|The entrance to NAMM 2013 at the Anaheim Convention Center.|
|Me with Jimmy Degrasso in the DW drum booth at NAMM 2013|
That said, from what I did manage to take in, I want to give you my low-down on three key topics: Most Interesting New Gear, Most Impressive Vendor Booth, and Most Unexpected Innovation.
1) Most Interesting New Gear: TRU TUNER
I am a guitarist, but surprisingly the most interesting new gear I saw at NAMM this year was the Tru Tuner Drum Tuner. This thing improves workflow by 100% for most drummers and allows them to tighten all of their lugs at once, ensuring equal amounts of screw turns and thus even tuning around all lugs. More information can be found on their website and in this YouTube video, plus you can reference my video below to see how it works.
|(By the way -- this suspended drum mic was|
my 2nd runner up for "Most Interesting")
2) Most Impressive Vendor Booth: TC HELICON
Points North putting on an incredible show on both the days I attended the show. This alone was a great move and drew large crowds in each instance of playing, including the video I shot below. Second, they had informative video screens with solid information along with some cool new products to show off. Finally, Tom Lang was there – the dude in most of their product demo videos you have probably seen before on the TC Helicon website. Cool!
|Me with Eric Barnett of Points North at NAMM 2013.|
3) Most Unexpected Innovation: HOT HAND 3 UNIVERSAL WIRELESS EFFECTS CONTROLLER
|Rows of PRS Guitars at NAMM 2013.|