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10 hours ago, Torbjörn Zethelius said:

You'll probably regret attending for just one day.

Which is good advice. Try not to limit the days. But go early to decide if more days makes sense. Does that make sense?

I will have time limitations due to work, work and more work. But rarely is there a meeting in the west. I love my Cleveland haunts, but this will be close. My goal is just to try a few instruments. Maybe find a bow.

Truly, I go there for a few handshakes and a hug. One discovers the deep end of the pool. Meet the locals.

Wear a mask... ( ha ha )

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On 11/3/2022 at 2:19 PM, Rico Suave said:

I haven't purchased admission ticket(s) yet -  better to buy on-line or at the door?

I plan on arriving early (traffic dies down around 9:30 AM) and staying all day.

"NLB" is North Long Beach (710/91 Fwy), btw. 

If you get a single day, then maximize the day. DO you play? Play as many instruments as one is able. Curious as to what people like this year.

As it turns out, I will have to work during the day, perform even, dammit... but later in the week, I will be very happy to meet up. Working west, I head south.

Long Beach is one of my favorite areas. Lineage of great youth orchestra players, excellent food before this "fusion" crap.

Highly underrated CSULB. Kids like Northridge and Fullerton. Got cash? Chapman or USC. 

 

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Impressions:

I left home after morning traffic died down around 9:45.  I stayed until 7 waiting for evening traffic to die down. 

 The Vendor's Hall was nearest to the Registration Desk, so that started off the day.

About what I expected; Everyone was very nice and willing to chat.

The New Makers Hall was a little smaller than I anticipated, but was very nice to see the examples of other contemporary Makers work displayed. 

After attending Mr. Kass' presentation on the Guarani Family, being able to inspect their instruments displayed in the Rare Instruments Hall was a real treat.

Unexpected Benni: by going on Wednesday, the Admission Price included an invitation to join in on the Association Business Buffet Luncheon. 

I was only able to Identify 2 Luminaries by sight; Joe Robson and Rodney Mohr. 

Generally, a good time was had by all.

 

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5 hours ago, Davide Sora said:

Are you referring to the rooms as physical space or to the instruments?

Already the single instrument of Jordan Hess, an almost non antiqued early 40‘s dG model was enough to make this room overwhelming to me. The woodwork was so   courageous rough… really refreshing to my eyes. 

Not to forget all the other great makers there. The new instrument exhibit was as important to me as the rare instrument exhibit. 
 

All in all I gained a ton of knowledge there. Many thanks to the VSA and all the participants/volunteers who made this happen!

 

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2 minutes ago, Michael Szyper said:

Already the single instrument of Jordan Hess, an almost non antiqued early 40‘s dG model was enough to make this room overwhelming to me. The woodwork was so   courageous rough… really refreshing to my eyes. 

Not to forget all the other great makers there. The new instrument exhibit was as important to me as the rare instrument exhibit. 
 

All in all I gained a ton of knowledge there. Many thanks to the VSA and all the participants/volunteers who made this happen!

 

I got to spend some time with that fiddle just prior to it's shipment to the competition. Chills up and down my spine!

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