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YouTube.  A friend turned me on to it.  We sat there for an hour watching old Hank Marvin and Duane Eddy clips.  We even found Bert Weedon.  (Those who understand, will understand.)

Everything’s on YouTube, it seems.  Here, for exampple, is Monty Python’s tribute to that strangely neglected composer Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern- schplenden- schlitter- crasscrenbon- fried- digger- dingle- dangle- dongle- dungle- burstein- von- knacker- thrasher- apple- banger- horowitz- ticolensic- grander- knotty- spelltinkle- grandlich- grumblemeyer- spelterwasser- kurstlich- himbleeisen- bahnwagen- gutenabend- bitte- ein- nurnburger- bratwustle- gernspurten- mitz- weimache- luber- hundsfut- gumberaber- shonedanker- kalbsfleisch- mittler- aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm. 

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