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Midwest Audiofest Info

March 29-30, 2002
Friday March 29 noon to 9:00
Saturday March 30 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday 8-10 add’l load out time
Located in Lima, Ohio at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center. (www.vmccc.com)
Attached hotel, Wingate Inn, 419-228-7000 $65 special rate
Lima is midway between Dayton and Toledo Ohio on Interstate 75, in west central Ohio.
Airports are Columbus 1.5 hours Dayton 55 minutes Toledo 1 hour Detroit 2 hours Ft. Wayne 1 hour
Admission for either or both days $10
Demo room rental $150
We are planning on offering on-site food through a caterer, for everyone’s convenience. Prices are projected to be $12 for dinner on Friday, $2 for donuts and coffee etc. on Saturday morning, $7 for lunch on Saturday, and $12 for dinner Saturday night. You must tell us which meals you want and pay in advance. The caterer needs the advance notice. There are local restaurants in the area as well.

The Midwest Audiofest is a diverse day and a half event focusing on horn and high efficiency speaker systems, tube amplifiers, and the associated gear to make beautiful music.
Events will include demo rooms with commercial speaker and amplifier systems, do-it-yourself areas for both speaker systems and amplifiers, system evaluation in many different venues including the 1800 seat main theatre, swap meet table area, including vintage gear and records, silent auction to raise money for future events, “seminars” by guest speakers, DIYer awards for best speakers, best overall system, best tube amp, and also plenty of time for foolin’ around, having fun, and listening to music over great systems. Some attendees will bring systems that they setup in their hotel room, as well. We will attempt a complete list of all systems and equipment when it becomes feasible. If you have an item you can contribute, we need silent auction items to create a fund for future events. Please consider it. We also anticipate entire systems or components of JBL, Altec Lansing, Klipsch, Edgarhorn, various Lowther based systems, Pi-aligned designed systems, offerings from Classic Audio Reproductions, a bunch of one-off DIY stuff, Sierra Brooks, and more. Complete list to come. I reckon you'll see stuff from $200 speakers (and proud of it) to stratospheric.
We also encourage you to bring your system, even if it is just to set it up in the hotel room. Let us know what you’d like to bring and we’ll help fit you in.
Pre-registration will be done via email for now. The Civic Center box office will hold all advance admission and other funds, so you know your deposits are secure. Email me at
mike@allannott.com for a registration form. All funds in US dollars. Checks and money orders okay. Visa and Mastercard can be done through the Civic Center, with a slight fee attached.
Mike Baker
Midwest Audiofest
2105 Wyandot Drive
Lima Ohio 45806
Partial schedule of events; many more items are being worked on and will be added. This will just give you a rough idea of the flow of the day.
Preliminary Friday schedule, warm the tubes up!
10-noon load in
noon continue load in system tuning, and on-site registration
1:00 Welcome meeting in main theatre, 20 minutes
1:30 press meeting main lobby coat check area
2:00 demo rooms begin opening, project amplifier/tube/Bottlehead area opens
3:00 swap tables open
3:30 open listening, all areas
4:00 open listening, all areas
4:30 house system demo
5:00 open listening, all areas
5:30 open listening, all areas
6:00 Swap tables close Windows level bar opens at 6 p.m.
6-7 dinner on-site, cocktails at Windows level
8:30 Windows bar closes
8:30-9:00 prepare for shutdown, secure all areas
9:00 Informal dining/imbibing at The Bistro on Main, ½ block from the Civic Center
Get a good sleep, Saturday will be busy!
Preliminary Saturday schedule (demo room hours may vary slightly, check door for posted hours) This schedule can/will change as situation dictates. The blank areas of the schedule are areas we have not finalized. Many more events will be added, this is just a start. We’ll send the closest approximation about March 1st. Some changes may be required during the event to accommodate any problems, etc. More items are being added daily!
7 a.m. Caffeine, Kremes, and Cones Rise and shine, audionuts!! Coffee and doughnuts on the “Windows” level of the lobby. System we’ll be listening to on this level TBA
8:00 Classical music in the main lobby, system TBA, demo rooms begin opening for daylong auditioning
8:30 The a.m. blast Livin’ high in the Main theatre with high SPL’s, system(s) TBA
9:00 swap tables open at your discretion, until 4:00
9:30 seminar speaker TBA
10:00 press meeting main lobby coat check area
10:30 Dr. Bruce Edgar seminar, room and topic TBA
11:00 Seminar, Introduction to high efficiency speakers/horns, and tube amps for the uninitiated, also known as “What is all this neat stuff”?
11:30 Box lunch served, also ear-freshener performance in the theatre (classical trio)
12:30 Systems demos in main theatre
1:00 Larry Moore seminar, room and topic TBA
1:30 open listening, all areas
2:00 seminar speaker TBA
2:30 open listening, all areas
3:00 open listening, all areas
3:30 open listening, all areas
4:00 open listening, all areas
4:30 Insight on historic movie sound and Cinemascope tour by , plus house systems demo, main theatre,
5:00 Ear-freshener, live jazz on the Steinway in the main theatre
5:30 on-site dinner
6:00 Windows level bar opens
6:30 open listening, all areas
8:00 awards for DIYers
9:00 bar closes, prepare for shutdown, secure all areas
10:00 Show closes
late night drinking, arguing, laughing

Sunday additional load-out 8-10 a.m.

Edits: 40/20/00 40/20/00

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