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NAMM 2012: A recap
Posted on Thu May 03, 2012 7:36 am


bigOeyez

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Well it's been about 3-4 months since this event and I keep forgetting to post this up for you guys, but here it is finally... NAMM 2012... I figured this is more music related than picture related, so this is probably the best place for this thread... (Maybe the musicians lounge?)

Basically it's a gathering of all the top music industries/manufacturers, mashed up into a single convention center for a weekend full of ear shattering goodness here in the States... This year it was held at the Anaheim Convention Center (AM2 2011 x SCANDAL) and the pics speak for itself...

I only had 1 day to run around the event, so I didn't get a lot of pics in, but they're goodies none the less... There's about 50 something pictures, so I'll break it up into categories and whatnot...

Musicians and instrumentalists, enjoy!

"Keep in mind that it's been a few months, so whatever you see here isn't ground breaking or anything... anymore at least..."

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Intro: NAMM is a trade show closed to the public, open to invitees only... You don't necessarily have to be an artist or anything, but if you have family that works with one of the attending companies, then your free to go in... Granted that invite you...

For me, my friend's sister inlaw happened to work at Taylor Guitars, so I got in as a guest under her wing... Ironically she's been working there for quite a few years now and I've just barely caught wiff of this info just recently... Surely, I'll be at NAMM next year with an extended pass...
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Guitars: Guitars aren't my forte, so I didn't go much into detail with the pics or anything, but here's everything in general...
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Marshall: Pretty much a self explanatory name in the industry... They didn't showcase anything new this year, so they were marketing a lot of their gear and ran a charity fund during the show as well... For a $2 donation, you got yourself a pretty nifty Marshall bag made from recycled material... The charity was either for the Children's Hospital or Breast Cancer, but I seriously forgot...
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Ernie Ball... They were having a 50th Anniversary Sale or something going on... The line never stopped forming from beginning to end...
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Gibson: Gibson had a pretty small room and they packed the heck out of it with a showcase of towering guitars... Needless to say, I couldn't move around much so I snagged a pic or two before I headed out...
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Ibanez: They weren't too small or too big, but because they were integrated into the Hoshino Gakki company, I found myself drawn towards the drums more than anything... So here's a photo...
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Fender: On the other hand, rented out an entire stage room (The room where SCANDAL performed), plus the room across from it... Yes, there were a lot of guitars...
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Drums: Now drums is what I do... I'll break this section up into drum shells and drum other...
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I forgot what company this was, but it was more a shop if anything... They housed a lot of sticks ranging from standard drums to mallets and such...
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Vic Firth, my prefered choice of sticks... I didn't see anything new but they had a big area setup for everyone to try out their variety of sticks...
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Remo: Showcasing the X14, a Single ply 14-mil head, they set up 3 kick drums for show and punishment... Out of the 3 on display, the clear head was the most natural sounding out of them all (Then again, my personal bass is Ebony front and Clear batter, so hearing the ebony kicked on was a lil off for me)
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Cymbals: Other than the top dog companies, there was plenty of underground companies showing their stuff. There were way more aisles on cymbals than you see here, but you couldn't come into this section without having your eardrums cut in half.
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Sabian: Being the top dog company, Sabian didn't need to show much because of their solid foundation.
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SIKE!!! They had a TOWER!!! HA HA! I prefer Sabian over Zildjian because of the Brother vs Brother history, so I favor the top underdog... If that makes any sense.
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Zildjian: Much like Sabian and the other companies, they had their entire line on display and whatever new cymbal out on the testing grounds. From Natural to Brilliant, it was absolutely blinding.
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Drum Shells
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Drumcraft: I didn't get to stop by DC for long, so all I caught was a glimpse of their booth and took a snapshot. Clear shells aren't new or anything, but it looked like that theme for their booth was for more "Wow!" factor. Unless if you're a highly paid artist or something of the sort, then you could get away with LED lights and special effects, but for us garagestars, it's not practical for everyday use.
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Molecules(?): I'm not sure what the name of this company was, but they had some orb-shell setup going. The representative at the booth was busy talking to some other people, but I couldn't see how really worked. It sounded good when he played it, but all I could see was the head decaying faster because the resonance has nowhere else to go except back upwards. Unless if the shell itself absorbed the soundwaves? Whatever, it sounded alright, but I didn't get the chance to ask about the dynamics.
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Tama: The name itself is self explanatory. Ranking high in the market with companies such as Yamaha, Pearl, etc., if you know drums, then you know Tama. Nothing too new this year, but they had some new finishes for their Starclassic line on display. Possibly more, but I only ran in there once.
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Pearl: I don't even has to say anything about this. Other than the drums, they had a huge giant screen that was airing the NFL Playoff games, Mike Mangini's Tour Kit, Tommy Lee's Kit hanging from the ceiling, and a whole lot of their kits laying about for you to oogle at.
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Michael "Nicko" McBrain: Not a drum company, but I thought I'd bring this to light for kicks. Anything "signature" will always be marked up from MSRP price by a massive amount. Regardless if it's the same kit you have in your garage, if it's "signature", then you know it'll rip a hole in your bank.
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Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain replica kit! MSRP or Retail, the price of this kit is nearly the same as what I bought my car for! (Retail tops it by $2K)
Closing
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At the end of the event, the entire convention shut down their lights to signify that it was finally over. I happened to be standing next to the Sabian booth. The lights were off?
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"Quitters fall down and stay down... Winners fall down and keep rolling"

"Drummers have stamina!!!" - Pedro Jimenez

"Oh! Ah you! Metal Boy!" - Rina
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Re: NAMM 2012: A recap
Posted on Thu May 03, 2012 12:24 pm


jigoku79

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Oh,man!!..This is awesomeeee!! [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]..
You're so blessed,big! To have those chance and could set your feet into those crowds..
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Well, I already casted my vote on u in Stereopony concert thread..
So, I guess on this thread..I'll say,"You're the man!!..[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]!!"
Awesome,dude! Sugoooiii! [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] ...

