I was just going to use furniture to make the same point. They both provide the same function, but one was made by hand, and is the work of a skilled artisan.
Ive seen restaurant wine stewards (like a waiter but only recommends and sells wine) sniff corks when opening expensive wine for customers; looks like they are confirming that the $100 bottle is legit but its really just theater to boost the confirmation bias for the diners who just overpayed on a $35 bottle.Since I posted this on TDPRI a half hour ago in a thread that somehow went from tube production to opinions as facts, to hurt feelings, and then to cork sniffing, I thought this was an appropriate thread to beat back to life.
Just to set the record straight for people referring to "cork sniffing." Such a thing has been done, but it's of little purpose.
In this household we're definitely not experts, but we enjoy better wines and have sought education on the topic. We've schooled a bit with some of the best in the world and not one of them sniffed corks or mentioned the practice as part of tasting a wine from corked bottle to a swish in the mouth. Not one sommelier, steward, or server has ever offered us a cork.
If the cork is soft or soaked, it's visually obvious when the bottle is opened. In a good restaurant, the bottle is immediately replaced. In practice, you don't eat the cork, you drink the wine instead, so a bit of it is poured into a glass and you can tell by nose and taste if it's right.
On deaf ears, perhaps, as folks seem to throw around "cork sniffer" as a favorite pejorative for people who have individual tastes and preferences, damn them.
Gnocci?I can only draw on my time at the guitar shop here - there were certain subsets of players/customers that came in; anything from teenagers in bands, to worship groups, to touring musicians, hobbyists/bedroom players, etc.
I don't want to cast any aspersions here...but there were most definitely "cork sniffing" regulars who, put it simply, seemed to have more money than sense. Touring guys (there's not a lot of session work in the area, so I don't actually recall any session musicians) would spend the big bucks on quality equipment that gave them a consistent sound - down to the minutiae of vintage wire or capacitors or whatever. Worship bands sought value. Hobbyists and bedroom guys could appreciate small differences, as they played in a controlled environment, but they didn't spend nearly as much money as touring guys. Our "Cork Sniffers," were the guys who came in, played the most expensive equipment with their greasy fingers, and grilled all of the employees on insane little details of every guitar, pedal, and amp.
When the Corkies had setup or repair work done, they demanded the most expensive components (or the components with the most (or fewest) logos). Corkies are the reason that my namesake Green Craig Strat is wired with milsurp RADAR-grade wires (it had the most tone, so the tech/shop owner bought a bunch to sell to the Corkies). Teen bands knew there was a difference between components, but in stark contrast to the Corkies, teen bands didn't care.
Corkies desired unobtanium - something that rubbed off on me in my early guitar years, TBH. If they could buy a 1 of 10 amplifier, they would...until a 1 of 5 amplifier hit the market. Just the boutique Klone pedal wasn't enough, no sir...the Corkies needed the chrome plated version. Speaking of pedals, the Corkies needed more and more overdrives, the more obscure the better.
And the weirdest one - all the mythology and bro science about guitars. I don't remember if I posted this before, but a Corky was the guy who told me that the reason that Strats, Teles, Les Pauls, and SGs all sound different is because the sound waves travel through the bodies differently and reverberate back through the pickups (with the horns/body shapes causing different reverberations, and therefore, different sounds). Strat pickups and Tele pickups are single-coils; humbuckers are double-coils; but according to the Corkies that were at the shop, P-90s were some sort of weird hybrid, and nobody really knew what made P-90 pickups different.
-Corkies desire ALL the overdrives
-Corkies have more money than sense
-Corkies can't see the forest through the trees - you might be able to tell a difference between 2 different components, but your audience sure can't.
-But, the Corky will use bro science to justify the above point.
Exactly. I have an LG OLED. It looks spectacular. My older son has one, too. Younger son Noah went for The Frame, a QLED set by Samsung. It also looks spectacular.We could change the cars to cuts of beef...or pivot over to the qualities of QLED versus OLED TVs.
This is a thread only visible to the posh and shall we say, fancy. You can see it now only because we have become aware you sleep wearing a bowler hat.How am I only now discovering this thread?? Sheer awesomeness.