Christmas over, and on Boxing Day I found myself sitting looking at the presents my family and loved ones had graciously given me to celebrate Jesus’ 2011th Birthday. I was really happy with the array of gifts I had received; a couple of shirts and normal standard ‘stocking fillers’ which this year included 2 Coventry City rubber ducks (thanks Dad), and not forgetting my wonderful girlfriend who had been listening when we were watching Alan Partridge and got me the entire collection of James Bond films! Christmas was really great for me this year. Another great accompaniment to Christmas is that it is a time of year when I receive money from distant relations who I never even see, and this year I decided that I should put that money towards something that I needed, and not just using it to buy food and survive at University. I wanted to use my relations’ money for this to show how thankful I was to have received it.
So after pondering for a few days over what to use this money to buy I started checking eBay, and I found something I craved. A 1969 Fender Twin Reverb amp. Now for those of you who don’t know, a new Fender Twin Reverb can fetch up to as much as £1100, in other words silly money. I was delighted to see that this vintage beauty was starting at £675 had 2 days left on eBay, and had no bids. It really does annoy me no end when thinking about the amount of money I have spent on musical instruments and equipment. I get that it is expensive technology, and I understand why I have had to spend as much as I have on my equipment, but sometimes you just want to scream, WHY?! Why do I pay that much?!
Anyway, I quickly got over my anarchistic thoughts over the price of musical equipment, and decided that I may as well continue checking the Fender Twin and if no one had bid on it by the final day, I may as well go for it. 2 days passed, and in those 2 days my thoughts were mainly focussed on what I could spend £675 on, other than an amp. The final day came, I waited until 16:00 and with an hour left to go, still, no one had bid on this beautiful amp. I waited again til 16:30, nothing. I decided that I needed to bid. If I let it get down to the last minute and someone else got it for £675, I might as well force that fucker to pay much more. Foolish move. The next 30 minutes were the most nerve wrecking minutes I have experienced in a while. I knew there was a reason I didn’t use eBay much.
It was fortunate that I was at my girlfriend’s house, as they have a great internet connection there, and I could see exactly how many seconds I had left on the amp. I was just waiting for some ass hole to out bid me with 5 seconds left, so I just closed my eyes. There was no way I could pay any more than £675. When opened them, there it was in bold capitals, highlighted in green; ‘YOU HAVE WON THIS ITEM’.
I will be collecting this gorgeous piece of equipment up on Sunday, but I can guarantee that with the increase in VAT, it will be the only piece of musical equipment I buy for a long time!