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I'd love to swing by an SQ event, but haven't seen anything out here (did a search, not sure if Tapatalk is working..),

I'd settle for an SPL event too. Honestly, no way I could compete right now, I'm just looking for some inspiration for my current build, and I know an event would be a big help!

Thanks a bunch for reading!
 

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I've sort of been looking too, but haven't found anything. I was talking to a guy at Quality Auto Sound on West Colfax the other day & the topic came up. He said they're pretty rare by themselves, but tend to play a part in a fair number of general car shows.
 

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There really isn't a very strong car audio culture here. For a big city, there is surprisingly few events, or even decent shops.
 

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I've sort of been looking too, but haven't found anything. I was talking to a guy at Quality Auto Sound on West Colfax the other day & the topic came up. He said they're pretty rare by themselves, but tend to play a part in a fair number of general car shows.
Huh, well if you ever hear of anything PLEASE PM me! How'd you like quality autosound? They have some iffy reviews online, but so does everyone..
 

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Huh, well if you ever hear of anything PLEASE PM me! How'd you like quality autosound? They have some iffy reviews online, but so does everyone..
I know you were asking Rob, but I wouldn't touch quality autosound with a 10' pole. They are your typical $1 install shop, and although they may carry some decent stuff from time to time, I would not let them do any of the installation work. Elite Auto Salon in Colorado Springs is about the only shop that has a consistently good reputation. Some of the Car Toys aren't bad, but these vary drastically by neighborhood.
 

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Huh, well if you ever hear of anything PLEASE PM me! How'd you like quality autosound? They have some iffy reviews online, but so does everyone..
Will do. I made a post here a while back about a get-together, but it never really went anywhere.

As far as the store at Quality Autosound I wasn't impressed. But there was a guy working the front that I wound up talking to for an hour or so who seemed to know his gear pretty well & got into a discussion about shows among other things. Their showroom is pretty big, but there's nothing in it and everything just looks sort of worn out. I'd feel safe enough saying most of that stuff actually is worn out - especially their JL display - not sure I've ever heard anything that sounded that hideous. Fits right in on West Colfax :laugh:.
 

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Will do. I made a post here a while back about a get-together, but it never really went anywhere.

As far as the store at Quality Autosound I wasn't impressed. But there was a guy working the front that I wound up talking to for an hour or so who seemed to know his gear pretty well & got into a discussion about shows among other things. Their showroom is pretty big, but there's nothing in it and everything just looks sort of worn out. I'd feel safe enough saying most of that stuff actually is worn out - especially their JL display - not sure I've ever heard anything that sounded that hideous. Fits right in on West Colfax :laugh:.
Better than East Colfax :laugh:
 

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Guys, the majority of sanctioned events occur in Colo Springs. Also a few in the Denver area. Actually, it seems there are frequent events in the springs. I'm in Ft. Collins so I don't go to any of them though. I did a facebook search for "Colorado Car Audio" or any variation of audio words to find all of the Colorado groups. Thats how I hear about all of the events. Seems to be a TON of SPL guys down there especially. The shows and the get togethers are out there just hard to hear about them it seems unless you are in the know already.
 

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I know you were asking Rob, but I wouldn't touch quality autosound with a 10' pole. They are your typical $1 install shop, and although they may carry some decent stuff from time to time, I would not let them do any of the installation work. Elite Auto Salon in Colorado Springs is about the only shop that has a consistently good reputation. Some of the Car Toys aren't bad, but these vary drastically by neighborhood.
I've heard good things about PDA road gear in Littleton too. But yeah, the general rep of Q autosound is less than stellar...

There's a couple car toys I would trust, a couple best buys even, that depends on the specific installer though, and I only say this because I know a few who work for both companies who are great, and a couple who are not. Unfortunately it's hard to tell based on reviews, since the clientele here is pretty nuts sometimes, and good experiences generally get less (or no) reviews.
 

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Will do. I made a post here a while back about a get-together, but it never really went anywhere.

As far as the store at Quality Autosound I wasn't impressed. But there was a guy working the front that I wound up talking to for an hour or so who seemed to know his gear pretty well & got into a discussion about shows among other things. Their showroom is pretty big, but there's nothing in it and everything just looks sort of worn out. I'd feel safe enough saying most of that stuff actually is worn out - especially their JL display - not sure I've ever heard anything that sounded that hideous. Fits right in on West Colfax :laugh:.
Haha no doubt. I can typically find one guy at most shops who is pretty decent, if I can't, they'll be out of business tomorrow. Unfortunately a lot of shops just don't have standards, or pressure installers to do too much volume creating really lazy work.
 

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Guys, the majority of sanctioned events occur in Colo Springs. Also a few in the Denver area. Actually, it seems there are frequent events in the springs. I'm in Ft. Collins so I don't go to any of them though. I did a facebook search for "Colorado Car Audio" or any variation of audio words to find all of the Colorado groups. Thats how I hear about all of the events. Seems to be a TON of SPL guys down there especially. The shows and the get togethers are out there just hard to hear about them it seems unless you are in the know already.
Good to know! Thanks for the heads up, I'll have to venture down soon!
Guys, the majority of sanctioned events occur in Colo Springs. Also a few in the Denver area. Actually, it seems there are frequent events in the springs. I'm in Ft. Collins so I don't go to any of them though. I did a facebook search for "Colorado Car Audio" or any variation of audio words to find all of the Colorado groups. Thats how I hear about all of the events. Seems to be a TON of SPL guys down there especially. The shows and the get togethers are out there just hard to hear about them it seems unless you are in the know already.
 

