I realize that they have duplicates/spares/backups of a lot of gear. I said that if you read my prior post. I actually said the exact same thing that you did....that the gear in Toronto wasn't the only gear and that the data was backed up....sorry if that wasn't clear?
I said it would be a monumental waste of money for them to have separate gear for every single country, which they don't, because no one would do that. It would be beyond stupid. I work with musicians every day and I know, no one would do that. Ever. Even the really odd ones. )
none of their synths, guitars, pedal boards are duplicates from what i have seen.
they are the same ones from show to show, regardless of continent. sound equipment, pa's, leads, lights.... those are probably duplicates, which honestly are the things that would take up the most room to ship around. anyway, the semantics aside, they have the funds to replaces even the most rare things they play with. christ, were talking about a guy who went to a synth manufacturer with an idea and poof! they made the french connection in bulk. also, they play very nice things, which should be an indicator to their willingness to purchase high end equipment. vintage teles's, jazzmasters', starcasters... all things easy to come by for a group of people who make 30k a show on t-shirts.
dont worry about replacements or gear. worry about state of mind. same goes for attitude. it stinks that it had to happen to some of the most interesting artists around, who also all seem to be such great, caring humans.
anyway, just my little bit about that.
also, a total sidenote.... if you are interested in guitars and gear in general, this is a place where i have bought a few things. nice "eyecandy" to take your mind off of their current issues. lets all keep our heads up. http://www.chicagomusicexchange.com/