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For myself, I'm a little unhappy that The Chester Group moved this show from April. Now it's only two weeks away from RMAF, making it tough for both visitors and exhibitors, and on top of that it's in Brooklyn! I know the metro area well. Parking and just getting around by car is going to be a b!tch compared to when it was in Manhattan. In the past couple of years I was happy to go to both NYAS and RMAF; they were nicely spaced and the NY show is very convenient for me. But I'm one person who's decided to pass on NYAS this year. Sorry to say.
I live in Brooklyn (in the area). That isn't bad. The real reason this show stinks this year is that it is on Rosh Hashanah. Yeah, W-F it is no go, so a bunch of dealers couldn't go. Oh, and did I mention it is UN week here in NYC? Sigh.
Why, even in Israel, are there two days of Rosh Hashanah, whereas other festivals in Israel are celebrated for only one day?Before our current exile, we did not have a fixed calendar as we do today. Rather, the Supreme Torah court in Jerusalem determined our calendar on a month to month basis. They did this on the first day of every month, based on witnesses testifying that they had seen the new moon. Therefore, the people outside Israel had insufficient time to find out the exact date in time for the festivals. The "two-day festival" arose to correct this situation. In Israel, however, the people lived close enough to Jerusalem to find out the exact date of all the festivals except Rosh Hashanah. Since Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first day of the month, even those living in Jerusalem sometimes needed to observe it for two days, if the witnesses failed to arrive.
I do live 5 minutes away and will go Sunday. I was pointing out the dealers who cannot load in on Thursday. Me not going is of little concern. The issue is the missing dealers I want to see. Of course now everything is tradition. My wife and I have a Kosher home. It's all tradition and intent, nothing more.
Cheer up Tony. I bet they move the date next year.
I can only hope. There must be other shows in the April timeframe that caused Chester Group to change it, but it seems if that was the case it's ironic they moved it two weeks away from what is among the biggest enthusiast audio shows in the country.
It would be best if someone else takes over the show from the Chester Group.
It takes $$$ and industry connections to do this.
Hugh,You da man!!! You got my support!Pete
The NY dealers are having their own shows on the same three days, just like the previous few years. Stereo Exchange, Ears Nova and Singer will all be open with brand representatives present. I'll make a side trip on one of the days to Stereo Exchange because I have to talk to Mark or Nick of Rogue Audio. The excuse of the Jewish New Year and the letter written to Stereophile is a sham. Have fun on Sunday as the rooms should be "dialed in."
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