2 sets gear was the greatest discovery I have had in music in many decades. My back is tired of moving all the 1 man band gear up from the basement to the van or bus for each gig. Thanks to having a steady job, I can finally afford 2 sets of gear. When I was playing full time, I couldn't hardly afford to keep in strings and harps that weren't flat. Now I keep everything in the van but my harp box, guitars amp, and keyboard. Eventually I am going to buy a second keyboard. Luckily, again thanks to a good day job, our area is crime free and our van has smoked dark tint. Money does make life easier I have found out! Walter
I'm glad that there's guys like you two (Walter & Dan) out there keepin' the flame goin'. Somebody's gotta get out and play, or we're all gonna be doin' DJ or Karaoke work, or listenin' to that stuff. Walter, I'm glad that yer gettin' yer gear situation figured out; you don't need to be breakin' your back every time you go out. Dan, it should be fascinating to see what kinda things end up in those buckets.
thanks bubba. I am just a part timer. the full time days are over for now. I spent a night recently with Willie Pooch. He is the godfather of the Columbus blues scene. he stuck to working in the mill till retirement. Now he plays for fun with no worry of how many bodies are paying at the door. I will get a so-so retirement if I stop teaching at 60. I am glad I got my degree. I love my job and feel my gigs are just enough for now. Wille inspired me to keep on like I am. I like Dan's set up. I wish for all of us to continue to follow our dreams. That is as good as it gets. Walter
I seriously envy those of you who busk, etc. I'm not a great guitarist or vocalist, but I got a yearning to busk and contribute any "donations" to a charity sponsored by my church. Alas, even though my city doesn't have any municiple code addressing street musicians, I'm still hitting a brick wall trying to get to the bottom line on the legality of busking. In fact, I just had a call from the city clerk and again she tells me that, although there's no code against it, the city police are discouraging giving it the all clear. Talk about a bummer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
kent_eh wrote: An old friend used to keep his PA gear in his van.
On my road trip to Az, my buddy and I stopped off in Redondo Beach to take a swim in the ocean and chill out. Well we were on some bikes riding around town and this guy pulled up along the beach in his van, opened the back door, and had a small amp mic'd into a PA system. He plugged in his Strat and started playin some surf music. I thought that was a pretty creative idea.
even though this is an old thread,i thought i'd bump it up because i discovered two sets of harps makes sense.i keep one whole set intact as a harp player,and another set as an acoustic guitarist.that way i don't rob my harp player gear for my acoustic shows,which is what i always did for thirty years.