We just returned home from the Summer NAMM show. NAMM is the ultimate music industry get together where instrument makers peddle their newest works of art to the retail music shop owners who might sell them.
The best part of the show is that both established names like Gibson & Remo and tiny start-ups like Earthquaker Devices & Silverfox Percussion are in the same building. Music store owners get a chance to compare the new and the established right next to each other. We got to check out this year’s coolest equipment and instruments. From guitars, to violins, mics to recording equipment, we saw the best that the industry has to offer.
We saw so many cool musical instruments and accessories that we had to put together our own Top 10 list.
So who stood out at this NAMM show? Well here’s our top ten:
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We can’t say enough about how amazing AJP’s custom drums are. They truly stood out at the show. Add a custom rim with tambourine cymbals built-in and you’ve got the Snarebourine!
So there’s lots of stage equipment at NAMM but this mic stand gets top awards for good reason. The mechanics could be managed by a four-year old, there are absolutely zero plastic parts, and the three cord clips make cord management super easy.
CAD has a wonderful array of audio equipment from the inexpensive ZOE podcasting microphone to the highest level professional sound. These headphones made our list for their combination of price (around $100) and studio quality sound
If you’re into hand crafted beauty, Cole Clark guitars are where it’s at. Each acoustic guitar is an individual piece of fine art. The wood grains and inlay vary from guitar to guitar but the consistency of weight and sound is pristine.
Ok, so we’re kind of cheating here. This guitar just happened to be on display at the Ibanez booth. It’s basically the only vintage item at NAMM. But Bob Weir and his friends at Ibanez made a beauty from build to inlay to technology. So, even though we’ll probably never own one, it’s our #1 best thing at NAMM.
Music store owners get a chance to compare the new and the established right next to each other. We got to check out this year’s coolest equipment and instruments.
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