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.

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Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers announces he'll be performing at a school assembly program designed to highlight percussion education. Maybe he'll come to a school near you.

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RIchard Taninbaum (second from left) accepts an award from NAMM President Joe Lamonde. Rhythm Tech is celebrating its thirtieth year in music gear manufacturing.

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The most beautiful drums at the show. Maybe this Ford kit with an industrial coating. Amazing sound. Amazing color.

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There were numerous Bono sightings at the show. We got this pic via phone.

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Kickport put one of their products in an acrylic Tycoon cajon. It sounded like a 26" bass drum.

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Engelhhart Percussion was at the Istanbul Mehmet booth with a display of their amazing bells and blocks. Pam Gore takes on the product presentation role of Vanna White.

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Jamal Muhammad was rocking his signature djembes at Toca.

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Toca also introduced these nifty Thai drums..

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A marching band erupts by the DRUM! booth on Friday.