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    The Gallery, Monticute House, Somerset. by Rick Francis, on Flickr Lady at Monticute House, Somerset. by Rick Francis, on Flickr
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    I didn't get much time to go around taking photos, but I've uploaded what I did take (including the very blurred ones of the Sony museum in Max' room...) https://www.flickr.com/photos/92189939@N07/albums/72157679273688132
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    No its just the rest of the flickr account. Apologies if that offended anyone, you can do your own drawings of your crappy setups next time.*
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    Things are moving on well. First spring cauliflower looking good. Tomato and chilli pepper seedlings growing well. General vegetable seedlings ready for pricking out and transplanting.
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    Cellar beneath Dunster Castle by Rick Francis, on Flickr Wild goat near the Valley of the rocks, Lynmouth. by Rick Francis, on Flickr
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    I've just about recovered now. That was my first Scalford show as either visitor or exhibitor and I've already signed up for next year. Just... wow. Peter & Rachel: you should be incredibly proud of what you've just achieved - you were warm and welcoming from the outset and even though on arrival I knew a grand total of TWO people in the whole building, by the time I left, I felt genuinely accepted as part of the show as a whole. I struggle to put names to faces at the best of times but a huge thank you to everyone (especially Craig who I nearly killed!) who helped me move some gear after my car accident left me struggling with the really heavy stuff. As a show, my only regret was not getting around more rooms on the Saturday as I was of course tied to my room for the whole day on Sunday. Next year, I think I may arrive on the Friday... simply to allow myself a whole day to soak up the atmosphere on the Saturday. The wife has also expressed an interest in coming along - but on the condition that it's the same weekend as Cake International at the NEC again so that she can split her weekend! Pfffft... cake. The hotel staff were absolutely great! It seems that Wammers can drink a bar dry as on three separate occasions I was stood waiting for the Doombar to be changed!! The running of the whole weekend was very slick indeed. Arriving to find such a professional (and personalised) pack waiting for me set the tone for the whole event. The complimentary coffee and sausage sandwich were much needed and very welcome! I appreciate that as systems go, I probably featured toward to bottom end of what was on offer to see, but I did not receive a single negative comment from exhibitors or visitors alike (excluding a couple of visitors who just opened the door and scoffed the word "Sony" in a semi disgusted tone before walking off down the corridor!). The wealth of knowledge on hand was humbling; I became involved in some conversations that went so far over my head that in all honesty, all I could do was smile and nod. To each and every one of you that took the time to say hello, thank you. Roll on 2018!
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    Only just seen this thread and feel the need to mention my experience. Seven years ago my youngest daughter showed me a picture of a rescue Staffie in a nearby rescue centre (I had been moaning about how much I missed having a dog). We visited several times, I felt awful leaving the dog at the kennels each time we left. On advice from the RSPCA, I installed 6 foot wire net fencing around our garden as the Staffie we met had managed to pull her claws out trying to escape from the kennels by climbing the perimeter fence. We had a home inspection and interview once I had completed the work and were finally approved to take on the dog. We had two or three sleepless nights as Tia was stir crazy by the time she came to us and craved attention. I changed my alarm clock settings so that I could be up earlier in the morning to take her for a walk. I had to get off my backside, regardless of the weather, to take her for an evening walk. The process of adopting a dog requires hard work, care and devotion - very like having children in my opinion! BUT, in return we have a beautiful, funny, relaxed, gentle and happy dog/member of our family/pack. She has kept me sane when work has been stressful and improved my general health - I wouldn't have walked for a couple of hours a day without her. Someone in an earlier post said that we need to remember what Staffies were bred for. This applies to any dog, we also need to remember that they were called "nanny dogs" as they were trusted to look after small children. Any dog can become a problem if they are owned by an arsehole with an ego problem. There are lots of Staffies in kennels because there are lots of arseholes in this country. Please do consider taking on a rescue dog, but be aware that you will need to adjust your life to cater for its needs.
