The Burning Amp Festival is almost upon us. The day-long DIY (do-it-yourself) love fest, held within yards of the San Francisco Bay, attracts a good 150 DIYers from around the world who engage in the annual ritual of demming their homemade gear for other avid audio enthusiasts.
Scheduled for Sunday, October 18 at Sausalito’s Presidio Yacht Club near the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, the event has again been publicized on the over 100,000 member strong DIYAudio.com forum. The forum is international in scope—it began in Australia—meaning that Burning Amp is one of the few large-scale DIY events that take place around the world.
This year, Burning Amp is returning to its initial vision of attendees auditioning each others equipment. After an hour for set-up starting at 10am, the schedule promises two hour-long amplifier auditions, another two for speakers, and a fifth hour for source and line-level equipment. Members who last found their often fantastic-looking gear relegated to static display are this year pretty much guaranteed the opportunity to play it for others.
Mark Cronander (forum name Variac), who is running the show with the help of Denmark’s Christian Viller (cviller), expects a full day of auditions. To insure that no one monopolizes the proceedings, volunteer “amp wranglers” will take charge of matters in both large demo rooms.