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INTROS - Lets Get to Know this Tribe

post #1 of 119
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hey Fellas,

 

I was psyched to get an invite to this group, as we just moved back to the Bay!

I also thought perhaps it'd be a good opportunity to introduce ourselves in a new way here.

 

Many of us know each other's handles and such, but nothing beyond that.  I know some peeps

prefer it that way, so don't feel obligated to do this - but I thought I'd introduce myself, and would

love to hear about where you're coming from.  

 

I'm MikeMercer and I've been in the audio and music industries for 20 years now.  At 38 years old,

it's freakin' scary to see it when I type that! Won't bore you with details, but I spent my first years in

Hifi at The Absolute Sound magazine working for Harry Pearson, and later spent a decade working

under Arif Mardin, the legendary music producer, at Atlantic Records.  Been writing that whole time,

about music and gear.  I started writing for Hifi+ magazine before it was available in the States.  I

went onto join the wonderful teams at The Absolute Sound, Positive Feedback, The Daily Swarm, 

Enjoy The Music, Part-Time Audiophile and more.  I'm a confessed music addict and audio junkie.

 

My wifey, thankfully (my wife of 16 years too) is also a music addict.  So she puts up with all the crazy

boy toyz...

 

I summed it up for ya.  

post #2 of 119

Wow,  Thank you for the invite, and great idea!

 

Me - Aaron Mefford.  My dad's an engineer.  He built a Heathkit integrated amp back in the '60's, along with what I think were big 12" advent coaxial 2 way speakers in a 2-1/2' x 3' x 2' cabinet on each side of the couch, and a decent Girard belt drive turntable.  The house was filled with Jazz, and I was maybe 5 years old.  That amp lasted about 15 or 20 years, and through my intro into 70's rock music.  I think I was 11 when Hendrix died (you are but a pup, Mr. Mercer!).  The music love has been life long.  I put together my first modest speaker rig in ages about 2 years ago, 3 or 4 years after the headphone bug bit me.  It is a value based system - a pair of Fritz Grove Tower demo units, one of two identical demos that he builds of all his speakers to voice them, and a Peachtree Nova (the original, not the super).  It is one hell of a system for about a buck under $2000.

 

Headphones - For me, they allow listening to the music of my choice without bothering my lovely wife and 8 year old daughter.  My wife and I have a pretty narrow band of common ground as music goes, so headphones are a natural.  Add to that the intimate presentation and the fact that a truly wonderful sounding rig can be put together (carefully) for around $1000 or less, and I'm in!  My thoughts, feelings and brief reviews of equipment almost always weight the value component heavily - for instance, sure the LCD2.2 is technically a "better" headphone than the Mad Dog, but that extra $800 or $900 just doesn't get me far enough up the audio ladder to be worth it for me.  Lots of competition for the $'s in my home, so value weighs heavily in my audio purchases.

 

What else?  After a disastrous first run through college 30 years ago, I finally graduated about 18 years ago, as an engineer.  My first job was on the International Space Station design and construction, second for a Palo Alto Satellite design build company, and since I've gone to work in the rotating equipment field ( I don't like it all that much, but at least the hours are long and I work a lot of weekends...).

 

I FINALLY got married for the first time 10 years ago, to my wonderful and lovely wife (whom since she elected to marry me, I have accused repeatedly of being dropped on the head as a child).  We have a special 8 year old daughter.

 

I'm happy Warren and hififguy put this group together - it is a fine band of folks, and I look forward to getting together in smaller settings on occasion.  For instance, I expect that I'll have my HIFI-M8 in the next couple of weeks.  I'd like to compare to some desktop amps in the $700 to say under $2000 range.

post #3 of 119
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Wow,  Thank you for the invite, and great idea!

 

Me - Aaron Mefford.  My dad's an engineer.  He built a Heathkit integrated amp back in the '60's, along with what I think were big 12" advent coaxial 2 way speakers in a 2-1/2' x 3' x 2' cabinet on each side of the couch, and a decent Girard belt drive turntable.  The house was filled with Jazz, and I was maybe 5 years old.  That amp lasted about 15 or 20 years, and through my intro into 70's rock music.  I think I was 11 when Hendrix died (you are but a pup, Mr. Mercer!).  The music love has been life long.  I put together my first modest speaker rig in ages about 2 years ago, 3 or 4 years after the headphone bug bit me.  It is a value based system - a pair of Fritz Grove Tower demo units, one of two identical demos that he builds of all his speakers to voice them, and a Peachtree Nova (the original, not the super).  It is one hell of a system for about a buck under $2000.

