This is sensible. My view is:
1 - I have enjoyed Scalford primarily as a social event with some hi-fi angle.
2 - I’m not sure that the world needs another amateur hi-fi show, most of us are fairly or completely post hi-fi, so who exactly are we doing this for? It’s always been a lot of work to exhibit, even as part of a team.
3 - I simply can’t see how a show run by a forum as small as this could come close to breaking even. It’s not cheap to exhibit at Scalford, and having to add venue hire on would make it even worse.
For me, what would be interesting would be:
- hire a couple of good rooms (fairly large, solid floor etc) for a weekend in a hotel that sells beer and muffins.
- have people here put on some systems that are interesting: exotic cartridges, digital active vs passive, open baffle vs horn, quads with and without subs, Bowie through the ages, this kind of thing. Team efforts all, no more than four total. Possibly even one.
- drink beer and chat. Eat curry.
This would cost just a hotel room out of season plus a few quid, and would be, for me, the best of Scalford without the grief of visitors.