I started off playing piano at age 5, switched to a 6-string acoustic guitar at age 12, played a 6-string electric in a rock band while in the navy at ages 17 to 20, switched to a 6-string Gibson and played honky-tonk bars for a couple years after that. Formed a country band at age 35 playing a 6-string Ibanez, then switched to a 12-string Yamaha for several years. Purchased my first arranger keyboard about 20 years ago, sold the guitars, and have been playing arranger keyboards ever since. The arranger allowed me to be a full-time musician/entertainer, which has been my primary source of income for the past 15 years. Most of the time I'm surrounded by wonderful audiences of all ages, they love my playing and vocals, and for the most part I think I have the best job in the world.
I'll be transporting my equipment on the boat for the first time this June, and I hope it holds up to the saltwater environment. Everything is electronic, and everything is quite expensive. Fortunately, when not in use, all the equipment is stored heavy-duty cases. They're not water-proof by any means, but they should provide adequate protection from the elements--at least I hope they do.
The photo below is one taken at a local jewelry store where I've been performing for a huge Christmas sale for the past 8 years.
Here's one of the songs recorded during a live performance at an Italian Restaurant where I regularly play. https://www.box.com/s/tldeu5sm2876ddabb3tr
The big test of the gear will begin October 1, when I sail for Marathon Key, FL where I'll be living aboard and performing at some of the marina Tiki Bars for the ensuing 6 months, then head back to the Chesapeake's upper reaches. Should be fun.
It's really great to see so many forum members who are also musicians.