Posted 2008-12-29 5:36 PM (#4729) Subject: What A Year !!!
Joined: December 2001 Posts: 7038
Location: The Great Pacific Northwest
Well what can I say? 2008 has been a landmark year for many of us as individuals and the Ovation FanClub community as a whole.
We saw the year start out with FMIC purchasing KMC and all the uncertainty that goes with such things, but a few new guitars and the iDea pre-amp later... well we still have the uncertainty, but we do have a few new guitars and the iDea pre-amp.
While there wasn't an official convention at the factory this year, there were several very successful and fun Gatherings including the clinic at Amelia Island with Matt Smith and the NW Gathering, but there were many more.
Also July 2008 saw the launch of the Ovation FanClub Social network/sister site at OvationFanClub.ning.com. While many questioned why and probably still do, a little over 5 months later there are over 175 members with well over 3000 photos, over 100 videos and countless audio files, blogs, groups and more. Counting the members, the social network is consistently viewed by over 3000 people from over 30 countries every month.
Speaking of stats... here at OvationFanClub.com there are now over 323,000 posts in over 23,532 topics. Still garnering nearly 250,000 page views by over 5000 people in 84 countries every month!!!!
January 2009 marks the beginning of the NINTH year of the OvationFanClub.com.
I'm sure I forgot several important landmarks of our dysfunctional family here, but I'm also sure someone else will fill in the gaps.
I hope everyone had a great holiday and I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Posted 2008-12-29 6:48 PM (#4732 - in reply to #4729) Subject: Re: What A Year !!!
Joined: March 2005 Posts: 12655
Location: Boise, Idaho
I met Miles and Al (and other lesser-known members) for the first time this year. Al made his first trip to the NW. I bought 2 new Ovations this year, which doubled the new Ovations I bought in the last 30 years. I also sold an Ovation for the first time this year. I hope that doesn't start a trend.
Posted 2008-12-29 8:06 PM (#4736 - in reply to #4729) Subject: Re: What A Year !!!
Joined: June 2006 Posts: 7307
Location: South of most, North of few
Miles, we all appreciate the work you and Al do on this and the new forum. When I came in to join, I didn't even know what a nut was (on a guitar) ;) , now, I have learned a lot about Ovations, Adamas' and guitars in gereral. Great place you've got here!!
Posted 2008-12-29 8:18 PM (#4737 - in reply to #4729) Subject: Re: What A Year !!!
Joined: September 2006 Posts: 10390
Location: Keepin' It Weird in Portland, OR
Thank You Miles & Al...
Without this forum I would probably only own two guitars! :D (Pseudo-Strat & 4861)
But with the encouragement and inspiration of these O'Cultists I have actually bought some New Ovations (with warranty and all that). And assorted Old Ones.
Posted 2008-12-29 11:52 PM (#4742 - in reply to #4729) Subject: Re: What A Year !!!
Joined: April 2004 Posts: 13286
Location: Latitude 39.56819, Longitude -105.080066
I've wasted more time here than I thought imaginable and most of it was extreme fun...
but the best part for me was the various gatherings that were perpetuated by the friendships forged on this board. Meeting people for the first time was really like just renewing a friendship after a separation.
Posted 2008-12-30 12:41 AM (#4743 - in reply to #4729) Subject: Re: What A Year !!!
Joined: August 2002 Posts: 8300
The ninth year? And I'm starting my 8th? Ain't it funny how time slips away.
We've seen a lot of changes, and we're going to see a lot more. I still embrace them all.
This is a great place with great people. In this crazy world, here's a place where one can quickly discover there is great hope for the future of mankind. I've seen more good deeds, random acts of kindness, heartfelt joys and sorrows ... and dare I say it ... love ... than any other place I've ever been.
Yes ... thanks to Miles and Al ... but truly, thanks to ALL who come here and make the rest of us a little part of your life; it is you who make this place special.
Posted 2008-12-30 2:12 AM (#4745 - in reply to #4729) Subject: Re: What A Year !!!
Joined: August 2007 Posts: 1003
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Even if I do not know you in person (yet ...), reading daily threads sometime accompained by generous pictures of you, let me feel being there getting togheter this incredible comunity. You are an active part of my life now.
Thanks to all of you I learnt a lot about Ovation guitars and own more Ovation guitars, which I was really in need of :D .
Thank you Miles and Al to keep the OFC running and thanks to all OFCers that con-tribute every day to make this a special place !!
Posted 2008-12-30 7:57 AM (#4748 - in reply to #4729) Subject: Re: What A Year !!!
Joined: June 2007 Posts: 3084
Location: Brisbane Australia
I had the pleasure of meeting Miles and Al as well as other members of the OFC "Family" at the NW Jam in July.
It was a fantastic experience, one I shall never forget.
The spirit shown by members of the OFC is an amazing thing.
Slipkid and Zilla for the calendar.
Miles and Al for making FUNctional out of the dysFUNctional.
The contributors to several "gifts" bequeathed to some members going through difficult times.
To name just a few.
This would not be the amazing forum it is without the contribution of ALL members.
Keep up the great work!!
Thankyou one and all!!
However all ships need a Captain(s) and the OFC vessel is no different.
So a special thanks to Miles and Al!!
Posted 2008-12-31 5:49 PM (#4760 - in reply to #4729) Subject: Re: What A Year !!!
Joined: March 2008 Posts: 2683
Location: Hot Springs, S.D.
I joined this crazy group this past March. Not even a year, and I feel like I've been here forever. (You can log out any time you like, but you can never leave.) Sure have met a lot of fine people, and Cliff too! :D
Thanks Miles and Al, and thanks to all of you who have become my friends. Happy New Year to all of you and your families too.
Posted 2008-12-31 6:05 PM (#4762 - in reply to #4729) Subject: Re: What A Year !!!
Joined: October 2005 Posts: 5278
Location: Cicero, NY
Sorry 'bout that "Cliff thing", CS, but you've been a welcomed addition to the neighborhood, along with many others who helped out with the information and entertainment throughout the year. New blood is critical in any family.