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Offline frikkie

Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #60 on: January 14, 2014, 08:28:35 AM »
Am I correct in assuming that the "tea and biscuits" actually refer to beer and biltong? >:D
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #61 on: January 14, 2014, 11:23:46 AM »
i'm on the list too  :thumbs:
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #62 on: January 14, 2014, 11:54:15 AM »
Members of the Kalahari audio club relaxing after entertaining their friends from the northern suburbs of Cape Town.  In the left foreground is a hollow-cored centre speaker.  There is pap and wors on the table, all hygienically prepared

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Offline Rodney_gold

Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #63 on: January 14, 2014, 07:54:44 PM »
After tea and after our revered headmaster had finished sucking the last dregs of sugar out of Onxy's shirt (Well thats what he said he was doing after a prolonged absence when he was found in a toilet stall on his knees in front of Onyx) and we had seated Mafioso who eyes had glazed over due to the copious amounts of gin he had poured from his handy silver plated hip flask into his "hot" beverage ( it must be said , he did a great job of repairing the hip flask after finding it in a skip where the owner had discarded it after driving over it with his Landy)
we moved on.

A point of order was raised as to the sequence of events , as Tea was supposed to be the 9th order of business , but it was decided that odd orders were worse than even , hence it was moved up .
A further point of order was raised when the fact that hot chocolate might put us all to sleep was mooted - so the issue of whether we should substitute the HotChoc with Rooibos was debated - It was unanimously adopted that "Local was Lekker" so it was Rooibos that won out.

We moved on to "any other business" and after a 15 minute rambling discourse by the older members , harking back to the golden days of Hifi , reminiscing about Merton at Hamrads , waxing lyrical about Foglars and Lovel Proctor and how the hifi scene was much better in the era before the great Rinderpest and whether cactus needles could be substituted by prickly pear - the young 'un , Ken quickly put a stop to it by sudenly jerking awake and screaming a torrent of obscenities - citing Tourettes Syndrome as the cause of it.

It was now close to 12 pm , and we had yet to hear some music..I could already feel the cold glare my wife was going to give me as I sluiped in at 1 or 2 am , that was ALL she was gonna give me. The only thing warm wet and fluffy for me tonight would be the Belgian shepherd that shares, slobbers and drools on our bed. (I always get to sleep on the wet spot...)

After 45 minutes of setting up the system which was an obscenely priced SACD player that had been tweaked within an inch of its life and was an electrical hazard , with equally as obscenely priced set of solid silver cables that had been blessed by a leprous siberian turk , all carefully arranged on a vaulting horse dragged from the gym (very good isolation device) partnered with an old valve radiogram amplifier  that Altie had painstakingly restored.
Speaker cables were nowhere to be found
So Mafioso kindly loaned his spare set of his 99.999997% OFC copper jumper cables. Luckily I also keep a set in my car , so we were sorted.
The speakers were a set of high efficiency DIY horns , made from the PA system found on the top of a 60's ice cream van , a treasured find indeed , stuck away in the corner of Barnetts Crash Flash - they had been preserved and restored to their original dull grey glory.

The moment had arrived , the big turn on , as Jozua flicked the switch with a  flourish worthy of a matador delivering the final killing blow , all the little red lights came on. The satisfying glow of valves and the smell of transformer lacquer overheating filled the room as we all eagerly awaited the first few bars of sonic nirvana to sweep the room. The anticipation of multiple eargasms was palpable.

We waited , we waited longer..a lone voice from the back of the room piped up "Did anyone bring any music?" We all turned to one another with quizzical looks , and the thought ran thru our heads "I didn't , I thought someone else would"

The mood of the room collapsed into a sullen gloom , I looked at my watch , it was almost 1.30 am and decided I would have to make my excuses and my sentiments were echoed by most everyone else.
We all trooped out , thanking our exalted headmaster and the office bearers for an exceptional evening , it had gone swimmingly and a good time was had by all..I exited accompanied by the strains of the clinking of tea mugs and cups being washed.
Roll on the next meeting....
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Offline Kent Kassler

Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #64 on: January 14, 2014, 08:19:08 PM »
 :ROFLMAO:....i tell you what Rodney....if it pans out anything remotely like this then i am a member for life.
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Offline colonel66

Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #65 on: January 14, 2014, 08:59:41 PM »
:ROFLMAO:....i tell you what Rodney....if it pans out anything remotely like this then i am a member for life.

only if hotrod rodney is the chairperson

Offline Kent Kassler

Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #66 on: January 14, 2014, 09:01:21 PM »
i think we need a pole? :point:
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Offline Kent Kassler

Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #67 on: January 14, 2014, 09:07:09 PM »
I will bring my Mark Murphy cd with his rendition of "Skylark"..... :dance:
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #68 on: January 14, 2014, 09:12:29 PM »
i think we need a pole? :point:
For Onyx or the headmaster? :EGrin:








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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #69 on: January 14, 2014, 09:29:31 PM »
 :shh:
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #70 on: January 14, 2014, 11:13:49 PM »
There are hipflasks here. Two of them in EPNS. A 'HIS' and HER'S'. Those were the second two presents we bought eachother. The very first present I bought my then girlfriend was a trolley jack and a Bahco shifting spanner which didn't go down too well. I thoughtfully also gave her a bossie stinkafrikaners with the jack and shifter and that seemed to make matters worse.

