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post #16 of 57
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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?
Yes, of course. That's what it's there for! Most people don't hover over their gear, nor should they. The reason it was brought to the meet, set up, and left unattended is that they trust you to use it respectfully.
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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?
No, you don't have to ask.

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.
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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...
I agree that this is a grey area. Generally nobody gets upset if you plug in and out headphones, assuming that there isn't someone else using the ones you're plugging out! Then you'll get one of those shocked looks, like "Hey, you don't see me listening to these headphones?"
post #17 of 57
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Originally Posted by Wmcmanus
Yes, of course. That's what it's there for! Most people don't hover over their gear, nor should they. The reason it was brought to the meet, set up, and left unattended is that they trust you to use it respectfully.
Agreed! At the 6/18 meet, I was actually quite glad that my now sold SR125's got a listen with my HD414 pads. Also, the same or moreso can be said about my SA1000's, which I imagine everyone in attendance tried with Devwild's amazing M^3 amp. Its bass boost with those 'phones simply HAD to be heard, and I was obliged that everyone got to hear (and possibly enjoy) it.

,
Abe
post #18 of 57
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Originally Posted by Wmcmanus
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.
Personally I wouldn't want a person like that at a meet. Seems to contradict the whole point of a meet.
post #19 of 57
wmcmanus,

speaking of turntables, I think it is good practice at meets to at least communicate with the owner that you want to listen to it. At the last chicago meet, kentamcolin has his beautiful vpi scout, and I really wanted to check it out. I actually went and looked for him, asked him is he could personally set it up for me with a record that I could listen to, and he seemed very appreciative that I didn't take matters into my own hand. I also felt more comfortable because turntables can be finicky things and it was comforting to know that I could just listen and enjoy the music and he was comforted his table wasn't being mishandled.

Always err on the side of caution and conservatism, especially when it comes to high priced gear!!!
post #20 of 57
I havent had too many problems with people mistreating my equipment, but I have seen this happen to others. Someone actually commented on how carefull I was being with a pair of headphones at the Chicago meet and thought it was funny that I asked how to resize them. I mean, what if I yanked on them and they fell apart? That would be horrible.

As a side note, I think that personal hygene is important very at these types of events. Make sure you are clean and don't smell, its just common courtesy!
post #21 of 57
I think it was at the Fall NYC meet that I did the following tube amp "'Fo Pa" - After plugging in my SR200s into a Singlepower Amp, I had to crank it to get my listening volume to bear (I think the one I used had a low current drive or something). Then I left the amp forgetting to lower the volume! Someone must have gotten BLASTED by that amp when plugging in their Senns. Honest, I didn't intentionally try to destroy someone's ears!
post #22 of 57
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Originally Posted by GoRedwings19
I heard of one story of a headfier who goes to his uncle house and he needs to stick on a pair of gloves to use his uncles' Burmester and even then it is under close scrutiny by the uncle.

Is his uncle being unreasonable, maybe but seeming it's his then he can lay down the ground rules if you want to try it

Guilty as charged

I picked up the "gloves" habit from the experiences I had at my uncles place. Now I understand the reason for his paranoia. Once you set the ground rules - it applies to everything.

I tried the gloves thing at the FL meet and it was the talking point for a few hours Wait...I have a picture

post #23 of 57
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Originally Posted by gsferrari
Guilty as charged

I picked up the "gloves" habit from the experiences I had at my uncles place. Now I understand the reason for his paranoia. Once you set the ground rules - it applies to everything.

I tried the gloves thing at the FL meet and it was the talking point for a few hours Wait...I have a picture

LOL, you look like an eager proctologist in that picture!

"Unt now, ve must do ze rectal exam..."

post #24 of 57
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Originally Posted by gsferrari
Guilty as charged

I picked up the "gloves" habit from the experiences I had at my uncles place. Now I understand the reason for his paranoia. Once you set the ground rules - it applies to everything.

I tried the gloves thing at the FL meet and it was the talking point for a few hours Wait...I have a picture

Uhhh.. wow. You look a LOT like Chow Yun Fat..

A LOT.
post #25 of 57
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Originally Posted by akwok
Uhhh.. wow. You look a LOT like Chow Yun Fat..

A LOT.



Time to see an opthalmologist I dont see any resemblance...
post #26 of 57


Look pretty similar to me.. hehe..
post #27 of 57
Thread Starter 
oooh, white gloves. i kinda like that idea. reminds me of the white gloves drivers wear in japan...natsukashiiiii

don't get me wrong people. if gear is at a meet, it is there to be shared and enjoyed by everyone. all i'm saying/thinking is that people treat others' property with care, regardless of how they treat their own gear. and I agree, sometimes space (esp table-top) is quite lacking.

but it hurts my eyes to see RS-1s and other woodies woodside down against tables, amps, etc...
post #28 of 57
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Originally Posted by Imyourzero
LOL, you look like an eager proctologist in that picture!

"Unt now, ve must do ze rectal exam..."

Ok that is just wrong. lol
post #29 of 57
gs, I do see quite a bit of resemblance. Oddly, I've seen a lot of non-asians who look like famous eastern celebs . . . spooky.
post #30 of 57
Overall I had a great time and didn't notice a lot of problems at the latest meet, but I did make a few observations from this weekend that I would like to mention:

1. People just walk up to a rig and swap around ICs, sources, etc., then leave it that way instead of putting things back the way it was when they approached the rig.

2. People just take an item from one rig and move it to another, than simply leave it in the second rig. If you take something from one rig to try out in another return everything moved to its original place.

3. People who didn't know what they were doing walked up to some rather nice gear and simply played hit-and-miss connecting things until they found the right connectors and combo of connectors to get sound.

4. For WAY too much of the meet the big room was used as a social room without respect for those listening to cans. We all need to communicate in the same room as the gear, but full-on conversations need to be moved to a room where conversation won't interfere with listening.

5. Far too many people left cold drinks sitting around gear. While this presents only a small hazard from items shorting out, it does leave puddles that later get onto CDs, ICs, PCs, and anything else setdown on the table.

6. Listening levels, at times, got so loud on some rigs that everyone in the room could hear one person's music above everything else. Be considerate of others when listening in a big room full of gear, and remember that your hearing is fragile, and hearing loss/damage is PERMANENT!

7. Never move things around, or swap components, without the owner's permission.
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