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CarverFest is an annual get together of fellow Carver Sunfire and Phase Linear Audiophiles. CarverFest began in 2007 by Tom Trietz & James Sauter, and has been held every year since, in the Great Smokey Mountains of NC. There were 14 attendees that first year including Tom, James, Ray Campbell, Dave Sauter, Gary Gore and his son, Pam Klevenger, Skip Foley and Tim Hall, Mark Lucas. Help identifying the other four would be appreciated. We hope to be able to add a picture of some of the first group soon.
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  2. I again want to say thanks to all who attended for showing such great hospitality to me and my wife. It was my first time to attend and I truly enjoyed it. Mostly, I enjoyed meeting like-minded folks who love music and high quality audio. Just a super bunch of people, all around. And, the location is great, too. The cabins are very nice, and the Smoky Mountains are great for scenery and adventure activities, and Bryson City is even a nice little town to visit. I'd love to come back again next year to stay a bit longer and bring some of my own gear to show others. Thanks again to all who organized the event and all who made us newbies feel very welcome.
  3. Sorry I could not attend, It has been a while. Thank you Carol for the FB pics.
  4. Well after much anticipation CF23 is quickly coming to an end. The last few groups will be leaving the mountain in the next day or so. By my count, we had a total of 38 attend for some portion of the event. While we have not kept exact records over the years, I think this is the most since perhaps the 275 amp build year. It is certainly the most since covid (2020). We had a bunch of good food. The entire group was hosted for dinner 5 different nights. For the fourth straight year, The Stonewood group hosted a Saturday night party with great BBQ Chicken and Ribs along with live music. It was a great time. One big negative was Bob Carver was not able to make it. We are already hoping that he can attend next year. We had one newcomer and his wife, Kurt and Beth. We are certainly expecting and hoping that they return next year. I would like to invite others that attended to add comments to this thread. Positively stated suggestions for improvement are also welcome. Mark your calendars, CF24 will be September 4 to September 18, 2024.
  5. Guess you mean Cabin 10? If there were a Cabin 20, that really would be different... See you soon, wherever. RR
  6. We are down to about 20 days!!!! It is looking more like Bob may actually make it. Remember, while most of the cabins are spoken for there are several nice reasonably priced hotels close by. We welcome day guests. If you live close by (or not) drop in. The best time if you can only pop in for a day or so is the second weekend, Sept 15-17. The Stonewood Cabin owners throw a very nice party for us Sept 16 evening. Good food and a cover band.
  7. Thank you @jazzman53! We are looking forward to it! I may be bringing some of my DIY speakers with me... (if I can manage to actually get my projects done, lol). And, I would love join you all for some hiking. I'm not fast either :).
  8. Hi Kurt, It will be a nice to welcome you new folks to the Fest. There are no official names for clan (or at least none I would care to repeat in polite company)... maybe we can come up with some 🙂 Some of us hike the local trails at the crack of dawn almost every morning at the Fest, and we'd love to have you join us, although we may be too slow for you (I'm 70). I've noted in a couple of your posts that you have a DIY sub and other projects going, and there are several other DIY guys here (me too) so the Fest should be great fun this year, as usual. We'll be looking to see on the 14th! Charlie
  9. I will be bringing one of the unsold pairs of my Jazzman MkIII electrostats, which will be for sale ($5k, non-negotiable). I had earlier announced that I would sweeten the deal by throwing in my older pair of Ripol subs. However, I just sold those subs so the only sweetener is the price. I will also be bringing three TFM-25 amps, a Logitech Transporter, a DBX Venu 360 DSP/Crossover, and my sexy new Ripol subs.
  10. one month from today, I will be arriving in Bryson City. Can't wait to see all of you.
  11. I am bringing a pair of AL3's. There has not been pair of AL3's at CF in the 9 years I have been going. These have a little problem, and I am hoping to lean on some of you to help me solve the problem. They sound great and perform well as long as you use a powerful amp. I will probably bring a 400x7 and undecided on the preamp as of now.
  12. I look forward to meeting all you famous Carverites for the first time (Carver Fans? Carverheads?...... is there an official name for members of this clan?). My wife, Beth, and I will be in the treehouse 14-17th. We're gonna try to do some hiking while there, too. If there is any event or arrangements I can help with, let me know. I am an above average cook....and an even better grocery shopper. I'm glad to contribute in any way. My best talent is listening to and appreciating great sounding music :).
  13. I look forwatd to seeing everyone again. Cabin 20 usually has something cooking, but it will be a bit different this year, so we will keep everyone posted as time goes on.
