Great meet. I believe we ended up with a total of eleven people from the original twenty, which, though a bit less than originally anticipated, provided for a more personal atmosphere. None of the exhibitors were able to make it, but it was a good time.
The cancellation of the original meet constituted a curveball of sorts, so big thanks to Joe for reorganizing the meet, and to Brasewel for stepping up and volunteering to have the meet at his place. It wouldn't have happened without either one of you. Also, thanks again to Brasewel for providing both breakfast and lunch, as well as beverages of the alcoholic and non-alcoholic varieties.
Thanks to Joe for the good company and conversation during what would have otherwise been a boring ~2hr drive each way, to and from PA.
Big ups to Lee, for bringing four (!) different rigs. I don't think anybody brought more gear than he did. Also, props to Herbert on building two great DIY amplifiers at minimum cost. I was quite surprised one of the amps was able to drive the HE-6 admirably. And speaking of DIY, Adam's KGSSHV/Buffalo32 + SR-009 combination put my own rudimentary electrostatic rig to shame, and was what I considered the "showstopper" of the meet. Now I know what to look forward to when I get my BHSE in a few years. Howard came through with a solid Cambridge Audio CD transport, which sounded good for $900, and the RSA Apache.
My personal favorite of the meet was the Objective2 (O2) headphone amplifier. Excellent performance to be had from this kit, all for about $100. I wish this had existed back when I started my headphone journey, as this would've probably been my first amp. The Audio-gd NFB-10SE also represents great value for $500. Another piece of gear I wish had been around when I was starting.
I hope everybody had a good time. Apologies for not joining you guys for dinner. Perhaps another time. And definitely looking forward to the next meet.
Edit: Great pictures, Lee. Glad you brought your camera. Otherwise, I would've had to use my crappy point-and-shoot. They say the camera adds twenty pounds. In that picture, it looks like I ate four cameras.
Edited by sridhar3 - 1/29/12 at 11:16am