Hi-Fi Show Hazards

Having participated in the recently concluded KLIAV Show 2013, I was inspired to pen these ‘crazy’ thoughts. If you have had joined (not just attended) a show or an exhibition before, you may find some of these familiar:

The Show Must Go On

The first hazard has to do with Murphy’s Law. Even though with all the ticks on the to-do checklist, on Day 0 of show day (i.e. show setup), you may find critical items not working or missing. Any mishap is amplified if you happened to do an overseas show where help is a long shot away. Speaking to seasoned show participants tells me that this is all too common and happens all the time. So a Plan B is a necessity but sometimes things go wrong at the last seconds before the curtain opens and that’s when thinking on your feet to improvise becomes decisive.

So KLIAV Show came and went, I bet not many noticed that we were actually using a rubber band to hold 2 hi-fi aluminium round footers as tonearm counter-weight for our Sindre turntable? Phew!!Embarassed

Music To Die From

Ooooh, Ma, Oooh Pa
Where’s the feeling gone?
Ooooh, Ma, Oooh Pa
Will I remember the songs?

During the show, every exhibitor would show-off their system in the best light – playing  outstanding music loudly. But despite the countless audiophile music available to choose from, some just like to play the same track over and over and over again. I recalled we were bombarded by Manger demo CD, Track 15, The O-zone Percussion Group: Jazz Variants.  It was punishing especially at show volume.

This external hazard, like the recent haze from Indonesia, we could do nothing except to close our door and play our own humanised music.

No Time This Time

No time for the complexities of conversation
No time smiles, no time for knowing
No time for the intricacies of explanation
No time for sharing, even less for showing

There are two types of show visitors. One type is interested in the event and taking time to appreciate the show exhibits. Another type is like a racer who oozes in and out of showrooms in the quickest manner.

While all types of visitors are appreciated by us, as long as they don’t come flooding in all at the same time. But at the back of my mind, I can’t stop wondering why the rush?  Wouldn’t taking a moment to sit down, sampling a track or two, would make their trip more meaningful?

The Brochure Invaders

Rather related to the above visitor type are the brochure invaders. Most drop by individually, armed with a big bag. They come knowing what they want (hint: not for hi-fi) but in one swiping moment, they would scoop up all the different brochures and leave, like an urgent parent buying up test papers for their kids.

Beware of Shoplifters

The last and most hazardous of all are the shoplifters. For two shows in a row, something was stolen under our noses albeit having more than 2 pairs of watchful eyes. We probably became prey during those peak periods when the room was filled and we were all busy in the midst of a sale or demonstration.

We are nevertheless glad to learn this lesson on security without paying too high a price. It could have been worse.


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