The last part of my NAMM blog series includes booths that were not specifically aimed at bass players, but managed to attract our attention and intrigue us even amid the chaos and cacophony. You’ll also see some bass amplification, as well as a few well known faces we spotted randomly at booths.
The guys were doing good business even early in the morning.
These are music-themed lamps that change colour. Rather nice.
Buy all the bits loose, chuck them in your suitcase, assemble the bass once at home.
If you buy a colourful one you won’t lose sight of your instrument, even when you want to!
Another colourful booth.
Weird and very interesting.
This appeals to the metalhead in me! And they have right and left hands.
Besides the fancy plectrums, they also sell picks by the pound, for those who are always losing them.
One theme we noticed at NAMM 2018 was the number of booths offering aluminium-based guitars. This is the one we liked best.
Each of these is a work of art in itself!
Beats the egg cartons of yore.
Luthiers Beyond Limits
A special section for original designs.
This is still Klein Guitars, despite the poster in the background.
Yes, they had the wall of Marshalls, and people were having their photo taken in front of it, while playing their favourite air guitar.
Small, elegant and colour-coded. But you need tiny feet to operate a pedalboard full of these.
You definitely couldn’t miss the Orange booth. Excellent for finding your way around the hall. Oh, and the gear was great too.
The solution to a crowded pedalboard: it’s flat, it’s smooth, and you can slide your foot on the correct controls without hitting the wrong ones. The piece of paper with the effect names is customisable.
I’ll have all of those, please.
A number of different solutions for keeping cables tidy. Colourful and customisable.
Happy Jack really liked the Tanajura – percussion you can plug into an amp.
Another weird percussion instrument that makes perfect sense: you plug it into an amp, and then you can slap it with your ‘plucking’ hand, change the pitch with your ‘fretting’ hand (the holes mark the notes), or place it on a flat surface and use it as a normal percussion instrument.
This is the double bass version! He is sliding his foot along the bottom of the stick.
While the basses look normal, the guitars certainly don’t.
Another clever accessory for pedalboards: add wings to knobs, and turn then with your feet.
The photo below was taken early in the morning, when the metronomes were off.
Then, during the show, they were all activated.
No two metronomes were ticking in unison! 😀
The choice of recording devices, and weird bits to add on top, is fascinating.
Woodwind and Brass
The area was much quieter than it could have been! Some Chinese companies alongside more traditional European names and US distributors.
Well, this was big.
I do mean big! Hopefully not too heavy, though.
The Drums Section
There was a thoroughly captivating area dedicated to drums and percussion. We loved it.
Need a cymbal? Have a few hundred instead.
(Photos below by Happy Jack)
Tempted to buy one of these spiral cymbals for your drummer? We were.
Stars at Booths
Random signings and performances! There were many more, but these are the ones we could take photos of.
Happy Jack spotted Bootsy at three different stands while he was walking around. Perhaps Bootsy was secretly following him.
On Friday, the Tsunami Cables booth had none other than Cody Wright and Andy Irvine playing bass together to the delight of bystanders.
Lee Sklar was being interviewed at the Warwick booth.
Skid Row were signing autographs at the Reunion Blues booth.
There was a lot more happening than I’ve managed to show here, but there is a limit to how many photos can be published from one event! Thank you for reading so far.
Next, the London Bass Guitar Show 2018!