  8. 3 points
    Having had a day to recover, and reflect on what was a great show, I would like firstly, to thank Peter and Rachel for taking on the Wam, when it was probably at its lowest, and for continuing with the best show in the country. The way it was this year, blew me away. Polished, professional, yet still kept all the great camaraderie that James started out, with all those years ago. We arrived Friday and were greeted Peter, Rachel, Danny and Caroline, and were Royally entertained along with the Linn team, and a few other early birds. It was unexpected and thoroughly appreciated, thank-you. Now onto the show. There was as always loads of enthusiasm, and excitement on the Saturday morning as people started to arrive, all to be offered a coffee/tea and a bacon/sausage Bap. all exhibitors were also given a welcome pack (nice touch). Music started as early as Midday from some rooms and by the evening, most of us were ready for our evening meal, followed by live entertainment, courtesy of Barneys Dad (Steve), and the Happy Meldrews, and then Dean spinning some great tunes after. The rooms had there usual Saturday night feel, relaxed and fun, with plenty to drink too, as I know only to well from the way I felt Sunday morning! The show itself started off with a bang, the first 2 coaches arriving full, and my room having people in it from 10am, it continued like that for the rest of the day. I would like to thank everybody who took the time to come in and listen, and for the many compliments, on what was a very modest system. The only downside to the day, I did not win anything in the raffle . But congratulations to everyone who did, and what star prizes they were. Thanks to Steve (Barneys Dad) for arranging the curry on Sunday night, great as always, and Steve (that shipbroker bloke ) for driving us there and back. Lastly but not least, my Cornish buddy Ken for helping carry, setup, and putting up with me for 3 days. See you all next year.
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    Hi folks, just wanted to thank everyone who attended our sessions, and of course the organisers for putting on a fantastic show. We all had a thoroughly good time and enjoyed meeting you all. If anyone has any feedback we'd love to hear it. We are currently processing all the questionnaires and hope to send out the invites in due course to those of you who signed up. Look out for an email from hello@exakt.design. We will make an announcement here once they are all sent out.
  10. 2 points
    Well, having Linn's two software guys, the Head of Speaker Design and the Engineering Director all sat in my room for over an hour on Saturday night listening to my system using Exakt filter designs I'd modified myself was initially nerve-wracking, but they loved it. A great experience! I don't suppose that could happen anywhere else
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    He has a Canon 500D with a standard 18-55mm lens. A nice camera but nothing special. He did photography as one of his GCSE exams and got an A*. Glad you liked them.
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    I am not disagreeing with you, nor am I trying to lessen the IRA's misdeeds, but if you don't comprehend where they're coming from, you have no chance of coming up with a solution. And, no, it's not selective history, it's simply that what hast happened in the past, ancient or less ancient, has consequences. We can't walk these things back, we can't resurrect the Irish who died in the potato famine any more than we can bring back the innocent victims of IRA (and Loyalist) atrocities, but we can recognise that these deeds, however misbegotten, have their roots in previous injustices, seek to learn the lessons from them and seek to address the still active grievances. Both sides in Northern Ireland, thankfully, have sought to do that. They're a long way apart, and, one suspects, will remain so for some time yet, but they've agreed to bury the hatchet, and not in each other's heads. One could make an argument that it took innocent deaths to get us to this point - not a comfortable argument I agree, but without them the Northern Ireland peace process might not have happened. Perhaps they didn't die in vain after all.
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    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01EH5MS9Y/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Yes, thank God. If I had lighter stuff, I'd want more than 1 show in a year.
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    Unfortunately Hi-Fi suffers from too much of this 'closed mind' snobbery. I really enjoyed your room Rob and hope to chat with you again. (did you ever get round to checking those Apple TV4 specs.?)
