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Hi Every one,

My name is Chris,

I've been working almost 14 years for a Swiss company (as you do) that manufactures textile processing machines, in a wee town called Tobel (9555).

During this period I lived 5 years in India running the local service center, and the rest more or less running around the globe sorting out problems. Wil, just down the road from Tobel, is the town where I purportedly live, or at least benefits from the income tax I pay.

So, although having technically been resident in Switzerland all these years, the actual amount of time "boots on the ground" hasn't been long. (It was only recently I discovered that I had to apply for a Swiss drivers license - and thank you english forum for providing input on the subject)

I've visited the english forum now and then but never thought to get involved as my travel schedule was often and frequently at short notice.
But as I am about to be made redundant maybe now I will have more time (so if anyone is interested in what happens when you are made redundant I might be able to fill you in on some details)

Hobbies, well, being over 50 I'm not inclined to jump out of 'planes and such, but I have been known to dust the cobwebs of my bicycle now and then (and forget to take the suntan lotion with me). I'm fascinated by mechanical things (good thing too, being in engineering) and I used to be an ardent motorcyclist (actually I wonder if I didnt enjoy taking them apart more than riding them). I always intended to buy one here, but I'm still waiting for the summer to arrive.

Apart from that I enjoy music, i used to play in bands, but have gotten into hifi and room acoustics now as a way of opening the artery of my bank account. One of the things I find frustrating is the poor music scene in Switzerland. I knew a Swiss musician who came to London (where I used to live) because of this.

Anyway, that's enough of me....over to you

regards

Chris
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Old 16.06.2013, 00:17
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Welcome to the Forum, Chris!
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Old 16.06.2013, 00:53
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Great intro Chris! Welcome to the forum :-)
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Hiya Chris, welcome and hope you join us for a drink sometime.
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Hiya Chris, welcome and hope you join us for a drink sometime.
Oldhand, indeed would welcome the opportunity at some time to have a chat in English, and probably you will know of a pub selling bitter.

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Nice introduction,welcome to the forum.
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What kind of hi fi are your rocking?
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Hi , Welcome to the forum
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hello and welcome. sorry to hear that you were made redundant.

so are you looking for a new job, or will you enjoy some early retirement?
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hi krlock3

after a long time (25 years) with an old quad pre and power set up I bought an integrated and speakers by a swiss company called swissonor.

I went to a lot of hifi exhibitions, and tried out stuff in hifi shops. This was the only one that always sounded good to me and I could almost afford, whether rock, pop, jazz or classical.

And it didn't have any blue lights so I knew there wasn't anything wrong with the designer.

After that I started wondering why it didn't sound so good in my home as the shop. Which lead me down the slippery slope of room correction etc.

It sounds really great, no question. But each time I get used to any new improvement I am looking to see what else could be improved. So its a journey.

Also my brother has a really well sorted out room and a stonking system, so every time I visit him I come away wondering how I can kick my performance up a notch.

Its a pity that too few people realize how important the listening environment is to the performance. They could get much more enjoyment out of what they have if the environment was better. By this I mean sorting out the modal resonances, early reflections and reverberation time.Too often people think that the solution is to buy more expensive hifi, but any potential performance increase is masked by the accoustic problems in the room.

There is a lot on the internet about room correction. there is a lot of technical stuff you can get into but there are some basic things you can start with that don't cost the earth.

My listening room is my living room. It's full of junky looking stuff as I try things out like helmholz resonators and such. I'm fortunate in a way. I don't have to consider the WAF. I listen with my eyes closed so I don't see the state of the room anyway. At the moment my speakers are half way down the room. When I listen to music the musicians appear down the other end of the room. Sometimes I have opened my eyes and spotted the speakers (which are quite ugly frankly speaking) and wondered "what are they supposed to be doing?" so detached is the music from the speaker.

Its an interesting journey, and maybe you are also taking it. If not and you choose to, be prepared to be surprised.
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hello and welcome. sorry to hear that you were made redundant.

so are you looking for a new job, or will you enjoy some early retirement?
Thanks for your beileit.

Yes, very much looking for a new job.

I'm too young, and too poor to take early retirement. Although it's not as if I couldn't keep myself amused with any number of hobbies though.

And the summer is also almost here (or is that gone?) so lounging around beside some lake while the weather is nice would be wonderful.

I would very much like to stay in Switzerland but there aren't many companies that are in my specific field. That's not to say my skills aren't transferable, but I don't think a lot of employers would realize it or be prepared to take a risk. I've notified a lot of job agencies but any reply I've had has always been negative.

I'm not really worried. The RAV will pay me up to 70% of my salary for 2 years so something will turn up. The drag is that I need to make 8 to 12 job applications a month to get paid. That's a minimum of 192 applications! Are there that many companies in Switzerland?

If necessary there is also the possibility of additional training.

I think the system here is quite good. It's like the RAV become your employer and you are then "working" for them. No work, no pay.
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Thanks for the great write up. Yes I am on the journey and appreciate that room correction is very important.

I must admit that I do not pay enough attention to it apart from the basics of trying to have heavy furninshings such as a rug / curtains. I have a very square / slightly rectangular room which is difficult anyhow.

But nevertheless it still sounds pretty good to me.

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hi krlock3

after a long time (25 years) with an old quad pre and power set up I bought an integrated and speakers by a swiss company called swissonor.

I went to a lot of hifi exhibitions, and tried out stuff in hifi shops. This was the only one that always sounded good to me and I could almost afford, whether rock, pop, jazz or classical.

And it didn't have any blue lights so I knew there wasn't anything wrong with the designer.

After that I started wondering why it didn't sound so good in my home as the shop. Which lead me down the slippery slope of room correction etc.

It sounds really great, no question. But each time I get used to any new improvement I am looking to see what else could be improved. So its a journey.

Also my brother has a really well sorted out room and a stonking system, so every time I visit him I come away wondering how I can kick my performance up a notch.

Its a pity that too few people realize how important the listening environment is to the performance. They could get much more enjoyment out of what they have if the environment was better. By this I mean sorting out the modal resonances, early reflections and reverberation time.Too often people think that the solution is to buy more expensive hifi, but any potential performance increase is masked by the accoustic problems in the room.

There is a lot on the internet about room correction. there is a lot of technical stuff you can get into but there are some basic things you can start with that don't cost the earth.

My listening room is my living room. It's full of junky looking stuff as I try things out like helmholz resonators and such. I'm fortunate in a way. I don't have to consider the WAF. I listen with my eyes closed so I don't see the state of the room anyway. At the moment my speakers are half way down the room. When I listen to music the musicians appear down the other end of the room. Sometimes I have opened my eyes and spotted the speakers (which are quite ugly frankly speaking) and wondered "what are they supposed to be doing?" so detached is the music from the speaker.

Its an interesting journey, and maybe you are also taking it. If not and you choose to, be prepared to be surprised.
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Re: I,m not new here, but I'm new here

Welcome to the Forum Chris

I will soon be moving to Switzerland. There's going to be a social event on the 17th August, maybe you could come there and get to know some of the EF people including me and my boyfriend who will be going for the first time... I have to bring a cake with me since I'm new, but I will not promise that I will bake one myself maybe a ready made one will have to do hehe

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