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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 business do not. He has said what he was going to do, and it has been done. Danny? Massive kudos please. He's managed to balance the old and the new and keep it together. I exhibited this year because I wanted at the minimum to give this place a chance to be what it was. In the end, it worked out if anything better. I'm unlikely to exhibit next year, but that's only because as in every year when you exhibit, you look at the pictures people have taken and then go and weep in a corner for a because you realise what you've missed. Even as an exhibitor, 9.9 out ot 10. Mind you. Everything hurts today, and as for Jamie (batteredhaggis), he's got to shift the Wilsons and a Plinius.
    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 Danny "Duvet" who seemed to be everywhere at once putting huge amounts of effort and enthusiasm into the smooth running of the show . He worked his B***s off and I'm not surprised at all that he was so knackered at the end. So, my biggest thanks go to Danny, seriously well done mate.
    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 efforts and enthusiasm formed the foundation for the Scalford Show. Some of us know who they are, and some of us have been to bake offs with them and worked alongside them in joint efforts at the Show. In my case , for example, I was one of the 'Scalford Six', who formed the Monster Loony Communal Horn System several years back, who broke new ground by each contributing one section of a truly gargantuan horn system in the Coleman Toom which will go down in the annals of legendary Scalford systems. I'm thinking of the likes of Guy, Pete, Andy Pully, Speedysteve, Bigdur, Mark, Amdismal, Ritchie and many others too numerous to mention (alas). I had run ins with one or two, I was incensed by some of the comments that were made by one or two about me in an unnecessarily personal way, but I miss them. They represent the history of the Wam and I think it fitting that we remember them now, in this triumphant hour of the New Wam Gentlemen, charge your glasses! To absent friends! May they enjoy their new home. Best Wishes! Jack (Non - Smoking Man)
    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 superb show happen, in particular Peter and Danny in whose hands I feel this place has a bright future. Rachel and Caroline put in a huge amount of effort as did Stuart and Steve - all very much appreciated. A big thanks to Danny as well for the loan of his amp The spirit of the Wam was everywhere to see. I must thank Carl (Shakey_Studioincar) who helped enormously setting up and many people (South Coast massive especially) for helping pack and move all the gear down the stairs. Lastly the cheerful Linn lads whose Exact room I sadly missed but who helped with enormous good will to load my car and trailer in the rain last night when I was too tired to know which way was up any more. If there is anyone I've missed, apologies. We had so much help it was quite wonderful. Saturday night will remain in the memory a long time. I'm only sorry I didn't manage to get round many rooms, but ended up enjoying a superbly chilled vibe in Bandit and Maverick's room long after any dead (tired) mod had been carted off. Sunday went by all too quickly and I got around to a few rooms. I won't single any one out but I heard mostly extremely good sounds everywhere I went. Most people had plenty of visitors, most of whom seemed appreciative. Mr OmniGrumptional, get's the Bluntest Punter Prize for his summation of one chap's (otherwise much-appreciated system) - after various frankly rude mutterings of dissatisfaction and comparison to his own vastly superior equipment he was asked 'Are you OK with this then?' No hesitation, just 'No'. It was hard work making anything approaching a good sound in our large room, with boomy bass and glaring treble, but we tried! Like Rick (Bandit Pilot), I thought my stuff sounds much better at home, but at least it was interesting to see what it could do given room to breathe. Richard (Rabski's) LV IBX's were a revelation at times in such a large space. We were often full and it was a pleasure to be able to play visitors' requests on most formats and on two very different systems. Classical music is still a room-clearer it would seem! The old adage that there's no better bass trap than a bunch of wammers held good. Would I do it again? Absolutely. Next year's system (thanks to my son) will be in the 'What you can fit in the glove box' category: Barry, my son has a soft toy moose called Gary.....
    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 very interesting, and it will be good to see how it develops from here. There was a massive selection equipment on show, and I genuinely enjoyed listening to every room I got to. I even thought the Behringer amps in one system sounded good ( but don't tell Serge I said that ! ). Thank you very much to all those who brought their kit from all corners of the country so we could enjoy it, it was very much appreciated. So. 40-odd rooms of the most varied & great sounding hifi around. And beer. And on Saturday night, Steve Barneys Dad with his boyish good looks ( his words, not mine ) and band entertained us with a great selection of tunes. Battered Haggis, who looks nothing like a battered haggis, a big cheers for that tasty glass of Armagnac on Saturday evening, it was great to meet you. Fabulous raffle prizes, and thanks a million to Trevor & Gavin of Guildford Audio for the Harbeths, and Linn for the Kiko system. And Graham67, you are a star! Danny Duvet gets a massive pat on the back and many pints of Guinness for all his efforts. It must have been a huge amount of work, and we owe you a debt of gratitude. This was the first time I had met Peter and Rachel in person, and I have to say they are really lovely people. It was a pleasure to spend time in your company, and I know the forum is in safe hands. They have obviously spent vast amounts of time on the forum & show. We are very fortunate ! Rachel & Caroline get a massive thank you also, for their work all through the weekend, and particularly on Sunday, You did us proud.
