I don’t understand GAS. It doesn’t seem to have much to do with making music and I really enjoy making music.
If you’ve got a musical idea that you want to explore and there’s a piece of gear that is going to help you realise it then go ahead but otherwise it just seems like retail therapy and while the shiny new thing might make you release a bit of extra dopamine for a week it’ll soon be another object in your home/studio taking up space and making you feel guilty for not using it enough.
(Just after writing this I was reminded of the term ‘catalog consciousness’/‘wanting to want’ which I’ve heard mentioned by a meditation teacher called Joseph Goldstein):
"[It’s] a very interesting experiment to watch the mind when it’s caught up in some wanting. This happens many times a day. This is just the ordinary course of our lives. We might want certain kinds of food or certain experiences.
There’s something I call “catalog consciousness.” It’s what happens when we get a catalog in the mail and we make the mistake of opening it. One of the things I’ve noticed is that even if I don’t particularly want anything, I keep turning the pages, wanting to want [something.] [ Both laugh. ] I keep turning the pages in case or hoping that there will be something that I want. So this wanting mind comes up very often. It’s a common part of our experience.
The exercise would be to pay attention to what—if we can be mindful, that is present at any particular time—to be mindful of what it’s like, what it feels like, when the mind is wanting. So really paying attention to the self-experience of it and being mindful. Then at a certain point, the wanting goes away, because it’s impermanent like everything else. Then, pay attention to the quality of the mind that is now free of wanting.
Right in that transition, going from wanting to not wanting, we can get a taste of the first two Noble Truths—the dukkha of wanting—and of the Third Noble Truth, and the Fourth—the peace, even if it’s momentary, of not wanting.
So this can be a very direct experience for us. This is what it means to put these teachings actually into practice, not simply remembering what the Buddha said about the Four Noble Truths, but doing them."