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Old 29th March 2003, 12:56 AM   #1
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Hi Folks

I'm off to Las Vegas next week to work on the NAB convention, but as I expect to have some time off, can anyone recomend any good surplus/electronics/hi-fi shops there?

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Old 29th March 2003, 06:54 AM   #2
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I'm off to Las Vegas next week to work on the NAB convention, but as I expect to have some time off, can anyone recomend any good surplus/electronics/hi-fi shops there?
I'd love to be at NAB too (one of my associates will be there). If you are out looking, i'd love a report on the state of uncompressed HD editing on the Mac. (and storage for same)

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PS have fun (and make sure to wear your solar radiation protection gear)
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pinkmouse,

Im sorry to say that theres not much in the way high-end audio shops or surplus/electronics outlets. Hard to believe considering the large population and excess cash to be spent. I left there after 12 years and have a ton of places to choose from now in Oregon. Most of the sales are HT geared and the big electronics chains do the selling. There are a couple of tiny shops but they only carry a couple of brands and not even an entire line. Most of us either mailorder or go to San Diego/LA to listen/purchase the good stuff.

But I can recommend some excellent entertainment though. LV is home of the worlds greatest cover band- YELLOW BRICK ROAD. I know the name sounds like an Elton John deal but they are MASTERS at reproducing classic rock songs. The guitarist, Mark Cole, can duplicate, and I mean flawlessly, David Gilmour, Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, just to name a few. The singer can mimic Roger Waters to Nancy Wilson perfectly. The bassist and drummer are equally talented. The first time I saw them I thought it was hard rock Millie Vanilli. Wrong. These guys could stand in for Pink Floyd. They play at Boulder Station and the Sun Coast casinos which both have very good sound systems. You HAVE to see em. Im pretty picky and Ive seen them 12 times. Plus the shows free and the drinks are cheap. (damn why did I leave??...) have fun!

http://www.ybrband.com/links.htm

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Old 2nd April 2003, 05:55 PM   #4
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There are no surplus outlets in Las Vegas.... darn little high end audio either.

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Old 2nd April 2003, 06:45 PM   #5
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Oh well, I'll just have to hang around and drink beer then, and maybe go see the band that taylor recomended
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Who will you be working for?
I am a lighting designer, and will be spending most of my time on the Quantel stand, but also doing some stuff for Snell & Wilcox, as it's another one I was involved in.

Here's a pic of the Quantel stand in Amsterdam
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Both good companies. The HDTV images should be fun to watch this year. Its been a few years since Iíve been able to go now. Current job has me doing lots of data transport, not so much video, even less audio.

I was thinking you might be going for AMS or SSL, but I guess that proper lighting isnít as big an issue for the audio guys.

Assuming you havenít already spent a couple of months working there on previous trade shows a few suggestions for diversion: You should see if you can make it to the Richard Petty Driving experience. For a fee you get the opportunity to do a few Laps at good speed in an impressive NASCAR car. Certainly not as much fun as driving a Porsche, but fun nonetheless. Hoover Damn used to have a great tour, but I think thatís all closed off with security now. Renting a car and driving out of the city into the desert is also very worthwhile. Its phenomenally beautiful, Iíd recommend getting a map and heading to one of the small towns in the surrounding hills.

I also understand that there are a few places out there for gambling and such. The staging for the Celine Dion show is supposed to spectacular. Production quality on Vegas shows is usually tough to beat. Weather you like her music or not, I think the $200 show ticket is likely worth while. I understand they are using a brand new SSL desk for the house mix.

If you can get to Yolieís Brazilian Steakhouse youíll get a good meal. Lots of meats. Watch out for the lines though. Iím sure that more than once Ive had to wait 2+ hours to be seated

Will you be using any wiggle lights, or will it just be a standard compliment of multi-broads and par cans? If you get the chance take a few pictures for us cube dwellers. I bet the video thread would love to see some of the LED video walls and ľ million dollar video projectors.

Was the Amsterdam show IBC?
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I was thinking you might be going for AMS or SSL, but I guess that proper lighting isnít as big an issue for the audio guys

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For a fee you get the opportunity to do a few Laps at good speed in an impressive NASCAR car. Certainly not as much fun as driving a Porsche, but fun nonetheless..
It would certainly beat driving round London in my beat up old Escort!
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I also understand that there are a few places out there for gambling and such. The staging for the Celine Dion show is supposed to spectacular. Production quality on Vegas shows is usually tough to beat.
Yeah, last year when I was out MacCartney was playing at the MGM, but I didn't see the show, just had a few beers with some mates on the crew.
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If you can get to Yolieís Brazilian Steakhouse youíll get a good meal. Lots of meats.
I have even more fun, I have been a veggie for 12 years, and trying to find somewhere that doesn't just do surf and turf is a challenge!
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Will you be using any wiggle lights, or will it just be a standard compliment of multi-broads and par cans?
120 Source 4 pars and profiles, two dozen odd floods, and 6 Mac 2000 nodding buckets.
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If you get the chance take a few pictures for us cube dwellers. I bet the video thread would love to see some of the LED video walls and 1/4 million dollar video projectors.
Will do
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Yup, a regular haunt of mine, it seems like I spend about 2 months a year there doing various events

But ITVS was better, on the banks of Lake Geneva in Montreux, a great place, good food, good beer, views to die for, and the ideal place to use "Smoke on the Water" as a ringtone on my mobile phone, shame it doesn't happen any more
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I had an escort that eventually became my bad weather car, but once the carburetor gave out, I junked it. I still regret that too, at 14 years old it was the perfect, "I donít care if you hit me with your Lexis" car. That and a good sense of humor seem to be my best defense driving in DC, which cant be anywhere near as bad as London. I suspect they both have more than there share of type-A's.

The Japanese noodle place in Caesars Forum is also real good, with little to no waits. Seems like every time I tell someone about Yolie's there either vegetarian or vegan.

I havenít heard that Meyer or Genelec are releasing anything new, but worth visiting, just incase.

Hope you have a great time and a safe trip.

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