    2 points
  10. 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
  11. 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 much needed fag breaks, lunch breaks etc.and also for bringing some anologue to my all digital system on the day. I would also like to thank all the other exhibitors and members who asssisted me with advice etc. Before and on the day Last but not least to all the punters/forum members who visited the show and our room, you are all the reason this show takes place, roll on next year.
    2 points
  12. 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 day listening to 6 foot ally dipoles Speaker wise I, if I had the cash, the sibelius was superb.
    2 points
  13. 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 salute you. To the many that helped lug kit, a huge thankyou. I've spent all day hanging out of my own behind and without the willing bodies I'd still be sat in a corner searching for an ounce of energy. Finally I'd like to say another huge thanks to all that travel to see and hear the show. It's a pleasure to see you all and your positive comments make all the hard work worthwhile. Not every system in every room will appeal to all and that's just the way it is. But the challenge of Scalford is to take your kit into a strange environment and make it work the best you can. You know you've done something right when you see the same faces come in time and time again. I've had a fantastic weekend and hope to see you all and more next year. Excellent effort everyone!
    2 points
  14. 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:- Bandit Pilot's and Maverick's lovely MF KW750 paired with AE2 speakers rv295'z system with DIY active 4-way open baffle speakers Jack NSM and Martin Ware's Revel Gem/Horn subwoofer system Mmichibam and Edd900's system with Kudos Super 20 speakers Dave's incredible mish-mash including Tandy speakers, which sounded far, far better than it had any right to do so ( according to Dave, mainly due to the source, taking the signal directly from the dac chip, with no oversampling or filtering) Max Cando's wonderful collection of Sony products - his passion and the size of his collection were to be wondered at Brumjam's system with his Impulse H2's (sounding 'boomier' than they do in his living room but still very good, nevertheless) Last but not least, the system (that I cannot now seem to identify from the programme) that included the 3-way open baffle speakers (2-ways were also present but not in use during my visit). This is not to discount the other systems at the show, they just weren't as much to my personal taste and/or I didn't feel that they gelled as well with the room in which they were being used. I'm sure every visitor would have a different list of favourites, we all have different ideas of what a system should and shouldn't do. A big thank you to ALL of the exhibitors who made the massive effort to take their systems along for us to hear. Without your effort, there would be no show and that would be a great loss. This was, I believe, the 7th show that I've attended and I have no intention of missing any in the future. I hope to attend more bake-offs too, as part of the fun of Scalford, for me, is meeting up with acquaintances and friends I have previously made. Looking forward to Scalford 2018!
    2 points
  15. You're a braver man than me, Mark. I was approached but bottled it. I'm just a keyboard warrior
    1 point
  16. 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
  17. Playing with the Samyang 50-1.2: Bold red by Boxertrixter, on Flickr
    1 point
  18. Well 3rd year on the trot as a visitor & once again an absolute treat. Highlights for me , chatted to quite a few more people this year & it was great to to put some faces to the handles on here. Mr Shipbroker & Robin's room sounded fabulous & I have to take my hat off to the young man who made such a good job of those open baffles must have Cojones the size of Cumbria to take on that job !! . Loads of great sounds coming from many peoples rooms & as usual it shows you that there's always "more than one way to skin a cat" so to speak. I also thought that the balance between Retailers & exhibitors was fine & in no way detracted from the Wam Ethos , I wonder what they thought of it all ? Head scratching moments were: a.) How the hell are those Boenicke W8s doing that ? : b.) Can I sell a Child/Kidney to fund a pair of Boenicke W8s & c.) Is that system that looks like FrankenTandy's Monster really playing this music ?. Massive thanks to Maverick for the lift home & a special shout out to Bazzer who donated the ITunes vouchers I won in the Raffle , Roll on next year , can't wait !!
    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. Fantastic weekend thanks to Peter and Rachel for doing an outstanding job and not forgetting about everybody that help pull off the best WAM SHOW! I think we should also thank the vey nice and helplful Scalford Hall staff. It was great to meet and chat with old and new friends and I’m already plan my set-up for next year.
    1 point
  21. 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
  22. The Driver by Les, on Flickr The Station Master by Les, on Flickr Both Fuji X-T1 with XF 18-55mm
    1 point
  23. 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
  24. Love the pics. What a huge variety of equipment for people to hear. Not only the members but thought the dealers had great sound in their rooms and they were really showing what their equipment can do. Loved what those little tiddly Boenicke speakers were doing....and...and....
