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Old 19th September 2006, 12:34 PM
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Default Heathrow SOUND & VISION SHOW

We will be exhibiting at the Heathrow Sound and Vision Show in the Park Inn, Bath Road from the 22nd until the 24th September.

Our room number is 1946 where we will be demonstrating the new WD88VA with the WD25t speakers and Garrard 401 in a Slatedeck plinth.

Various WD forum members will be in attendance so if you want to come and air your views or ask questions, as well as listen, you are most welcome.

You can save £3 on the attendance fee by donwloading an advance ticket here http://www.chestergroup.org/worldd.html

We look forward to seeing you there!
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Old 19th September 2006, 12:56 PM
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Hi Peter,

Is it too late to request seeing a KEL84 in the flesh?

I'm still a newbie who hasn't seen one yet alone heard one either yet, any chance of an A/B comparison (KEL84/WD88) for beginners like me?

I'l be there on saturday. I'll be the chirpy little hippy dribbling on your equipment (ooohh errr Missus/Pfffnarr/etc etc)

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Old 19th September 2006, 04:06 PM
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KEL84 will be there on show, but we can't promise that we can demo it on Saturday as this is probably going to be the most crowded day. If you can find a time when it is quiet, probably at 10am or 5pm, then we may be able to give you a taste of both.
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Old 19th September 2006, 05:46 PM
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Thanks Peter,

Yes, I'll be there early anyway. I'll introduce myself.

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Old 24th September 2006, 03:39 PM
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Great to meet you Dave, and you're from my old stamping ground it turned out!

Good to catch up with the other guys I already know.

Wow how great WD's new KT88 amp is? I was really impressed, the speakers too were sounding even better than before, depending where you sat the bass was as usual tuneful.

The slate plinths were looking great and the 401 in slate did it's work effortlessly, a few visitors were surprised at the lack of rumble from the 401 in slate. Someone made me put the runout track on but there was none.

Sorry I couldn't stay all day.

John Caswel looks 5 years younger than he did 5 years ago, which is my excuse for not imediately recognising him.

Darren on the other hand.... well that period when the grey hair starts to grow does artificially speed up the process.
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Old 24th September 2006, 04:32 PM
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Hear hear,

Thanks for a very warm welcome and being so accomodating. You chaps made it really easy for a Valve/DIY newbie like me to feel at home (especially as I'm such a shy/retiring type ) . Thanks for taking time out, sorry if some of my questions might have sounded a bit dumb but I'm a learner.

Likewise Paul, Peter, Darren, John, Little Mick and NealG, very nice to meet you all too. Aplogies if I've left anyone out.

Pity we couldn't A/B the WD88VA against the KEL84 but I was very impressed with the WD88 and WD25T's. I didn't know about room nodes and after Peter explained why the sounds changed depending where I sat I was enlightened. I personnaly prefer a fuller/warmer sound that I found in the centre seat at the back of the 2 rows. Some may have found it too 'full on' but thats my preference, the kick drum thump and Acoustic bass from Ira Coleman's playing on the Ernest Ranglin CD sounded far more controlled than I was use to here at home.

A VERY enjoyable day, it was my first ever Hi Fi show (aged 40 3/4's too )

Thanks again everyone for your time help and advice, looking forward to Eggfest more now than ever, I'll work towards getting my all-valve Phono pre finished in time.

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Good to meet you as well Dave! No stopping you now and don't forget to get to grips with those load lines!

We managed to grab a listen to the KEL84 today, somebody asked so we swapped it over. The chap was taken aback and said after a few mins, I'm going to get one of these!

The presentation is very different to the WD88, the Kel is sweet and airy, it doesn't have the slam or control of the '88 but it still drove the WD25T's to very loud levels with surprising ease, it's not slow by any means. You pay your money and make your choice!

Yes, John looked very well, too well!

The slate plinths really work and I can see Darren is going to very busy in the future!

One reoccurring message we got from people was 'this is the best sound of the show' lost count of how many said it, people kept coming back for seconds...a great weekend.
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Old 24th September 2006, 07:13 PM
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Doh! Missed the KEL84 being demo'd, bum.

I'm still undecided on which amp to go for. It'll be my first true Valve kit as the phono pre I'm building is in lumps already for easy completion. I loved the sound at the back of the room with the WD88VA. I know my Rogers sound yummy even with a 30 year old SS amp but if i go KEl84 I'll have enough for a headphone pre-amp which is very important to my listening requirements. If I go WD88 I'll not have enough pennies to buy the HD83 too, wots a girl to do?

You'll have to suffer me at Egg4 I'm afraid!!! NealG, you might be able to call me Mr Load-line by then

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Old 25th September 2006, 09:52 AM
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Hi all,
Had my usual good time at the show, good see all the faces again. As far as looking younger and age is concerned can only put it down to sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Well not much drugs and rock and roll. I think most of it is due to retiring (Ha ha!) and doing my own thing as and when I feel like it and being happy in my work.

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Old 25th September 2006, 10:10 AM
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You lucky lot work and decorating for me this w/e...err what's sex btw..am I missing out?

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