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  • NYT: Listening Clubs Tantalize Audiophiles in London

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/31/ar...dayspaper&_r=0

  • #2
    Thanks Andy! I remember visiting one of my British audiobuddies back in the late '80s who lived south of London in Croydon. They used to have a monthly listening club where a bunch of people got together and discussed music. Sounds like an interesting ideal. Maybe combine a listening club with one of the cat cafes!
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    • #3
      There is apparently one in Nyack, devoted to jazz. I was told I was free to bring some records. Hmmmm.....

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      • #4
        As the Brits would say, the success of the club will depend on if you can get along with the rest of the blokes.
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        • #5
          My belief is that if such a club is in a large enough market, conveniently located, and is not burdened with excessive overhead it will draw an appropriate audience. Food and libations of course. The sound system does not have to be that extravagantly expensive either.

          Todays mobile society for the main part precludes the old social get togethers, friends leave, other responsibilities take more and more time, other activities take more and more of limited leisure time.

          This concept allows people to gather, regardless of whether they know each other or not, relax, have a drink and a bite, listen to significant music on a quality system, meet new people and go home without having to clean the place up. Sounds like a good evening to me.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mep View Post
            As the Brits would say, the success of the club will depend on if you can get along with the rest of the blokes.
            Being that my audiobuddy Terry lived in Croydon, and the Decca pressing plant was in Croydon, I'd be there in a jiffy (or whatever the Brits would call it). Gotta be someone there who worked at the Decca factory and might have some Decca records one could buy!
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            • #7
              I was chatting with one of my Pacific Northwest Audio Society (PNWAS) budies. It would be cool if we had a Hi-Fi Cafe in the Seattle area. Actually all that would be necessary is for a cafe (with liquor licence) that had a Karaoke area and would allow the PNWAS to loan/set-up/maintain a system with high quality turntable, R2R and digital. The cafe could do their regular business, but reserve a couple of hours each week for music listening and audiophile socializing. A central Seattle location would be ideal such as Georgetown or the International District. The activity would be open to the public and help promote high end audio. If it took off, it would attract hifi manufacturers to loan equipment... This could be a new model for audio societies.
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              • #8
                Not the same but similiar in Tokyo.
                With a rich network of sound-obsessed cafés, bars and small clubs, Aaron Coultate explains why Tokyo might be the best place in the world to listen to music.

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