I am not sure if this should be in a private email, but what the heck - I observe facinating new products (that are also sponsors of Cow) like Euphonix. Euphonix is on my "hit list" of must see for NAB 2010. Yet there is no user forum for their products. Why is that ?
Bob, if the end of the demonstration requires a ticket to NAB 2010 or similar then plenty of us will be skipping that part. Many conventions like NAB are so less useful than they used to be with the result that we often substitute conventions and fairs only 400 miles or less away from home. Expensive hideously dangerous travel only worstens the matter in the same direction. We wish it weren`t so but that`s exactly the way it is. Some of the guys even joke that it makes the rented girlfriends "as far away as television". In other words, Broadcasters can be just like the people at home. Elbow grease, yours or otherwise, can convince advertisers of the manufacturers to advertise closer to the Cow and also go to these closer conventions and fairs too. Also it improves the long, long task of convincing the Cow readers to build up good habits of their own, such as searching and clicking into the various corners of what`s available instead of assuming the daily flow will automatically take them to the best needed places. Where do you want to go today? Since many manufacturers aren`t willing to admit that their workers could, should, and can build more product for less money they will go the way of the dinosaur. Making kit versions is another possibility. It`s also piteous, in fact more like disgusting, when the second hand sellers are setting the stage of the matter all looking over their shoulders trying to sell things to anyone for the same price. One should realize that it`s more like "beauty is in the eyes of the beholder" in the financial sense. While selling for "less than the going price" is a "stigma", (one of those ten dollar words), it`s also possible for people to buy a new difficult product, use it carefully as far as wear goes, then write their own user`s manual and put it next to the manufacturer`s one then sell the item for more not less than the manufacturer`s new price.