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Old 02-14-2018, 07:14 PM
human71 human71 is offline
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Default Re: Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all your gear?

Originally Posted by vyacheslav View Post

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?

Prognosis ? You've got the G.A.S... GEAR ACQUIRING SYNDROME. . I'm not like any of you guys. Most, if not all of you have homes with garages, basements, and storage rooms. I live in a condo now, and just have the one storage locker, and it's full. I never was one to always have one complete kit, but i've had my share of owning full kits over the years. Because i gig every week end, i keep my main gigging kit to a minimum, consisting of an 18x17.5 kick, 12x5 maple snare drum, (both Sonor)a hi hat, 2 crashes, (my 18" Paiste Giant Beat Multi crash/ride mounted on the kick drum as a "light ride/crash") and that's it. Lugging around toms, floor toms and tons of hardware is not something i want to deal with. I totally understand that all of you gentlemen acquire these great kits not only for playing, but mostly for collecting, and as possibly some extra "retirement funds", and i envy all of you for that. I would love to be able to collect and resell vintage kits, but as of now, i'm just the typical workhorse, with a small, but awesome gigging kit. And who knows ? Maybe one day i'll settle on a complete vintage gigging kit in 12-14-20.
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Old 02-16-2018, 01:02 PM
Butchie Butchie is offline
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Default Re: Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all your gear?

Downsize! I did many moons ago and even though I regret selling a couple of items, it is very liberating and the cash went to a good cause, me! Now I'm much more selective mostly because of space but I don't want to rent storage space for drums ever again. Take that bucket list trip, good luck! PS, I do have a small area available in my condo for a 50's WFL Super 400 if you need to liberate one.

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Old 02-16-2018, 08:06 PM
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Cool Re: Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all your gear?

No, but, my wife does!!

1976 Ludwig Mach 4 Thermogloss 26-18-14-14sn
1978 Ludwig Stainless 22-22-18-16-14-13-12 c/w 6-8-10-12-13-14-15-16-18-20-22-24 concert toms
1975 Sonor Phonic Centennials Metallic Pewter 22-16-13-12-14sn (D506)
1971 Ludwig Classic Bowling Ball OBP 22-16-14-13
1960's Stewart Peacock Pearl 20-16-12-14sn
1980`s Ludwig Coliseum Piano Black 8x14 snare
1973 Rogers Superten 5x14 & 6.5x14 COS snares
1970`s John Grey Capri Aquamarine Sparkle 5x14 snare
1941 Ludwig & Ludwig Super 8x14 snare
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Old 02-16-2018, 10:51 PM
Olimpass Olimpass is offline
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Default Re: Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all your gear?

Take detailed pics of the stuff and you behind the kits...etc.
After selling you can say, "See, I used to have one of those" and it wont feel so bad.

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Old 02-16-2018, 11:44 PM
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Default Re: Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all your gear?

It is very interesting to read all your posts, mates.

I have downsized by one-third (well ... from six to four kits ... lol) and feel much better now: three Royal Star's and a Prem Heritage Club Kit, all 4-pc kits with each two rack toms.

Exactly writing down all parts of my gear is also according to my temperament. I even have an excel list since the beginning of my activities in buying and reselling each and every single part (... so I know that I'm still in the red ...).

V, I would try to think about it sound-wise: if a kit (although perhaps very rare, etc.) doesn't give you the 'kick' with it's sound, I'll let it go first. Decisions will be easier to make with the cymbals, perhaps ...

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Old 02-17-2018, 12:50 AM
Dan Boucher Dan Boucher is offline
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I notice a few of you have suggested getting to one brand. I did that some time ago and I've passed on some beauties of other manufacturers, but it is a bit easier to focus on a single name. In my case, it is Rogers and I have colors I like and colors I don't like. That cuts it down again. Now I need to let go of redundant colors!
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