As a result of various things that are going on in my life, I have decided to make a few changes.
I have really been struggling with my faith for a while, and a couple of months ago I decided to take a break from the worship band at my church. I have been involved with it for 10 years, but I don’t feel right being on stage leading people in worship when I’m not even really sure about what I believe.
I packed up all my gear that I had up at the church and brought it home. I had this big, expensive tube amp that was too loud to use in my house, and I had this big pedalboard full of really fancy, expensive Strymon delay and reverb pedals.
I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to really take advantage of this gear playing at home, so I considered my options. (1) I could just turn it down and try to deal with it, (2) I could sell my amp and get a smaller, quieter amp, or (3) I could get a modeler.
Long story short, I ended up selling a ton of stuff. I started out by selling all of my pedals. All of them. 3 Strymons, Micro POG, overdrives, custom volume pedal, midi gear, power supplies, etc. I was shocked at how much money I raised. It was enough to buy the most powerful amp modeler currently available: the Fractal Audio Axe-Fx II mk2. I bought it used and saved about $400.
The next thing to go was my amp. I was dreading this for a couple of reasons. Part of it was that I really loved that amp. The other part was that I hate shipping amps. It’s a pain, and it’s freaking expensive. Anyway, I had it listed for sale on the gear page, and I got pretty much the best offer that I could have hoped for. A guy offered me two things in trade. The first was the foot controller designed to work with the Axe. The other thing was one of my dream guitars: a Koll Duo Glide in Pelham blue. I have been wanting one of these guitars for years, but the cost always kept it out of reach.
I have had all this gear for about a month, and I’m finally starting to wrap my brain around it. The Axe is crazy deep and there’s a pretty big learning curve. I’m working on a full review with demos and stuff, and hopefully I’ll be ready to post something in the next week.