 

Headphones - For me, they allow listening to the music of my choice without bothering my lovely wife and 8 year old daughter.  My wife and I have a pretty narrow band of common ground as music goes, so headphones are a natural.  Add to that the intimate presentation and the fact that a truly wonderful sounding rig can be put together (carefully) for around $1000 or less, and I'm in!  My thoughts, feelings and brief reviews of equipment almost always weight the value component heavily - for instance, sure the LCD2.2 is technically a "better" headphone than the Mad Dog, but that extra $800 or $900 just doesn't get me far enough up the audio ladder to be worth it for me.  Lots of competition for the $'s in my home, so value weighs heavily in my audio purchases.

 

What else?  After a disastrous first run through college 30 years ago, I finally graduated about 18 years ago, as an engineer.  My first job was on the International Space Station design and construction, second for a Palo Alto Satellite design build company, and since I've gone to work in the rotating equipment field ( I don't like it all that much, but at least the hours are long and I work a lot of weekends...).

 

I FINALLY got married for the first time 10 years ago, to my wonderful and lovely wife (whom since she elected to marry me, I have accused repeatedly of being dropped on the head as a child).  We have a special 8 year old daughter.

 

I'm happy Warren and hififguy put this group together - it is a fine band of folks, and I look forward to getting together in smaller settings on occasion.  For instance, I expect that I'll have my HIFI-M8 in the next couple of weeks.  I'd like to compare to some desktop amps in the $700 to say under $2000 range.

Wow!

 

You made me feel horrible for not including my family stuff.

But my wife is very sick, and so it's a tough subject right now.

She's slowly improving.

 

Aaron - I think your perseverance in becoming an engineer (who CARES how long it took) is more than admirable, it's downright inspiring!

GOOD for you!  It's my biggest regret: Not going to college, but there was no money except for what I was giving my moms back in the day

(and I still support her, isn't it written somewhere you have to if they need it).  I was LUCKY to fall into audio and music and have the teachers/

mentors/friends that I had/have.  

 

I should also have my HiFi-M8 VERY soon.  It was the last CE project I worked on, as I was with previously w/ CEntrance, and HRT before that.

My writing means everything - so I've worked my tail off and I manage to do that and social media consulting for a living now, on my own.  It's WILD.

 

I'm anxious for both of us!  I spent hours, literally (and Jude could back me up because I used to call him all the time then) over the name for the

HiFi-M8!!  It was a team effort, and we all contributed.  It means alot to me that Michael stuck to his guns and went for it.  We've remained close

friends.  

 

And I love the idea of some get-togethers.  The Los Angeles & Orange County Audio Society had them (when I was always the pup Aaron!) and 

we used to geek out and chill.  Though admittedly I wanted to talk about music more-so than gear usually.  I love to listen with friends, and talk about

it too - but discussing music is also grand.

 

Great to be here.

post #4 of 119
^^^Mike, you mentioned your lovely wife of 16 years, and that she is a music addict also. We now know you are married, to someone with the gift of patience to stay married to a guy for 16 years. We also know that she understands, and to some degree indulges your hobby/profession/obsession. Given that, we also know you love her dearly. See, your family was not neglected!

I'm glad your lovely wife's health is improving.
post #5 of 119
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Originally Posted by aamefford View Post

^^^Mike, you mentioned your lovely wife of 16 years, and that she is a music addict also. We now know you are married, to someone with the gift of patience to stay married to a guy for 16 years. We also know that she understands, and to some degree indulges your hobby/profession/obsession. Given that, we also know you love her dearly. See, your family was not neglected!

I'm glad your lovely wife's health is improving.

ThanX brotha

 

This post made my day

NO JOKE

 

I should also add that my wife also worked in the music business for many years and discovered and managed bands like the Cherry Poppin' Daddies and Wheatus, amongst others.

She's got a GREAT ear for a hit, and for fidelity.  She's my last acid test when I wanna change something in the systems - I listen, have her listen (we all know woman can hear deeper

into the higher frequencies) and then make us both happy!

 

She's NEVER steered me wrong, and that's saying ALOT in 16 years! 


Edited by mikemercer - 8/18/13 at 4:57pm
post #6 of 119
See, told ya you love her dearly.
post #7 of 119
Hey somebody please dive in and rescue Mike and I from this budding on line bromance, ok?
post #8 of 119
Thread Starter 

LMAO!!!!

 

Seriously, was psyched about the invite, 

but the bromance definitely needs an interruption!!

 

and thanks for the nice words

 

now where are my local Head-Fiers in the North Bay????

post #9 of 119

Haha, okay, then I shall interrupt this love fest!

 

Hi, I'm Bill. The P in my username stands for Pham, which is my last name.

 

My real (and legal) name is Cuong Pham. But it's hard to pronounce even for me, hence... Bill.

 

I'm probably one of the younger members... clocking in at 24 years of age. So I don't have any extensive experience... or even a girlfriend!

