On January 22, 2015, The NAMM Show, which is the world’s largest music products trade show, came to Orange County in Anaheim, California. The event was held at the Anaheim Convention Center, located at 800 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim, California 92802 at Hall E and Levels 2 & 3. The NAMM Show held their media preview day on January 21, 2015 and then opened for the general public January 22 to 25, 2015.
Every year the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), produces and showcase a trade show to attract famous musicians, exhibitors, media and music lovers around the world.
The NAMM Show exhibitors came to promote their new products, models and equipment. Domestic and international products dealers and distributors allowed attendees to view and try their equipment. Live music could be heard throughout the place. This gave music lovers and people who play instruments an opportunity to try the best and newest equipment.
Celebrities such as Andy Vargas (Carlos Santana’s Lead Singer, Vocalist, Producer, and Songwriter) and Poncho Sanchez (Leader for Latin Jazz band), William “Billy” Sheehan (American Bassist known for his work with Talas, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, Niacin and The Winery Dogs) could be seen roaming the isles of the trade show.
With the phone, wireless products, and other electronic devices, which we are so accustomed in having in our lives “Sennheiser” announced its wireless headphone technology. Sennheiser RS 120 headphones were provided for the Silent Jam at the NAMM show. The headphone technology will support the H.O.T. (Hands On Training) Zone as Brain Hardgroove hosts “Silent Jam”.
Blackbird Guitars presented “Blackbird Clara”, which is a concert ukulele with the tone of a vintage wood and durability of cutting-edge, eco–friendly construction. It is a strong one-piece construction with Ekoa natural composite, like wood, but better. McCarthy Music, introduced their illuminating piano which has keys that light up. It enables you to learn faster.
“Hercules”, a supplier of mobile DJ controllers, has launched a new control bundle which features displays in jog-wheels, and is called DJControl Jogvision. The display allows DJ’s to spend less time looking at a computer screen, gives them enhanced focus and a faster response. Also manufacturer Casio America, Inc. introduced their full portfolio of digital pianos, synthesizers and DJ equipment.
With many to choose from, “Paul Reed Smith Guitars” has a complete line of PRS amplifiers, acoustic and electric guitars for many guitar lovers. Demonstrations were given at the booth by PRS artists. This year the company celebrated their 30th anniversary. Also “Peavey Electronics” provided seekers with a look at Budda Amplifiers, Trace Elliot, Composite Acoustics and many more. Peavey Electronics celebrated their 50th anniversary this year.
A line up of headphones and earphones was revealed by MEElectronics. A M6 PRO universal in-ear monitor was also designed by the company. It provides a great sound that is comfortable and durable enough to be used in a gym or on the streets.
For all the bands out there that can use a new drum head displays “Select-a-Head” offers logo drum head displays. They have developed logo drum displays for groups such as “Korn”, “Queensryche”, “Stryper” and “Iron Maiden”. The logo drum head displays are custom made, with a drum constructed from a high quality, 4-ply drum shell wrapped in black PVC with black die cast metal hoops, chrome lugs, claws and rubber gaskets to prevent scratching.
Music is one key to happiness. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus got funky at the 2015 NAMM Show. George Clinton, the legendary founder of funk, attended this year to mentor students from Berklee College City Music Network. A live stream of viewers got to ask Mr. Clinton questions. New products were on board for seekers to view. The latest audio and video technology such as hard drives, Epiphone Guitars, and keyboards were items that could be admired.
Thousands of people attend this event. Even if you don’t play an instrument, attending this event is a great experience. You will be intrigued by the beauty of all the exhibitor’s items that were displayed for everyone to enjoy.
About The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM):
National Association for Music Merchants, known as the NAMM, is an organization that is a not-for-profit company that promotes pleasures and benefits of making music and strengthens the global music product industry. NAMM’s trade shows serve an innovation for music products, recording technology, sound and light. It is a $17 billion global music product industry. They promote music for all ages. For more information about NAMM, please visit www.namm.org, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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