Well not always, and what else can one do when you don't know everybody. I thought Bruford answered an ad, but turns out he was 'known' too.In any bandmate anecdote I’ve read (bio’s from Aronoff, Richards, Bruford, etc.) the desired musician is found through personal connections.
I am a bass player and it’s so weird how we (and probably guitarists) hear two different things from different camps.
on one hand, we have people who talk about how we focus too much on gear and how it’s a negative thing.
then on the other hand, the sound guys are complaining, smirking, and writing the “you won’t believe what this bass player showed up with” thread on AudioEngineerWorld.
See, while drummers are worried about bass players having gear that’s too nice, sound guys are mad about sound interference, low output/wavering signal, low frequency loss, noisy pickups, poor set up/intonation, etc.
having nice gear gets you this much closer to solely focusing on the music. For you, for your band, and for the sound guys. The less you have to scramble with failing gear, the sooner you get to sound-check and run through.
I know I sound salty, but this is a convo that professional stringed instrumentalists have to deal with all too often. We have nice gear because we like to get to the gig and get the job done. Sometimes it costs lol
as for the lack of skill level, it happens with every level of gear, with every instrument. From what I’ve seen and heard, at least.
TL;DR: salty bass player attempts explains why bassists/guitarists prioritize nice gear: sound guys treat us a little less horribly
Exactly. I have been a member of another drum forum where gear is the overriding focus. Gear acquisition, flipping and outright hoarding is the norm. Some guys have five, ten, even thirty kits. Some have more than fifty snare drums. The thing is, if you do actually every get to see a video or sound file, their playing is usually average or below.
Sadly, I know from experience that clicking Buy It Now is a whole lot easier than perfecting your blushda at 160 bpm, and the resulting (and addictive) dopamine hit far more immediate.Some guys have five, ten, even thirty kits. Some have more than fifty snare drums. The thing is, if you do actually every get to see a video or sound file, their playing is usually average or below.
Maybe the bassist are thinking that they need to mention that they have a large cab (that can be used without PA assistance in a small venue??Our current bassist is leaving our band this year to concentrate on a big theatre project. All amicable - he'll play out the season (what's left of it) if needed.
I'm the main contact person for bassists wanting to audition. The usual wide variety of applicants to date, but I was struck by an emerging theme. At least 3 applicants stated they'd send me a list of their gear, almost as an opener, or at least one of their main points in the first minute of an introductory conversation. In two cases, gear was promoted before any statement of experience.
They seemed surprised when I remarked we had very little interest in the gear they use, sighting that we'd expect a player to use equipment that delivers a sound they're happy represents what they're trying to achieve.
All instrument musos like to discuss gear amongst their peers, I get that, but to push your gear quality as a primary pitch to other musicians seems odd, or am I wrong? To me. it's a bit like the rep applying for a sales job & wanting to know what car is provided ahead of much more relevant information. If I was introducing myself to a prospective new band, I certainly wouldn't mention my gear unless I was specifically asked.
Anyhow, when I received video / audio submissions from the gear focussed applicants, they were all far below what we're looking for.