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Greater Phoenix Area Club for Music Lovers

Annual Dues: $48/year. $35  In Year One.

Meetings:

1 1/2 to 2 hour duration. Held on  the 4th Wednesday of each month except in the case of a public event which be held on a Saturday. November Meeting is held 1st Saturday of December. There is typically no other December Meeting.

Location:

These will vary as we visit Showrooms,

Manufacturers, private residences, Phoenix Chamber Music Society performances, MIM,

Record Stores,etc. Members will receive a newsletter via email the 1st Wednesday of each month.










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Is This Club for Me?

Does great sound make you feel special? Then it is for you.



Benefits:


-In January members receive a  thumb drive containing many years of the club's 

collection of great recordings of all genres . Each year members submit their best new finds as additions. This is a very pleasurable benefit  which alone is worth the cost of admission.


-If a member would like some asistance/guidance when auditioning 

some equipment, we have people willing to help.


-As members buy new gear and sell the old, many Opportunities exist to buy this used 

gear at special "Member Only" prices. If you are are at all budget conscious you will want

to keep an ear open for these offerings.


-Discounted Admission to the Phoenix Chamber Music Society events.  See Ben Taylor.

-A chance to attend all Special  events such as the 2019  Speakerfest and "DAC It Out" 


-Door prizes:

New member Steven Abramson won a $300 power  cable donated by Dedicated Audio's owner Dan Harmon  Dan is a local retailer of many great lines and always a generous supporter.

AudioQuest "Water" Interconnects. Value $600. Thank you Don Loving of Acoustic Design.

-Personal Hi-Res player by FiiO -$70  value.

-Assorted cable organizers and isolation   pads


Counsel from Veterans on how to get started in Audio, Improve what you have now,

 learn how to find great recordings.

-Our members include a professional recording engineer and former retailers.

-Communicate with fellow members to meet up privately and listen to each other's systems.

-Learn how to make your system sound better without spending a dime.


Suggestions Please!

We are more than open to hearing all new member ideas to increase the club's appeal and broaden our exposure to new members.


Traditionally the relationship between audio clubs and Retailers of hifi gear

has been rocky at best.  Club members shop retailers for information, 

demonstrations and discounts only to often buy on line in an effort to 

save some money. This is an obvious lose/lose relationship.


As more manufacturers opt for direct sales, the consumer becomes the real loser.

Remaining choices are to buy online, pay shipping and begin a trial period.  Not an ideal situation.


We try to bridge the gap with special events 2019-'Speakerfest' and 'Dac it Out'.  

Consumers attended from as far as California and Nevada to listen to

some direct sale only Speaker Makers. 


Audio Clubs need to buy locally whenever possible to support the

retailers. Otherwise your choices will be to buy online, ship and 

begin a trial period.  Not an ideal situation.



Not a member benefit:

An automatic qualification for discounts at our local retailers. They all do a lot for our club so please thank them with your business. Of course you can negotiate your own deal but please leave the club out of it. 

When you buy on line from someone you can not meet remember Caveat emptor will apply.  

Locally not so much. Thanks.


So far we have grown from 25 members in Jan 2019 to 60 as of October 1st. 2019. 


We hope to grow in 2020 by another 60 and reach 200 members by end of 2021.

More members allows everyone a better club as we can attract more interest from manufacturers.


Annual Dues: $48/year.

$35 for 1st timers in their 1st year.


Meetings:

1 1/2 to 2 hour duration. Held on  the last Wednesday of each month except in the case of a public event which be held on a Saturday. There is typically no December Meeting.


Location:

These will vary as we visit Showrooms,

Manufacturers, private residences, Phoenix Chamber Music Society performances, MIM, Studios,

Record Stores.


Suggestions Please!

We are more than open to hearing all new member ideas to increase the 

club's appeal and broaden our exposure to new members.



2019 President's Message-Know your friends

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2019 Growing Pains

It doesn't take a genius to recognize that 25 members in a club is not 

really a club. That is where the club was in January  2019.


By year's end we will have close to 60 paid members and another

 40 associates who include retailers and wholesalers in HiFi.


240 paid members by year end of 2022  is an achievable 

goal. 60 new members in 2020, 60 in 2021 and 60 in 2022.


Why is this important? For a club like ours to be able

to offer its membership worthwhile meetings the club needs

to have some meaning to the manufactures it solicits.


