Discussion in 'AKFest 2008' started by Grumpy, May 7, 2008.
Pizza has loads of gluten...lol
I haven't attended a major AK Fest yet, but I'll echo the reasons that Snade and roadie1 have mentioned, as I imagine it would be akin to the local event held locally here a while ago, only on a much grander scale. More faces, more gear, more fun. :thmbsp:
Not to fly in the face of tradition, but it's a shame that it's always held in Detroit. Unlike HoJos, Embassy Suites is a well-established nationwide chain and if they've already seen the value in wooing the repeat business, then be aware that they have folks available that are more than willing to help organize and coordinate the annual AK fest in other major cites, and thus lighten the burden on the AK staff.
In addition to Detroit, perhaps every 2 or 3 years it could be hosted in areas near Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta, etc. with the gala 10th Annual event centrally located in, say, Kansas City to make it a fairly equal distance/drive for most everyone to get into.
Getting in on inside jokes.
Being the butt of inside jokes
I haven't attended this fest, but I have other types of fests, plus had a small AK get together for local area people here at my place.
For me, it means getting a chance to share some common interests with others.
It means I'll get a chance to hear some new ideas, and new music.
It means I'll get to find out what other systems, amps, speakers, etc sounds like..
It means I'll find out who can hang after a few beers, and I'll have others I can harass that can't, because either way, once I meet them, I'll probably have some new friends...
an AK fest to me, means I can finally put faces to names, and maybe others might figure out I'm not quite as whacked as my writings
My idea of the perfect AKFest would be a violation of United States law.
Annoying people with the huge honking flash unit on my camera and wearin' the thong.
Name anything fun that isn't.
If done right.
A fine pizza lunch.
Oh yeah, all that stuff about meeting people I knew, but didn't really know; checking out some fine new gear, listening to member systems, etc.
I started out to quote Snade's post here, but the Rabbi got it down to a much more succinct line that encompasses the experience:
This year was my first Fest, and I will make every effort never to miss another one.
Good people and good music.
What elevates AKfest above all the other audio shows I've attended is the presence of so many friends and it's unique 'music' mix of live entertainment, vintage, DIY and new equipment.
It's great to see what people can build themselves or pick from the used market but the presence of vendors demoing the latest offerings from the audio industry is all important to me too - knowing what is possible at the cutting-edge of audio keeps me focused. DIY, vintage and new equipment all play a role in my home and AKfest serves up all approaches nicely.
Can't say it any better than that!:thmbsp:
Although I've never attended a fest, I'd like to someday.
Looks like fun being able to sample some sound from all those wonderful systems. Even though I've never went I still like reading the all the fest-threads and looking at the pics!
I've only met in person two AK members, Dr*audio and Dgwojo, both extremely freindly and helpful with knowledge & advice. I'm sure the fest is packed with lots more great folks as these two gentlemen:thmbsp:
Audio gear plus a hotel full of guys sharing the passion! What more could one ask? Hell, it's fun just READING about even if you can't be there!
I've been watch'n the orignal I've Got A Secret and What's My Line...
and feeling pretty sad that I did not live way back then as I miss my relatives and dear friends from the past that seem more like those I see on such incredible TV shows. I know there are outstanding people everywhere but sometimes they are very hard to find. So, I read this gentleman's quote and I agree completely with his sentiments.
I feel very privelaged to be in such company and I will attend the fest sometime.
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