Originally Posted by Elec
At the one meet I attended, I was more curious about the etiquette of use. If you find gear not in use, do you just sit down and have at?
|Do you try to find the owner and say "Hey dude, can I listen to your gear?" Do you NOT use it if you can't get an ok?|
Qualification 1: With turntable setups, it seems to make a LOT of sense to ask the owner if he would change the record, rather than just sifting through his vinyl and taking it upon yourself to do so without permission. Changing CD's is a much less personal thing to most people. Although it might be polite to ask if it's Ok to do so, most people won't be offended so long as you treat the discs with care and (of course) know how to operate the player.
Qualification 2: I suppose someone could bring some gear to a meet and make up their own rules about who can use it and how to use it, but I've not seen this at any of the meets I've attended. If someone is so concerned about misuse of their gear that they don't trust others to use it respectfully, then either 1) they shouldn't bring their gear to the meet, or 2) they should keep it tucked away and then selectively offer an audition to those they feel comfortable sharing it with, and then tucking it away again.
|Do you start plugging your own stuff into somebody else's (I'd really love to hear my headphones and amp with your source)? That kind of stuff is not entirely clear for meet-newbies...|