To OB156 and whomever else is interested:
As a â€œnewbieâ€, knowing nobody, I leave it to others to say who is and isnâ€™t here at he Fest. Folks are still arriving, and a few have already had to leave (Steve Ford and his Mrs., who fried their cycle clutch on the way up the beyond-terrible driveway here).
Bob is quite definitely here, and signing stuff to the point where heâ€™s worn out a bunch of gold pens. The Q&A last (Friday) eve was all videotaped. Covered were such subjects as:
Speaker wire and â€œtube soundâ€, in which Bob admits that heâ€™s as human as anybody (actually, one can see that right away) â€œI know thereâ€™s no difference, but when I see those beautiful tubes I hear it!"
How to achieve 85% tube sound with a simple tweakâ€¦
The Stereophile challenge, whose memory is faulty, and how fast Bob got out of townâ€¦
The genesis of the ribbon, Bolander-Graebner,etc.
Bobâ€™s latest project â€“ the theory and ongoing development of a floor-to-ceiling (line source) ribbon array, that he says will be affordable ("I haven't changed").
Another Q&A was scheduled for sometime today â€“ not sure what time, but it doesnâ€™t pay to worry about times, because the schedule for everything gets changed a several times beforehand anyhow. When the actual moment comes, the word spreads like wildfire and all the tribe converges.
The problem with time here is that nobody wants to go to bed, however late, so today, for example, breakfast is just being served now (11:30 AM Saturday). Largely Bobâ€™s fault â€“ turns out heâ€™s a night owl.
Heâ€™s also a very fine and humble gentleman, who says heâ€™s quite honored to be here, and means it.
As for taking pictures, LOTS of that going on, and at this point those two tube amps might be the most photographed items in the known universe. And certainly some of the best sounding. Chance for the best pic of all was missed when nobody caught Bob bending over, trying, squinting, with great difficulty, to read the lettering on my anthracite C-4000. Retributive justice deniedâ€¦
Wish you were here, but check out those videos as they become available.
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on Sat Sep 13, 2008 3:21 pm, edited 1 time in total.