Originally Posted by Chris J
We should try and send this gentleman some $$$ via PayPal.
Any thoughts, folks?
I appreciate the offer, but most of the people who read this thread have probably already pitched-in.
I started off saying I would foot the whole bill, so anyone who did contribute just made this cost lower.
It was my decision to try to force this last meet to happen and I think it was an interesting experiment.
Moving forwards we can try other things so we don't make the same mistakes I did.
There is a lot you can do with a year to prepare.
I didn't have the time (especially from Guelph) to scout around TPL locations, but I am sure there is a location that will satisfy both drivers and people taking public transit.
A lot of this can actually be done using Google Map's street view which knocked off a bunch of TPL locations I was interested in.
The other option is trying to find Members of the Trade to help out with hotel meeting room fees.
I contacted Sennheiser, Denon, Sony and Yorkville Sound (Beyerdynamic), but Sennheiser just had an event a week before I called and no one else got back to me.
With a year to prepare you also might have luck with companies south of the border.
I know Beyerdynamic went to the New York meet which timing-wise conflicted with us, but with a year's notice you might be able to get them to come up.
Headroom came up to a Hamilton meet a while back, so you might also try Tyl to see if he would be interested.
The key thing with all this might be timing. If you can avoid major meets in the 'States you will definitely stand a better chance of getting MOTs to come up.
The thing with successful meets in the States seems to be about getting that momentum going.
Toronto meets are still too small to make things interesting for both attendees and MOTs.
Once you have that critical mass, you can keep building meets bigger.
If it means that we start ticketing meets to raise funds, so be it.
I think we need to begin investing in the Toronto headphone audio community.
This is my fault, but we're starting at a position where we are losing money at a meet.
Financially speaking, this last meet was a total failure. It's easy to brute force a meet to happen.
What we really need is a system where we can make money at a meet.
The first step is finding a venue to make this happen.
I'd personally like to call on all Toronto Headphiles for information on good venues, TPL or otherwise.
I can't believe that Canada's largest city does't have a suitable venue to make this happen.
Little steps, before big steps.
First step, finding a venue.