Purging Gear

Magenta

Platinum Member
It piles up, because I never know when somebody might need it.

I've provided drums, cymbals and everything for my local jam night. I'm happy to do so, but none of them are dear to my heart.

I've lent my second-best kit, one of my Guru snares, and a couple of UFiPs to a friend for a gig.

I also seem to suffer from separation anxiety :/
 

Trip McNealy

Gold Member
Over years and years of playing and acquiring gear, I've personally learned what works for me, what inspires my playing, and what may be useful to a paying gig - so I regularly purge gear when I have too much of it lying around.

One exception is a few select things I keep that have sentimental value or I feel are collectible. But I keep those kinds of items to a minimum to avoid pack ratting.

With advances in modern technology it is a wonderful time to be a drummer with so much product out there - but being mindful and practical keeps owning gear manageable.

PS - I find Facebook Marketplace (on mobile phone), Reverb.com, eBay.com, and Craiglist - in that order - have been the most successful for selling gear.
 

Tommy_D

Platinum Member
I have been able to part with a lot of gear, but more just comes in to replace it. One thing I have difficulty parting with are cymbals and hardware. They all serve a good purpose and its all top end stuff, so what would I replace it with? More of the same? Better off to keep it then sell it and have to re-buy.
 

JustJames

Platinum Member
Not expecting to see a post from Bermuda in this thread.

But I am expecting to see a post from Bo...or "Mr Gear Merry Go Round", as he has never once been referred to.
 

fac

Senior Member
I do it in cycles. Eventually I gather too much stuff or my music starts going into a different direction, and I sell things to finance other things. I'm currently in a purging stage. Already sold one of my favourite synths and a few lesser drum machines, and still have some other things for sale. I'm really tempted to sell most of it and consolidate my studio. I no longer have time for tinkering with synths, composing and recording music.
 

RickP

Gold Member
I purge gear a lot. My playing situations change, so gear requirements change and therefore sales and or trades are in order. I go in buying and selling spurts. I am really happy with the kits I own now ( down from 6 to 3) and I had a mini purge of snare drums to keep only what gets used the most. I offloaded a LOT of cymbals and just kept the Cherries.

I am now way more selective in regards to potential purchases.
 

harryconway

Platinum Member
This year, I sold off 4 snares, quite a few of my "orphan" drums, my Yamaha Recording Customs, and 22 cymbals.​
 

Red Menace

Platinum Member
This year, I sold off 4 snares, quite a few of my "orphan" drums, my Yamaha Recording Customs, and 22 cymbals.​
Yeesus Harry, I don't think I have even owned 22 cymbals in my life. Even if I count my hi hats as individual cymbals.

I would like to sell one of my kits. I have 3 complete ones and a huge bass drum but everything probably has more sentimental than monetary value.
 

Thunder 42

Silver Member
Cymbals have added up - can't seem to part with them. Keep the drums down to 2 sets while snare arsenal continues to grow. The time to clear out some unused hardware is long overdue but perhaps in 2017.
 
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T_Weaves

Silver Member
I have a kit up for sale as we speak. I want to get down to two and keep it that way. I thought I'd add a kit in smaller sizes but I just don't care for it. I have it listed on craigslist. Only things I'm buying in 2017 are sticks and heads.
 

Jeremy Bender

Platinum Member
Selling cymbals as we speak on Craigslist. Problem is, that this will go towards some new cymbals. And the wheel keeps on turning...
 
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Duck Tape

Platinum Member
It's easy for me to sell the stuff that I've tried and decided I don't like/need, but as for the extra kits and snares etc that are all great - I would have to make some difficult decisions if I was suddenly left without storage space to keep it all.
 

caddywumpus

Platinum Member
I've binged and purged on drum gear several times over the past 12 years or so. I was up to 13 kits and 37 snares at one point, but now I'm down to 5 kits and 14 snares--the necessities. I haven't counted my cymbals lately, but I've been purging those this year, and probably sold about 15 or so.

Purging is much easier when you *want* to do it.
 

Polska

Member
I've binged and purged on drum gear several times over the past 12 years or so. I was up to 13 kits and 37 snares at one point, but now I'm down to 5 kits and 14 snares--the necessities. I haven't counted my cymbals lately, but I've been purging those this year, and probably sold about 15 or so.

Purging is much easier when you *want* to do it.
Exactly! I no longer "wanted" to have 4 kits so I sold one and I'm working on selling one more. The one I sold had a lot of sentimental (and a decent monetary) value, but so what? I wasn't playing it anymore and hadn't really for years. I couldn't stand to have it "just because". Big believer that gear should be used. Kind of like Toy Story where toys should be played with!

At the end of the day it's just stuff. Keep some of it and move the rest to someone who can use it.
 

Blisco

Senior Member
I won't keep anything that won't get played on the 'next gig'. I don't have the room or desire to collect a bunch of gear. What I do have is a desire or GAS to buy and try. I'm notorious for bringing a new item to each gig. "hey guys, check out my new widget" etc...

Based on my ebay transactions, this has happened about 600 times in the last 15 years. Buy, try, sell and keep the really good stuff. Feeds my need and still gets me quality gear to play and perform with.

I just bought a cymbal from another forum member yesterday. I may or may not like it in my set up. I may only use it with a certain band I fill-in with from time to time. I probably won't use it with my main band. But I will surely bring it to the next gig and find out.
 

BruceW

Senior Member
I haven't accumulated as much gear as many of you folks, but I have a hard time letting go of anything. My garage will certainly attest to that. I currently have just two kits (plus my e-kit), the second I picked up off craigslist with the thought of probably re-selling towards more gear. I'm hanging onto it for the time being, in the extreme slim chance that I need a second kit. If I find a deal on a newer kit, I'll probably move this one.

I've swapped out a few cymbals towards different ones, but I still have more cymbals than I use or play.

Sigh....
 
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