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I know you were asking Rob, but I wouldn't touch quality autosound with a 10' pole. They are your typical $1 install shop, and although they may carry some decent stuff from time to time, I would not let them do any of the installation work. Elite Auto Salon in Colorado Springs is about the only shop that has a consistently good reputation. Some of the Car Toys aren't bad, but these vary drastically by neighborhood.
Heh, I wound up in another one today. I can't pass a car stereo shop that I've never been in before if I have the time. I forget the street, but the neighborhood wasn't any better. The stores are remarkably similar...wide open spaces with a few things on the walls and some product islands made of product boxes. This store was better stocked and cleaner, but still sorta ghetto. I thought I might get lucky & find a grille for my sub. They offered to make me a single MDF ring for $40 before Uncle Sam :rolleyes:

I've been in a few of the Car Toys - usually go to Boulder. It's okay. They're usually busy, but seem to always have hands on deck...quite a few for a car audio store. If I need some wire or something it's my best local choice. Folks are friendly enough, but generally clueless. They tend to keep things in stock - which is nice.
 

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Heh, I wound up in another one today. I can't pass a car stereo shop that I've never been in before if I have the time. I forget the street, but the neighborhood wasn't any better. The stores are remarkably similar...wide open spaces with a few things on the walls and some product islands made of product boxes. This store was better stocked and cleaner, but still sorta ghetto. I thought I might get lucky & find a grille for my sub. They offered to make me a single MDF ring for $40 before Uncle Sam :rolleyes:

I've been in a few of the Car Toys - usually go to Boulder. It's okay. They're usually busy, but seem to always have hands on deck...quite a few for a car audio store. If I need some wire or something it's my best local choice. Folks are friendly enough, but generally clueless. They tend to keep things in stock - which is nice.
Nick at boulder is the only tech I'd trust there. I know him well, and he's a genuinely good installer. Another installer friend recently applied (within three mo) and they've gone through pretty major staff changes recently, he said in the garage, Nick is the only dude who's not totally green. The old service manager moved on, and the new one was demoted from a higher up position at a different store for some sketchy practices. So tread lightly there in the future, talk to Nick G.
 

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Nick at boulder is the only tech I'd trust there. I know him well, and he's a genuinely good installer. Another installer friend recently applied (within three mo) and they've gone through pretty major staff changes recently, he said in the garage, Nick is the only dude who's not totally green. The old service manager moved on, and the new one was demoted from a higher up position at a different store for some sketchy practices. So tread lightly there in the future, talk to Nick G.
My other friend turned the offer down since he didn't wanna babysit fresh techs btw. Which no one can blame him for.
 

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Nick at boulder is the only tech I'd trust there. I know him well, and he's a genuinely good installer. Another installer friend recently applied (within three mo) and they've gone through pretty major staff changes recently, he said in the garage, Nick is the only dude who's not totally green. The old service manager moved on, and the new one was demoted from a higher up position at a different store for some sketchy practices. So tread lightly there in the future, talk to Nick G.
That's the one thing I don't ask a shop to do for me - work on my stuff. I just go for wire or little doo dads I might need generally - and the candy store atmosphere :D. I spent most of my youth and early twenties hanging out in buddies' shops, and I don't see that scene around anymore, but back then most shops were independently owned. Seems like more franchises around anymore.

I haven't met any installers over there, but I'll keep Nick in mind on my next trip. They're pretty good at separating back from front of house over there. The install bays are always full when I go by. And every time I've been in, there's been an installer wanted sign hanging around.

I forgot to mention the last time I posted that I ran into a guy who showed me some pictures on his phone of what he said was close to 1000 cars that showed up recently for a 'show'. He said these things aren't judged or really even organized, but there's some facebook group you have to be a member of and then they give out GPS coordinates of meeting locations because supposedly that throws the cops off :rolleyes:. Sounds to me like a bunch of rolling noise pumps, but from the pics I saw it's a BUNCH of 'em.
 

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My car toys bay in Denver does some ok custom. One of my installers is pretty good, I can do custom as well, I just usually don't have time , I two installers now that both have Horn systems , one of my installers holds the state champ for SPL.

But..... It's car toys , sorta pricy and not über high end, we don't carry any of the trick sq stuff just but could do some labor for you if you ever wanted .


But as far as the og question. I haven't heard of anything neither. Maybe we all should meet up sometime nf start our own gtg or something
 

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I'd be up for a gtg. I don't have room here, but I'll spring for snacks & drinks if someone wanted to lend some real estate. Or maybe somebody knows somebody at the neighborhood Car Toys so we could use their lot :rolleyes:
 

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I'd be up for a gtg. I don't have room here, but I'll spring for snacks & drinks if someone wanted to lend some real estate. Or maybe somebody knows somebody at the neighborhood Car Toys so we could use their lot :rolleyes:
Could meet at my shop. I'm off sun mon so One of those days so I can actually hang out, And it's downtown so central as it gets
 
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