#1
I would put this in bandleading but we are not really a "band" so hear me out. I jam with these 3 other guys from my school about once-twice a week for fun. We aren't really a band, we just like to play music. My bassist thinks we are a band, but we really aren't yet. My bassist, lets call him "X", is building a music room in his basement. X's dad is a pro piano player and since he is a bassist, they want somewhere to play together. This would primarily be our new place to jam as we usually do it after school in the band room. So X says that he is going to buy a drum set. Ok cool, now we don't need to lug a drum kit around. But X wants me to pay for some of it even though it will be his and it will be kept at his house. He says "its the band's drum set" . Anyone have advice?
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#2
Talk it out?
Say if you pay a certain percent of it, you get a certain percent of time on it a week?
Or when/if the band splits or he sells the drums on, you get the same percent back?
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#4
You shouldn't have to pay for it, if it's going to be his to keep.
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#5
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it depends if the kid is ok with the band using his drum set and if you guys broke up or he decided to go with a different band he should pay you guys back.
#6
All chip in? That's the fair way.
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Talk it out?
Say if you pay a certain percent of it, you get a certain percent of time on it a week?
Or when/if the band splits or he sells the drums on, you get the same percent back?


that is the thing though. We are not a band! We are simply gathering together and jamming, sure, maybe further down the line we will be a real band but right now we have very little structure.

EDIT: I just don't see why I should chip in anything considering I will never play the drums and considering it is his set in the first place. It is not like I will buy a new guitar and say "I need 20%, its the band's guitar afterall..."
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#9
I wouldn't pay if it was me. It's his and it's kept at his house, so tell him he can pay for what will become his.

Or tell him that you can pay for some, and he can pay you so you can buy new gear?
#10
sounds like a **** deal to me.
you buy that thing, and you will never get to play it, except maybe for a few minutes when youre jamming at his place.
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#11
Tell him the rest of you had to pay for your own equipment its not fair that you should have to pay towards his aswell.
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#12
a drummer will have their own drums. So if he just wants them there for the sake of band practice he shouldnt buy them at all. If you have a serious band and for some reason its necesary, then talk about it.
If he wants to play the drums himself, then he should pay for them
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#13
his defense is that we can come over and play the drums whenever we want but quite frankly, I could care less about drums.
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#14
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that is the thing though. We are not a band! We are simply gathering together and jamming, sure, maybe further down the line we will be a real band but right now we have very little structure.

EDIT: I just don't see why I should chip in anything considering I will never play the drums and considering it is his set in the first place. It is not like I will buy a new guitar and say "I need 20%, its the band's guitar afterall..."


even if you don't have a band name, because you have the components of a band (guitar, bass, drums, maybe vocalist) you are a band. especially when 1 or more members declares it and is willing to spend money on buying equipment for the "band". You are a band, so act like if you were one. If its a money issue (aka he doesnt have enough for it then) you can loan him some money for it and say, pay me back in 3 months or something. If its just he thinks the band should buy it together say, well who keeps it when we split up? you don't think we should divide the set, do you? etc. Honestly, i think its best when one person buys the whole thing and keeps it. If your bassist wants to play some drums every now and then as well have him buy it. and keep it if the band breaks up. Theres no such thing imo as a "band's drum" unless you've made it big and can afford to buy "Band equipment" then again, even in that scenario, when **** goes down and you guys break up you want the least amount of resistance, especially in terms of money and splitting up equipment. People will argue the hell out of money.

I say 1 person pays for it all, what about the drummer. maybe he should pay for all of it and just keep it at that guys place... or get a van or something to lug it all around in. Really its not that hard to lug around a drum set.

And yes, you guys are a band, as soon as you meet more than a few times and 1 person considers you a band, you are a band. Don't beat it around the bush.

EDIT:

Let me ask you, do you tell people to help pay for your guitar when they pick it up and try and play it? No. And if you do, you're a dickweed.

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EDIT: I just don't see why I should chip in anything considering I will never play the drums and considering it is his set in the first place. It is not like I will buy a new guitar and say "I need 20%, its the band's guitar afterall..."


Why the hell not? This would be a good way for you to buy a nice new guitar and get money off...
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his defense is that we can come over and play the drums whenever we want but quite frankly, I could care less about drums.


Well explain this to him aswell as the fact you guys aren't really a proper band. If he doesn't comprehend this then I reckon its time you found a new jammin' buddy
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#17
Tell him that you want an amp to keep at his house so you don't have to lug your's around and if he chips in for that you'll chip in for the drums. If the band splits you keep the amp he keeps the drums sound fair to me....Everbody wins right.
#18
i bought my drummer a set and he paid me back, i'd do that if i were you. it'll just end in a squabble
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#19
A cheap drum kit isnt that expensive anyway. It'll be his drum kit, you shouldnt pay for it.
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#20
what happens when you guys break up as a band? what happens to the drums then? sounds like a very bad idea that could lead to alot of fighting and hard feelings later.

maybe you should buy the cymbals and the stands and he buys the rest of the kit. then if something happens you will atleast have a set a cymbals....

atleast its something i guess
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#22
Get all of your friends who you jam with to throw in 20 bucks and let him pay the rest.
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#24
Let the other guys chip in for it, it's not fair that only you pay towards it.
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#25
This is why I never believed in keeping any money a band makes in a jar or something for the whole band. Because when it splits, well who gets what?

Tell him to shove it and buy it himself.
#26
I'm the drummer in my band and most of the time we practice at the guitarists house. He bought a drum kit for us to use (and his other band) and I didn't pay anything for it. It ain't my kit, I don't gig with it, I just look after it for him and practice with them on it.

You really shouldn't have to chip in for it if it's not your drumkit.

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