I sure hope ol’ Bill doesn’t say anything wrong, so that I could start buying old Klon pedals for $12...haha.
It’s kind of fucked up that this is all out there now, and forcing us make choices on some good, previously purchased products because of people’s opinions or stances, but I guess it has to come to a head at some point.
Keep & continue to use, tape/paint or leave it as-is, sell it & re-use the $ or donate it? It’s a personal decision.
I don’t play out, so I don’t plan on having to explain myself to a group of angry people that saw one of many pedals on my board at a venue, and suddenly think I’m in support of an asshole and their views, and be told that I need to do something with my property because it bothers them. If it had a rebel flag painted on it - yeah, I can see that, but some of these things are a recent development, and these pedals were purchased before the incident happened, or innocently bought prior to having the knowledge of what had already happened. Intent goes a long way in these kinds of situations, and purging or whatever because of that is up to the person that owns it, and maybe how much attention it may bring would be a factor.
I know where I stand in my beliefs, and I also feel that the left is in the correct side of pretty much every issue, and my having a few pedals doesn’t automatically mean that I support their views.
If I played out in public, I would have to reconsider, either finding something else to use in its place when playing out, or using tape or whatever to convey the message that it isn’t a support thing by using or owning the pedal.
Using a pedal privately isn’t the same as goosestepping to a nazi flag at home - unless that’s how you feel about it, but I don’t think that it’s right projecting that feeling into others, whether it’s about shaming or similar. Sharing info about it is one thing, what they choose to do with that knowledge is another. Like I said before, I won’t be buying new products from these companies, but I’m not getting rid of them because the guy that made them is a dick.
I mean, to be/feel completely pure, who knows what all I’d have to throw out/sell at my house, that isn’t even musical equipment?
Maybe my views will change, but for now, I feel like its similar to the meaning behind “The Treachery of Images” painting by Magritte (This is not a pipe).
It's a boost booster, to boost your boost - it makes your tone much muchier.