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the best part for me was simply DISCOVERING it. maybe 2/3 of the players in the alchemy were my most direct influences as a kid, and i found this site about the same time Nickelback, Linkin Park, etc, were doing their damndest to shit all over guitar based rock. an added bonus was a rediscovery of Michael Schenker, whom i had not listened to for years. indeed, i never listened to MSG at ALL. another plus was some of the ongoing gear discussion, which helped me identify some weaknesses in my live sound. i was using these Ibanez superstrats then, with too many effects, in a failing effort to cover as many bases as possible in my band. i ended up basically paring my rig down to a Flying V and a 50w Marshall top, which i stuck with until i stopped playing live rock n roll. that rig actually helped me land a lucrative gig that i kept for a few years. it sounded as big as a barn. i play electric blues and classic r&b exclusively now, but i'm still a dino at heart. btw, my original handle on this site was Aeolius Pi. Dave rules!