BERFAB wrote:My personal theory is that a guitar is a much more "intimate" instrument than a keyboard. To play a guitar, you generally hold it close to your body and wrap your arms around it. It also demands constant detailing-type maintainance: tuning, changing strings, cleaning, oiling, etc. These things add to the intimate attachment. Finally, guitars in general will all have a unique identifying look. In this way we visually relate to them like people we know. And their unique tones give them unique "personalities."
The above don't generally apply to keyboards, at least not nearly to the same extent.
You might be in the ballpark, although I know some keyboard fanatics who might disagree. The only time I've felt about keyboards as I do guitars is when playing really great playing/sounding grand piano. I've had the opportunity to do that a few times. A good grand piano has that same connection of enveloping sound and contact. If anything it is greater than when you play a great acoustic. But, you can't really collect grand pianos can you?
I'm a pianist/keyboard player first. I came to the guitar later on in life. I definitely feel an attachment to a good grand piano, but I also feel that I can get almost the same expressiveness out of a good controller with the right soft instrument. And like you said, it's difficult to collect pianos.
Guitars can easily be displayed like conventional pieces of art. I personally find them quite esthetically beautiful and most rooms of my house have at least one guitar displayed on wall to be appreciated.
But, to your original point, I personally don't part with ANY gear. Pedals, old analog rack FX, dated synths, even an old Farfisa - I can't bear to part with any of them. So I don't. Years ago (20 years at least) I traded in an old Ensoniq Mirage for a new Ensoniq ASR10 Rack. I've regretted it ever since. Should've just paid cash and kept it.