My friend Dave is a Gear Junkie. It started off innocently enough. I sold him a Silverface Vibro Champ and a couple of pedals, thinking he would just use them recreationally. But then things got out of hand as Dave started buying more and more gear. No matter how much he got, there was always one more piece he had to get to complete his collection. He kept getting more and more and more gear, hiding guitar pedals in the closet, guitars under the bed, amps in the attic. He began spending his entire paycheck on music gear. Finally, his wife just had enough and kicked him out. Now Dave is homeless and destitute. But he will work for gear! Just enough to keep his habit going. And you know what? Dave's never been happier, just look at him!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
You know, most of our customers are great to deal with, which helps make this a great job. Of course, once in a while you get someone who's rude, obnoxious, or unreasonable. Fortunately for us, it seems like for every one of those, we get another really spectacular customer who makes it all worthwhile. Like this...
I recently got an email from Jimmy "Flyin'" Ryan saying, "I just got a copy of Analog Man's Guide To Vintage Effects... I was like an adolescent with a stack of Playboys." He then followed it up with one of the best, most encouraging phone calls I've ever gotten from a customer; saying, among other things, how great the book is and how he really appreciates the effort it must have taken... and THEN he followed that up with an excellent vintage purchase. Now get this - a few days later, I received a couple of CDs in the mail by the Flyin' Ryan Brothers. Thanks, Jim - you rock!