October 6th, 7th and 8th of 2006
was around 50 people. This
years fest was moved to a new location at the last minute because
DeVon and I had just closed on a new property two weeks prior. Our
new home came with a beautiful Morton building in the back that
was destine to become our new shop. Problem was it was just a large
empty room with a couple offices in the back. We had the task of
constructing a usable shop and listening room before we could move
a week into the construction my friend Paul and I brought the Imperial
S.O.'s over to the new building and some speakers and a Zen amp so
we could hear what the place sounded like as we prepared to frame
up the listening room. Interestingly enough, the stereo sounded
great in the large cathedraled out space, the bass was near perfect. We decided right then that we should have the fest at the
new location knowing full well the shop and listening room would
barely be framed up by then. But we knew it would sound okay, and
there would be plenty of room and the karma here was simply great!
in front of the new building from left to right is Chris, Bob, and
Rob getting ready Thursday before the fest.
of the first things I had to do with the building was get rid of
the 10x16 garage door and replace it with a wood wall that looks
like a garage door, at least it does when the windows are shut.
I am standing on the other side of the wall in what is to become
the new listening room. Yes, I'm too short to see out the
window, but if you're going to have glass in a listening room, why
not keep it above the reflection zone so they don't effect your
little orb floating by my knee is some of that karma I was mentioning! The speakers along the wall are a pair of MG944's in Walnut,
next to that a pair in Cherry and next to that a pair in Walnut
with the optional Plenth and no slot in the front. The speakers
next to that with the two white Fostex drivers are a pair of prototypes
that will soon be retailed through dealers under the Deckert &
next to those are Chris's (pictured in the frame before this one)
prototypes of the same thing. The last pair on the end are
a pair of HDT's using the new DFR-8 drivers. This pair is
hand in the far left of the picture is of someone who obviously
CAN see out the windows.
I was right, the hand belongs to Tim, one of my favorite Texans
with his other hand on a pair of Deckert & Ziegler Radials done
in Walnut. These are a new design from the bottom up using
a transmission line internally to load it's new drivers. A pair
of RL-3's are sitting just inside them done in Cherry with
the grills on. This particular pair are prototypes that use
a small 4 inch Fostex driver and no tweeter. A bit different
from the standard RL-3's that use a 5 inch driver and ribbon tweeter.
On either side of Chris in the middle are the HDT MK II's also done
in Cherry but a couple years older than the RL-3's. Cherry
darkens with age. You can kind of get a sense of the front
wall of the listening room with the Imperial S.O.'s semi-built into
the lower corners of the room. The white speakers in the foreground
are a pair of the NFX seen from the rear. The slot in the
sides are barely detectable in this picture.
is Chris hooking up his Original Blue Torii to one of the pair of
speakers. The piece sitting to his left is a 6 channel preamp
I've been working on over the past year and will be demonstrating
at the next fest in 07.
you swing around and look left and up you see my daughter Sarah
(spittin image of her mother, DeVon) standing upstairs. The
truss will eventually be removed and a handrail will wrap the room. There is also a curved balcony over the rear of the room
that is not seen in this picture.
late night listening the night before by Tim, Rob, Chris, Bob's
legs, and myself. Okay, Bob was all there, it was just the picture,
my fault... Bob Ziegler ladies and gentlemen.
is Bob, the master behind the woodwork. Together we make the
wood sing. Expect a whole lot of exciting things from this man as
like myself he too has just completed a move with a new house and
shop. Both of us are now out of the city in wooded areas where
there is a lot less static on the dial if you know what we mean!
listening to Deckert & Ziegler transmission line Radials with
the Torii Mk II. This picture gives a nice close up of the speakers.
here is Denis enjoying our favorite beer from Poland standing in
what would become our main work area. Denis and I are the
two who build all of these lovely Decware amplifiers. Sitting on
the bench are several of the new Anniversary edition amplifiers
is a view of the listening room from the corner of balcony. Behind
Tim who just flipped in a new CD are the RL-3's and the RL-1.5's.
this room is going to be good. It is already good enough
that during the fest no one asked to see or hear our reference room
at the old shop, which was left in tact with plenty of gear just
view from above, with Rob seated in the back. And another
view of what will eventually become diffusers that turn into a movie
to start the R&D last year on the 6 channel preamp we created
a Tuesday night movie night where Paul, Denis and I would get together
and watch movies on an ever changing combination of gear. We
grew to enjoy this quite a bit, so we're looking forward to continuing
the research with a huge picture instead of the 3 x 7 foot door
we were projecting on.
the last of the pre-fest team is here with Randy and his son Jeff's
arrival. Pictured above is the little Yegermiester himself, Jeff
and this officially starts the 2006 Decware Zen Fest.
can see this is the first time Stetson (the horse) has met Jeff. He was playing the see how many times I can drop the apple
and get him to pick it up game. And pictured below in the
foreground is the proud Dad, Randy from Kentucky.
at the tuck with their backs to us are Walter and Dennis chatting
with Bob on the other side. The weather was perfect for the
entire fest and many thanks has to go to Randy for once again supplying
a rather larger portion of the fine beer!
pictures continued in part 2.