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Winter NAMM 2016 - Official Show Report

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Warm Audio was turning quite a few heads with their newest offering, the WA-2A - a tube onto compressor featuring CineMag transformers. Yes, there are plenty of LA2A emulations and clones out there, but in Warm's already highly popular line, this promises to be their next BIG seller. I'm hoping to get a pair myself!

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    Ernest Buckley commented
    01-24-2016, 07:14 PM


    Whats the street price and when will it be shipping?


 

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Of course, Moog's little hippie booth featured the Mother 32 in all it's glory. What's this? A 4-rack version? Yep. In tolex? Yep! Sheer beauty! I'm hoping to see these on the market very soon.

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Originally posted by Matthew Mann View Post

As I mentioned before, Dave Smith Instruments wowed us with the new Tom Oberheim OB-6. Initial impression are: I HAVE TO GET ONE! 16x16_smiley-lol.png They sound as good as they look (love the Oberheim Blue) and blew my socks off when I finally got to play it. I'll make a full report as soon as I can get my hands on one for further....umm...."testing"!

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So far the demos are absolutely beautiful. DSI is killing my wallet.

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Huh...I got my password reset and all of my account info is gone expect for my join date....I had something like 22k posts and a signature and an avatar and whatnot...In any event, here is a short demo I did of the Yamaha Revstar guitar and THR100 amp:

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Adding to Matthew Mann's touch on Moog's booth, It was probably the most "thinking outside of the box" booth there. Very hippy-dippy and simple. Plain ply-wood sandwich boards with cool retro-posters, etc.

 

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So back to some more drums.

 

Anyone feeling porky today? Our buddy Bill D had a fantastic looking booth at Pork Pie Drums. Interestingly, everything in his booth was sold before the "real" show opened (from preview day). I think he will be very busy for some time to come building drums!

 

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This "play" on the old top hat and cane covering of the 1940s is unique in that the gold sparkle is produced courtesy of ground up (rejected) cymbals! Very recycle friendly and a cool look.

 

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Personally, I really liked this duco kit:

 

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Zynaptiq's "Unmix Drums" was, by far, my favorite software plugin from NAMM 2016. This thing is absolute Audio Voodoo Magic. It can remove or enhance drums in a stereo mix...even one that's already been mastered. I didn't believe it until I saw it (and heard it) for myself. Fantastic for remixing or drum replacement when the session isn't available! Check it out at:http://www.zynaptiq.com/unmixdrums.

 

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Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post

Drop me a PM with your original account info (including old email and new one if you've changed that) and I'll try to get you sorted out Mark. wave.gif

Thanks! Dendy reminded me that I had changed email addresses so here I am back in my original account. Sorry for the confusion!

 

 

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What got my vote as the most innovative product in the drum industry at this year's show is Roland's Electric Acoustic Cajon! I have one en-route to review.

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Cleanest booth award goes to Rickenbacker. The booth looked so clean and uncluttered. You'll note however the red tape on the tips of the lucite guitar hangers. They could have been about 3 feet higher as folks were walking into the pointed ends. Talk about "you'll shoot your eye out!"

 

But I still loved the clean lines of the booth.

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Coolest "man, I wish I owned that" drum at the show was a 1930's Ludwig & Ludwig on display at the NAMM Museum.

 

Man, I wish I owned this drum!!

 

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One of my favorite things at the show was the Xotic Scott Henderson signature RC Booster. I've used the original RC Booster in my live rig continuously for the last 10 years (I actually bought my first one in their booth at the 2005 Winter NAMM and I have a second one now too) and this is the perfect "in the gig bag" pedal for me. It takes a product I've played several hundred gigs with over the last decade and made it even more useful.

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I was playing through a reissue Fender Deluxe Reverb in their booth.

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The Natal Booth sporting some new drums. Cafe' Racer Series and this one in British Racing Green.

 

All the drums I saw at this show are in a Tulip Wood, which Josh Touchton explained is not the same as Tulip Poplar. Rather a different "softer" wood that reminded me of the old Jasper shells from years gone by. They had a very warm sound but distinctive attack.

 

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I really dug this little kit with Natal's new flat based hardware. This kit suits me just fine.

 

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From the back:

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And finally, Some very nice dual finish striped lacquer finishes:

 

Orange/Silver Strip-

 

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Creme Cycle-

 

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And a cool wall of drums color options

 

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Tama Booth was hoping. Missing was my contact who has moved on to another drum company. (The faces stay the same, ... where they work changes - in this industry.)

 

Star Bubinga in Wild Sea Blue Bosse

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StarClassic Performer B/B Limited Edition Exotix - Black Lacebark Pine

 

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Marching Drums!!

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There was no signage on this kit, but I am a sucker for the old duco look!

 

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SuperStar Classic - Bright Orange Sparkle:

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StarClassic Maple Exotix - Figured Caribbean Blue Fade:

 

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StarClassic Bubinga Exotix- Jungle Quilted Bubinga Burst

 

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How about a little Iron Cobra action?

 

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Wall of Color:

 

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Ludwig certainly is proof positive of the old saying "what's old is new again" and "what goes around ... comes around."

They are also proof that being tenacious and fighting the good fight is the right approach.

 

They were back in full force again this year with some great innovative and retro offerings.

 

This was the kit everyone wanted their picture in front of - The Alex Van Halen Kit:

 

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The model number was L6103LX80 but I failed to get the model name - but a cool retro kit nonetheless:

 

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More Ludwig Retro Gear

 

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And we see the return of Rainbow Vista-lites. I am so taken back to 1977.

 

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More Ludwig:

 

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Love this retro look!

 

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Ludwig Club Date

 

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Great Entry Level Kit offerings:

 

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QuestLove Kit!

 

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Ludwig Classic Maple

 

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NAMM had over 100,000 humanoid bipeds passing through. This had two immediate effects, aside from stressing out the escalators: The line to get coffee was so long you would fall asleep before you obtained the coffee needed to wake up, and if you had to go to the bathroom, it was best to plan in advance.

 

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If you think this is a lot of people...you should have seen the show floor on Saturday.

 

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This one's for Phil O'Keefe. I just know he'd rather have those big, manly knobs instead of a mouse and QWERTY keyboard.

 

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Danelectro guitars are always fun. These are co-habitating with some Mosrites.

 

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My daughter was sufficiently fascinated by this she forgot to identify it.

 

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Check out the detailing...anyone know where this comes from?

 

 

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Moving onward with the guitars...Traveller guitars look sufficiently crazed to make the cut for "NAMM report-worthy image.

 

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Now, let me tell you, Dendy is a great guy. Always positive, fun to work with, and despite being a drummer, can formulate complete sentences. However, when he took a photo of the Rickenbacker booth, it was to show us that it was the neatest booth at the show. Dude...we want guitars! My daughter's always liked Ricks because I have a blonde 360 12-string, so she was happy to oblige. Admission: I never got a 6-string Rickenbacker, but I modeled one in the Gibson FBX...and no one can tell the difference. Keep the secret to yourself, okay?.

 

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And if you're a long-time follower of HC NAMM show reports, you'll be happy to know that Mats Nermark and I did a Hall E crawl this year...I'll post the video as soon as it's done. Meanwhile, to give you a little of that Hall E vibe, how about some...ukuleles?

 

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My daughter'sfirst guitar was a Paul Reed Smith SE, her second a Gibson Dark Fire. Then she wanted a classical guitar, and Mitch Gallagher from Sweetwater (hi Mitch!) recommended a Cordoba. She loves it. I must say, it's really good and the price was right.

 

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