Gear first, and then music. I was always surrounded by decent gear which my dad had bought all at once in the early 1970s. The dials and meters and buttons and switches and components were fascinating from the very start. But I didn't like his music much. 1960's folk, 1950's doo wop, and show tunes and talk radio. When I found my own music at about age 10 or 11, I had access to better gear than my friends did.