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    Part of my new 'everyday things' series of photography; 'Smile' 'Smile' by APM Photography, on Flickr
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    Where to begin? Whilst you are certainly entitled to your opinion, do you realise that each and every exhibitor paid easily 8 to 10 times what you did.. for YOUR benefit. Personally, my costs amounted to £75 in accommodation, £85 for car hire (hot hatches don't swallow hifi so I needed an estate), £70 in fuel (that was driving VERY economically Devon and back!), £75 in food and drink, £30 for assorted items to tart up the look of my room. I could go on, but I can't be bothered. Now I could have stayed at home and enjoyed my system from the comfort of my sofa, but I CHOSE to bring it and exhibit so that it added to the overall magnitude of the show that you attended. Does your £20 seem a little inconsequential now? I find it a shade insulting that your first post on the Wam is in this tone. If you were contributing to the community that this show is designed to benefit then I think more people would stand and pay attention, but as you haven't actually given any though about what goes into creating such a spectacle, it almost feels like you've only come here to moan. You discuss the "vision of the Wam" and yet with the exception of paying a pittance to attend the show, have done nothing else to help it reach that vision. Please also consider the fact that this show was bankrolled by ONE couple. They've not profited from the success of the show - they've covered their costs and the rest will go to Cancer Research! If you'd care to personally fill the financial void that excluding traders from 2018's show would create, please raise your hand! Anyway, I'm out. I'll be interested to see if you attend in 2018.
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    The ears that know good sound are not changed by marque so please accept those that positively stayed a track as the real deal. I look forward to hearing you again in 2018 - good luck with your application . The show values ' young blood' . Rock on!
  19. 1 point
    Great demo guys, and like others have said, refreshingly free from marketing. I must also add that it was great of you to get into the whole spirit of the show - DIY speakers, problems with the room acoustics, carrying other people's gear, loads of time consuming beer and curry. Honorary Wammers I'd say
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    Still working my way through the Cuba images. Taken in Trinidad, on a day trip. Cigar man by Tillman Kleinhans ARPS EFIAP/b DPAGB BPE2*, on Flickr Canon 5D2 + 24-105L, 1/320s @ f8, ISO320 raw
  21. 1 point
    As late as that? I thought I identified a lack of enthusiasm early doors Having almost recovered, I can now thank everyone for such a great show, starting with Pete, Rach', Danny, Caroline, fellow exhibitors & hangers on helpers, and of course the visitors without whom the show is (almost) pointless. A fortnight ago I was wondering why am I the spending time and money and facing all the upheaval of relocating my equipment? On arrival Friday afternoon it didn't take long to remember why I do it - because it's great fun. By 9am Saturday the Lenco room was playing music and already it was a good show. By bacon roll and coffee time it was becoming a great show. On Sunday it was a fantastic show, so good that I lost track of time and wondered why people were packing up early! I am already looking forward to next year, and have some ideas which may mean I will (for the first time) look to exhibit as a Wammer, and not part of the Lenco Heaven room. Roll on 2018!
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    My first show and what a great spirit I found. It was not only very high end systems on display as I thought before I came along- some of you achieved a great sounding system for little. My ears were delighted by the following ( and I'm sorry if I've left anyone out)- Greybeard in 205- very detailed Oppo DAC . I heard subtitles in my CD that surprised me. Harv's Focal 927 Infra bass in Syn 21. Deep, deep clean bass (I hope that the neighbouring rooms didn't complain!) Linn's Exakt's demo was revealing- I think its the way forward with programmable crossovers Sunbeamgls had a similar system. Very sweet sounding. Looper in 232 had a similar home made set of filters driving the rebuilt Concords. Better sounding than they were in 1975 I'm sure. It was great talking to him about his thoughts and design ideas, and he managed it on a very tight budget. It was also good to heard old school speakers; Spendor BC1 in Nav's and The new Graham LS5/9 in ijrussell's. It shows that the old BBC design still holds up so many years later Finally, Pearl Acoustics Sibelius single unit speakers. Very clean and natural sounding system. Simplicity works A great community- it was great meeting you all. I've been inspired to exhibit myself next year, I see the rooms are filling up quickly tho. . . Lastly thanks for the great welcome given to me, a big round of applause to the smooth organisation of the show and to Barneys dad for arranging the excellent curry afterwards. Looking forward to Scalford 2018!
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    If you do, make sure it's not just any old bubble. I'm pretty sure Russ Andrews sells some really special ones.
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    Very nice promo shot but can we have a true photo of the system, rather than in the show home? For a true Wammer system, the it needs a 'Pub' carpet, Dog or Cat laying on the floor with some LPs placed flat on top of the speakers with a reflection of you in your pants from the corner window......
