We run into a lot of musicians at NAMM. It’s part of the job. Filming performances, getting signature gear demos. So while we were at it we thought we’d cull together answers to just one question: “what was the first instrument that you ever owned?”
Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and mp3.com were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.