    1 point
  25. 1st show for me ... I live in the same village as TheFlash and having had a few sessions at his house being dazzeled by his kit, he brought me along on Sunday to see what it was all about.... I loved it. Tried my best to get in as many rooms as possible ... some truely amazing audio experiences on offer :-) I had no understanding of what would be in each room by what was written on the doors ... so I wandered round and waited to hear music I liked ... then jumped in. Only had one disappointing instance of being outside and hearing 'Unfinished Sympathy' being played through an upstairs window ... then ran around having no luck tracking down which room it was in ... Scalford is a maze! Had a great dig in the Stamford audio crates as well ... not seen such a great £2 selection for years ... all my food money went on vinyl. Thanks to Nige TheFlash for the invite, and all of you who put the effort in to set up your kit ... I would never have believed something like this went off every year to close to my home :-)
    1 point
  26. 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
  27. I have just taken delivery of my i32 without upgrades. I couldn't afford the extra grand and I am not really interested in streaming. But, this amp, omg, sure I am only getting back into two channel hifi after a long hiatus but this is beautiful. I didn't think it would fit into my budget when I started putting my system together but managed to get a great deal by bartering with my local dealer. I care not for how it works but it sounds delicious.
    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 were never really close, so it was nice some years later to help him chose his own first system that gave him a lot of pleasure
    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 again for next year and thanks to the staff of our own and the hotel who kept things running like a properly serviced machine, you did pull it off. The only people who are saying "it wasn't the same" are the people who didn't attend.
    1 point
  30. My friend who attended the show had a light bulb moment this morning. The Wam show, compared to trade hifi shows, had many, many more rooms where the systems were producing music rather than sounds. I know that this is subjective but like me he is a professional musician so I trust his opinion. This show for my friend had far, far more value than trade shows. There is obviously a difference in a well put together carefully chosen system than 'the latest' from a manufacturer. If this is true then there is an interesting opportunity here both for buyers and the trade. Sorry that he isn't on the forum but he doesn't even have a mobile phone. He was very happy in the nineteen a eventies and eighties and doesn't see why he should change any aspect of life from that period!!
    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, fantastic show. First time for me but thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks to all who have gone through all the effort of bring their kit. I've not visited as many rooms as I would've liked but boy did I enjoy the once I visited. Big shout out to Looper in room 232 who proved you don't have to spend thousands to enjoy decent hifi. Also Flak Monkey (Gun room) with her superb amps and these Acoustic Energy speakers that will leave long lasting impression. Very impressed with clarity of Sunbeamgls's PMCs with active crossovers in room 237. Also massive and wonderful creation of RV295 (Windsor room). I hope you don't strain anything transporting them. Too many wonderful systems and most importantly people to name. Thank you all!
    1 point
  34. 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 about building some new in-wall speakers..... Two highlights for me were rv295's huge and impressive Open Baffle 'speakers...it was a challenge just getting them to Scalford, and Greybeard's small actives using those really nasty cheap Behringer amplifiers. Both were very effective in their own ways. S.
    1 point
  35. 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
  36. Wot he said. As ever, I only got to poke my head into a dozen or so rooms partly because I got stuck in a handful of others just soaking up the sounds. Trying to identify the "best" would be meaningless, partly because it's always going to be a wholly personal experience, and partly because there were loads of rooms I meant to visit but...hey, it's raffle time... bugger, maybe next year. But here are three I'd like to give a shout-out to: - Audio Al in 224. I'd offered to roomsit, not knowing what this particular room would sound like and fortuitously it was one of my faves. Vinyl only, fantastic speakers which someone reliably informed me were Impulse H60 (?), and a Denon deck instead of the expected 1210+OL Encounter. A real pleasure to babysit. - Norbert and Gabriel in 210. Nudging at the boundaries of private/trade as they work out whether they can turn their prototypes into a viable business, this was a cracking room. I/we stayed and returned and spread the word. Promising stuff. - Dave in 233. I took four Wam virgins with me this year. It was impossible to stick together of course due to physical room size and personal taste but 3 of the 4 spent time in 233 and we were all pleased we did and gobsmacked by the magic Dave can extract - again - from the most modest components combined by a seriously good ear into a system which would score 0/10 for eye candy but got seriously close to 10/10 for sound. A true magician. Finally, for me it was great to put faces to so many familiar names from the forum, and all of my friends have already texted or emailed to tell me to count them in for next year. Which is as good an endorsement as it gets. Thanks to everyone for a cracking day. Nigel/TheFlash Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    1 point
  37. 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
  38. Tree by Robert Seymour, on Flickr Please do not feed the Giraffes by Robert Seymour, on Flickr
    1 point
  39. Shades Of Purple Shades of Purple by Keith M, on Flickr
    1 point
  40. All packed and ready to go this morning. 2.5 hour drive ahead. Insignivan:
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  42. 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
    1 point
  43. 350 watts per channel Rick almost 700 mm deep and from the pic below you'll see why they overheated! ! This is a rare survivor that has been upgraded with a 2 stage choke psu system
    1 point
  44. If it's the staved kitchen worktops that you've bought then a circular saw or track saw cuts them very well. I doubt you'll need to do much more than lightly sand the ends afterwards. A router would work but I doubt it would achieve much better results as it cuts really well. The smaller staved oak worktops have a tendency to bow very, very easily so I would recommend lots of oil on both sides to minimise this, especially if they are taking the weight of heavy amps etc. Take your time on the first coat and keep applying until it no longer soaks in. I tried using staved oak worktops without oil and they bowed within 12 months, unless you're creating shelves to keep marbles on I really would use a lot of oil on both sides.
    1 point


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