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stevef
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ZENFEST WHO'S COMING?
09/22/11 at 18:32:26
 
Hi all,

I'm getting excited that Zenfest is just around the corner.  Julie and I made our hotel res.  There are definitely going to be some interesting new products etc this year.  

So who's coming and what are you bringing?    I'll have Buzz' GGG mod preamp for show and tell.  And some imported beer to ice down.  I can't wait to get together with old friends and meet some new ones.

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Re: ZENFEST WHO'S COMING?
Reply #1 - 09/22/11 at 19:27:50
 
Hi Steve: I'm presuming Buzz's GG pre has the opticoupler mod(s) for volume/balance &c.?
Should be interesting.
Hoping your post impressions somewhere along the way!
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Reply #2 - 09/22/11 at 19:49:34
 
Hi Don,

You are correct.  And also all of his tweaks except for no remote control.  I'm getting lazy in my old age, but I am still willing to get up to adjust the stereo.  Those of you who went to the last Hornfest had a chance to hear it there.  I don't want to post impressions here because I think it's important for people to form their own first impression without me "coaching" them so close to the fest...  I think Buzz is really on to something though.

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Reply #3 - 09/20/11 at 23:04:19
 
I'm wondering who/when everyone is expecting to be at Zen Fest? I have Friday through the weekend off and just wondered when would be the best time to meet other Decheads? It is only a hour and a half drive for me so I plan on being there sometime early Friday afternoon and leaving the option for Saturday and Sunday open.
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Reply #4 - 09/21/11 at 18:50:21
 
Hi Donnie,

I plan to be there Friday morning and will be there until sometime Saturday evening.

Looking forward to seeing you .....

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Reply #5 - 09/22/11 at 01:48:52
 
Be there Friday late AM or lunch time.
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Reply #6 - 09/22/11 at 03:59:33
 
I'l be there Friday....

Donnie, I think a lot of people  use Friday as there travel day. Some show up later Friday, or come in Saturday morning. It seems to go that way most Decfests. We usually go out to breakfast Saturday morning, with all of us getting together for Breakfast Sunday.

Come when you can, we'll be there!

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Reply #7 - 09/30/11 at 14:23:33
 
As I shared with Bob yesterday, I have now had to cancel my tentative plans to be at ZenFest. Unfortunately, I have an East Coast turnaround that Friday and Sunday. Just no way to be there. And while SWMBO is very supportive of my addiction, er, hobby, there is a limit.

I hope, and know, y'all will have a great time. I enjoy and respect this audio community more than any other, and I sure wish I was there to share that feeling in person.

Rock on!

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Reply #8 - 09/30/11 at 22:43:45
 
OK, I had to look up SWMBO.
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Reply #9 - 10/01/11 at 03:27:00
 
We are looking into making arrangements to attend this year. Which hotels are the closest to the Fest? Hoping to stay where some other attendees stay in order to catch a ride.
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Reply #10 - 10/01/11 at 03:44:13
 
There is a Hampton that is by the Riverboat Casino. Nice place, I've stayed there a couple of times. The Casino also has a hotel. I'm lucky enough to be close enough to drive up from home. I always make sure that I eat at Ming's when I am in East Peoria.
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Reply #11 - 10/01/11 at 04:12:55
 
RR, I think there are a few other people staying at the Hampton. If not, call me on my cell, someone, if not me will come and pick you up. We can then look for someone at the fest staying at the Hampton.

540-455-1500 is my cell number,

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Reply #12 - 10/01/11 at 11:32:24
 
Thanks, Bob.
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Reply #13 - 10/02/11 at 03:51:10
 
I just completed my travel arrangements. My wife and I will attend.  We will arrive in Peoria Friday at around 10:00 P.M. The return flight is 11:00 A.M. on Sunday.

I have not booked a hotel yet. I am thinking of either the Hampton Inn East Peoria or Fairfield East Peoria. The Fairfield is somewhat less than the Hampton. Is anybody staying at the Fairfield?
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Reply #14 - 10/03/11 at 12:58:08
 
We are staying at the Fairfield. Is anybody else booked there? The significant difference in price between that and the Hampton did not justify staying at the Hampton.
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Reply #15 - 10/04/11 at 03:18:07
 
Seeing as E. Peoria is a Caterpillar town, ask the hotels if there is a Caterpillar discount on your room. You are going to be talking to a Cat engineer (me) while you are in town. Sounds ligit to me.
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Reply #16 - 10/04/11 at 11:10:15
 
I don't think we could sleep if there were caterpillars in our room.
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Reply #17 - 10/04/11 at 23:57:05
 
I don't think that you would be able to sleep in a room with one of My Caterpillars in it! They be BIG!

