Is downsizing a trend?



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Re: Is downsizing a trend?

Postby BitchPudding » Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:12 pm

I used to have my pedaltrain pro completely filled until recently, now Its got about 8 pedals if you count the effects loop.

For me it boiled down to a few things: Having a massive board with tons of options wasnt working for me live. Too much could and did go wrong too frequently. Another issue I ran into was I was spending more time making sure that my gear sounded right than I did writing actual music. I would dedicate an afternoon to recording, and instead end up fussing with my board for a few hours until I was burnt out on anything music for the day. Thats something I didnt like.

On top of all that, at the end of the day im a pretty basic bitch. My main focus is drives, some type of delay, and a wah. Everything else is secondary stans tuner. So while some people here love to get weird and have some crazy oscillating noise beast, I dont have a use for any of that. Doesn't do anything for me. :idk:
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Re: Is downsizing a trend?

Postby Jwar » Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:22 pm

I'm getting a part time job starting the end of August. After I pay my debt, it's back to collecting like a motherfucker. Just smarter this time and more calculated towards what I'd use to record with.
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Re: Is downsizing a trend?

Postby codetocontra » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:40 pm

Downsizing is a lifestyle choice. No really, it started as an idea like 10 years ago and has plagued me ever since. I go through periods of gathering a bunch of stuff only to massively purge later. Funny how selling feels more exhilarating than buying anymore. It spreads from gear to other possessions. Having a collection of anything for the sake of collecting is boring. Owning too much is distracting. Eventually your possessions own you. Feeling an impulse to purge now.
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Re: Is downsizing a trend?

Postby dubkitty » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:16 pm

spacelordmother wrote:Pedal game is insane these days. Think people are just getting overloaded/burnt out. It ebbs, it flows.

Maybe now we can start talking about $100 fuzz pedals again?


it's a lot easier to afford a big pedal habit when a pedal costs $100-150...nowadays $400 seems barely unusual.
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Re: Is downsizing a trend?

Postby Faldoe » Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:13 pm

There is a lot to that question.

People could be downsizing in a trendy fashion.

I used to have a PT PRO full of pedals. At the time I was doing more ambient/weird stuff and over time - maybe do to work and other life factors - I kind of stopped wanting to play that stuff.

There is also the whole persuit/Chase/consumer factor to pedals and gear. So much gear - and cool gear - is being made you can get sucked in like with anything else in the consumer realm of lusting for gear and thinking you want or worse “need,” it. I’m not trying to bash companies for making more gear and delivering more options. For me it was just too much. Too much time spent thinking about why I could get and do with it that it affected my playing and interest/attention to the instruments themselves.

I think I also limited my paying ability by hiding - both conscious and unconsciously - behind effects. I really enjoy playing without effects or some reverb and seeing what I can create.

I still browse Craigslist endlessly for gear though and catch myself in the midst and go “what the fuck are you looking for?
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Re: Is downsizing a trend?

Postby spacelordmother » Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:09 pm

Faldoe wrote:I still browse Craigslist endlessly for gear though and catch myself in the midst and go “what the fuck are you looking for?

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Re: Is downsizing a trend?

Postby DRodriguez » Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:41 pm

^ me every lunch break.
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Re: Is downsizing a trend?

Postby coldbrightsunlight » Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:26 pm

I haven't done that in ages but I still occasionally find it happening...

I also struggle with purge impulses, because in terms of playing enjoyment I vastly prefer simple setups. But then when I look at the pedals on the bench I'm like "oh but not that one I might need it some day" because I'm a hoarder. It doesn't help that nobody buys the things I do try to sell. :lol:
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Re: Is downsizing a trend?

Postby gnomethrone » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:53 pm

spacelordmother wrote:
Faldoe wrote:I still browse Craigslist endlessly for gear though and catch myself in the midst and go “what the fuck are you looking for?

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Re: Is downsizing a trend?

Postby tremolo3 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:20 pm

gnomethrone wrote:
spacelordmother wrote:
Faldoe wrote:I still browse Craigslist endlessly for gear though and catch myself in the midst and go “what the fuck are you looking for?

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Same...

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Re: Is downsizing a trend?

Postby Benn Roe » Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:49 am

I have no recollection of Bev Crush ever doing that, and it's bumming me out that I can't mentally give that gif context.
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Re: Is downsizing a trend?

Postby vidret » Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:52 am

bennroe wrote:I have no recollection of Bev Crush ever doing that, and it's bumming me out that I can't mentally give that gif context.


Must’ve been a skippable.

Looks like a poker scene?
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Re: Is downsizing a trend?

Postby Benn Roe » Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:01 am

Poker scene! Of course. Thanks. It's obviously been too long since I watched Next Gen.
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Re: Is downsizing a trend?

Postby spacelordmother » Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:37 am

bennroe wrote:Poker scene! Of course. Thanks. It's obviously been too long since I watched Next Gen.

Great weekend to binge! All 7 seasons on Netflix :drool:
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Re: Is downsizing a trend?

Postby coldbrightsunlight » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:32 am

I'm slowly making my way through it for the first time on Netflix.

There's a bit too much for a 7 season 1 weekend binge :lol:
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