Secondly the leadership of the club must be vigilant  

recognizing  that local retailers are their best friends

not a place to simply stop/shop and then buy elsewhere. 

Such a buyer is a pariah who puts merchants out

of business. That is a lose-lose proposition. 


WIN-WIN is the ability to "Try before you buy",

Get local support and have a friend who cares

and will let you in his Special Deals. Beats a 

voice on the phone anytime.


What is in it for me ???

Local Companies Currently Supporting the AZAV Club

DEALERS:

DedicatedAudio.com

Audio Videos Choices

USA Tube Audio.com

LMC Entertainment

WoolsensAudio.com

ADGroupAZ.com

AZHiFi


VINYL:

RecordHighinPhoenix.com

InGroove.com


REPAIR WORK: 


James Koch

3202 S.  40th Street Suite 9

Phoenix,AZ 

480-398-7362

James@HighEndRepair.com


Audio Doctor

Cornell Smith- McIntosh Auth. Repairs

Cornell@Audiodoctor.biz



Club Steering Committee


JeffKalina1@Gmail.com    

 Pres.


Phil@Groben.us                    

Mentat


TWarren@Matson.com       Treasurer-Job Open


 Platotrek@cox.net               Newsletter


Prighello@hotmail.com

President elect


Omniclassic@Gmail.com  

Photographer


DHjortland@comcast.net

Show Review Writer


ThomasParkerSwenson@Gmail.com

Inspirational Speaker


Oly11@cox.net

Classic Music  Maestro


Wrosebraugh@cox.net

Smooth Jazz


Rajugssw@gmail.com

Bose Knows


WDGuru@Yahoo.com

Enforcer






Positions Open:


Treasurer



Responsibilities of the above require a  minimum of 4-5 hours per month. 





Club Goals


The Arizona Audio Video Club was formed in the mid 80's.  The greater Phoenix population has now grown  to 4.5 million people yet in January of 2019 the Club had only 25 paid members and was on the verge of shutting down.


Today's goal is to increase membership

by updating the social media presence

as well as offering more Special Events that members tell us they want to attend.


Attracting younger members is the paramount. As Millennials come to find

they are missing much detail of every song they love so much, we HiFi buffs are presented with an opportunity to grow the ranks.  

Sonos and other portable sound systems serve the important purpose of allowing music to travel. Forward thinking companies like PS Audio have generated  entry level products (Sprout) that allow for an affordable entry option.  The Goal must  be to offer a HiFi system with streaming capabilities, room correction and Speakers that retails at $1,000 or less. 

Lofty yes  but why not set the bar high?


We actively seek out member input

of ideas or recommendations for improvement. Please email any Steering Committee member  your thoughts.


Steering Committee


Jeff Kalina, President

Phil Groben, Vice President

Tim Warren, Treasurer

Roy Cook, Newsletter

Ben Taylor 

Bob Olivere

Warren Rosenbraugh

Curt Dragomanovich

Paul Righello

Thomas  Parker Swenson

WDGuru@yahoo.com


FAQs

How Much to join for a year?

$48  or if a new member 

$35  for the 1st year.

-What is the biggest benefit that comes with a membership? 


-A fantastic collection of music is provided each new member. Each Year's "Best of the Best". 


-Assistance and advice when choosing new equipment. Patience will be rewarded.Members sell gear  frequently and at very good prices generally. These sales are typically legitimate bargains 


-Attend a Performance by the Phoenix Chamber Music Society 

when it can be arranged by sound engineer Ben Taylor 


-Get exposed to the newest products as they come to market.


Access to member written Trade Show Reviews from Axpona 

and RMAF


-Meet up privately with other members

to hold your own music nights.


-Door prizes- In the Feb. 2019 meeting, new member Steve Adamson was the lucky winner of a $300 power cord!! 

In August Warren Rosenbaugh

won a pair of $600 AudioQuest Interconnects. 

Paul Righello who produced the DAC It Out event was given the winning DAC

from Black Ice Audio, an $800 value.

We are selling raffle tickets to win an

$800 all in one Mini System made in Germany.


Other FAQs:


-Do you involve Headphone systems?-YES!!


-Are there Video people in the club?-Yes two or three very dedicated members.


-I want to get involved and participate-

You are needed!!

 

- Where do I send my dues? 

see contact tab above.