JUST IN - A Quote From This Year's Main Sponsor Elite Audio

'Quite simply the best show we have ever had the pleasure to exhibit! Huge amounts of enthusiasm from so many Wammers who clearly share our passion for music. Can't wait for next year..........'

Mark Cargill - CEO Elite Audio

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About flak monkey

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    Norfolk, UK
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  • Turn Table
    Roksan Radius
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    RB250, Ortofon Black
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    VTA PH12
  • Digital Source 1
    Roksan Kandy K2
  • Digital Source 2
    Sonos Connect/NAS
  • DAC
    Breeze Audio XMOS
  • Pre-Amp
    DIY SP12 Valve
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  • My Speakers
    Acoustic Energy AE2
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Go to the playlist and click on the 3 dots on the song and click remove...
  2. Find the track you want to add, click the 3 dots on the right hand side, click add to playlist and choose the WAM one. You will need to follow the WAM playlist first, otherwise it won't be in your list. Go to it and just click 'Follow'
  3. Scalford's been and gone, so no excuses... All welcome, but spaces are limited to around 4-5 to be comfy. Dates will be finalised depending on availability of people, but currently any of the following 3 Sundays are possible: 16th, 23rd or 30th April So for those interested, please post your preferred date... Obviously please feel free to bring kit/music with you, pre-amps are always interesting... Most importantly I will provide food and beverages of various descriptions. Location: near Wisbech on the Norfolk/Cambs boarder
  4. Sylvia is an amazing woman - in every sense of the word. I've met and spoken to her on many occasions. As an ex biker she is really happy that I am doing a tribute bike for them. There is a BBC documentary called Black Roses which is a selection of poetry - but it's not currently available on iplayer. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b055kpfm This is the charity single that I played a few times in my room.
  5. It is, and it's amazing how few people have heard of them. I've supported them from the beginning - I was at university when it all happened and was facing abuse myself, albeit mostly just verbal, and for the same reasons as Sophie was attacked. I wear my wristbands every day (they never come off), my work PC desktop is the charity logo, and the bike I am building is a tribute too - it's the 10 year anniversary this year, so it seemed extra special to do something more. I've got a lot of their merch, and I played the charity single at Scalford a few times last weekend (several people asked me what it was as it's a brilliant solo/acoustic track). I don't disagree with the work other charities do, but the Sophie Lancaster Foundation means more to me than any other - and I expect it's the same with any other charity that people support, you pick one that means something to you. Here's the bike artwork I've just had done
  6. I think it's a good idea, but at the end of the day it's what the majority want to do. I only support one charity, and I do so as much as I can and is within my means. I do that because the cause they represent means more to me personally than any other. They also have close ties to music and that's a big defining part of me. They are national, and work closely with children and police forces across the UK to educate. http://www.sophielancasterfoundation.com
  7. Well, yes, clearly. Also over my choice of Sonos as a source... and my hotch potch of cables and DIY stuff. But hey...
  8. As a first time exhibitor and visitor I was made extremely welcome, and everyone who spoke with me was friendly and helpful (and in varying states of inebriation) I didn't get around many of the other rooms, but those I did see were all very impressive. Mine was probably one of the rooms people complained that was loud (it was) although no one actually mentioned it to my face. Had a few snarky comments about some of the tracks I played too, but it didn't stop people coming in for a listen throughout the weekend, and I played every request I had. Had a few people question my choice of cabling, and criticism of my laptop sitting of a plastic crate which would obviously destroy the sound quality (considering it was being played from a NAS sat on the floor...) But overall the positive comments received far outweighed the negative which made it a worthwhile experience. I'll be back again next year with a slightly different selection of kit and some big active speakers.
  9. Agreed wholeheartedly - a degree does teach you the skills to think, research and critically analyse information though (especially technical ones) - and I find those skills invaluable, far more so than any of the actual course content. I'd already got a good practical grounding in design and engineering when I did my degree. So much of what we covered in terms of content wasn't new to me - except a lot of the maths - but the critical thinking required to write good technical reports and research for them is worth it's weight in gold... I got a good degree, and won a couple of national awards as a result - but none of that has honestly helped me in 'real life' terms. I still attribute my success to my grandfather (Royal Engineers - RADAR development) and father (time served apprentice) who both taught me more about engineering than university ever did.
  10. The Race.... awesome track!
  11. Thick skin and too much sarcasm Working in engineering does that to you.
  12. Relaxation has a lot to do with that too....!
  13. Thanks Serge, pleased you thought it was better on Sunday. A 6" movement of the speakers from the wall made all the difference - thanks in no small part to @Duvets advice on Saturday night. It was a new experience for me having to set up in such a square room, a learning curve. But like you say that's what it's all about. It was still a bit too bass weighted for my liking (home sounds rather light in comparison, but I know it's a much flatter response now), but it seemed to work pretty well all told. Next time it will be a different challenge entirely....
  14. Oh, I had some rather nice JD Honey from @Spider and some very, very tasty chilli vodka from the guys up in the Lenco heaven room too, and a couple of people bought me a pint too. All rather good, so I guess it was a fairly heavy night on Saturday.... So thanks and cheers