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#278617 by MusicalGearSurvey
Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:03 pm
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:

Thank you very much for your support!

Best wishes from Germany,
Jan and Jonas
#278765 by MusicalGearSurvey
Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:27 am
Thanks to everybody who has participated so far. If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to ask. We very much appreciate your help.

We still need some more participants, so if you haven't participated yet, please think about it :) Thank you!
#278770 by schmedidiah
Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:38 pm
Musical gear? Sounds nice. Now I just need some $$$ :?
#278789 by Planetguy
Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:39 pm
george1146561 wrote:Why do you list religious / worship music as a separate genre?

Probably because every brick and mortar "record store" I've been in does it that way.

That's also exactly how it's done on music sites like Spotify....a separate category. Spotify refers to it as "christian" there.

I suspect that people who are into praise/gospel/christian music are much more concerned with the lyric content than they are making the distinction between different "musical" genres.
#278801 by t-Roy and The Smoking Section
Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:13 am
george1146561 wrote:In fact, discussions of gear is probably the only aspect of Christian / Worship music where our religious beliefs don't matter.

.....except to the music store.

My guess is they make a large chunk selling to churches and want to know what those particular musicians want in terms of gear. Church bands usually sound about a decade or two behind what the secular world is doing, and therefore use different gear. There are exceptions of course.

#278961 by MusicalGearSurvey
Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:56 pm
george1146561 wrote:Why do you list religious / worship music as a separate genre?

Thanks for your feedback, george! We included it as a separate genre to be as complete and valid as possible. This does not necessarily mean we are assuming that people who are into praise music have special attitudes towards musical gear.

Furthermore, we try to make sure our results can be connected to other studies, which refer to religious / worship music as distinct genre.
#295562 by MusicalGearSurvey
Mon Aug 02, 2021 8:13 am
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:

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: (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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