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I am guessing I have spent no more than 5K.

 

I recently bought a drum set for use in a band I am forming. I play a bit, have 2 sons and a drummer who drives an hour to practice. I got the set cheap ($750 for ecerything, Tama Rockstar Custom set with hardware/cymbals and throne-roc soc and king cobra pedal).

 

Wife is torqued because I spend 'thousands on music gear'.....

 

huh???

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Right around 5k. But much of it was purchased during a short period of time that I was setting up my home studio.

 

I own a ton of music gear. Stuff I have collected since my teens. There isn't a need for me to drop a ton of money in gear anymore. I pretty much have everything I need to make great music. When my music is as great as it can get with the gear that I have, THEN I will look at some upgrades.

 

Future purchases will be for ergonomic stuff, i.e. a couple of small lighter racks for transport. Maybe a few mics.

 

The Ddrums....the ES 335....the Drum Workshop 6 piece, with the May Internal mic-ing system installed, are NOT a priority, and will have to wait.

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and my wife doesn't know.

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dammit, this is depressing! Can't we just talk about something else!?!?!? :(

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Last 5 years? I'd guess 40-45K is quite close to the truth. But you have to remember that this is my primary gig.

 

(That is not including the studio I formerly managed, where we spent about 100k between 1999-2003.)

 

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Last 5 years, probably 10-15 grand. Now this is my primary gig too, so I sort of have a reason that my Wife understands. Fortunately my larger purchases were made before the last 5 years, so we won't have to go into that.

 

Today's gear may have virtually no resale value, but it does still have a tax deduction. The only saving grace when doing business.

 

Michael Oster

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ReGurgiTron - resale value is not an issue here.

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Hmmmm,

 

lets see

 

1999: Tascam TDM 8000

Event 20/20 BAS

MAC G3

Logic Audio

Ensoniq ASR Pro X

DA88 X 3

 

2001: Kuzweil PC2X

Emu Esyth

Digital Performer

HR824

Korg 168 RC

Waldorf Q

Novation Super Nova

 

2002 Pro Tools TDM

 

2003 KRK E8

Tascam SX-1

MPC 4000

 

Hmmm hurts just thinking about it especially the $10K I paid for the Tascam TDM 8000. I have a headache now, you do the math!!!!!

 

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In the last 10 years, alot, in the last 5 years not that much, but I manage to keep it all updated to current standards. I could spend a king's ransom on new stuff, but I'm as poor as a church mouse, so that'll have to wait until I hit the lottery, but at least I don't owe out billions.

 

I've gotten into the habit of spending about $50-$100 or so a month on upgrades or software, sometimes a little more sometimes a little less, and that keeps me current and out of debt. At this time, I'm more interested in paying off my mortgage, to become debt free, as much as possible. I still owe a little on some of my gear, so I'm also working on paying that off too.

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If you're buying music gear for its resale value, are your priorities in order?

 

Originally posted by Mats Olsson.:

What is beginning to bother me is that much of todays gear holds little re-sale value. Makes it harder to justify new investments.

/Mats

The ONLY piece I bought that I figured resale value for is my Hammond, and that was really just a smokescreen for my wife (it's true that I could resell for more than I paid, but I'll probably never sell it! :D ) Which brings me to a common thread on this thread - why do many wives have such a hard time with the concept of purchasing gear? Don't they understand that a drumset is to us as new china is to them? You certainly don't need four sets of plates in the house....

 

To answer the question, I've purchased quite a bit of gear in the past 5 years. A few keyboards & accessories, a PA system, a bass amp, a couple guitars, a drumset.... perhaps $7,500 total. (Wow!)

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Around 7 grand. Kind of shocked when I started giving it some thought... seems like such small steps but... a computer here, a software there, some cheap hardware, a guitar, some monitors, some more software here.... hmmmmm... I probably should be in the dog house... lookin over my shoulder. :D

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Well, I got a new workstation two years ago so this was a biggie- I figure $7-8 K over the last 5 years including instruments and recording gear.

This is a hobby for me.

I usually compare it to boating or hunting or serious snow skiiing and rationalize that its a fair bargain.

 

FWIW- only just lately my wife has gotten more relaxed about this spending. My dad (big music fan) died and my wife's dad is 81 and fading. So, she's adopted more of a - "Hey life is short you enjoy this so what the hell" attitude.

 

So how far do you think I can push this??? :D

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Over the years, I would say I've accumulated all totaled, somewhere between $30,000 and $40,000 worth of stuff.

 

Some people have boats, some have kids, some have antique cars, with similar expenses.

 

I don't even want to think about re-sale value. :(

 

But I do manage to trade a few things here and there, to keep things interesting.

 

Next up, XP upgrade, and a DVD burner, and dvd stand alone player for the living room.

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of someone else's dream....

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Yeah, and they're gonna love me more. Even though I don't consider myself GAS-afflicted, a guitar synth is entirely likely along with a new mixer in the next year or so :D

I used to think I was Libertarian. Until I saw their platform; now I know I'm no more Libertarian than I am RepubliCrat or neoCON or Liberal or Socialist.

 

This ain't no track meet; this is football.

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I think you have to look at it as a long term investment, in yourself. Not just one piece of equipment, but as a whole studio. Then look at what are the possibilities. One hit record and your investment, can be returned. Record other people, you have a job. If everything else fails, you can sell it off, and get some of your money back. You can develope skills at your own pace. You can learn all about computers. You can meet many people. You can enjoy the music, whether it's your own or somebody elses. You can learn a lot about electronics, carpentry/construction, computers, sound design, music production, promotion, musical techniques, musician skills, music arrainging, sales, promotion, songwriting, ....and you get unlimited recording time...

 

So is it worth it ?? You could do worse.

 

Talk with a carpenter, or a plumber, or a doctor, and see how much they have to spend on "the tools of the trade".

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