Burning Amp Festival 2018

I am a fan of Nelson Pass. My fandom goes all the way back to the 1980s when I owned the Pass-designed Threshold SA3/FET10 pre/power combo. I wish I still had ’em. I’ve never attended a Burning Festival of any kind but if could go to just one, I’d go to the Burning Amp Festival 2018. The full press release follows.


Burning Amp Festival 2018
DIY Audio’s Premiere International Festival
September 30th in San Francisco

San Francisco, CA September 30, 2018 — Burning Amp Festival 2018 is coming to the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco on Sunday, September 30th from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 PM. New BAF’s hours have been extended due to the increased interest and popularity of DIY audio among music-loving enthusiasts of all ages.

Held annually in the fall since 2007, BAF has grown into a premier international event for do-it-yourself audio enthusiasts and professionals. DIY audio is the original maker movement, dating back to the 1940’s and 1950’s when HiFi was in its infancy, and a lot of great-sounding equipment was assembled at home by enthusiastic amateurs.

BAF celebrates audio technology both new and old, tube and solid state, analog and digital. Come listen to hand-built audio amplifiers, speakers, and more.

Bring your own gear: DIY amps, speakers, turntables, DACs, servers, etc. Share ideas and learn to design and build your own equipment.

☞ By way of encouraging people to bring their own projects for show or demonstration, there will be free admission to anyone bringing a DIY project.

There will be displays, demos, auction and raffles items and freebies, plus well-attended lectures by prominent figures in audio engineering design like Nelson Pass, Roger Modjeski and Wayne Colburn.

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There are three talks by the following well-known experts and will be held at the Firehouse. Check the schedule when you arrive.

Nelson Pass will devote most of his talk to the newer Sony VFET amplifier kits he is developing for the store at www.diyAudio.com. These will be using up Nelson’s remaining Sony VFET transistors — about 400 channels worth.

Roger Modjeski, founder/director of the Berkeley HiFi School, will be speaking on tube amp design.

Wayne Colburn from Pass Labs (and who has been with Nelson Pass since the Threshold days) will talk about “Simulation vs. Reality: A line level amplifier stage with 3¢ transistors and 15¢ Fets”.

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