kicking in in '94 and thereafter, it really accelerated a lot of folks online gear kibbitzing (I think it was the pictures heh ).

The web def helped me hone in my gear choices a lot. Once I started getting more of my info online and less from my pro shop (God love 'em), I started honing my choices a little better. It's not that they were bad guys -- not at all -- but they just had their groove and they had the brands they handled. (Really, though, the beginning of the end was when I bought three pieces of relatively expensive Behringer gear from them -- before Behringer had realized they needed super low prices to match their super low quality. After that stuff, I never really took their reommendations seriously again.)

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Reading FFTT's post though, got me to thinking: when I was in junior high and the early part of high school in the mid-60s I was a very poor but very enthusiastic gear slut with regard to hi fi. (After I discovered girls I got a little perspective on the whole business.) But in that period, I spent most of my spare time (when not doing homework) hanging out at the local high end component shop listening to the MacIntoshs and the huge JBLs... and talking about gear I still can't afford. heh [The proprietor and tech in that shop had the patience and tolerance of saints, I gotta tell you.]
Old 9th December 2008
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gear obsession?

The first time I spent a large sum of money on recording equipment, instead of on a musical instrument - that was the start of the slippery slope.

By the way, gearslutz are NOT 'nerds' tutt - the true nerd keeps himself to himself, and would never be seen or heard sharing his knowledge with others..
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I hear you on the "we are NOT 'nerds' " front, but there is an obsessive-compulsive dimension to the Gearslutz brand: of course it's all about seeking quality, or quality for price...as well as learning about all the available brands of microphones for Sweden or Russia during the 1960s.
Old 9th December 2008
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i bought my fist 4 track cassette recorder(think it was a fostex) and analog synths in 1981 when computers still operating on machine language and were great for table tennis or paperweights.heh
Old 9th December 2008
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I don't remember a time of my life not being connected computer->computer. I grew up with dialup bbs and the such, then compuserve, then the usenet newsgroups, then older messageboards etc.... I posted my first messsage on a BBS when I was 5 (with some help of course)

Considering I grew up in a studio/music environment, I don't even know what it'd be like to not be surrounded by gear and computers.
Old 9th December 2008
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i bought my fist 4 track cassette recorder(think it was a fostex) and analog synths in 1981 when computers still operating on machine language and were great for table tennis or paperweights.heh
What do you mean "you think"??? Don't you remember the onset of the disease??? Now, was it a Fostex or a Tascam? heh
Old 9th December 2008
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I think sites like this most def. breed gear 'lust' or 'envy'. There are a lot of people always prone to wanting the newest toy/gadget, regardless of their actual needs...

I was primed for being a GS once I realized what a huge step forward moving from an SM57/Soundcraft/AMIII card to Hardy M1's/Apogee AD8000's (with that same SM57) - from that point on, it was an eternal quest for the best.

I've learned to temper my desire for 'new' things, and kept to my 'needs' not my 'desires'. I feel like Mad Max in this modern age: old computer (G4) with obsolete SW/HW (Mix+++/PT 5.1.3) BUT - my chain of mics and O/B has grown substantially, and completely augments and compliments my outdated DAW, not to mention helps my workflow, and most importantly - my recordings and mixes.

Sluttiness is highly overrated - I'd gladly take less high quality tools and a neutral mix room over too many tools and endless DAW choices/plugs anyday...

my .02 c
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