There are tons of good gear questions on this site. Gear questions are not about practice or theory (the formal title of this site) but this is the only technical music site (see note 1), so they end up here.
I am talking about questions like
"What midi controller should I buy?" "How does MIDI work" or "How do I do
X in this software?", etc. They are strictly gear related.
Questions specifically about instruments and hardware that relate to practicing, for example "What bow should I have my students use?", these answers are actually about playing/practicing, and create a grey area, but that is what moderation is for.
Just some thoughts. I think the community would be more focused on both sites if a line were drawn.
music.stackexchange.com, the URL is kinda hogging a very broad, too broad in my opinion, niche. Maybe we can keep it here, I think that is appropriate, it makes sense, but I am proposing that we create
musicgear.stackexchange.com and offload seemingly off-topic but refugee questions about gear.
I just realized this site is in
beta, that's what it says on the homepage, and I don't know what that means for if it is a good time to split a site. I am, by my own admission, not a SE META expert.
Disclosure: Yeah, I am new here, but I know these are defined in the scope as of now, and my question is simply "Should they be?" and I'm making points to support that they should not.
note 1: By technical I mean that the difference between this site and, say the music fan site, is that this is musician and craft oriented, whereas the other is fan oriented.