I’ve always argued to a degree against the idea that it’s the artist’s input/skill, not the gear that’s most important.
And this discussion really highlights the reasons why both are equally as important, in a relative way.
I’m happy I’ve ordered the new Op-1 field. I’m not happy I paid 2 grand for it. But the Op-1 environment opened up a frame of mind that rooms full of gear, over 30 years didn’t manage to do. I’m not saying I wasn’t productive over those years. I enjoyed myself immensely, but certainly in the last 15 years I felt stuck in a rut.
I bought multiple OT’s, DT’s DN’s, Mpc’s, Force etc etc, but none of it clicked.
Admittedly I’ve owned several Op-1’s at different times and they didn’t click at those times. But then things happened a few years back and everything aligned. I had the money and opportunity to buy whatever the hell I wanted, in bucketloads. But I was drawn back to the Op-1, with a desire and deep need not to go back to rooms full of gear. And to hopefully not repeat the cycle of re buying gear that is amazing on spec, but not in use in my hands.
And I’ve found great peace and inspiration in solely using the Op-1s. Always tried to add a few fx pedals here and there. Thought I’d like an Op-z to accompany them, but everything became a distraction again. I’ve said it recently but the Op-1 is my entire musical world. I want to enjoy and continue that experience with this evolution.
Spending that money at anytime on anything should take serious consideration, and I’m saying this as an ex bankrupt. But I can see a musical future for myself that had been lost for perhaps 20 years or so. And that translates directly to my mental well-being. As a teenager making music I imagined great things, but that got lost in later life. Op-1 has made me feel more like my old/younger self. And that is priceless (without wanting to sound like a commercial)