  14. As we quickly approach CF2023 I wanted to start discussions concerning planned get togethers. Randi and I will host our annual seafood boil Monday evening Sept 11. I am just going to prepare for everyone that is scheduled to be there at that point so no RSVP required. I will reach out to Stonewood and get a count from them. Look forward to seeing and visiting with all of you plus our Stonewood friends. Mike has told me that Stonewood Cabins will again host us for a last Saturday night party at The Yard. I am hopeful they will have Sugar and her group performing again. I know BobS is hoping so as well. This is Saturday September 16. I am hoping to twist Don's arm to host an around the Loft Firepit get together. We can make this a simple bring your drink of choice affair. It was so much fun last year as we gathered there and remembered some of our old friends that have been lost. More on a date for this later. If others of you want to host an event and publicize in advance, please post here. Sometimes lunches or dinners are impromptu with last minute word of mouth invites and that is fine also.
  15. Just about 4 weeks from the start of CarverFest 2023. We have almost all of the cabins rented. For the first time since I have been attending the Treehouse Units are full, at least for the peak (last) weekend. We are delighted that BrianT and Patricia are returning for the first time in several years. We also have first timers in two of the Units, Andrew Bolen and Kurt Shhielding. It is great to have new people. 3 of the 4 Treehouses are only rented for the Sept 14-17. There is still the opportunity for others to take advantage of the earlier days, like the weekend starting Friday, Sept 8. I just got off the phone with Bob and Peggy. There is still a chance Bob will make it for a few days. More as I know more.
  16. Here we are a few weeks away from another CarverFest. The early comers will start arriving on the mountain almost exactly one month from now.
  17. Five weeks until Carverfest 2023! FYI: I will be bringing an pair of Jazzman MkIII ESL's which in new-unused condition and will be for sale. Sorry Kirk-- I just sold the pair of used RiPol subs I was going to throw in as a package deal. You should have bought them when you had the chance (you snooze, you lose). Here's the For Sale notice:
  18. Good morning All, We are only 128 days away from CF23. It is shaping up to be one of the better attended in the last few years. We are very happy to have Kirk and his group in Cabin 11 again this year. We also have two newcomers for the Treehouses for the last weekend. All Treehouses will be occupied the last weekend. Again, don't let the lack of cabin space keep you away. The cabin owners also own several cabins that are off the resort but close by and there are several hotel options. We would love to have many more newcomers. Ed
  19. Check out the reservation list. We have two newcomers to the Treehouses for the last weekend. Would be time for others to slip in for the first weekend or for a few weekdays.
  20. Hi Curt, Pleased you are considering attending this year. Yes, it is perfectly fine to stay a short while on site or off site and come in to visit. There are only a couple of one bedroom units available right now. You can request for as little as one night. However, if someone comes along and wants for a longer time frame you could get bumped out. Please message me with you name, email address and cell number. I will add you to a email group. I will respond with my cell number and would be glad to discuss withy you further.
  21. Hi @sea.... quick question for you. I've never been to Carverfest. But, I live reasonably close to where it's held. I'd like to come out this year. I am not really able to stay a week. But, I could maybe stay a night or two, or maybe just drop in for a day. It would be cool just to meet some of the folks I interact with on this site, maybe get a peek at some of the cool gear you all have....etc. Is that kind of attendance okay? What are your thoughts/advice?
  22. Ed Looks like Patricia will be joining me this year, we are looking at Treehouse "D" Thursday 14th Sept to Monday 18th Sept. Have sent an Email to Stonewood, once space is confirmed deposit will be paid. It's going to great returning after missing a couple of years, looking forward to seeing the old gang. Brian
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  24. Good Day to All, I am pleased to report that Mike Drinkwater has agreed to push the 2022 rates without increase. The 2023 Calculator is in the files section. This will allow you to play around with your possible dates and have a good idea of the total before you call. This calculator should get you close to the total that will be given to you by the Stonewood Agent. Please reach out to me if you have questions or are having trouble getting the calculator to work. I would be happy to work through some scenarios with you. The longer your stay the better your nightly rate. For 8 or fewer nights the nightly rate is discounted 40%, 9 to 13 nights gives a discount of 48% and 14 or more nights results in a discount of 54%. Our primary contact again this year is Kenna Armachain. Her contact info is - keena@stonewoodcabins.com - Phone 828-237-1307 Back-up contact is Pam Delk, Her contact info is: pam@stonewoodcabins.com - Phone 904-318-6250 The deadline for making your reservation, with a 50% deposit, is June 1. Cabins are being held for our group until July 1 at which time they will be released for rental to the general public. Please let me know if there are questions. Ed Atkins
  25. I have updated Cabin list with confirmations for those I have heard from. There is not much space left but please don't let that keep you for options. There are several one bedroom Treehouse units available. Other options include several Watershed/Stonewood cabins that are off site but close and several hotels in the close area. The first year Randi and I attended we stayed at the Nantahala lodge just up the road.

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