View Full Version : The Arlington Show?
10-24-2006, 01:47 PM
Anyone go? Anything interesting? One thing I noticed was the lack of amp makers compared to 2 years ago. I wonder why?
10-24-2006, 01:55 PM
DFW needs an amp show. Period Didnt see as many vintage Marshalls this year. Mike Yankie's amps sounded good. That other cat from San Marcos (i forget his name) with the 6V6/t-wreck inspired heads had some interesting stuff.
I went on Saturday afternoon for a few hours. The whole show, in general, was pretty boring. S2 amps were there, I think he's calling them Category 5 amps now, or something like that. They sounded great.
I don't know if I'll drive up from Houston next year for it. The Dallas show is a lot more fun to me. I'll be up for that in April for sure.
I know it's geared towards vintage gear, but there were not many small guitar and amp makers, like there have been in the past.
Still I almost bought a Hamer USA T51, but just couldn't pull the trigger. I also kept myself from buying Keeley pedals just because they were there.... what restraint!!
10-24-2006, 02:16 PM
The Dallas Show is in April.
10-24-2006, 02:21 PM
Went Sunday and as someone that has attended for years, it was disappointing, and I agree about the amp makers. This Sunday was the slowest I remember it being in recent memory. Just kinda blah....
10-24-2006, 08:32 PM
thank god some one is being honest about the show. I went saturday and stayed all day with some friends it was alllllll I could do to stay past about 45 minutes.
10-24-2006, 08:53 PM
Does it appear to anyone besides me that no one is actually selling anything? I would think vendors would want to move some merchandise instead of inflating the prices even higher than usual. I felt like I was in an art gallery!
10-24-2006, 09:09 PM
Thanks for the words LilSteve. That show seems to be geared more for vintage guitars. I only had 5 watt amps and I got reprimanded for too much volume. I agree that we need a good amp show in TX (Loni are you reading this?), I couldn't let people really get a feel for what my amps could do. I am trying to come up with some kind of sound barrier set up for the Dallas show next April. Saturday the crowds were good, but Sunday was kinda dull, plus I was in the back corner an not all of the traffic made it back there.
here are a couple of pics looking away from my booth
I was short handed or I would have took a lot more pics.
The San Marcos builder is Ace of Thunder Tweak Amps, he is a great guy.
I also talked to Steven Scott (S2). Doug Sewell came by to check out my 5 watt. Rick Derringer played it and liked it. I loaned one of my MM 5's to Keeley Electronics for pedal demos, they loved it and said it was a slut, I'm a happy father, lol.
Anyway, I looking forward to the NC Fall Amp Fest week after next.
Bruce / Mission
10-25-2006, 01:23 AM
We've sold a few now but someone bought one of the small cab, 12" 18 watt Mission Aurora amps at the Arlington show this weekend...
In conjuntion with the standard boost pedal you saw in Dallas, this one also had the hot new Turbo-Jax installed in for mucho', over the top clean boost-gain in the high jack postion.
You might have to cut and paste this...
Don't know if you noticed it there with Steve from Pigtail Music.
10-25-2006, 04:09 AM
I only had 5 watt amps and I got reprimanded for too much volume.
I hear ya teleamp--I was one of the guys who wanted to try your amp, I could tell you were frustrated when you told me I couldn't turn it up.
I was also very dissapointed in the lack of amps, was looking foreward to maybe trying a /13 or a connie.
I was told by some of the dealers " amps are too much work--too heavy to load in and load out, for only a fraction of the proffit from an old strat."
I did get to see Red Volkart play though, what a monster of a player.
10-25-2006, 08:36 AM
Bruce, I was short handed and didn't get to see anything but what was between my booth and the restroom. And I was in the same predicament as you with sound issues, while other vendors were never told to turn down.
Kieth, thanks, I am going to have some sort of sound barrier set up at Dallas, plus my booth will be much larger (10 X 30) and hopefully, I'll have a few more models ready. If I get chastized for volume, I will stop doing guitar shows and just do Loni and Miles amp shows.
10-25-2006, 08:40 AM
Bruce, by the way, its about time you signed on to this forum. A lot of good people here. See you in Dallas next spring.
10-25-2006, 08:56 AM
I wasn't overwhelmed this year either. Missed a great deal on a Historic SG by minutes...otherwise I might have had a different perception. :)
An amp show in Dallas would be cool...but didn't they have an amp demo room available this year in Arlington? I never saw it or checked it out, but I think it was a good idea.
10-25-2006, 09:18 AM
I was told my booth would be near it, but they put me on the other side of the building and I didn't have enough man power to haul everything back and forth. My 5 watt amp is a full-sized amp. On paper it was a good idea, but in reality it was too cumbersome to pull off.
Dallas will be different or I will just do Amp Shows.
For the up coming Nashville show, my booth is supposed to be in front of a room I can use for loud demos, I will have to wait and see what happens.
10-25-2006, 12:32 PM
Are there any amp shows in the DFW area?
10-25-2006, 01:28 PM
It's coming in April '07.
10-25-2006, 08:04 PM
I was hoping to try a lot of amps, but there wasn't much there. The last Dallas show had a lot of them and I didn't spend anytime looking at them then. Teleamp, I missed you somehow. I talked to Don and Steve with Cat 5, and my buddies were talking to Ace, one of them owns a Buzzbomb. It was pretty disappointing.
I was also looking for an R6 and only saw one. There was a whole bunch of real 56's though.
So there's going to be an AMP show in DFW? Yippeee
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