Scott, Thanks for the kind words. Just when one gets to feeling a bit like a turd somebody says something really very nice. You made my day. Thanks. Yes, I really hate to say it -- 'cause I'm definitely NOT an anti-digital luddite -- but nothing (so far, IMHO) seems to truly replicate the exact warmth and tone of tubes. Even the way they interact with the signal level/harmonic character of how one plays/picks a string is something unique. That's why they say half of your tone is also in your fingers. Tone and sound quality are very important to me. At the Y2K3 gig in Santa Cruz last month, something in my rack/signal-chain died and my tone went down the toilet in a major fashion -- speaking of turds (heheh). I played as well as I could anyway (or tried to, I hope). But it sure was agony when I wasn't getting the tone I wanted. Even my "clean" tone was distorted and noisy. It was most embarrassing -- painful even. Crap . . . I hate thinking about it. I have enjoyed your CDs too (as much for the funky artwork as for the bizarre cornucopia of sounds). It sure seemed like you were definitely having a good time while making 'em. Some of the sounds are downright hallucinogenic all by themselves. Captain Beefheart would be proud. The creative cartoonery brings on a smile too. Keep it up. Best regards, tEd ® kiLLiAn http://www.mp3.com/tedkillian http://www.pfmentum.com/flux.html http://www.CDbaby.com/cd/tedkillian http://www.guitar9.com/fluxaeterna.html In a message dated 11/7/03 6:33:06 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes: >note to Ted K.: been listening to your cd again over the last few days >and it's making me dread that I sold my zoom tube preamp a few months >ago, getting tired of the "digital modeling" when i've been listening to >my recent demo projects. Ted, you get some great tones on there >(well heck, the playing is downright fab-o-good too), now it looks like >i need to find a tube replacement gear (ug). oh well...happy fri...