More shots from NAMM. Stay tuned for tweets, images, videos, and other coverage from the show floor. After the show we'll upload longer vids and product analyses.
While sprinting from one booth stuffed with sumptuous new gear to another, I did manage to spot some trends emerging at the 2011 Winter NAMM Show..
Be sure to keep your eyes trained on drummagazine.com in the upcoming week. Beginning on Wednesday, we plan to load the website with tons of raw information – blogs, videos, photos, and more – directly from the floor of the 2011 Winter NAMM Show.
As musical equipment companies around the world get ready to converge on Anaheim, California for the annual NAMM (National Association of Music Merchandisers) Trade Show, the gang from SJC Drums leaves Dudley, Massachusetts just in time to escape a brutal snowstorm.
Bernard Purdie was everywhere at NAMM, performing in the Hilton lobby with a killer funk band, and performing in an impromptu way on the floor of the show, particularly at the Superdrum and Anvil/Calzone case booths.
NAMM is a place where people whose paths rarely cross anywhere else are able to get together. Here's a great shot of the Hudson Music "family," the folks behind the popular instructional drum videos and the artists who star in them.
Looking back on it, it was perhaps the biggest NAMM show of all time, certainly in the last three years. More than 88,000 buyers, store owners, distributors, artists, agents, fans and musical instrument manufacturers crammed into the Anaheim Convention Center for four days from January 14-17, and they were there to do business. We'll be bringing more reports and images this week on the drums, electronics, microphones, accessories, pedals, hand drums, cymbals, sticks and other products we saw at the show. Here's a quick update.
Manufacturers had one big question as the 2010 NAMM Show began. Would buyers show up or was the recession still on? They got their answer as huge crowds overwhelmed the show on Friday and Saturday. We have hundreds of pics and hours of tape to go through which we'll start showing next week. There's lots of great new electronic drums from Alesis, Pearl and and others; great new snare drums; new pedals at Mapex; loads of new drum mics; dozens of accessories, and some surprising on-the-floor-interviews. Until then, here's a smattering from the floor of the show.