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rcob–(at)– says…
>In article <461c2a$jd--(at)--s4-1.CC.Lehigh.EDU>, smn–(at)–ehigh.EDU wrote:
>> you guys make guitars that play like excrement swirling in my toilet.
>Hmmm…the old run of the mill excrement swirling in the toilet sound is
>fairly cliche at this point. I’d suggest adding an envelope filter and a
>ton of reverb…..Surf Turd music!
>I can see the Guitar Player ads now…”Only a Hondo is good enough”.

Actually, it is a well known fact that the only good sounding turds in
toilets are those made prior to 1965, when TurdCo, Inc. was sold to a
conglomorate (Eljer or Kohler, I forget which). They proceeded to
change the basic design of the classic brown turd, both flattening tone
and reducing sustain. Quality fell off also. Now it is true that these
older, vintage turds cost a lot these day, what with the German and
Japanese collecters, but if you can find one, especially with the
pre-Chiffon case, you will be thankful.

I also suspect that part of your problem is your toilet. If it is a
new-fangled “low flow” model, well, it just doesn’t make it. Only the
original, all gravity models are any good.

Ed Oates: my opinions only!


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