76 Curt Wilson 10 months ago A little larger turnout is probably necessary in order to justify the expense and the challenges of locating an appropriate artist to invite to the event. I will confess to being slightly dumbfounded that there doesn't seem to be a larger interest in attending the event, even by those living within a couple hours' drive of the venue. Maybe we are just beginning to take these events for granted. I can't remember the last time that there was a Gibson or Rickenbacker or Martin or Taylor event within driving distance of my little town where Henry J., C.F. Martin III, or some other chief executive showed up to represent the manufacturer and who literally gave away all sorts of assorted schwag, including some amazing guitars. But, I digress. Low enthusiasm blues you say? It's a sign go the times, everyone working is working longer hours and many for less money. Don't forget this has been going on for a decade and things tend to cycle. I look at what happened at the national event in "Nashville" over the years and it's interesting to note that attendance never really correlated with success or quality of the weekend. Once you start to worry about numbers it changes everything and then it seems like a sales pitch rather than a lot of fun. Same thing with hiring people to attend and personally I'd rather talk with the people from the GDP and spend some time with the ones I haven't met.Build it, they will come...EDIT: This too, most of us aren't into rules and regulations so it's a big adjustment to make when Nashville let us all do whatever we wanted whenever we wanted. I'll never forget that late evening early morning discussions a few of us had, pigs in shit I say.