 

You gentlemen and your affection for your wives are making me feel so very lonely! I need to find myself a lady soon. And hopefully one who will share at least one of my hobbies.

 

And talking about that, I'm not just an audiophile. I'm a gear-freak in general. I love all gears in all industries. Be it audio or visuals... or computers. So my mate would also have to be an all-rounder like that if she is to tolerate my multiple... sides. Hahahaha!

 

Talking about which, I hope you had the time to give the Sony Vaio Pro 11 a look, Mike! I think it'll make a terrific present for your wife. I think it's probably the only other computer that's interesting aside from the Retina MacBook.

post #10 of 119
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Haha, okay, then I shall interrupt this love fest!

 

Hi, I'm Bill. The P in my username stands for Pham, which is my last name.

 

My real (and legal) name is Cuong Pham. But it's hard to pronounce even for me, hence... Bill.

 

I'm probably one of the younger members... clocking in at 24 years of age. So I don't have any extensive experience... or even a girlfriend!

 

You gentlemen and your affection for your wives are making me feel so very lonely! I need to find myself a lady soon. And hopefully one who will share at least one of my hobbies.

 

And talking about that, I'm not just an audiophile. I'm a gear-freak in general. I love all gears in all industries. Be it audio or visuals... or computers. So my mate would also have to be an all-rounder like that if she is to tolerate my multiple... sides. Hahahaha!

 

Talking about which, I hope you had the time to give the Sony Vaio Pro 11 a look, Mike! I think it'll make a terrific present for your wife. I think it's probably the only other computer that's interesting aside from the Retina MacBook.

RTFO Bill!

 

hope we all know what that means

 

Yes Bill! I got a chance to look at one of the Sony's at a local store here - and I'm taking my wife into check it out and see how she likes it.

You ROCK.  I kept the note on my iPhone about it.

 

Bil and I got to kick it w/ a bunch of other guys at the California Audio Show/ Headmasters Meet.  And I gotta admit: When we saw that room

the night before we were pissed.  Not at ANYBODY, just in-general.  It was small and hot!  But we all made it work.

 

Speaking of that:

I like the idea of having Head-Fi get-togethers.  I have the ALO Studio Six, which some got to hear at the Show Meet, but it's great for listening

with a few friends!  It's changing the game a little there.

 

We just moved, so my house is in boxes, but when we get settled in I'd love to host a geek-out sesh.

 

and Bill - we gotta get you a girl who's a music and tech addict.

There should be no problem there!!

post #11 of 119

I was happy to be invited to this group and will be in San Francisco again for the next year CAS5. The Bay are Headfi members made the attendance a success and I look forward to meeting everyone again at the show next year and staying in tune with the West Coast guys. I may be one of your older members at 58 with a wife many of you met at the show. i been married almost 36 years and together for 40. I know my wife since I was18 years old.  I been doing high end audio for 37 years now. I have the most fun with the hobby in the last 5 years and look forward to  keeping the hobby going and getting the younger generation also more interested in 2 channel. Hell I may be even reviewing a turntable soon/. I have one of my dearest friends Skylab going to send me a car package of vinly since I sold all mine. (Big Mistake)


Edited by Frank I - 8/20/13 at 6:04am
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It's hard to follow that one up, congratulations on 367 years of marriage Frank!  That's a great run.  wink.gif  My Wife and I have only been married for a little over a year.  Don't rush it Bill-P, it took me 40 years to find her and I'm so glad I waited.  The right girl is really out there for us all.

 

We have two trouble making teen age boys, and two smelly but lovable english bull dogs.  I'm an east coast guy who was transplanted to the bay area who is away on a 3 year assignment to London!  I'm an engineer by trade, but my work here in the UK is with a lobbying group that works at one the UK specialized agencies.  Making the shift from engineering to politics has been interesting.

 

I will be back in a few years, so I wanted to keep connected to the scene back home.  I have done a little to assist my good friend @CEE TEE running a few "small" meets in the past and have also organized some mini meets around the bay area and at my home.  I'll be flying back for the meet in February and will be doing a little in the background to help however I can from all the way over here!

 

I love all kinds of music and I love good gear.  I've moved mostly to electrostatic headphones these days.  I enjoy vinyl and I'm just diving into reel to reel analog as well.  

 

One of the best parts about this hobby for me as of late is DIY!  I've started building and I can't get enough of it.

 

Thanks for having me in the group.  I know I've made some great friends in the area from this hobby.  We're lucky to have a strong, friendly group in the bay area.

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lol 36

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yo, yo, yo!  

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and Bill - we gotta get you a girl who's a music and tech addict.

There should be no problem there!!

 

Hahaha. I know, right? Seriously, though, I'm not rushing it.

 

I'm enjoying being single right now. I get to buy and use any kind of year that I want after all!

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