A good day out

I have you pre-loaded Richard,  I already have about half the group from e-mails,  but how/wherever I get the names thats OK.    I asked for e-mail to avoid naming anyone who would prefer to remain anonymous.   Plus its holiday season so expect some late replies.

Re the earlier discussion about it being a group of old white men and no youngsters, that might be due to where Naim is in the market. I don't broadcast what this stuff costs but have impressed on our two youths (18/22) that it's not some cheap stuff from Currys. They get it and treat it with care but still deem it weird to spend that much on a stereo. They like music and in good time will hopefully progress from what they enjoy now as playback devices to something more esoteric as they move through life, and I'll guide them as they do.

Like Radio 4 listenership, it's maybe not best to chase the youth market but better to wait for them to come on board in their own good time. There's a steady flow of former youths looking further along the options on the online surveys to get to their age group...

I bought my first LP12 when I was 18, using money from working at B&Q in a gap year between school and university, and my first Naim (a 42/snaps/110) when I was 23, using money from working in the university bar while doing my PhD. So many people then were really into hifi. These days it’s different it seems. 

hungryhalibut posted:

I bought my first LP12 when I was 18, using money from working at B&Q in a gap year between school and university, and my first Naim (a 42/snaps/110) when I was 23, using money from working in the university bar while doing my PhD. So many people then were really into hifi. These days it’s different it seems. 

Similar story here...in the days of grants and no fees.

G

GraemeH posted:
hungryhalibut posted:

I bought my first LP12 when I was 18, using money from working at B&Q in a gap year between school and university, and my first Naim (a 42/snaps/110) when I was 23, using money from working in the university bar while doing my PhD. So many people then were really into hifi. These days it’s different it seems. 

Similar story here...in the days of grants and no fees.

G

Food for thought regarding the younger generation. I saved up and bought my LP12, Nait and Linn Kans when I was about 22. Interestingly, my niece, who is 32, is into vinyl and is thinking of buying a Rega deck.

I've dropped Mike an email and, in line with Richard's note, I've no problem identifying myself - making up the back line, tucked in behind Huge and Trevor.

Many thanks again to Nigel (HH), Richard and the good folks at Naim for arranging the visit.  It was so much more than I had envisaged and I was genuinely rather taken aback at the time and commitment from Trevor, Steve, Jason and Richard taking us all through such a wide range of topics.  Quite a work out for Jason switching cables between the various boxes for the two sub-groups!  A very rare and unexpected treat.

Peter

hungryhalibut posted:

I bought my first LP12 when I was 18, using money from working at B&Q in a gap year between school and university, and my first Naim (a 42/snaps/110) when I was 23, using money from working in the university bar while doing my PhD. So many people then were really into hifi. These days it’s different it seems. 

I do remember getting/sharing my first ‘Hi-Fi sepetates’ when a Uni student. I do remember many people loved music, but only a tiny number were into serious Hi-Fi... I ensured I shared a flat with a fellow enthusiast... but most were quite happy with ghetto blasters or atrocious cheap music centre thingies which were all the rage in the mid to late 80s... perhaps things aren’t so different these days.

Most uni students are too busy moonlighting as strippers or chaperones to pay the fees these days, with no time for hifi shenanigans.

Back in my day in the mid nineties at art school it was the thing to have a massive retro 70s system that would play very loud, we got lucky by having eccentric and generous uncles it seems.

wenger2015 posted:

After carefully analysing the photo, it’s clearly obvious I am far to young to have been able to attend this event............ as I am not a cotton top and I don’t dye my hair black....

 

It may be slightly overdue but please note that there is both a full head of hair and no added colourings.  Not sure how much longer this will continue to be the case...!

Peter

Memory-lane......

Back at uni in the mid 60's we (well, my circle) mainly built our own kit or assembled kits of parts. ISTR (it might still be in our attic !) a tape recorder by a company which I think was called Martins.

But I do recall one friend who had a Rogers Cadet and Tannoy speakers and another with a Quad and probably Wharfdale speakers. All valve amps.

When I got posted to the Trucial States, late 60's/early 70's, all our gear came from VV & Sons in Dubai. Akai, Dual and Sansui. Seemed to make Simon & Garfunkel come alive. And we could listen to Radio Dhahran.

Naim had yet to be invented, so the best was yet to come !

We’ll get there eventually. I did get to chat to everyone there but have the memory of a gnat and feel really bad that I can’t work out exactly who is who. I need to meet people a few times before I can reliably recall who they are. Maybe it’s the bang on the head. Maybe it’s being 57. Maybe I’m naturally rubbish at recalling people’s names. 

Yes, I twigged that that handsome devil was your good self this very morning, and mailed Don to that effect. There are four or five that I recognise but have no idea whatsoever what they Forum name might be. Who is on my right, and who are the two on the extreme right of the photo? Does anyone know? I feel so dopey. 

Simon-in-Suffolk posted:
hungryhalibut posted:

I bought my first LP12 when I was 18, using money from working at B&Q in a gap year between school and university, and my first Naim (a 42/snaps/110) when I was 23, using money from working in the university bar while doing my PhD. So many people then were really into hifi. These days it’s different it seems. 

I do remember getting/sharing my first ‘Hi-Fi sepetates’ when a Uni student. I do remember many people loved music, but only a tiny number were into serious Hi-Fi... I ensured I shared a flat with a fellow enthusiast... but most were quite happy with ghetto blasters or atrocious cheap music centre thingies which were all the rage in the mid to late 80s... perhaps things aren’t so different these days.

