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  1. I'm one of the 'old crowd', as most of you know, but I really do appreciate the way Peter and Rachel (spelled correctly and appologies if not) have thrown their weight behind making it what it turned out to be. Basically, a bloody fantastic show. Despite the bruises and assorted damage, I'm really glad I exhibited. My initial thought was that it might be a little bit too 'polished'. Yes, I know that sounds insane, but you know what I mean. Anyway, what we ended up with was certainly polished, but it also kept the spirit together. Rachel is lovely, and Peter has done what many in busi
    5 points
  2. Yes, Scalford 2017 WAS a great show. The music and equipment are always the number one priority in an event like this but in my view it was made great by all the PEOPLE who put such a lot of hard work in to make it happen. So, my thanks go firstly to Peter as the main man and also to Rachel and Carol who worked so hard at the front end. Thanks also to the Hotel and its staff and everyone else, including the Wam moderators who had a hand in organising such a complex event . The energy and effort put in by all was truly remarkable. But my star of the show was none other than Dann
    4 points
  3. And I'd like to offer an award for "most surprising question of the weekend award" which goes to the gentleman who asked what make of folding crate was holding up the monitor. I laughed, but the question was serious. Must make better wall signs next year
    3 points
  4. I have just finished reassembling my system after our 6 hour drive back, and am far too tired to write an in depth review, but sufice to say that it was an excellent weekend, superbly organised, and well supported. So a big thankyou to everyone who helped make it happen, and run so smoothly. Also a big thanks to everyone who took time to listen to my system .Here's to next year. Oh and a big thanks to Ken for helping carry everything to and fro, and to Serge for room sitting, and Robin for holding the fort while I needed a comfort break, as our colonial friends say
    3 points
  5. Congrats on surviving your first show, Sera. Your system sounds ace and the Gunroom isn't the easiest to tame. Don't take the negative comments to heart. No system or sound is all things to all people and we can only hope for the best within our surroundings. I think you nailed it.
    3 points
  6. A lot of you know my son Jack, he likes to take photo's and here are some he did at the weekend. We hope you enjoy them.
    2 points
  7. The 'New Wam' has had a successfull show. Peter, whom I met for the first time on Saturday, was welcoming and engaging ; Duvet, tireless and helpful. This is their first show at Scalford and it looks like there will be another in 2018, and so on, we all sincerely hope. I am coming back next year and so will many others. But at this time of congratulations to the new management team and celebrations of a successfull show and the promise of continuity into the future we should mark the past contributions of those members who are no longer with us ( for mainly political differences) whose e
    2 points
  8. Scalford '16 was the first hifi show I went to. I just wasn't all that interested in going alone before I joined. The largely non-commercial nature of our forum's own show was very appealing. Sadly this year I didn't have time to stop in the trade rooms, though all sound like they were very interesting. This year was my first experience of exhibiting. I'm glad my co-exhibitors and I were able to. It was a pleasure to help with Jack NSM and Martin Ware's system too, one I thought that worked remarkably well in challenging circumstances. A very big thank you to all who made this year's
    2 points
  9. What a great weekend ! I don't know where to start really, but here goes. I'll second Danny's thoughts regarding all those who have contributed to the show, and also from the very beginning nine years ago, to where it is today. For those no longer with the forum, you were missed. There will always be debate, from some, regarding mixing trade and enthusiasts. For me, I reckon you get the best of both worlds. Elite Audio and the Pearl guys had some great gear with them. The Linn guys were great, and very welcoming to all interested in what they are up to. Their project looks
    2 points
  10. Hi everyone, Fantastic weekend and great comments. A massive thanks from Rachel and I for trusting us and making us understand the 'real' spirit of HIFIWIGWAM. Just got back and too tired to unpack yet. Lots of suggestions and comments to make things better for next year but I can guarantee one hell of a show for its 10th Anniversary. Give us a few days to get sorted and we'll announce Raffle Results and Winners. The videos will be up within 2 weeks although I did ask for a few up unedited asap. Rachel was really happy and thought everyone was absolutely lovely, and the com
    2 points
  11. Just go home and unloaded , terrific show, our room was full all day, food in the hotel much improved, last nights currys was better than ever and a steal at £15.00 a head,a big thanks to Steve for driving me and my kit to the show and back, Peter and Racheal for doing a great job, and sorting out the usual little problems quickly . Missed the old mates that were not there this year, hope to see you back next guys, I will be back next year
