Classic Scene #44: This Is Spinal Tap

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NIGEL: This is a top to a, you know, what we use on stage. But it’s very, very special, because, if you can see, the numbers all go to 11. Look, right across the board. Eleven, 11, 11, 11... (Nigel beams angelically.)

MARTY: Oh. And most amps go up to ten...

NIGEL: Exactly!

MARTY: Does that mean it’s louder? Is that any louder?

NIGEL: Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most blokes’re gonna be playing at ten. You’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up. You’re on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?

MARTY: I don’t know.

NIGEL: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?

MARTY: Put it up to 11.

NIGEL: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.

MARTY: Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?

NIGEL:* (Chewing his gum, drinking in the logic of the idea, dismissing it out of hand)* These go to 11...