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    Time will perhaps give a more even handed opinion to what actually went on over in Northern Ireland. Take Palestine for instance on how the Palestinians were seen as the scourge of modern society but history as shown that it wasn't all black and white and that they were treated abominably in their own country. Similar in NI where the Catholic's didn't even have the vote until relatively recently. Not to mention discrimination in housing, jobs and civil rights. No small wonder it kicked off. However I do not condone for one moment the violence, but the British government could and should have done better to avert the ensuing bloodbath.
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    we always had dealers i.e stamford audio selling records , missing link selling cables . and others . makes it so intersting to have a mix . it was great to see elite audio and others there and it added to the tremendous atmosphere and flavour of the show . its good also for them to meet many of their customers who they talk to on the wam face to face
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    You could at least buy me a drink first!! It's 24-25mm
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    I think rega old style arms are 223mm, so sounds like one of them might fit.
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    I've been away post show so this is a very late thank you to all who exhibited and all who made it possible. I did room sit with Eddie (Naim/Epos) so I didn't get round all the rooms, and even missed some I had down to not miss - the show end came all too suddenly. Memorable sounds I took away in my head were: Eddies Naim/Epos system - this had no right to sound as good as it did, and flagged up once again how important system synergy is... JBLs...both...luverly jubberly...they never sound less than great do they? Mf1000 Kieth's infra-bass system...huge soundstage, smooth and detailed. And a really pleasant listen. And he played my Rob Wasserman cd! The room 222 Audio Note system...I'd never heard an entire Audio Note rig, and had kind of mentally written the whole Audio Note thing off as being a bit niche...after all no vintage stuff, nothing with a studio heritage, reasonable WAF - how could this stuff be any good? Beautiful and even handed system which handled all genres of music beautifully and without favour. I was constantly inner-commenting as listening, "well, it did that really well"....An eye opener. And of the trade exhibits, which I went back to on several occasions, the Elite Audio room sounded great, really good, and they pulled off this trick with both sets of speakers. Huge, present and smooth, detailed, yet with a beguiling absence of edge to the sound. Even with those weeny physics-defying Boenick w8s... And, finally, proving you didn't have to spend telephone numbers to be up in the first class, Greybeards home brew active setup. Do we really have to wait a year for the next one?
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    Awesome effort again, pal. It's the best example of open baffle I've heard.
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    I do understand the history quite well. IRA means could never justify the end nor be legitimised by historical wrong doings at the beginnings of 'troubles'. MM may have viewed all the blood on his hands as a that of 'instruments of war' and haves slept easy with it. But the vast majority of his victims were innocent and not any part of the historical time period nor 'cause' with which IRA violence was justified. The likes of Ghandi and Mandella have shown us all that peaceful protest works just as well as violence when it comes to longer term reconciliation. Had MM offered some humility and empathy to the victims of his 'activism actions', then he would have died a greater man. IMHO
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    ..and before anyone mentions it, yes the wife was very understanding when I told her that I'd gone to the show and come home with an STD!!
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    While I can understand what you're saying, you also need to understand that the problem arose as a result of the long, disastrous English interference in that island next door that never invaded anyone and would have been perfectly happy to have been left alone. Violence is the inevitable result of people being pushed into a corner with nowhere left to go. After Partition, Westminster more or less ignored Northern Ireland, probably hoping that it would simply go away, leaving the "Protestant parliament for a Protestant people", in the words of first NI Prime Monster James Craig, to discriminate against Catholics in all manner of ways, to ensure that the Prods would remain top-dog. Peaceful protests based on the US civil rights model were met with Loyalist violence, sometimes abetted by the RUC and their auxiliary B Specials. The violence led to the revival of the moribund IRA and "the Troubles". I'm not saying that what the IRA did is right - the cause of Irish unity is not worth one innocent life, meaning that we're more than 3000 overdrawn - only that it is understandable. It is to the credit of McGuinness and Adams that they saw that this was not the way, and their stature within the Republican movement helped them to bring about the Good Friday Agreement. To this Northern Prod, the balance is positive.
