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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1380 on: April 27, 2018, 10:26:06 AM »
Well, rather satisfying than unsatisfying, don't you think?  I did say "very" as opposed to "quite"

Btw, you and your chommie Dean have been absent for many months.  Why not come along on 9th May, it will be even more satisfying?  In the meantime, see you at the Vinyl Faire on Sunday week.  Bring along some of your bargains, especially electronic ones
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1381 on: April 27, 2018, 06:21:45 PM »
 ;D...Will do Chris...
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Re: May 6th Cape Town Vinyl Faire
« Reply #1382 on: May 05, 2018, 11:21:30 AM »
Its tomorrow!


Enjoy a warm late autumn day browsing LP records, CDs, DVDs, books, some audio electronics at our May 6th Vinyl Faire at the Cape Town Cricket Club in Victoria Road in Plumstead

We suggest that DEALERS park in the adjacent TENNIS club, which is less than 30 metres from the clubhouse.  This will leave the Cricket Club parking which is limited, for visitors

We have freshly prepared boerewors rolls, tea, coffee and dohnuts and the club has a full bar

We look forward to seeing you tomrrow
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1383 on: May 06, 2018, 01:01:58 PM »
Without a doubt our best Vinyl Faire ever

A fantastic Cape autumn day, plenty of sunshine with temperatures in the mid 200, no wind.  There were 19 dealers along and a surge of visitors coming in steadily right from 8.30 until we left at 12.30

Future Cape Town vinyl faires on 8th July, 9th September, 4th November and possibly 9th December

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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1384 on: May 09, 2018, 02:56:39 PM »
Club meeting this evening at 7.30

Tonight we are visiting Andrew Hooper at 10 Muir Road in Rondebosch
This is the first time the club has been there, so we will first determine suitable speaker positions for the listening audience
We'll then go on to listen to a selection of music and compare 3 different Digital to Analogue Converters, an Arcam ir DAC, a Denafrips ARES and a Viviere
You can select the music to be played from a list of 31 pieces

Refreshments are on hand
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To book

Please send an email to capetownhificlub@gmail.com and tell us

How many tickets you would like
Do you want to join us at Mike's Kitchen at 6.00pm for supper (average main course is R118,00)
We will email you back when the booking window has closed on Sunday 13th May and we have booked and paid for the tickets
You then remit via EFT into the club's account, the number of tickets @ R100,00
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1386 on: May 09, 2018, 10:37:34 PM »
An evening at Andrew Hooper's home.  Lovely large room with a vaulted ceiling.  We tried our new Rogers LS/3A speakers and after some adjustment with position and height, got them sounding wonderful. Our sincere thanks to our host











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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1387 on: May 10, 2018, 07:51:21 AM »
Indeed a most enjoyable evening in a special room dating back to 1937. One minor correction, the speakers are Rogers LS4a/2 and most impressive for their size. They produced a big, bold sound with serious bottom end when fed by well recorded tracks. I am sure the size and volume of the room allowed the speakers to blossom. Thank you to Andrew for his hospitality and to Chris and the Hi-Fi Club for arranging the evening. Also good to finally meet Jozua with whom I had only communicated via text thus far.
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1388 on: May 10, 2018, 11:27:46 AM »
It was indeed a very enjoyable evening, and a most unusual and interesting room - visually almost a medieval feel, one almost expected to see a knight in armour appear - and acoustically the size, shape and volume gave the speakers great possibility to bloom which they did very well, a great acquisition by the club.

It was also interesting that with good speakers in a complementary room acoustic, how well it revealed the difference in good and bad recordings.  For example, to my ears, the Saint Saens Symphony 3 extract seemed dead, dry and lifeless, it gave no senese at all of a large symphony orchestra and pipe organ in full cry in a large hall, it sounded like a dry studio recording to me.

Many thanks to our host Andrew for his hospitality, and to Chris and crew for all the arrangements and setup etc.  It was good meeting you Deon, thanks for the interesting chat.

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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1389 on: May 27, 2018, 04:13:52 PM »

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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1390 on: June 03, 2018, 09:06:58 AM »
The club's foray into Live Music continued with a visit to the Baxter Concert Hall on Saturday 2nd June to attend the last concert of the Big Band Jazz Festival.    On the stage were several Cape Town school big bands, the Beau Soleil Music Centre and a professional group of musicians, the Almuni Big Band lead by Mike Campbell with a visiting musician from Georgia State University

An outstanding concert in all respects and it is marvellous to see such young talent being coached into what is for us a wonderful medium of big band jazz

Bands included: The Little Giants, Heathfield High School, Wynberg Girls' High School, Beau Soleil Music Centre and the Alumni Big Band







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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1391 on: June 03, 2018, 09:33:01 AM »
You missed Bergvliet High.

Chris and the gang, thank you for arranging this. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Next time, I am planning to bring my sons and their friends along.
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1392 on: June 03, 2018, 02:08:12 PM »
Yes, Bergvliet High were one of the better bands.  They appeared just after the interval and I was most impressed by the lady teacher who took great care to lead the musicians through their repertoire.  One of the other music teachers simply vaguely waved her hands about and did not seem to offer direction, which IMO is essential when leading a music group

The leader of Beau Soleil and also Mike Campbell were outstanding in this respect.  Sitting in the third row, we had a marvellous view of what the band conductor was doing.  As well as hand gestures, he rolled his eyes when someone played a bum note or missed a cue
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Re: July 2018 Vinyl Faire in Cape Town southern suburbs
« Reply #1393 on: June 10, 2018, 12:22:53 PM »
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Re: A big THANK YOU to all our donors
« Reply #1394 on: June 16, 2018, 04:32:36 PM »
During the last few months, the club has been very fortunate to receive some excellent and useful donations, from participants of this forum

We don't want your gifts to us to go unrecognised, so a big thank you to:

Waldman, for a pair of Rogers LS/3A large bookshelf speakers.  These have already produced most satisfying sound at our June house meeting

thenoizeguy for the donation of a Shure V88 stereo microphone.  This is something we have been after for some time, and seeing we have talented members who are adept on musical imstruments, we want to record them, if not for posterity, but as a learning exercise

Waldman (again) for a Rotel speaker switch box.  Since many of our meetings involve switching from one component to another, this will enable us to do it cleanly and easily, instead of fumbling around on the floor

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