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by Josh Ray on November 21 '05

The Vacuum Tube Valley EXPO is over and if you weren't there, well, you're obviously not one of the cool people. Everyone from manufacturers and retailers to the visitors thought the show was very well done, well attended and run better than expected for a first-ever show. So give props to the VTV EXPO crew, they pulled off a big success and set the groundwork for more great shows.

Click through for the rest of our introductory coverage.

Saturday was packed. Herds of audio heads cruising through the halls of the Holiday Inn, freaking out the other hotel guests, talking all sorts of audio nonsense. The exhibitors were a little stunned, not having expected this much traffic.

Sunday wasn't as busy, which gave everyone a chance to hang out for a bit and listen to some different tracks. I brought along DJ Shadow and Chemical Bros. Some dug my selections, others covered their ears and screamed like little girls. Ah, fun times.

Overall, everyone thought the show was a flat-out success. Good exposure for their products, lots of interesting sounds and a ton of cool gear. VTV has many interesting projects in the works and these shows are going to be a new staple in the audio scene.

So stick around for more coverage of the different rooms. While I won't speak about the sound myself (I'm a blogger, I don't know my arse from a speaker port), I'll try and cover the general hum about this or that piece of gear. For an expert opinion and much better photographs, go check out Jon L's reviews over at Audio Asylum.

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