For our first 'going steady' anniversary, she bought me a Made in India faux gold and maroon velvet tissue holder for the Fiat 500's dashboard. This didn't go down too well either. There was a card with the tissue holder. She wrote "Sweet revenge" and 40 years later I'm still trying to figger what she meant :thinking:

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Offline christowp

Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #71 on: January 15, 2014, 07:27:46 AM »
The anticipation is building for that first meeting - no dreams yet but some anxiety/perspiration.

I think we need to find some space for a Hotrod column in the forthcoming newsletters - maybe one per quarter. I am sure that would please the headmaster and all on the mailing list. 


Offline Rodney_gold

Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #72 on: January 15, 2014, 11:39:10 AM »
On a Serious note:
We in the Cape DO actually have a loose Hifi club , we have hosted get togethers many times a year , all of them "social"
I think the formation of a formal club is great .. but on the other hand us Capies tend to be a very laid back bunch and over formalization sound to me like a lot of work..
In the last year , we have had 4 occasions I can remember , myself (all of us gathered round the kitchen table or in my music room , good earts - merriment - hilarious laughter) , ken (in the yard behind his emporium getting sozzled on Knysna beer) , Achim (in the courtyard of his amazing house all drinking fine wines and enjoying good food) albeit I didnt go to frikkie this year (the last time was spent outside by the pool , all of us just chilling and socializing) , all the other occasions prior to that  were VERY enjoyable due to their informality.

I for one , and many others I know , like the informal approach , we get great eats, we get to socialize , we get to talk bull etc.. It is actually RARE , even when equipment is showcased or set up for more than one or 2 or 3 of the people at these gatherings to ACTUALLY be listening.
We are here for the beer....

IMO a better way to set things up is to just have a CT hifi appreciation newsletter on a monthly basis and organise more partys....

Yes , I will join the club , R100 is mickey mouse money and its a local thing , but whether I will enjoy the club meeting with its structured approach is another story..I'm sorry to be blunt , but thats the way I feel.
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Offline frikkie

Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #73 on: January 15, 2014, 11:50:13 AM »
On a Serious note:
We in the Cape DO actually have a loose Hifi club , we have hosted get togethers many times a year , all of them "social"
I think the formation of a formal club is great .. but on the other hand us Capies tend to be a very laid back bunch and over formalization sound to me like a lot of work..
In the last year , we have had 4 occasions I can remember , myself (all of us gathered round the kitchen table or in my music room , good earts - merriment - hilarious laughter) , ken (in the yard behind his emporium getting sozzled on Knysna beer) , Achim (in the courtyard of his amazing house all drinking fine wines and enjoying good food) albeit I didnt go to frikkie this year (the last time was spent outside by the pool , all of us just chilling and socializing) , all the other occasions prior to that  were VERY enjoyable due to their informality.

I for one , and many others I know , like the informal approach , we get great eats, we get to socialize , we get to talk bull etc.. It is actually RARE , even when equipment is showcased or set up for more than one or 2 or 3 of the people at these gatherings to ACTUALLY be listening.
We are here for the beer....

IMO a better way to set things up is to just have a CT hifi appreciation newsletter on a monthly basis and organise more partys....

Yes , I will join the club , R100 is mickey mouse money and its a local thing , but whether I will enjoy the club meeting with its structured approach is another story..I'm sorry to be blunt , but thats the way I feel.

To a large degree I agree with Rodney. I specifically stated in the invites for both the GTGs at my place that it is a strictly social thing - we're gonna drink, talk ****, braai and just unwind. And kids and SOs most definitely welcome.
With this hobby, it is unfortunately so that kids and SOs get excluded - it's very much a male thing. And frankly, I'm not big on socialising without my GF by my side... Time away from the kids, yes please though!  :ROFLMAO:

So yes, I'll join the club, and I'm looking forward to regular updates via newsletter etc. I'll join the first meeting as well, but I would urge serious consideration be given to making this much more informal than what the old Hifi club used to be. Different venues, guest dealers, speakers, socials, braais, whatever.

If it IS just gonna be a bunch of old farts not saying a word, sipping on a cuppa tea, listening to Diana Krall (again...), it is doomed to fail again. Of this I'm convinced.

*edit* This is not meant as critique. I'm prepared to get involved in this venture, and will happily share ideas etc.
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Offline Henry

Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #74 on: January 15, 2014, 01:29:55 PM »
^^ Aye Aye I say!

Don't worry though.  I will bring some Daft Punk on vinyl, as well as some Pixies.  No Diana here.

It is good to have someone just doing the organising and carying the torch, but if they gonna get to a club constitution and dag-komitee, you will only see the black smoke of my exhaust , car and otherwise.