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Ever sold lots of gear or your favorite piece of gear to fund something else?

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Wondering if you have ever sold a lot of your gear or even maybe your favorite piece of gear to fund something other than a musical instrument!?
Any regrets? Should selling your gear be your last resort?
 

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especially if you can't buy it back
sometime in the future at the same - or close to it price

Oh you're asking a different question nevermind sorry,
you mean sell something to pay , say taxes? yea considering it someday. hope not. maybe
cymbals, snare drums versus property taxes.. isn't a fair fight..
most instrument prices barely pay a months bills.
is why I don't think (...) musical instrument's are "money".
They are something else
something higher intangible and worth more than mere money
 
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especially if you can't buy it back
sometime in the future at the same - or close to it price

Oh you're asking a different question nevermind sorry,
you mean sell something to pay , say taxes? yea considering it someday. hope not. maybe
Yup, taxes, car, mortgage, other expenses whatever…
You were in the right direction tho, you added an element to my question. Would people even sell what they know they might not be able to find easily or near the same price they bought it, in the future!?
 

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most musical instruments can't compete with bills;
barely make a dent
unless someone part-trades a 59 Les Paul Special in on a used car but that only happens once in 1978.
and you never keep the item till it's worth appreciates to 10K or whatever

I take some of that back tho; if you have the energy to ebay every last item down to the catalogs and drum keys, in a couple years of listing selling and shipping, it can add up, I did it with car items parts trinkets catalogs and books I did it for three years but it was- I had a 70 year collection of items to work from.
 
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Back in the day , I used to pawn my snare drum pretty regular.

That reminds me ,

A few years ago I did some fill in gigs ,
the bandleader liked the fact that he didn’t have to come get me and go by the pawn shop on the way like he did with his regular drummer .
 
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Pete Townshend's (or Daltrey's, I'm not sure) advice:
The Who:
"Guitar and Pen"


You're alone above the street somewhere
Wondering how you'll ever count out there
You can walk, you can talk, you can fight
But inside you've got something to write
In your hand you hold your only friend
Never spend your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen
When you take up a pencil and sharpen it up
When you're kicking the fence and still nothing will budge
When the words are immobile until you sit down
Never feel they're worth keeping, they're not easily found
Then you know in some strange, unexplainable way
You must really have something
Jumping, thumping, fighting, hiding away
Important to say
When you sing through the verse and you end in a scream
And you swear and you curse 'cause the rhyming ain't clean
But it suddenly comes after years of delay
You pick up your guitar, you can suddenly play
When your fingers are bleeding and the knuckles are white
Then you can be sure, you can open the door
Get off of the floor tonight
You have something to write
When you want to complain, there's no one can stop you
But when your music proclaims, there's no one can top you
You are wearing you heart on your jumping feet
You've got a head start away from the street
But is that what you want, to be rich and be gone?
Could be there's just one thing left in the end
Your guitar and your pen
When you sing to your mum, and you hum and you croon
And she says that she'd like it "with more of a tune"
And you smash your guitar at the end of the bed
Then you stick it together and start writing again
And you know that it won't be too long 'til your back
To bring her some money, she's calling you "honey"
Stashed in a bloody great sack
In your Cadillac
You're alone
You're alone
You're alone above the street somewhere
Wondering how you'll ever count out there
You can walk, you can talk, you can fight
But inside you've got something to write
In your hand you hold your only friend
Never spend your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen
Your guitar or your pen
Never spend your guitar or your pen

Great song, great message, I agree!

Although, when I was lusting after a 1920's Black Beauty, I went around my various drum studios, and gathered up everything that I really never used, spare parts, etc.... and sold them all. That got me 7/8 of the way towards my BB.

Maybe I should write the follow-up song to Pete's tune called:
"It's OK to Sell Extra Guitars and Extra Pens, to Buy a Really Nice Old Guitar that You've Been Dreaming About for Years."

And then there is this song (that will NEVER be a hit!)
"Here's my best advice. Keep the "bills" down in the first place, and you'll never have to worry about selling something to pay them. There is always two ways to increase income, make more money (sometimes it's hard to control that,) or SPEND LESS!!!!! (easy to control that")

MSG
 

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Not often, but I've done it. While I have my favorite gear, it's just stuff. And there is always more sparkly stuff out there to replace the stuff I got rid of. No regrets. Debt is a tough thing to have hanging over anyone's head. The more that can be done to reduce it the better. Best of luck!
 

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Sure. Usually when I have a kit I dropped a bundle on and I’m not enamored with. Done that quite a few times.
 

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Yes. Back around 2010 or 2011 I sold a bunch of cymbals and snare drums to purchase a Roland RD300NX keyboard and a decent PA (including some decent vocal mics.)
 

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Wondering if you have ever sold a lot of your gear or even maybe your favorite piece of gear to fund something other than a musical instrument!?
Any regrets? Should selling your gear be your last resort?
Yep! About 20 years ago I sold a black vistalite Ludwig kit… complete with all Hercules boom and octoplus stands. Sold it because I wanted to get a Vauxhall calibra!

NEVER AGAIN!! Miss that kit so much
 

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I sold a real nice keystone 5x14 Supraphonic to pay my hydro bill . Drum cost me 20 bucks at a yard sale, but it hurt none the less .

I sold a Pearl Sig maple/birch Virgil Donati snare AND a Black Dawg black brass snare to buy a beautiful trio of Meinl fiberglass congas plus the heavy duty stand to hold them .

I came up short between gigs and sold a fantastic pre-aged K crash ride to buy my son a birthday present . ( true story )


What a tangled web I wove at one time
 

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Wondering if you have ever sold a lot of your gear or even maybe your favorite piece of gear to fund something other than a musical instrument!?
Any regrets? Should selling your gear be your last resort?

I think "last resort" is more of a case of being forced to sell your dog or selling your body on the street, but I feel fortunate I've never had to sell drums under duress.
 

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I think "last resort" is more of a case of being forced to sell your dog or selling your body on the street, but I feel fortunate I've never had to sell drums under duress.
Oh a Ludwig fan! What do you thing of this that I just recently purchased after a few years of scouring
 

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