Too bad about the turntable... But who knows, maybe they're just very adamantly an "underpromise and overdeliver" type of company and you'll have it in time for the meet! Here's hoping anyway ;).
Also wish Tyll could come... I don't always agree with his tastes (I like treble more than he does, it seems), but man, it's hard not to admire that guy for the insane amounts of knowledge he has and the incredible impact he's had on the headphone and personal audio communities. Hey, maybe he'll change his mind... I wanna shake that guy's hand some day.
Also, if anyone encounters noobs in other threads that are looking for advice about this vs that headphone or whatever, if they are within reasonable driving distance to Nashville, please inform them of the meet-- there's just no better way on the planet to learn more about your tastes and what headphones sound like than to actually listen to them. And barring having a set in your own home, listening at a meet or dealer is generally your best bet. We'll be noob friendly, I promise*!!
*The term "noob friendly" here used to include swirlies, noogies, atomic wedgies and injun burns, of course**.
**The above statements are wholly in jest. Of course we aren't going to do awful things to new peeps. Except for give them Head-Fi prison tattoos-- that is definitely going to happen.