  37. 1 point
    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.
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    A couple of great/outstanding/interesting experiences in room 239 that I can recall are as follows: When I asked a visitor/s for any requests music wise on 2 separate occasions they asked "got any Jazz ?" To which I had to reply "sorry afraid not, I didn't bring any " ! 10 minutes later, when I asked the same question of another visitor he replied "anything, as long as its NOT Jazz " ! When I apologised to a room full of visitors for the boomy bass in my small bedroom one chap replied, "this isn't boomy bass , if you want to hear boomy bass you ought to go into room *** " ! On more than one occasion a visitor commented to me that in a lot of the rooms the music was being played at too high a volume level, at which point I grabbed the remote control to turn the volume control down on my amp. Now't so queer as folk. The greatest thing for me though as an exhibitor was when at least 5 separate visitors earnestly and very kindly told me on leaving the room that my system was the best sound they had heard at the show . Of course , there is always the chance that they had said this in every room that they had visited .
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    I'm hoping you exhibit for the 2018 show, because you will see a really different side to the show. I say this purely because in your criticism you mentioned the 2 systems which were not on show, as I mentioned before, one of them is seriously ill and wasn't able to make it. Once you are aware of the true problems the show organisers face and equally, the problems the exhibitors face, I think you'd have an entirely different opinion of how wonderful the weekend is. If you think there is a void, fill it yourself. The large impressive equipment doesn't spawn spontaneously and start playing, they're average Joes who want the punters to see something different.
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    One of my favourite memories is standing with Rick by the bar, then him looking past my shoulder with a progressively larger grin, before I turned round to see rabski clutching the banister and grinning massively to himself as well. I love booze.
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    Great photos pal! Even made my room look semi professional!
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    You should've heard it before I changed the cartridge!! 😂😂😂
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    What a family team you have Tim! Enjoyed your room a lot as well ! Thankyou all.
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    3 taken by my wife: 20170319_144129 by uh_simon, on Flickr 20170319_130504 by uh_simon, on Flickr 20170319_130459 by uh_simon, on Flickr
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    Great photos, Craig. I think Max should have been given some kind of award for his passion and dedication to the cause. I loved the way he gave my friend and I a verbal tour of his collection, beginning with 'this was the first prerecorded cassette I bought and this is how it sounded (then playing it for us on the original system that he had at that time). I have to say again just what a lovely job you did on the cabinets of your Yammie's, Craig. I saw them last year, but they still impressed me this time around. Much better than the standard black finish.
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    Just to my 2p worth.... Big pat on the back to organising crew, the welcoming pack is a nice touch and my brother and I just wanted to say thanks to all who came to chat and listen to some tunes... Was nice to catch up with plenty of peeps though I didn't get to hear many systems over the weekend... I really enjoyed my time let loose with the wilsons & plinius setup of battered haggis and rabski on sat night, whether anyone else did whilst i was there is a different question Sunbeamgls system sounded nice and taut and flak monkey who stayed up a little later to impress us with another fab sounding system... Whilst I couldn't quite get it sounding right... I didn't blow anything up this year But next year can I have a room that doesn't rattle please
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    Before I got my ProAc 125s, my first "real" speakers, I diverted from one of my regular trips up north to visit Castle HQ. Can't remember which model I auditioned but when I was shown round the factory, I was told they made the cabinets for ProAcs. I did email to tell them I'd decided to buy the 125's so would be buying their lovely cabinets but not their speakers; funnily enough they didn't reply. Does anyone know who makes the ProAc cabinets today? Anyway, true audiophiles use beeswax not Mr Sheen which can make some systems sound bright. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    My therapist says spending less is going forwards not backwards. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    I liked the setup, sounded really good. Record player was much better than Rob's standard one, too..:P
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    I listened to Jo Berry talking about losing her father to an IRA bomb on Radio 4 on my way from work. It was quite moving, her ability to understand and forgive. "For me it's about empathy. My passion is how we create peace - moving from blame to empathy," (copied from the BBC website - my memory isn't quite that good!).