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Reply #18 - 10/05/11 at 16:19:31
 
We are mere hours away from DecFest 2011 .....

I will probably have some zen compatible tubes for sale at the 'fest ..... bring your wallets .....

I will also have a set of empty open baffle boards ( 3/4" ply) that I originally had some drivers mounted in (Visaton B200 and Aurum Cantus G2Si ribbons) before building my new baffles ..... they will be free to a good home ..... the Augie baffles are already spoken for.

http://www.randallrash.com/New_Loudspeakers.html

Everyone have a safe trip,

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Reply #19 - 10/05/11 at 19:56:55
 
We expect to arrive late Friday night, and will have to leave Saturday evening.

Looking forward to seeing everyone.

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Reply #20 - 10/05/11 at 21:04:56
 
Hi Steve,

Are you bringing your pair of HornShoppe speakers ?

Thanks,

Randy
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Reply #21 - 10/05/11 at 21:53:42
 
I'm coming saturday afternoon and evening..3 until 6 pm????..bringing the wife who has never seen the decware crowd and thinks it must be some strange cult.  Randy, let me know what tubes you  will bring........will send  you a PM later on tonight  about what I'm looking for.....your amp is already dropped off with Steve so you can pick it up.  Looking forward to seeing everyone and checking out the new equipment.  Everytime I'm there I learn alot and meet some great people.
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Reply #22 - 10/06/11 at 00:42:17
 
How late will the fest be cooking on Friday night?
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Reply #23 - 10/06/11 at 02:20:45
 
@Randy,   No I'm not bring any speakers at all.  I was tempted to bring a pair of test boxes, but they aren't ready yet.
I am bringing Buzz' optocoupled grounded grid preamp.
@Rivieraranch, You can stay up all night listening if you want to.

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Reply #24 - 10/06/11 at 19:19:16
 
@Rivieraranch......I am sure it will be going later than 10 p.m. , sometimes goes into the wee hours of the night/morning.  [smiley=biglol.gif]

If anyone is still looking for accomodations we may have a deal for you.  Our friend has a house just across the river (our old one, but renovated now) that has 3 double beds.  He is willing to rent that out for 300.00 for the whole weekend.  If 6 people went in on it together it would only be 50 bucks each!  Email me at dev@decware.com if interested.  He might cut the cost if you cant get 6 people.  It is only 10 minutes from the fest.

Cant wait to see everyone!
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Reply #25 - 10/07/11 at 02:14:47
 
"We got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we are wearing sunglasses. Hit it!"
Well I do have a full tank of gas, don't smoke, not going to leave untill noon, might wear my sunglasses. The forcast is good, I'm bringing all of my digital gear to see if anyone can figure out why I keep blowing up ZDAC's. If I leave at noon I will show up 1:30-1:45 ready to do whatever the hell you do at a "Fest".
Do we race amps? Shoot at the neighbor's critters? Make fun of the solid state guys? So when you see a red Jeep, don't shoot, I might shoot back.
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Reply #26 - 10/07/11 at 02:29:32
 
I believe this is a no shooting fest.  :).
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Reply #27 - 10/07/11 at 16:23:58
 
I am sorely disappointed that I cannot be at ZenFest this year. When I began making the serious commitment to my system this year, and it turned out to be almost all Decware, this was one of the things I truly began looking forward to. Am going to do my best to stay logged in to the site [even on the plane later today, which I confirmed has WiFi]. But I am still bumming'. I know everyone will, but have a great time. Cheesy
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Reply #28 - 10/09/11 at 00:57:00
 
I just found out what is worse than not being able to attend the fest.  Having to leave early. I got tastes of products, said hi to friends, and the Decware clan.  I was even paid a visit by the new cat.  Then I had to leave.

Have a great time everyone. I'll post comments tomorrow.

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