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Old 01-26-2018, 09:17 PM
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Default Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all your gear?

Greetings,

I have collected a lot of kits over the last dozen years or so. I'm up to 30 total kits (not all of them are vintage). It got to the point where I am renting a climate controlled storage unit and I am keeping most everything in there, because more than half of my basement was just stacks and stacks and stacks of (cased) drums. I have a hardware case with matching hardware for each kit (all the hardware matches each other, not necessarily the brand of drums). Much of my hardware is vintage. I also have a set of cymbals I use for each kit kept in a hard case for each specific kit (I have nearly 300 cymbals).

I was at my storage unit tonight, tying to organize it and use space more efficiently and no matter what I did, it was still super tight space wise. It got to a point where I said to myself: "Some of this stuff has got to go! Why do I need all this stuff anyway?"

I know most of you can empathize with my plight (I know your wives certainly could!) I obviously don't need 30 kits and 300 cymbals, not to mention 30 sets of hardware and cases for everything.

I'm really thinking about downsizing quite a bit, but at the same time, I love all my kits, just as you all do too. How do I decide what stays and what goes? How do I make the "tough" decisions about what I part with? How do I prevent "seller's remorse?"

I am probably stating the obvious, but some things I will base my decisions on are sizes/configurations (duplicates I already have or unique configurations you don't see), Commonness or rareness of wrap/finish, commonness/rareness of actual drums, what sentimental value they hold to me (that's a tough one to answer), etc.

I am curious to see how all of you approach this situation. What is your thought process? How do you make the "tough" decisions? When did you reach your "Gear Epiphany", when you decided enough was enough and some of it had to go?

Thanks for your help. I know most of us can identify with this situation. If we were all saxophone players, where it was very easy to store/display our gear without taking up much space, would we still feel the same way about needing to part with some things?

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Old 01-26-2018, 09:34 PM
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Default Re: Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all your gear?

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Greetings,

I have collected a lot of kits over the last dozen years or so. I'm up to 30 total kits (not all of them are vintage). It got to the point where I am renting a climate controlled storage unit and I am keeping most everything in there, because more than half of my basement was just stacks and stacks and stacks of (cased) drums. I have a hardware case with matching hardware for each kit (all the hardware matches each other, not necessarily the brand of drums). Much of my hardware is vintage. I also have a set of cymbals I use for each kit kept in a hard case for each specific kit (I have nearly 300 cymbals).

I was at my storage unit tonight, tying to organize it and use space more efficiently and no matter what I did, it was still super tight space wise. It got to a point where I said to myself: "Some of this stuff has got to go! Why do I need all this stuff anyway?"

I know most of you can empathize with my plight (I know your wives certainly could!) I obviously don't need 30 kits and 300 cymbals, not to mention 30 sets of hardware and cases for everything.

I'm really thinking about downsizing quite a bit, but at the same time, I love all my kits, just as you all do too. How do I decide what stays and what goes? How do I make the "tough" decisions about what I part with? How do I prevent "seller's remorse?"

I am probably stating the obvious, but some things I will base my decisions on are sizes/configurations (duplicates I already have or unique configurations you don't see), Commonness or rareness of wrap/finish, commonness/rareness of actual drums, what sentimental value they hold to me (that's a tough one to answer), etc.

I am curious to see how all of you approach this situation. What is your thought process? How do you make the "tough" decisions? When did you reach your "Gear Epiphany", when you decided enough was enough and some of it had to go?

Thanks for your help. I know most of us can identify with this situation. If we were all saxophone players, where it was very easy to store/display our gear without taking up much space, would we still feel the same way about needing to part with some things?

V


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Old 01-26-2018, 10:10 PM
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Well I certainly reached an epiphany working to clean out my mom and dad’s house. I will never do that to my kids!! My son wants my Jellybean Vistalites, my daughter isn’t interested, my niece already has my Slingerland Modern Solo (green satin flame pearl). That covers family who is interested. I have a super nice kid who plays well that I coached; I will probably offer a choice to him. I am retired... my wife has another year and a half. I will keep a practice kit and a gigging kit for the band but I will NOT make my kids dispose of my assets. When I hit 68 the basement will be empty. So for the next 10 years I will enjoy taking on projects. That’s my plan.
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Old 01-26-2018, 11:35 PM
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My piccolo collection fits under my bed, cases and all.