    2 points
  12. This was my first time exhibiting after 5 yrs as a visitor and boy did i enjoy doing it. A massive THANKYOU to Peter and Rachel for making it easy to do so and also to Duvet, who they must of cloned before the show, he was everywhere, i'm sure there were at least 6 of him at any one time. It must be a mammoth organisational task. I would also like to thank the Hotel staff who also work so hard accommodating us all before and on the day. Thanks to Colin from Chevron Audio who assissted me in my room this year, who guided me through the pros and cons of my first show and giving me my
    2 points
  13. I agree what a totally enjoyable day, cant think of a better way to spend a Sunday, it has rejuvenated my interest and got me back into some projects for 2017. thanks to spider for info on how to build a new 401 plinth - I'm going to have a go, and the room fill from those royds was amazing. Biggest surprise for me on how to get a sound that I really liked and would like to have at home was greybeards behringer solution, having fiddle with cross over circuits with little success , I'm convinced to go down the active route as it suits my budget/ sound desire. Could have sat all
    2 points
  14. Phew! I'm far too tired for a comprehensive list of thanks due, but it would be unfair to end the weekend without some recognition of the massive efforts made by all involved. Firstly, thanks to Peter and Rachel and all involved in the months of graft and grief involved in making this possible at all. Especially when faced with some pre show negativity. I hope you feel like your efforts were rewarded after your first Scalford and hope your enthusiasm stretches to making it possible for years to come. To all my fellow exhibitors, it's a gargantuan effort in lots of cases and I sa
    2 points
  15. A fantastic show, once again. Thanks to all who made it so - Peter, for taking the torch and allowing the forum and show to continue (and a very professional show it was this time), all of the exhibitors for taking the great time and trouble to allow us visitors to hear their systems, the Scalford staff and last, but not least, the visitors. As usual, there was a great variety of systems to hear, some worked in the allotted rooms better than others (as usual) and proved once again the effects of speaker/room interaction, but the sounds that stood out for me (in no particular order) were
    2 points
  16. My Honda Blackbird - a very lovely example of these brilliant bikes. One of the last carb ones from 1999. Full service history, original tool kit under the seat, owners manual etc. Datatool immobiliser. Only selling as I am going to be unable to use it this year due to personal circumstances, so I would much rather it went to someone who is going to be able to enjoy this lovely bike. Has covered 52,000 miles, which is nothing for one of these bikes. It rides absolutely perfectly and pulls like a train. Exceptionally comfortable long distance tourer or weekend toy. MOT until Octo
    1 point
  17. You're a braver man than me, Mark. I was approached but bottled it. I'm just a keyboard warrior
    1 point
  18. i couldn't agree more eddy, my 7th show 4 as a exibite helping colin (greybeard) we both had a fab time . sold a turntable spent some of the proceeds on vinyl with gordon and simon, had plenty to drink , good food, and meet up with some lovely friends, a special thanks to the organisers for all your hard work and bringing fresh ideas to the already brilliant hi fi show. our hifi show. see you all next year, kind regards from cornwall. ken.
    1 point
  19. I am very unfussy about cleaning solutions, but I seriously would not use r/o water. It has its uses, but it is nowhere near the same as distilled water or the like, and contains a great many dissolved salts. Just use distilled.
    1 point
  20. If you have a condenser clothes dryer then the water from them is virtually distilled. Should have no mineral content as just condensed steam. It is worth filtering through a paper coffee filter into a cleaned and flushed (with the condensate) container just incase a tiny bit of clothes fluff manages to pass the condenser.
    1 point
  21. The Driver by Les, on Flickr The Station Master by Les, on Flickr Both Fuji X-T1 with XF 18-55mm
    1 point
  22. I had a great time this weekend. It has certainly restored my appetite for showing again which remains at the heart of the show. Thank you to those at the centre of this monumental effort, you can be assured it was not in vain. And by that I mean the organisers and those who lug precious kit hundreds of miles in precarious circumstances to show. I salute you all!
    1 point
  23. Had anybody hidden the forks? I can only echo what others have said and add my thanks. Here, here, went well, dint it. I think between us we had the musical extremes covered......
    1 point
  24. Tim, tell Jack from my me - "Excellent Pics"
    1 point
  25. I have a Yamaha integrated which you can have for the price of the shipping mate, I forget the model number but when I go home from lunch I'll take some snaps of it. Has a phono stage, but no remote. I also have a Pioneer SX-590 receiver which is prettier, it's going to end up on ebay but if he likes the look of it, £20.00.
