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  • Sydney
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    Thanks for the invitations!
    Sounds like an informal party rather than an "event".
    Unfortunately, I will be in the Fort for the Easter weekend before, so...
    I do have friends who are into audio ( but rely on DIYers to build for them ) that I thought would benefit from exposure to non-commercial speaker offerings.
    These are guys I went to HS w in the Fort. that I help(ed) with their systems. There seems to be even fewer audio outlets ( compared to what I remember ) nowadays.

    Suggestion: Get a copier/scanner, and a laptop/pc with Adobe to create PDF. for electronic distribution. Bring flashdrives - Maybe a burner?
    I missed Don Keele's CBT demo - But I really appreciate the fact that it had videos documentation and he distributed his "goodies" disk

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  • Wolf
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    Originally posted by tomzarbo View Post
    I take it last year's event was held on the last week of April? I might be able to make it, although I'd have nothing to bring most likely.
    Is there usually room for a few casual observers in the listening area? My wife is small, she doesn't take up much room. :D

    TomZ
    Yes it was. Bring if have, if not fine.
    Sure- you would be very welcome to attend, Tom!
    Your wife might not have as much fun as us geeks chatting around,
    but she is also welcome.

    Hope to see you!
    Wolf

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  • tomzarbo
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    I take it last year's event was held on the last week of April? I might be able to make it, although I'd have nothing to bring most likely.
    Is there usually room for a few casual observers in the listening area? My wife is small, she doesn't take up much room. :D

    TomZ

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  • Wolf
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    Originally posted by Sydney View Post
    Thanks much for the info:
    Do you advertise to the FT's general public? And get sponsorship to offset costs?
    Is this the post for details? entry fee etc?
    If you mean taking out print ads- not usually. It usually pertains to those who have met on/off the forum, or have seen these threads post up and build numbers and interests. That said- locals are welcome to come, but the room can only be so full. Capacity in what we had last year was 60, but more can be included with the whole open room. We usually have about 30-40 attendants.

    As for sponsorship, we have had vendor-sent donated door-prizes to stimulate interest for the companies we support, as well as some anonymous benefactors paying for the room. There have been employees from Meniscus and PE at the InDIYana events, as they are welcome to attend.

    As Ed said- this is the snowballer thread! It will grow...Just wait! :D
    Usually there is not an entry fee, but there was talk last year of making this a group-funded event this year, and in advance of the shindig. Meaning the money pool would grow early to fund the space. I hadn't mentioned that again yet until now, and that is a viable possibility.
    Later,
    Wolf

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  • maynardg
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    Sydney, other than the events at Parts Express, these tend to be informal, details developed as they develop, irregular, hobbyist oriented, existing only due through the energy of organizers, a few weeks to a few months notice, no sponsorship other than passing the hat, communication via the board, and huge fun.

    Watch the boards and come enjoy.

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  • Wolf
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    Originally posted by edlafontaine View Post
    Either location works for me. Richmond is preferred just because I'm down HERE...:D It will probably take me all day Friday to get there, what with 2 lumber sources, PE and Fair Radio as mandatory stops...

    Last weekend in April.

    Encourage individuals to provide write-ups, or as much info as possible for documentation. Get approval from the front desk for use of their copier, with cost per sheet known up front.

    How can photo documentation be improved? Would someone be willing to capture photos by request?

    Would the format allow (end of day?) a shoot-out, side by side comparison?

    Could music selections be changed through the day? Say a different play list for small 2-ways from that for large or unlimited?
    I like the 5/5 idea.

    Watch out for an increase in interest. The Fort Wayne room of last year could become too small.
    The copier I had not thought of! Great idea!!!

    Side by sides are harder with less time and lots of speakers, unless you extend the time frame. Being how many typically arrive at InDIYana, unless we go 2-day, it's not likely. Most of the participants like to load up and leave between 3 and 5pm anyway.

    I have thought to split them up before into small/large categories, and kinda did in '09. Problem with that is departure times, and such. I would prefer the smaller before lunch, and larger after, but when Jim Salk brings his pairs down, he leaves earlier in the afternoon so it's easier to load up after lunch. And someone who's newer may come late, and not be able to drop his in before lunch.
    ---We could do quadrants though, and make it a little more accessible. A couple hours a piece before and aft lunch should work. How about that? We would still only need 2 sets of tracks, but we would not hear them all afternoon or morning.

    As to the Ft Wayne room- it can be increased! There was a section we were not using at all last year. The hotel conference rooms in Richmond weren't as large.

    It looks like most are saying Ft Wayne is doable, and last weekend.

