Friday Night: My first meeting with early arriving AK’ers- Grumpy, Mr. & Ms.Kam, Reyneman, RetroStereo, Army, Echo, Billfort, and others- gear piled everywhere. Reyneman commenting to NOSValves after hearing his small set up with his tube monoblocks, Heresy’s and a nice sub- “If you can make Klipsch Heresy’s sound good, you can make anything sound good.” PunkerX playing some tunes through a really BIG vintage Kenwood that I had never seen before. Saturday: Whew. Talking and twanging with Styler in Elusive Disc’s listening room. Little $300 Epos mini-monitors that sounded wonderful. Glad to meet you, Tyler. A good part of the day in Grumpy/Reyneman’s room listening to Grumpy’s nice Audio Notes driven by an Almarro A318 or NOSValves’ 60 wpc mono-blocks. The SOTA Sapphire sounded really fine, especially when Gilbert’s Blue Circle phono stage was put into the mix. Hope I didn’t get in the way too much, guys. Wandering around the various music rooms- the Hartsfields were drowning out the entire end of the 12th floor. Andyman’s stacked Advent system sounded very fine, and was a great set-up to show what vintage done right can do. My first listen to BrianB’s Blue Circle/ Obelisk set-up in the afternoon. WOW! Reyneman’s “flubby” (coined on the spot- flabby + tubby) JBL’s- thanks for providing so much entertainment for me and Billfort, Ray…………… Saturday Evening: Dinner with Reyneman, BrianB, and Gilbert Yeung of Blue Circle Audio- as fine a trio of gentlemen as you could ever encounter. Not that I have much experience hanging around with high-end audio designers, but Gilbert is a true individual- honest to a fault, plain-spoken, no BS, a regular guy. And as funny as anyone I’ve run across in years. He and Mary Lou are a breath of fresh air in what can be a pretty stuff-shirted industry. St. James Infirmary from Louis Armstrong Plays King Oliver- played a minimum of 13 times…Billfort can back me up on this, I swear to God. An extended listening session in BrianB’s Blue Circle room- my thoughts on this will come elsewhere, but as pleasurable an evening as I have spent in a long time. BrianB is a generous and patient man with his wares. Somewhere around 3:30 AM was as much music and beer as I could handle. Mr. And Mrs. BigMacc are two of the most gracious people you could ever meet. Thanks for the Molson, BigMacc........... Sunday: I mostly wandered around bleary- eyed, babbling incoherently. Elusive Disc had some great stuff for sale- I picked up a Sundazed vinyl copy of a Spirit album that was never released in its day. Listened to tunes, communed with all the AK’ers who hung in there for Sunday………. It was no surprise to me- the folks that make up AK in the ether are even finer in person- each and every one. My hats off to the movers and shakers that worked tirelessly to make it happen. :thmbsp: I wish I could have done more to help.