There were a couple of rooms I’d have loved to spend more time in, it’s true. First, I completely missed both after-hours presentations of the master tapes that Greg Beron has gathered up from his unmentionable sources. The first was my fault — though I blame BorderPatrol’s Gary Dews for a few too many pints, completely preventing me from staying up any later than I did. The second time, I was “encumbered” by my little munchkins who were “visiting daddy at his audio show”, so any seriously late night adventures were just out. Especially since Matt Weisfeld, my regular babysitter, was simply not answering his phone the entire weekend. [Sigh]. It’s so hard to find good help these days.
I would have loved to make the sessions with Alan Silverman of ARF Mastering, or the talk by Mark Waldrep of AIX Records, but that would have taken away from hitting the floor. I did manage to catch Gary Gill, however, tooting his big ass ‘bone. Dude can play!
Roscoe, the king of the DIY room, can really put on a show. As he’s said to me a couple of times now, “Dude, everyone in this joint was a DIY guy at some point.” Totally true — and here’s to hoping he’s gonna be one of ’em!
GAS Audio, the place where old components go to be born again, is now in my rolodex. Shit ever breaks, it’s going to Mike Bettinger and that’s that.
Silnote, Miracle Audio, Monitor and Janszen: wish I’d had more time.
Last but not least, thanks to Dave Slagle and Mike Baird for some hallway jams with that sweet LP-playing boom box. That thing is hilarious.