JohnG

A Few Thoughts on Kegworth after a Weeks Reflection

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I was a Newbie Exhibitor in Room 106,

' The Built it Yourself, or if You Can't, Get Somebody to Build it for You Suite' 

I think the room did as it said on the tin.

How do I recollect the weekend, well I can only say it was a very rewarding experience, the energy and interest, and outward expression of satisfaction expressed by so many visitors has been a joy to share in.

The individuals that heard the system in use and came back for more experiences,                                    bringing others along to experience the SQ, was very unexpected, and very reminiscent of some of the ways    I had reacted to certain set ups in the past and slowly but surely worked my way toward mimicing those impressions. 

There was from my witnessing, a great sense of enthusiasm and satisfaction being shown by the collection of visitors/exhibitors in the corridors and other areas frequented by them.

When I was at the Bar area for a very brief period on Sunday, I was informed by a very well established person in HiFi, that I had changed their whole opinion on ESL 57's and they were wanting to get a pair into their showroom to learn more.

I was also told that a member of One Thing Audio was specifically directed to my room to listen to the 57's,      I hope they were pleased with their work on Public Show.                                                                                              It would have been nice to have bought a pint of Ale for that person.   

Individuals who had brought there own personnal music to be played, and then to be told that the replay was the best they had ever heard it was very unexpected.                                                                                          Keeping in mind the TT was only played for its first time on Saturday for about 15 minutes at another venue, and then not played again in the new venue until Sunday, due to my not having a DIN Phono Cable.                   A visitor on the Saturday to my Room, went away under the promise of returning on Sunday with a usable cable, which they kept. A big Thank You to that man.

There are many memorable moments I can recall from the Saturday and Sunday's visits to my room.

All of these memories accumulate into a few thoughts.

I know today for sure HiFi means a lot to a certain group, and I was very fortunate to be able to participate in a event that supports such enthusiasts.

I received much more in return than I offered.

I went for a Social Weekend and I was inundated with Socialisation.

I hoped my system would be enjoyed and I sensed much enjoyment being expressed from many.   

I can't see any reasons why I should not share in this in the future, either as a exhibitor or a Visitor,                    it has been good for the Body, Mind and Soul.

My discussions throughout the past week with my Room Helper and Co Exhibitor Stoyan,                                has mirrored my thoughts and he freely states his satisfaction with his experience on his day. 

More importantly, I am sure that my story is not a 'One Off'      

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I only managed to listen to your system for a few minutes, because I was busy with my own system in 104, but what I heard was very impressive. 

Good that your first Kegworth experience was so positive!

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Yes, this show is really something quite special.

Your 57's were making beautiful music - stunning. I'm just sorry I didn't have more time to listen to the all the Quad ESL's at the show  - I would have loved to spend more time with Ed's setup too.

One day, I will own a pair of these fine speakers. One day.....

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John, that must have been a huge logistical task to get all the kit in the room and linked together. 

Your room sounded divine and I came back twice, once with the Fink CD. 

I hope the 57’s survived the day. I know there is a temptation to allow the volume to creep up as the day progresses. 

Thank you for exhibiting. 

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Your room was superb and as said above, I wish I could have spent longer in it.

Your experience grasps the entire purpose of the show perfectly. Firstly it feels like an awful lot of effort after humping lots of gear up the corridor, but always ends with a feeling of satisfaction after a weekend of unique enthusiasm. 

There's nothing else like it.

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Agreed with all that’s been said above.

I wasn’t 100% sure about exhibiting this year but I’m so glad I did. The weekend renewed my enthusiasm for the show. It was really good sharing the room this year and that added to the experience. We loved it from start to finish.

Room 106 was really good, certainly showed what ESL 57’s can do. On Saturday eve as me and Kate left your room I simply said to her. “Now that’s what a HiFi should sound like” enough said.

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13 hours ago, Spider said:

Agreed with all that’s been said above.

I wasn’t 100% sure about exhibiting this year but I’m so glad I did. The weekend renewed my enthusiasm for the show. It was really good sharing the room this year and that added to the experience. We loved it from start to finish.

Room 106 was really good, certainly showed what ESL 57’s can do. On Saturday eve as me and Kate left your room I simply said to her. “Now that’s what a HiFi should sound like” enough said.

We had a similar experience - I've been gagging for ESL's for years, and Michèle (Mrs Brigadoon) couldn't understand why.  As we made our way to the ...erm...gym... 9_9  after listening to John's system, she turned to me and asked thoughtfully  "So, how much would a pair of those speakers cost?".......

We're moving to  a bigger house in July, so....

As  a footnote, I once auditioned a setup costing north of £100k consisting of Avant Garde Trio horns, California Audio Lab and Balanced Audio Technology Valve Pre/power amps and a I think a California Audio Lab Aria valve Cd player, listening to Eva Cassidy's "Fever". The same track on John G's system simply blew that one out of orbit

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Hi John,

I walked past your room during a quiet moment on Saturday evening, and was invited in for a listen. The quads were still warming up, but the monster 845's were glowing and everything sounded good, i apologise for all the questions about the builds. I walked past several times on the Sunday but there wasn't any space to get into the room ! I did manage to get a listen to the SP10 later in the day & everything was flowing along very nicely. Thanks for bringing your system and good luck with the evolving journey.

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Thank You for such kind words.

Eva Cassidy's cover of 'Fever' was quite special.  

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Agree with all the above, i thought John's system was exceptional . It prompted me to reevaluate my prejudice that electrostatics can't do rock!

I particularly enjoyed AC/DC's Ride On and Squealer. 😤

11/10 for enjoyment 😈

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I love the fact that John and a few others took their Quad stats along for non-owners to hear. They almost always impress me, regardless of the room they're being used in. I enjoyed every room that had them at this year's show.

I can't see me ever selling mine. To my ears they just do so much, so well. 

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Yes John's room was great. Shame I didn't get to stay longer, especially to have another listen to that German phono stage that he brought to the bake off last year.

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