A brand new Vintage Audio Fair in Chilliwack drew audiophiles and collectors of vintage music equipment from as far away as Vancouver and the Okanagan Sunday. "I am a little surprised," said organizer Karl Motz, looking around a packed Cultus Lake Community Hall. "It's beyond my expectations, so I think we'll be looking at a larger venue next year for sure."
Crates of vinyl records and tables piled high with turntables, speakers, tubes, knobs, meters, dials, record mats and more packed the tiny hall, and business was surprisingly brisk, according to out-of-towners like Vancouverite Ben Fan.
He wasn't sure the early morning trip up the valley would be worth it.
"I didn't think it would be," he said, "but then I've sold quite a bit of stuff."
Vintage audio has a huge following, according to Motz, but Sunday's fledgling fair also owes some of its success to Motz's idea of bringing vinyl records and vintage equipment under the same roof at a single event.
He said, as far as he knows, his Fraser Valley Vintage Audio Fair is a first of its kind in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley area.
Vendors and buyers at Cultus Lake Community Hall said they liked the idea.
"It's good because there's a lot of people that like the equipment and the media that comes along with it, so it just goes well together," Fan said.
Tyler Scott, a collector from Maple Ridge purveying LPs and a refurbished turntable, agreed.
"It's nice because I've gone to some shows where you're just selling records and vinyl, but then people are like, 'I need a turntable.' That's what you need. You need a turntable or some people need speakers or an amp."
He said local organizers should also add related services to the fair next year.
"Today, at this show, I've noticed everyone needs a repair guy or an extra belt or something like that," he said.
"We're definitely missing that for next year."
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