I was on the run from the IRA in Thatcher’s London when a dying comrade of mine encouraged me to check out Electro-Harmonix’s new wah, “The Crying Bass.” I stayed with it for a while, and then gradually noticed that all was not as it seemed. Unlike most wah stompboxes, The Crying Wah didn’t have a hinge. I tried to get used it it, but that’s just not what I’m looking for. I like the natural friction of a traditional pedal. If that makes me closed-minded, I’m sorry, but that’s just how my brain is wired.