|Quad [or is it QUAD?] was giving away free
lanyards, and I politely asked if I could have a couple, which was
the beginning of a funny conversation with the nice but very
confused QUAD salesman.
First, here is this 'Press' person, who wants a few, purely
marketing targeted freebees. Press-people aren't supposed to walk
around advertising one brand over another. So I explain that we
are Audio Federation, a Distributor and Dealer....
"Oh, so how did you get a press pass?"
Well, we have these show reports, see, and they have actually
become kind of popular, and...
[paraphrasing] "Oh, so you are a dealer, picking up QUAD
marketing toys, but you don't carry QUAD"
No, we don't but we like their sound a lot [lately], and we end
up at these conferences wearing how knows who-sponsored lanyards,
and we would prefer to wear QUAD ones, if and when we are next in
that situation [Neli used to wear XYCE lanyards, an open-source
massively-parallel SPICE simulator for electronic circuits, but
for political reasons that now has a sour taste. You know
You like QUAD, you admit to people you like QUAD, but you don't
carry it, ... blah blah blah... Soundlabs* ... blah blah blah...
floor space.... blah blah blah ... I gotta go take some more
As you might guess, Audio Federation confuses the heck out of