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You know you buy too much gear when...
Do you feel at home browsing gear online or at the store right around the corner? Buying, selling, exchanging ─ it's all in your nature, it's almost an obsession. You know you buy too much gear when...

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[*]You have bought at least one device just because it wasn't expensive.

Waves CLA-76 compressors for $79, retail $400? Well I already have 5 compressors, but why not!! https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_lol.gif

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[*]You have never decided between Fender and Gibson. You're damn right, why should you choose?

Lies!!!! Fender for life! Much more beautiful, both to the eyes and ears (ya, I said it)
OMG. I definitely buy too much gear. when I ask about a guitar that I don't see in the store, it is always there the next time I return.
The guitar I've been looking at, last week, is now perched at the front door of the store when I come in.
I definitely fit this description. It's nice to know I'm not alone.

THANK GOD FOR EBAY. Since I've been selling on EBAY, I've been able to afford a whole lot more. Things I used to trade in for 1/4 the price I paid, I'm now selling for 1/2 to 1/3 of what I paid. If you haven't tried EBay for reselling used gear I highly recommend it. BUYING is a different story. I hate to purchase something as NEW only to get it smudged with finger prints and not sealed when I get it. WHO DOESNT WIPE THE GEAR DOWN BEFORE SELLING IT???? Especially if your going to advertise that's it's new and un-opened. Usually the gear I'm looking for is only $50 or so below retail new. I'd rather pay the extra $50 and get something with a warranty.
Tell me about it.

I got amazon gift cards over the holidays. I've already gotten everything I need (that'll fit in my tiny apartment) yet I'm still browsing through instruments and pro audio just looking for something to catch my eye.

I try and steer clear of plugins. It's an unhealthy addiction https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_smile.gif
Fellow G.A.S. sufferer here!

I check my eBay list *daily*. Had to unsubscribe from Musician Friend's "Stupid Deal of the Day" emails. Too tempting! Etsy? Aw, hell no! https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_non.gif Used to think driving halfway across the state to buy a $30 item i saw on craigslist was "a good way to spend a Saturday". I'm often reading reviews of gear i already own.

Currently i own 29 keyboards -- this is not counting melodicas, rackmounted gear or tone modules. When my last band when on a hiatus i was kinda freaking about where i would put all the gear. There are multiple two- or three-tier writing areas around the house; looking around the bedroom i count 9 keyboards, there's a two-tier setup in the living room, and a housemate has a two-tier synth rack in his bedroom because one day he mentioned he was "thinking about learning to play piano one day".

There are multiple guitars hanging on the walls: a bass, a cigar box guitar, a dulcimer, a mandolin, a uke, and a plain ol' electric. I kinda want to ask the cigar box geetar builder what he'd charge to make me a 2nd one but pitched to D instead of G. Was on an Indian instrument kick for a bit and ended up with a tumbi and a bulbul tarang.

There are probably 20+ guitar pedals in this room alone, about 7 drum machines in the house, and i see 6 grooveboxes from where i'm sitting... I once remember buying a sequencer expander cartridge only to release i already had once it arrived. Lately i've been on this "let's just repair old gear instead of buying new stuff" kick and now i have three different instrument repair places i visit. Once forgot about a keyboard i had left at one of them until i noticed on the banking website that there was a charge from them for storage of said 'board. https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_neutral.gif

Fortunately i can play all these instruments fairly well except the tumbi or didgeridoo. (Well OK, there's just one little thing i play on the mandolin or dulcimer, but...) The rain stick? No problem! Think i'll pick up the tumbi today and re-visit those youtube vid's on it...

Oh yeah, and there's a Twilight Zone episode where a wax museum closes and an employee puts the wax figures in his basement with an a/c going to keep them at the optimum temperature and whatnot. That one really hit home when i first saw it. https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_sad.gif
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