If you do not know what you are doing, you stand a healthy chance of destroying the
circuit you are trying to bend.
Let me tell you a story:
back to my days in the 70's when I worked with V whose story I told earlier about the mop
and bucket room, the hitch-hiker and the pianist with the large nose.
sitting in the workshop one day, setting fire to my fingers with some expensive
semiconductors, a process I used to call soldering, when a musician with a tube-amp under
his arm and a Siamese cat on a lead walked in. I say a cat on a lead but actually it was a
cat in the tradition of passive resistance, lying on the ground being pulled along on a
He said that it was resting.
He then handed us the tube amp
saying, "Ive like added some circuitry make it like sound man."
What he had
done was to take a circuit board out of some transistor radio and wire it up to various
points in the tube amp just as his fancy took him.
Rather than explain the
difference between tubes and transistors, my then employer (V) demonstrated it: he plugged
it in and turned it on. There was a yellow flash and a very loud bang and volumes of brown
smoke poured out of its sides.
The cat took off like one of those motorcycle
Walls of Death stunt drivers. It streaked round all four walls of the workshop at about
five feet above ground before going to earth in a Leslie cabinet.
later, when the owner of that cabinet returned, I was given the job of trying to persuade
him with a straight face, that it had come to us smelling like that.
careful what you bend - it could end up smelling of cat's urine!
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