1 JimmyR 2 weeks ago Over the years a lot of cool stuff has happened to me as a direct result of being in bands, or being a gear geek. From playing in bands I have met some seriously cool (to me anyway) people - Nick Cave, Blixa Bargeld, Bjork, Rev Horton Heat, Nick Sheperd (Hoodoo Gurus), Harvey James (Sherbet), Phil Emmanuel (Tommy's Bro), Chris Martin IV, oh loads of people. And that includes reading what all you guys have to say here.I've dealt with people all over the world looking at esoteric pieces of gear. Just recently i have been making my own overdrives and fuzz pedals, and getting into using germanium transistors. Turns out that you can currently buy some very good Russian made germanium transistors for next to nothing and they work very well. I just bought some off Ebay from a guy in Odessa and another guy in Tomsk.So I look up Tomsk on Google street view. I even have the guy's address, so after deciphering the Cyrillic alphabet with Google's help I found the apartment block he lives in. Yes, I know this is starting to sound like stalking, but I have have an insatiable curiosity about everything that isn't where I live. I had quite a good look at Tomsk - turns out it's in deepest Siberia, just above Mongolia - ie a bloody long way from where I live! Probably covered in snow for much of the year.I think it's incredible that (a) I can easily buy something from a bloke who lives in darkest Siberia, (b) look at his hometown on my computer screen thanks to Google Streetview, and (c) find that the streets of Tomsk don't look so different from streets I have been down in the USA, or Croatia, or many other places I have been.All of this comes from my interest in music and music making. I think it's very cool. I also think it's cool that the Russian military surplus transistors I bought could have ended up in a Russian tank radio. But now they are in a fuzz pedal in Australia.