January 26, 2014 - Anaheim, California: The NAMM Show Wraps
The 2014 NAMM Show has just concluded and my head is spinning!
Emerging brands, growth in pro audio and the music technology category, and an increase in international exhibitors, converged for the second -highest exhibiting company number ever. In total there were 1,533 exhibiting companies representing 5,010 Brands. Meeting those brands was a 2% increase in buyers over 2013. Buyers arrived in Anaheim focused on rebuilding inventory after a strong school music season, and on building up categories currently experiencing strong consumer demand. In total, 96,129 members of the music product industry registered for the 2014 NAMM Show.
There were an incredible number of new products introduced this year. Here are a few 'stand-outs.'
Electro-Voice Live X 15" Powered Speakers: The EV booth featured an amazing, sound-proof, demo room. Their demo of these speakers really let me hear, and feel, what these bad boys could do. They are truly awesome. Get to your local music gear store and give them a listen.
Traveler Guitar Acoustic AG-105: I do a lot of flying with my guitar. I love the idea of having a small guitar that will fitmore easily into the overhead on a plane. I was really impressed with the performance of this guitar. Both acoustically and plugged into the PA, it delivered. It's perfect for camping, or any other place where a full-size guitar just doesn't work. I'm getting one.