But seriously, reading your post made me feel like my drum gear problem is not that bad....at least not yet. I've only had the GAS for drums for the past few years. I currently have three kits, but I had several others along the way. I have a few extra snares, and dozen or so cymbals. Before you go thinking I'm "well adjusted," I will confess that they do share the basement with the guitar gear that I collected for the previous 3 decades. Ten or twelve tube amps, six or eight guitars....pedals, a little recording gear etc.
I've always believed that quality vintage (and some boutique) music gear is a solid investment. If you buy smart, and get lucky occasionally with a "barn find" or two, then you end up with a fairly liquid asset that is a lot more fun to own than a bar of gold bullion that sits in a vault. Who knows? ...If the zombie apocalypse happens, drums might be more valuable than gold.
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Old 01-27-2018, 06:56 AM
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I WAS feeling overwhelmed with my collection, but after reading about your stash, I now feel much better.
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Old 01-27-2018, 08:20 AM
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I suggest keeping your favorite set from each of the brands that you truly favor, and start the business of selling off the rest. Once you get some momentum in the right direction, you will start to feel some relief because none of it is essential to either security or happiness. You certainly can be just as happy with a whole lot less.

When you reach the decision point for selling, kindly PM a list of Rogers gear or any Leedy 20, 12, 14 set you may be looking to release!
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Old 01-27-2018, 08:26 AM
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At one time I did ran around in circles , than sold it all to 1 person and have not looked back but over time I picked up 2 more kits and said enough ! And with my vintage fender amps it is on verge of being crazy again..
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Old 01-27-2018, 08:57 AM
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Im up to 16 kits now and wonder if I can stop the madness. I did take a couple years off from buying but I think the bug is back. I have always planned on selling my kits one day and take a huge trip somewhere, see a part of the world that I have never been to. The problem is the actual selling of the drums, how to do it. Shipping kits is so time consuming for me, I really pack those drums, so I dont look forward to that at all. Craigs list would be fine for local sales, ebay,no way. I have also thought about having a big drum sale on a Saturday, inviting guys from the two forums that I am on.
But as far as dealing with the stress of letting them go is concerned, I dont think I will have a problem letting them go because I will keep my three best kits and favorite snare drums. It will make me feel good to know that someone is using my drums and they are not just sitting around. I do rotate them but it takes a long time between rotation, some kits never get played. I sold a my Rogers kit to a good friend here on VDF a few years ago, I do miss it but it makes me happy to think he is out gigging those drums plus it sure has made him happy. The collection is awesome to look at play and show people thats for sure, but you have to realize at some point you need to make plans for them. I dont know want my kids to decide what happens to them. I would rather decide for myself who gets them and for what price then take my vacation knowing I still have three awesome kits at home. Besides, there will always be vintage drums for sale.
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Old 01-27-2018, 09:39 AM
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I am like the rest of you, or close to it.
I only have 10 kits, but I have over 100 snares "on display" in racks throughout the house. I like when friends come over they always want to see the collection and what is new, plus to me it looks nice compared to a plants, etc.
I also just started to venture into painted BD heads and displaying some of my autographed heads. I made a decision a few years back to mainly collect snares. Due to a space limitation I have 1 kit set up at all times that I play and then I try to pull out another to set up and play for a bit, then it goes back into the "drum closet". The snares get rotated through and played.
Like Jim, I am also cleaning out my parents house of 35+ years of stuff and said the same thing. And of course my oldest son has said many times "Dad, do we need an intervention?"
I also suffer from the "that's a really cool looking snare wrap and I want it" and they keep coming into the house. I do really enjoy taking the time to refurbish or just to clean them up to make them look new, to me that's part of collecting. I have told my wife I will thin the heard once I retire, in about 5-8 years from now.

In any event V , at least you have friends here that understand and have similar issues, and of course are ready and willing to assist you in adding to our collections when you decide to thin out the herd.
BTW . . . I am truly impressed, 30 kits with supporting hardware and cymbals !
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Old 01-27-2018, 09:49 AM
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Sounds like you need an intervention!
Most kits I had at one time was 5 and probably 7 snares.
I have a small house so storage is an issue.
For me, I run across nice deals and fix them up with the intention to sell
them for a profit, but I always end up falling in love with them.
Right now I’m at three kits and some orphan bass drums that I use for different shows we do. Looking to get rid of one of the kits and build a kit out of the orphans for a bigger size kit. My addiction is snares, thought I was cured when I got a Black Beauty, but then I found a cool Pioneer, and a Solid Shell Slingerland etc,etc!!
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