Yeah totally, the LAX Hilton ain't free. Plus, from what I understand, purrin's generously paying significantly more than $20 himself.
I think I should clarify my position & background a little, so no one here gets the wrong idea.
First, I meant primarily to question if Jude was aware of the fee, as fee-based meets are the exception on Head-Fi, not the norm, and in the past those have had to be cleared by Jude (and it wasn't already apparent). In addition, I've always personally been of the mindset that meet costs should be covered voluntarily, not as a requirement for attendance. IMO, charging an admissions fee has the potential to alienate Head-Fiers who might otherwise attend but can't afford to.
Second, I'm not averse to paying an admission fee myself - it's not like I was trying to skate by on $0.50. I'm more than capable of paying the nominal $20 and would probably give more, in fact.
Third, I'm well aware of how much it costs to organize a meet, as I've organized a few myself - 1 in NorCal (San Jose) and 3 in Colorado. So I actually have a pretty good idea of what your meet costs are, and I'm not exactly talking from inexperience here.
Take it to PM...
Since this is going to be my first meet, I am speaking from a total lack of experience.
But like you, I am also not averse to paying an admission fee. So it appears that both the total pro and the total noob agree that a meet is well worth the admission fee.
Hmmm.... this may be a bit late to ask, but does anyone plan on bringing a matrix m-stage? I was hoping they would turn up so that I could try them out with my Q701's :P
I'm in. Will bring my humble Sansa Zip + HD558/KSC-75 on me.
You could always ask Jeffrey Tam if you could borrow one and bring it to the meet on his behalf. I've already got a couple of other guys doing this for other pieces of gear here and there.
Just confirming my attendance with my brother and have no objections regarding the fees. :D
I got ya on my list. n3rdling will update the public list here in a few days
I'll be sure to plan the next meet in Havana. I hear that a lot of things are free in Cuba. Just gotta find Fidel's number on my rolodex.
Just adding a couple headphones to what I'm already bringing. I'll have the V-moda m80 and ATH-M50s as well.
Also, my gear will be up for sale if anyone is interested. Trying to appropriate funds for an upgrade.
I'm definitely interested! I'll bring the beyer DT-150's.
I will certainly make it.
See y'all there