I remember that when I left home and bought a house that I was very hard up, no phone, TV or anything much I recall (well mortgage rates were about 15% then) but my sister was scandalised when a new Rega turntable appeared. I explained that it was an essential part of life. None of my friends are into good quality hi-fi and would be shocked if they knew what I spent on Naim. Worth every penny of course.

hungryhalibut posted:

Yes, I twigged that that handsome devil was your good self this very morning, and mailed Don to that effect. There are four or five that I recognise but have no idea whatsoever what they Forum name might be. Who is on my right, and who are the two on the extreme right of the photo? Does anyone know? I feel so dopey. 

……nothing wrong with your eyesight then Nigel.

hungryhalibut posted:

Yes, I twigged that that handsome devil was your good self this very morning, and mailed Don to that effect. There are four or five that I recognise but have no idea whatsoever what they Forum name might be. Who is on my right, and who are the two on the extreme right of the photo? Does anyone know? I feel so dopey. 

Yes, Nigel, I do know who I am - for now. I’m on the extreme right and did email Mike-B to let him know. I’m the other Clive B(aldwin).

I’m not sure how this event managed to pass me by without me becoming aware. Such a shame! It would have been great to meet you all and revisit the factory. The last time I went (with a group of Graham’s customers) was when they were just launching the SL2 speaker, so it’s been a while. I don’t think I’d have done much to lower the average age of the picture though...

Glad it was such a success and thanks HH for posting the pic and for the follow ups on who’s who. Always good to put a real face to an avatar!

Don Atkinson posted:

Hi HH, you probably mailed Mike-B rather than me ?

Just to help re-assure you that your memory isn't as bad as you fear, you did correctly identify me as 7th from the right (wearing the tie). Hope this reassurance helps !

Goodness me, I’m amazed I managed to make it upstairs to bed! 

What a good looking bunch of Naim enthusiasts!  Would love one day to join a factory visit! Would also appreciate a version of the photo with name bubbles. In the meantime, and since I am asking, I thought it would only be fair to post a recent self-portrait. 

Polarbear posted:

Back in April , I wonder why its taken so long to hit the forum??   

 

Normally HH can't wait to post something!

I'm still trying to get my head around the many factoids in Steve's stellar presentation - looks like HH managed to get there before me!

Peter

Polarbear posted:

Back in April , I wonder why its taken so long to hit the forum??   

Normally HH can't wait to post something!

The pic was lost in someones smart phone & it took Richard to root it out.

Folks:   I have a bunch of names added to the faces,  but still have some blanks,  I suspect holiday season might be affecting replies.         So far I have - Hungryhalibut, NigelB, Simon-in-Suffolk,  Dave J,  Northpole, Trevor W,  TrickyDicky, Gazza, Don Atkinson, Richard Dane,  James, Nick Lees & CDB  

I know one or two others,   but to be PC just in case someone wants to remain anonymous,  I need them to let me know. 

Salmon Dave posted:
ChrisR_EPL posted:

 They get it and treat it with care but still deem it weird to spend that much on a stereo.  

I, and others I know, deem it extremely weird that anyone would spend £600-700 on a telephone....

Its not a telephone. It is a pocket computer with optical and aural interfaces, and can function very effectively as a calculator, map (worldwide, and with GPS capability), satnav, portable music player, home music controller, dictation machine, notepad, translator (including imaging of printed text), torch, magnifier, sound level meter, internet browser, email and other messaging device and carry-anywhere camera, and more - all with the advantage of being pocket sized. Oh, and it can make telephone calls as well!  A lot of that it can do offline, otherwise can use wifi connection when available so not necessarily needing, or not using, mobile data.

I never understood adding a camera to a phone as they did at first, as a dedicated camera would always take better pictures, though I could see the value for unplanned or emergency use. And for me text messages on the old-style phone were such a pain that I almost never used that facility. But it was when my son had an iPhone 4, and we were travelling somewhere with a deadline and somehow had gone astray so he turned on the (free) satnav app he had downloaded and found a quick route, and then used it to find us a nearby restaurant to eat, that I finally thought to myself that I would like one of those - and received his hand-down next birthday when he upgraded. I think Smartphones wonderful devices!

 

Mike-B posted:
Folks:   I have a bunch of names added to the faces,  but still have some blanks,  I suspect holiday season might be affecting replies.         So far I have - Hungryhalibut, NigelB, Simon-in-Suffolk,  Dave J,  Northpole, Trevor W,  TrickyDicky, Gazza, Don Atkinson, Richard Dane,  James, Nick Lees & CDB  

I know one or two others,   but to be PC just in case someone wants to remain anonymous,  I need them to let me know. 

If you're looking for a caption, surely 'House of Naim launches its Spring 2018 collection' covers it  ;-)

Christopher_M posted:
Mike-B posted:
Folks:   I have a bunch of names added to the faces,  but still have some blanks,  I suspect holiday season might be affecting replies.         So far I have - Hungryhalibut, NigelB, Simon-in-Suffolk,  Dave J,  Northpole, Trevor W,  TrickyDicky, Gazza, Don Atkinson, Richard Dane,  James, Nick Lees & CDB  

I know one or two others,   but to be PC just in case someone wants to remain anonymous,  I need them to let me know. 

If you're looking for a caption, surely 'House of Naim launches its Spring 2018 collection' covers it  ;-)

Cheeky !

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