Ready to rock, but is your gear?

The word ‘professional’ is thrown around freely nowadays and it seems to have lost much of its meaning somewhere along the way. To me it means someone that's doing a full-time paid job or, more specifically, with regard to equipment, something that's capable of performing to a standard that is acceptable to a professional person in a professional environment. As an example, a cheap plastic microphone that costs less than a jar of coffee isn't what I'd call professional. A tried and tested roadworthy model used by many artists is.

Some readers, especially artists, will have at least one or two items of equipment that they use for gigging, but there's a difference between bedroom or garage gear and touring gear. ...

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