The 2008 NAMM show will feature a lot of new products, artist showcases and several signing sessions. Drummerszone.com presents a quick preview of the upcoming music products trade show.
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Axis Percussion Steve Stephens is scheduled for an appearance on Friday. Neal Smith will make an appearance on Saturday at 2 pm, Bobby Rondinelli at 4 pm. All at booth #3478.
Ddrum Shawn Drover will be signing on Friday, January 18 at the Ddrum booth from 4-5 pm and on Saturday, January 19 at the Ddrum booth from 12-1 pm. Dave McClain, Scott Rockenfield, James Kottak and Travis Smith will sign on Saturday. Travis will be discussing plans for a new signature snare and Ddrum kit line, as well as debut exclusive content on Ddrum tv.
You can watch Mike Terrana, Tim Yeung and \"Lil\" Mike Mitchell in the Ddrum \"fishbowl\" (their ClearSonic sound booth for artist performances) every other hour for a showcase on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Booth #3282.
New products will include Ddrum\'s Dios Select Limited Edition Tiger-Eye Bubinga kits and the Dominion Duo-Fade set, Dios SL Hybrid Shell sets. Also new are additions to the Dominion and Dios Snare drum line and the Atlas series hardware.
Gretsch At the moment of writing we have no scheduled artists at the Gretsch booth, but Gretschgear.com will exhibit the official line of Gretsch Brand apparel and accessories. The Gretsch Gear Catalog celebrates 125 years of “That Great Gretsch Sound” with limited-edition collectibles, accessories and original historic Gretsch Company catalogs, posters and stickers. Booth #3540.
Harris Musical Products Corky Laing will be promoting his signature drumsticks. Meet Corky and get an autographed signature drumstick. Both Friday and Saturday at 12 and 3 pm (Booth #s 4831, 4827, 4823).
Also noteworthy: Harris\' drums sticks manufactured of 100 percent surplus US wheat and their new Buckaroo cymbals.
Kelly Concepts Kelly will present their Shu: a new approach to kick drum microphone mounting systems. Both internal and external installation of the system utilizes the drum’s pre-existing hardware. This provides the framework for an integrated kick drum microphone shock mount. Booth #2436
Longo Custom Drums This family-owned business located in Pennsylvania will present their handcrafted, solid-shell drums. Free drawing for a walnut snare drum. Booth #2873
Ludwig Drums Frankie Banali will be signing on Saturday, January 19 at 2 pm.
Sabian Shawn Drover will be signing on Saturday, January 19 from 1-2 pm
Tama Kenny Aronoff, Jason Bittner, Brann Dailor, Brian Frasier-Moore, Ronald Bruner, Jr. and more to be announced at showtime on Saturday. See schedule at booth #4634.
New Tama products will include: Exotix Warlord Stainless Steel Ltd. Edition kit, Warlord Athenian brass snare, Performer Bubinga/Birch Astral Black Diamond.
Vic Firth Frankie Banali will take part in a signing sessions on Saturday, January 19 at 12:30 pm. Shawn Drover will be signing that day from 4-5 pm.
WorldMax WorldMax will introduce three new “Max\" series drum kits, six new snare drums, Aztec gold and satin chrome finished selected parts, new thrones, stands and pedals. Booth #2740.
NAMM The NAMM show (National Association of Music Merchants) runs from January 17 to January 20 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. NAMM is the largest music products trade show in the world. More than 80,000 NAMM members and guests attended the January 2007 show.
Please note that the NAMM show is not open to the general public.