Do you own a Klon? an AnalogMan King of Tone? perhaps an original TS808? Did you pay $400 for it? $500? MORE? Here are a few excerpts from a book I found in my fathers library of DIY books. It's a TAB book published in 1973 titled "How To Repair Musical Instrument Amplifiers" by Byron Wells. The following excerpts are so funny in the context of many of the discussions found in TGP that they had me literally rolling on the floor laughing hysterically. Here are a few gems for your consideration and laughing pleasure. "Today's younger set, representing a huge market, is vitally interested in electronically amplified musical instruments, any they're buying them almost as fast as the manufacturers can turn them out. Electric guitars, electric basses, electronic pianos and organs drive huge amplifiers that have, in some medical circles, been accused of damaging hearing ability with their power! "And these instruments do go bad. But that sometimes doesn't stop the kids. One youngster's amplifier developed a noisy transistor that created a horrible buzzing in his speaker every time a string was plucked. Undismayed, he used the instrument anyway. The result? It's called the 'fuzz sound' now, and the manufacturers are turning out instruments, amplifiers and accessories with 'fuzz' built right in! The big search is on for a new sound, and they jump at anything that's remotely different. "You can deliberately distort a loudspeaker by taping any of a number of items across the cone so as to produce rattle or added vibration. We have seen everything used from loose springs to rubber bands or bits of paper." So the next time you're GASing for a $500 distortion pedal, just break out the rubber bands and bits of paper, and spend that $500 on, oh, I don't know, food for a starving third-world family for a year?