NC mini Polkfest

Systems Posts: 14,872
This will end up being a double post, both here in the Clubhouse and over in the Gatherings.

First of all thanks to Russ (lightman1) & Tom (treitz3) for allowing us to trash their homes in the name of good tunes and times. Thanks to Russ for the BBQ and floor space. Jason (jflail2) brought along a friend (Shaun or Sean) who left impressed I'm sure. Steve (wizzy) brought some good tunes to sample and a pair of little 10's that were quite a surprise especially when connected to the PSW1000 I aquired from Tom as a birthday present from my wonderful Mary. A friend of Russ' from around the way (Mike) stopped by to enjoy the festivities with an armload of MFSL's in tow. I couldn't help but take a few items to throw into the mix. A Jolida 801 fresh back from Jolida for upgrades and only 1 hour of time before I got there, a Parasound HCA 2200II, Acurus ACD-11, Rotel RC-1070, Luxman D-105U tube CDP, A pair of Acoustech monoblocks and my little iPod Thingy amp. Russ's SDA's handled almost all the speaker requirements for the most part. 2 sets were sampled as this was the first time some of the guys got a chance to sit down and listen to some SDA bliss. Tom brought along some cables & Carver gear to sample.

The beer flowed from early afternoon all thru the night. Some damn good BBQ was eaten like it was our last meals. And the mix of gear went on all day and night. This was also the first chance for some guys to listen to and mix and play with some tube gear. (NO RUSS! I WILL NEVER BRING THAT HIDEOUS STUFF INTO YOUR HOUSE AGAIN) (too hard to leave with the stuff when time to go....RUSS!) I took my set of Acoustech monoblocks and the first thing out of everyone's mouth was, "those work?". They were damaged beyond description by FedEx so free to me and look like hell but play oh so good. Jason brought me some really old box sets of albums. 3 boxes of album box sets, maybe 20 single albums and I don't know how many 45's. Problem was there was no TT. Russ' was way out of shape from not being used and nothing to use to set it up. The first time we fired the gear up and the SDA's came to life Jason was seen looking all around the room and behind him. Looking for other speakers that were in the mix. Russ was quick to point out that it was ONLY the SDA's playing. I love when this happens. The sweet spot was by appointment only. And yes stacked at times.

Trey (Vr3MxStyler2k3) stopped in just long enough to get razzed by everyone for not hanging around. He grabbed Tom and they headed over to Trey's to load Tom's new VMPS sub into his truck. It was like Christmas for Tom when he returned with the sub. Unloaded it with the help of Mike, carried into the house while stepping "over" Russ who managed to be the first MIA of the day. Yes....stepped OVER Russ....LOL! It was like Christmas I tell you. Tom had the sub unpacked from the box in the livingroom getting ready to hook it up to the gear and I was in the kitchen playing in the box and styrofoam. Did I mention we had lots of beer? Tom and I goofed around with the sub for a long time before coming to the drunken realization we needed a crossover to go with the bridged amps we tried. Back to the PSW1000 for now. Tom, Mike and I lasted to what must have been midnight listening to some good music and lying our asses off. Tom continued to adjust, tune, mix and work to find the perfect synergy for the gear we had on site. I think the final combo went something like this...Jolida 801, Acurus CDP, PSW1000, Russ' SDA's listening to Nora Jones at a moderate level. And it was so sweet.

Here are a few pics. I'll try and load lots more in the Showcase as soon as I'm done with all the doctors today.

In the beginning

Jason up front & Steve behind

Tom threatening us

Sean, Steve & Tom. I think Steve is in his Zen state?

Mike & Russ

Yeah...thats a body on the floor

A few pieces of gear

I'm sure Russ and Tom will be adding their 2 cents worth along with some more photos. If you guys want to add some to the Showcase let me know.

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  • danger boy
    danger boy Posts: 15,722
    edited March 2008
    looks like a good time was had by all... who's the person on the floor? did they have a bit to much to drink? ;)
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  • Fireman32
    Fireman32 Posts: 4,845
    edited March 2008
    Man it sucks that I had to miss this. Hopefully there will be another gathering soon.
  • jflail2
    jflail2 Posts: 2,869
    edited March 2008
    Good stuff! Thanks Russ for the hospitality, the bbq, and the lawlessness that prevailed on Saturday :)

    I'm in the grind at work so this must be short, but it was nice to meet everyone! Wizzy, we need to do the blind cable test soon! Chuck, you are indeed a **** for letting me get a taste of the beauty that is tubes. Tom, honestly, I expected you to be the one out in the floor (this guy must be German, b/c he can put some brews AWAY), and I hate I missed your place the next day. Trey, nice to meet you for the 30 seconds or so we were there together. I'd still like to ride down and check out the rig at some point. Great time, great tunes, and of course great gear.

    Thanks all!
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  • hoosier21
    hoosier21 Posts: 4,403
    edited March 2008
    danger boy wrote: »
    who's the person on the floor?

    Looks like it is Russ (lightman1)
    Dodd - Battery Preamp
    Monarchy Audio SE100 Delux - mono power amps
    Sony DVP-NS999ES - SACD player
    ADS 1230 - Polk SDA 2B
    DIY Stereo Subwoofer towers w/(4) 12 drivers each
    Crown K1 - Subwoofer amp
    Outlaw ICBM - crossover
    Beringher BFD - sub eq

    Where is the remote? Where is the $%#$% remote!

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  • Systems
    Systems Posts: 14,872
    edited March 2008
    Jason I have your tube amps right here waiting for you to make the move. The Jolida can be had at a fair price and the ugly **** monoblocks will be offered with new chassis.

    Russ (hoosier21) you win the door prize for a correct answer.

  • reeltrouble1
    reeltrouble1 Posts: 9,312
    edited March 2008
    excellent. Wish I was there.

  • lightman1
    lightman1 Posts: 10,710
    edited March 2008
    danger boy wrote: »
    looks like a good time was had by all... who's the person on the floor? did they have a bit to much to drink? ;)

    That was the wonderful host....ME!!!!:D:D:o
  • lightman1
    lightman1 Posts: 10,710
    edited March 2008
    I'm finally out of the dark ages!!! I have internet again WHOOOOHOOOO!!!
    Just want to send out a big **** THANKS to all who trashed my house. I'm glad y'all had a good time and I'll never forget the stunned look on Jason and Shauns faces when they sat in the sweet spot.
    Chucks Jolida was the big hit of the day, smooth and clean! But I still insist on using my 32 gauge IC's...chump. The Acoustech monos breathed new life into the 8t's, super tasty for a small set of speakers. All in all, it was good times. I again thank you all and my door is always open to any who wish to drop by.
    I'll be posting the pics of Chuck in the assless chaps dancing with Tom in his fishnet tanktop and satin shost-shorts.....classic!

    Lightman lives!!!