I really enjoyed past meetings held in NY, Boston, Annapolis, Norfolk and San Diego. I went to the most recent one in NY last fall, which was a shell of a meeting. I missed the Chicago event. I have bought at all, and sold at most.
I more or less echo George's observations. a common element (requirement) of the good meetings are 1)an interesting locale, 2)location that has good connections for ease of collectors getting there, 3) a dealer or two, 4) several collectors selling second-hand, and 5)a couple producers bringing new product.
If a bunch (x number) of guys want to meet in SD with no dealers and no producers, that's fine, but it's just what we call a BOGSAT (bunch of old guys sitting around talking)…..it's not an SMSC event. Personally, I'd not consider flying cross-country for this sort of get-together (and I can often fly out there for free!).
Claremont would be marginally better with Chris being there. Claremont is probably a lovely place to live, being 30 miles east of downtown LA. 30 miles from LA may be two hours of driving.
Frankly, the sheer size of the US is a problem. Both SD and Claremont are at the far reaches of one corner of the lower 50.
I guess where the above leads me to is that unless some venue can be found with fits all the elements: dealer(s), producer(s), sellers, and attractive location for attendees......unless we can figure out a sort of Kassel-lite, the game is not worth the candle
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