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Re: Gear Dweebs
> >i think the real problem with "gearism" is when
>>creativity is replaced with the process of acquisition
>>or when creativity is postponed while waiting to
>>"complete" a setup.
>I'm all in favor of people who buy every bit of new gear, even if they
>make any music. They subsidize the rest of us. If musical equipment
>manufacturers were dependent only on sales to working musicians, the
>would be much, much, much smaller.
But there is another side: Through popularization, tools that do not
really serve for a working musician may override serious products on
the market. Suddenly shops are full of guitars out of overpainted
irregular woods and sell and more expensive instruments have no space
and serious enterprises die. Maybe more even so on the synth market
where cheap instruments with bad sounding converters killed
enterprises like Fairlight, Sequencial Cirquits and Oberheim (the
MIDI is another example: Sequencial Cirquits defined the connector to
be either a XLR or the DIN we have now. Working musicians probably
would love to pay a few bucks more for a solid XLR, but it did not
It does not really help me that there are guitars for under 300 US$.
I use the same one guitar for 12 years and can use it another long
time, and since its fundamental to me I dont mind so much how much it
costs. I spend much more in car and rent anyway.
The same goes for a Lexicon Reverb ;-)
I may be totally wrong.