The Musikmesse International Press Award (MIPA), the award that has come to be known as the \"Grammy\" of the Musical Instrument/Pro Audio industry, have been presented to the winners at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany last week.
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Over 100 magazines came together to vote for the best instruments and products of 2007 in more than 40 categories.
Remo Belli receives Lifetime Achievement Award The MIPA Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Remo D. Belli, the Italian-American founder and CEO of Remo Inc, one of the world\'s largest drum and drumhead manufacturers.
Opening its doors in 1957, Belli\'s firm quickly made news with the first big change in drum construction since man first stretched an animal skin over wood. He revolutionized the music world when he decided Mylar polyester films would make great drumheads.
Remo Belli perfected the first practical synthetic drum heads — now exported to more than 100 countries — and draws upon that success to further the understanding of music and its ability to improve people’s lives. Recently Remo funded a landmark scientific study showing that group drumming can help stimulate the body’s natural defenses against cancer and other diseases.
All nominees and winners in the categories for drums, percussion, cymbals and groove gear are listed below:
Ddrum Diode Drums
Sonor S-Classix Drums
DW Classic Drums (winner)
Sabian New XS20 Cymbals
Paiste Twenty Cymbals
Meinl Byzance Jazz Cymbals (winner)
Audio-Technica ATM450 Microphone
AKG C414 LTD Microphone
Audix DP-7 Drum Microphone Pack (winner)
Taye Metalworks Bassdrum Pedals
Gibraltar Ultra-Adjust Hi-Hat
Pearl 900 Series Hardware (winner)
Aquarian Super-2 Drumheads
Attack Jeff Ocheltree Old School Drumheads
Remo Powersonic Bassdrum Heads (winner)
Vater Stick Whip
Regal Tip Fat Cat Brushes
Vic Firth Signature Sticks (winner)
Hart Dynamics E-Cymbals II
Yamaha DTXPRESS IV-SP (winner)
Meinl Bass Pedal Cajon
Latin Percussion Jam Block/Guiro
Pearl Travel Conga (winner)
Radikal Technologies Spectralis
Roland MV-8800 Production Studio (winner)
For the nominees and winners in all other categories, click here.