Yesterday, I was trolling online for one or two things that I’d like to have to fill my insatiable gear lust and found an Atomic 1×12 amp for sale in Las Vegas for $149! A phone call and a credit card number later the amp was on its way to South Pasadena.
Now, I already had one of these amps – so a logcal question would be, “What the Hell do you need two of them for?” Well, a couple of things,
1. When I find things I like I try to buy a backup in case something goes wrong. We can call this the great “Digitech Space Station lesson” – where (when they were in the death knell of production) Guitar Center was blowing them out @ $99 per and I only bought one. Now the one I have is on its last legs and replacement ones are about $300-$400 on ebay.
2. 2 amps mean I can run my effects stereo. Sounds small – but when looping things in stereo and there’s sound swirling around your feet…ahhhhh…there’s nothing like it.
3. They don’t make this model anymore – and if worse comes to worse I could unload it for $250-$300 if I had to.
4. As much as it kills me to say it – tubes project sound differently than solid state. Before I left Boston, one of the bands I was playing in was One of Us. The singer/guitarist/songwriter John Eye, had a Vetta – that sounded good. It was super flexible and could do things that my amp set up never could. But live, my rig (see the bottom of the media page for full rig information) projected completely differently. Even when I used the pod 2.0 in front of my DeVille – it pushed the sound in a completely different way.
So, when playing with rock bands – I try to use a tube amp when possible. For the film/video gigs I do – It’s more about convenience as there’s less sonically for me to have to compete with in terms of space.
(As a side note, John Eye is a truly great frontman. He and I had very different views about live performance, but I always liked and respected him and dug his material. I’ve included links above – including the Pull video which has some life footage of me with the band – but not audio 😦 . I don’t know if any of the material I recorded with the band at that time will be on it – but if not – I’m sure the new material will be very cool.)
Getting back to gear and its endless acquisition – I have conflicting opinions about it.
Having said all of this, will I still need to get Pod Farm Platinum eventually to go with the Pod X3 and the X3 live? Yep. Just a matter of time. Will I get the Apogee Duet? Yep – just a matter of time.
Because just like the plague inspired song quoted in the title, “Ashes – ashes we all fall down.” – and life is too short to waste it on crappy tone.
I have missed a lot of great gear at great prices by waiting to buy it when I saw it. If it’s a good deal, and I can make your money back on reselling it (if I have to) I jump on it now – before the next person does. Because who knows? That extra piece of gear might get me .01% closer to the sound I’m looking for.
A long winded justification for buying an amp – but it’s important to have a realistic expectation of why you’re buying a piece of gear if not for yourself than to be able to explain it to your spouse.
I’m still unpacking – so no profound posts for a while probably. Less fluff and more content next time around. Thanks for dropping by.