Survey on musical gear

MusicalGearSurvey

Junior Member
Dear fellow musicians

In online boards, we musicians extensively discuss about instruments and gear, often with quite some passion. These discussions range from the suitability of certain instrument models for specific genres to the size of one’s instrument collection.

Research has not yet paid special attention to such discussions. This is quite surprising as there is a lot to be learned about musical and music-related practices, e.g. what motivates musicians to collect instruments, how do we use our gear to develop our musical identity and what criteria do we regard as important when acquiring a new instrument.

As musicians (guitarists, bassists and drummers) and musicologists, we aim to explore this interesting issue with an online survey. We need as many participants as possible. Being dependent on your assistance, we kindly ask you to fill in our survey. The instruments considered are guitars, bass guitars, drums, keyboards, saxophones and trumpets. The survey should take about 20 minutes and the responses are completely anonymous.

All data are used exclusively for academic (non-commercial) research in music. There is no funding involved. As musicians ourselves, we are interested to research this subject. By taking part in the study, you are supporting two academics in the early phases of their careers!

We have been given permission by the moderators to post our survey in this board. If you are interested in participating, please follow this link to visit the survey: https://www.soscisurvey.de/musicalgear/?r=15

Thank you very much for your support!

Best wishes from Germany,
Jan and Jonas
 

bermuda

Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
Staff member
A thorough, well thought out survey!
 

toddbishop

Platinum Member
Not bad. My expectations for these surveys are always extremely low. Always funny to have fifty gradations of rock genres and then just "jazz" in the music categories. The whole cheap/expensive line of questions doesn't reflect how most players I know buy gear-- they generally buy top of the line gear used, as inexpensively as possible. Except occasional really big purchases, like every decade or two.
 

force3005

Silver Member
Nice Survey, hope you will publish your findings later on, on DW.

Thanks,

Force3005
 

KamaK

Platinum Member
All data are used exclusively for academic (non-commercial) research in music. There is no funding involved. As musicians ourselves, we are interested to research this subject. By taking part in the study, you are supporting two academics in the early phases of their careers!

What is your thesis statement and which academic institution is this data for?
 

MusicalGearSurvey

Junior Member
Thanks everybody so far for participating and sharing. We will try to share our results, either in an academic open access publication or with an informal summary of the results.

What is your thesis statement and which academic institution is this data for?

We're affiliated with Bielefeld University and Paderborn University. Contact information is provided in the survey. If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to ask. We can't really tell you what the survey is about at this point (you probably have figured it out yourself), but let me assure you that the idea and the instrument was appreciated by many colleagues at an international popular music conference some weeks ago. Such a survey, to our knowlege, has not been done before.

We still need some more participants, so if you haven't participated yet, please think about it :) Thank you!
 

MusicalGearSurvey

Junior Member
Dear all,

More than 4 years ago, we received permission to advertise a survey for an academic study on ‘Gear Acquisition Syndrome’ (GAS). We would like to give back for all your help by granting you access to the findings of this study, which are part of a book on GAS published this year. The entire book can be downloaded for free via this link: https://unipress.hud.ac.uk/plugins/books/27

We know that time is scarce, and we all should spend more time practising. That is why we have compiled a compact overview of our research findings, which you can access here: https://doi.org/10.34696/61g5-zd65 (using the Access Dataset download button)

As part of our endeavour to make our research available for free, we are asked to evaluate what use it has for musicians like us. If you wish to help us with this, this thread could be a platform for us to discuss:
  • Have we learned something new about GAS from our research?
  • Has it changed the way we think or feel about GAS?
  • Will we change your practice when it comes to dealing with gear?
Hopefully our findings will foster an interesting discussion about GAS and our use of musical equipment. We appreciate your interest in our research!

Best wishes,
Jan and Jonas
 
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