Fender really set their level above other brands by rented entire stage room.. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] !
..And those guitars made my fingers soooo itchy.. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

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That is Joey Jordison's stuff, isn't it?.. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Those drumsets with hydraulic riser things..

And looking to that Sabian tower, I prefer to call it "Tower Of Power"!!
Mike Mangini sets looks awesome, he seems get more spotlight after stick with DT.. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] ..
No Terry Bozzio's drums? I'd love to see it closely..hehe.
Thanks,bigOeyez!!You're the man..!! [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]


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Re: NAMM 2012: A recap
Posted on Thu May 03, 2012 7:50 pm


bigOeyez

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^ Man, most of the artists were there from Thursday-Saturday, so I missed out on a lot of artists, clinics, freebies, etc., on Sunday, but it was still a whole lot of fun!... That kit hanging from the ceiling is actually Tommy Lee's E-Pro Touring kit, it would have been more epic if it rotated... HA HA!

But yeah, Mike Mangini did get a lot more attention after he went to DT, but he was filling in a big hefty spot, so it would have tarnished his reputation if the fans didn't like DT afterwards... He's badass though, so it was his personal fans vs DT fans at the time, but it seemed to work out in the end... During an interview in the first few weeks of joining DT, he was super modest and praised Portnoy in every way, so he wasn't cocky about it at all... Super cool dude...

I did go into the DW booth briefly, but sadly no Bozzio kit... Nothing new for this year, so I ended up just looking at the finishes and what not...


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Re: NAMM 2012: A recap
Posted on Fri May 04, 2012 3:11 am


jigoku79

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Ah, I see. I thought it was hydraulic drum riser like the ones Joey use on his solo drums.I noticed that drumkits hanging from the ceiling just now[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]..
Well, Mangini's drumkits sure improved a lotsss since the old days. Though he's quite low profile, but he's the fastest drummer ever..!! (He holds record of Matched Grip-executing 1,247 single strokes in 60 seconds @2005 NAMM, Traditional Grip-executing 1,126 single strokes in 60 seconds in 2003, Single Stroke Foot record playing 13,222 hits in 15 minutes)..He's getting close to Bozzio's 'monster' kit.. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] And DT surely had a great badass drummer after Portnoy.
Well, I guess you won't miss the whole gigs in 2013 NAMM, right? [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
You're good on this,big! Why don't u wrap this things up and send it to magazine as an articles?.. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] Thanks again,big!


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Re: NAMM 2012: A recap
Posted on Fri May 04, 2012 9:13 am


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WOO! I know dude, Mangini is a monster! He's still a beast to this day, but back in his prime, that 'ish was uncanny! That clip of him from years ago, where he started rolling one handed and wiping his sweat off with a mag at the same time (A Steve Vai show nonetheless, I just don't know where exactly), I usually don't scream like a girl towards men but that's one of the times I would have... HA HA! It's amazing the sticks didn't get obliterated...

Mentioning great drummers, one of my faves is Munetaka Higuchi (R.I.P.), formerly a part of Loudness... The current drummer for Loudness, Masayuki Suzuki (no relation to Rina... I think?), is a beast as well, but Munetaka was something else... He also performed with Steve Vai and Bozzio during the progression of his career, so you may have come across him at one time or another... "Drummers have stamina!!!"

For sure NAMM 2013 is already a go! I talked to my friend's sister inlaw and she said we could have used the Sunday pass to attend Saturday as well, but it was too late anyways... So we got the OK for a 4-day pass next year... HELLZ YEAH!!! But I was too rushed to take good pics or gather any good info for 2012 to be magazine worthy... Plus it's been way too long since the show and the info is already dead news anyways... HA HA! Thanks for the support though! I'll do a better job on my next event!


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"Quitters fall down and stay down... Winners fall down and keep rolling"

"Drummers have stamina!!!" - Pedro Jimenez

"Oh! Ah you! Metal Boy!" - Rina
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Re: NAMM 2012: A recap
Posted on Wed May 09, 2012 6:25 pm


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^Yo, big!I check out on Munetaka Higuchi(R.I.P), and he's so wow!He also include many artist in his Dream Castle works, e.g. Steve Vai, Bozzio, Billy Sheehan, Ronny James Dio, Stanley Clarke, etc..He's awesome!And yeah, he's a beast..his double pedal really works hard[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]..
But, for me, I'll go for Akira Jimbo, the ex-drummer of Casiopea. He's the first japanese drummer I've listened..While Munetaka is awesome in stamina, Jimbo goes for the funk and jazzy vibe! [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]..
I wonder, is there any spot for Japanese drummer in NAMM?..
Here's some Jimbo stuff:
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I've watched video of Mangini worked with Vai on the first G3 concert in Denver(?)..I also looked up on YT and found this footage:
Dream Theater The Spirit Carries On Eps.1 of 3 (drummer audition)
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Beside Mangini, I'm soo amazed to Marco Minnemann on eps.2..this guys awesome too! Did he get a spot on NAMM?.. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]


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