I ordered a Peavey KB2 keyboard amp from one online dealer, who not-so-helpfully listed the amp as in-stock, but neglected to say that the amp was on backorder with delivery expected around August 9. Once I found that out, I started looking around all the online dealers. Know what? Practically nobody had a KB2. What, did everybody in the world decide they needed a KB2 at the same time? Must be one hell of an amp, man. Too bad I can’t get one…
I started to get desperate. I had figured on buying a relatively small amp to perform in relatively small rooms, but it looked like I was going to have to double down on the cost and get something much bigger. And a lot of the extra cost was the cost of delivery overnight.
Finally, I found a dealer in Idaho Falls, about 75 miles away. What do you know–he had a KB2, and he was willing to sell it for the online price. And I could get it delivered overnight for another $20. (Idaho to Idaho, no plane involved.) Mike’s Music in Idaho Falls is my new favorite gear dealer.
So I got lucky. But the real moral of the story is: don’t wait until 3 days before the gig to find out whether you have an amp.
Tomorrow night I set up the bass loops for all the tunes I’m playing with accompaniment. Stay tuned for that story. I’ve already listed out every tune I can play solo, with and without the looper engaged–the total was 37 pieces. Should be enough for a 2-hour gig, even if I play them all fast, huh?