I dig hearing from players like Mark(s), Vlayman, Scott(s), Tony, WInky, Snarl, Digitaldrummer, Nick and the many, many others on here who still have the fire in their belly to keep creating! I myself and doing my best to create a revival in that regard.
But to your point Mark. There’s a part of me that feels guilt posting these pictures of coveted recording gear. Like I’m saying “hey, look at me and my bitchin’ gear”. But I have been into music, into creating, into recording, into the gear involved, the technology and it’s history since I was 12. It’s been a constant in my life. I’ve picked up a lot of gear in that time. I rarely sell anything. The times I have I often regretted it. Hell, I keep all the boxes.
Anyway, as I alluded to earlier, I don’t seem to record as much as I used to, I don’t feel as compelled to play as much now as I once did. I still noodle around on unplugged electrics all the time. Sometimes my daughter and I have impromptu jams, she on some keyboard or ukulele, me unplugged or on a little practice amp.
At times I feel like I’ve just said what I have to say. Sure, a cool groove is just that, a nice beat, some cool roll of the tongue turn of phrase can get the ball rolling, but if at its root I’m not feeling like I’m saying something, revealing some truth, some insight about myself, or life or the world than I just lose interest. I guess what I’m saying is it’s harder to get inspired for me now for whatever reason.
But I still have the desire in there somewhere, and I have more than ample tools. One major roadblock which has certainly led to a dip in creative output has been that I have gradually run out of space to have a space. A place to have a basic recording setup ready to go that I don’t have to dis-assemble constantly because something else needs to happen in that area.
All of which is to say that what has transpired has led to making a room to place all this equipment. It’s a museum, a storage unit, a studio, a creative haven. I enjoy the utility, the history and the art of these pieces. I will not sell them unless, as you said, I was in dire need of money.
My daughter is making noises about playing with her friends, and the possibility of helping her into the world of create and capture is compelling for sure. Maybe she will become a daw whiz, and maybe she can also be the one to completely recap the 238’s ‘cuz she just digs the workflow.. (and 'cuz I happen to have a stash of hi-bias cassettes.)