I live in england and i've noticed that none of my friends who call themselves "musicians" seem to care atall about technical issues. They dont care as long as they look cool. It's also the same when it comes to buying equipment, for example the guitarist in my band bought a 100 watt head and when he bought the cab didn't check if it was rated at 4 ohms or 8ohms, and now he wants to add another cab to his stack and won't listen when i tell him to check the impedance first. he says it doesn't matter about the impedance, and we all know thats not true. I've also noticed round here that people are rated by the amount of songs they can play, for example if someone could play every nirvana song and every blink 182 song people consider them amazing. Is it like this all over the country, it seems to me that the americans care a lot more about their instruments and other equipment than the people i know. They are however aged from 15-18 and took up an instrument to get chicks, to me thats not what its all about.