    1 point
  26. you getting worse than that Rick bloke
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  27. Cat fight? Not at all. As far as noise goes, if you have dirty records, then having an elliptical or even spherical stylus, the smaller contact point will find less noise. However, the higher contact pressure, which of course causes more record wear, can push particles of dirt out of the way (which is a Good Thing) or grind them into the vinyl, which isn't. Also, a line contact stylus can (not always) have the pointy bit (sorry to get technical) going down further into the groove where there's more dirt. The moral of the story is to have clean records, then you can use a line contac
    1 point
  28. and I should add aged 15 I was in a wheelchair for a few months after an op and bullied my dad to push me round the Harrogate show, it nearly killed him but it has always stayed in my mind hence I am delighted to see people with such challenges making a massive effort it did help him understand why I was obsessed with messing with 2 valve amps in the vain hope of matching them (they were different) and odd pair of speakers but I was still at school, no money etc but I still have the vinyl I bought from that time Harrogate was sadly about the only thing that we ever did together as we
    1 point
  29. The show thankfully proved the nay sayers to be completely wrong. It was polished, it looked great, everyone had fun, the helpful "Spirit of The Wam" was still there by the bucket load. I was really elated when I heard Peter come over whilst I was talking to Danny at the bar and he said he had booked for next year. Exhibiting was a riot this year, my equipment didn't fail on me (ignoring attempting to use the PC remotely with a NAS, all that hardware can go right back to the retailer) - the room was busy pretty much all day long. Thanks Peter and Rachel for booking the show aga
    1 point
  30. I couldn't make it but a friend (non-forum member) went. He said that Spider's Garrard was absolutely stunning as was Mrs Spider! Also Robin's Acoustic Solid/AN/Clearaudio sounded excellent as well as the AN digital gear in the same room. Everyone was welcoming and it was a well organised event. Really annoyed that I couldn't make it but my friend bought me a Yusef Lateef album as consolation. Hope to make it next year.
    1 point
  31. Our first time as an exhibitor, we had a great day and really enjoyed the whole experience. I hope some of you enjoyed our room. Thanks to everyone who worked hard to organise the show, and to the hotel for allowing us to empty their rooms and make lots of noise.
    1 point
  32. I have led a sheltered life - what is it?
    1 point
  33. Yes indeed. This year Lawrence and I went as tourists rather than exhibitors to get something of the buzz others get from visiting so many rooms. I was gratified by both the numbers of new exhibitors and the amount of DIY on show, especially active 'speakers which to me has always been the right way to do it! Nice also to talk to the Linn guys as what they're proposing makes a lot of sense. Yes, you can do what they're doing by 'manual' means, but if they make their software available it'll make designing active filters an awful lot easier and quicker. It's got me wondering abou
    1 point
  34. yes it was worth going as usual . big thanks as usual to all who lugged kit . especially max candy , the sony guy who must have bought a good chunk of sonys production from the last 40 years !! absolute nirvana to see itt all
    1 point
  35. Out for a friend's birthday celebration dinner last night: the lovely, crazy(!) host from Umbria hosts and cooks dinners for up to 20 guests at her flat in Smithfield, London. The food was sublime. Umbria in Farringdon 1 by Ben Bolton, on Flickr Umbria in Farringdon 4 by Ben Bolton, on Flickr Umbria in Farringdon 2 by Ben Bolton, on Flickr
    1 point
  36. Tree by Robert Seymour, on Flickr Please do not feed the Giraffes by Robert Seymour, on Flickr
    1 point
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  38. Welcome to the Wam Andy. If you click on the name of a Wammer (Lurch above) then a page will appear with a link to send a private message to him. Then you can transact business without financial details being open to all. You can make an offer without being a Super Wammer but hopefully you'll enjoy it here and find that it is well worth supporting with your subs!
    1 point
  39. Shades Of Purple Shades of Purple by Keith M, on Flickr
    1 point
  40. Whats going on it looks like a proper organised show
    1 point
  41. ...I've just been wiped out by a 4x4 whilst in stationary traffic. Feeling rather sorry for myself but hoping a good sleep will sort me out!
    1 point
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  43. http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/bpaplugins/repo-short.xml Add this link to additional repositories down at the bottom of your plugins on the web control You will then be asked if you wish to add bbc iplayer and iplayer extra dash players. Tick to add. Restart will be needed. Do that and then you should have high quality streaming of BBC radio on your SBT. You will potentially need to change the settings on the plugin so that dash is the first option the plugin looks at, followed by other stream modes.
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  44. Oldie revamped in Photoshop using tone mapping (part of Googles free Nik collection). Playing with layers Another oldie revamped in Photoshop Fuji X-pro1 + XF35mm f/1.4
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  45. The Blue Web by Macvisual Photography, on Flickr
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  46. Just found this from a while back while tidying up my image files: Mirror by Tillman Kleinhans ARPS EFIAP/b DPAGB BPE2*, on Flickr Canon 1D2 + 28-135 f3.5/5.6, 1/1250S @ f7.1, IDSO200 jpg.
    1 point
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