    Keep 'em coming!
    Wolf

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  • edlafontaine
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    Sydney,
    This thread is where new developments, the "latest & greatest" will be found. Stay tuned. As details become better established, announcements will be made on other forums. All are welcome! However, advertising to the general public of Ft. Wayne is not likely.

    Question: Is there a topic of interest for educational purposes? A invited guest? Last year there was a lot of buzz about PCD, a lot was learned, though nothing formal. Is that topic or another high enough on the list to get something more formal on the schedule?

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  • Sydney
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    Thanks much for the info:
    Do you advertise to the FT's general public? And get sponsorship to offset costs?
    Is this the post for details? entry fee etc?

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  • Wolf
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    Originally posted by Sydney View Post
    Curious:
    When have you had these events? How much lead time? How well was it advertised?
    I know in the case of Don Keele presentation of his CBT: that others would have attended IF they had known well in advance.
    It seems like every time I'm in FW; when I ask what's been going on? -
    Th answer is "nothing", then I come to find that things pass under the radar...
    InDIYana has been going for, let's see- this will be the fifth one!
    Usually late April to mid May time-frame, but late April has been winning out lately. We usually plan late December, and through January or so.

    If you mean DIY Dayton/MWAF, then the first was 2002, with the only year lacking being 2007. All were in October until 2008, and competition started in 2008. It was free-form before that.

    Iowa has always been in October. Cedar Rapids initially, Des Moines, and lately Grinnell. Known date usually end of current year.

    There is usually a yearly New England and NorCal event, and there were a few DC events from 2002 to about 2006.

    Just depends on where you are and what you can attend. Most of the time they are posted here, and on DIYaudio at the minimum.
    Later,
    Wolf

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  • edlafontaine
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    Either location works for me. Richmond is preferred just because I'm down HERE...:D It will probably take me all day Friday to get there, what with 2 lumber sources, PE and Fair Radio as mandatory stops...

    Last weekend in April.

    Encourage individuals to provide write-ups, or as much info as possible for documentation. Get approval from the front desk for use of their copier, with cost per sheet known up front.

    How can photo documentation be improved? Would someone be willing to capture photos by request?

    Would the format allow (end of day?) a shoot-out, side by side comparison?

    Could music selections be changed through the day? Say a different play list for small 2-ways from that for large or unlimited?
    I like the 5/5 idea.

    Watch out for an increase in interest. The Fort Wayne room of last year could become too small.

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  • Wolf
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    Originally posted by robert View Post
    5 minutes for standard trax - all genres
    5 minutes for showin' off

    Good?
    As is the norm! I'm okay with that. Is everyone else?
    Later,
    Wolf

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  • Sydney
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    Curious:
    When have you had these events? How much lead time? How well was it advertised?
    I know in the case of Don Keele presentation of his CBT: that others would have attended IF they had known well in advance.
    It seems like every time I'm in FW; when I ask what's been going on? -
    Th answer is "nothing", then I come to find that things pass under the radar...

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  • maynardg
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    If I can make either, almost anyone can make either.

    Originally posted by Wolf View Post
    I guess we'll see how the balance of attendees shifts the 'eye of the storm' at this point. The problem with the Richmond location, is that you don't get those from Michigan, Wisconsin, or even lower Canada thinking it's a viable drive. Sure you get the regulars from KY, IN, IL, and OH no matter what spot of the 2 it resides in, even if the semi-regulars don't make it from further south. If you come from far east or west, the position doesn't really matter that much. Either is accessible for them. We definitely had a higher turnout in Ft Wayne and Auburn than Richmond priors but it wasn't by a landslide.

    I'm reading Robert's and Tim's as preferable Richmond, but okay Ft. Wayne. So neither is really objectionable to them.

    And of course- Maynard is the exception...

    Later,
    Wolf

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  • robert
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    5 minutes for standard trax - all genres
    5 minutes for showin' off

    Good?

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  • Wolf
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    I guess we'll see how the balance of attendees shifts the 'eye of the storm' at this point. The problem with the Richmond location, is that you don't get those from Michigan, Wisconsin, or even lower Canada thinking it's a viable drive. Sure you get the regulars from KY, IN, IL, and OH no matter what spot of the 2 it resides in, even if the semi-regulars don't make it from further south. If you come from far east or west, the position doesn't really matter that much. Either is accessible for them. We definitely had a higher turnout in Ft Wayne and Auburn than Richmond priors but it wasn't by a landslide.

    I'm reading Robert's and Tim's as preferable Richmond, but okay Ft. Wayne. So neither is really objectionable to them.

    And of course- Maynard is the exception...

    Later,
    Wolf

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