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Harmony Central Winter NAMM 2020 Photo Thread

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Thanks Chris! 

And here we go with Phil's Photos from Winter NAMM 2020. I was only able to attend for a single day this year, and my time was a bit limited, so unfortunately I didn't get as many photos as I usually do, and I didn't get to see everything - my apologies to the companies I wasn't able to visit, and to you, the viewer, for any cool things you wanted to see that I didn't get. 

With that aside, let's get this started. 

One of the first things I saw was Craig Anderton, along with Gibson's / HC's Dendy Jarrett...

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Dendy is growing his hair out again, and won the Rock N Roll makeover of the year award from JC Curleigh, Gibson's new CEO. 

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This was sitting in the hall outside of the Gibson booth - it's a giant guitar sculpture, made out of guitar parts... 

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As they did last year, the Gibson booth had demonstrations from some of their luthiers - here's one working on binding... 

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An Epiphone SG with a Vibrola... also note the revised dove-style headstock shape. This is from Epiphone's new Inspired By Gibson series. 

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USA made Epiphones? Yes... in the form of Casinos and Texans. 

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Gibson had a separate (and much quieter) booth dedicated to acoustics this year. 

 

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I want one of these cute little Hummingbird ukes... 

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Speaking of JC, here he is - obscured by glare. Oops. :o 

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Another picture of JC Curleigh hanging out with Epiphone artist Jared James Nichols, who appears to be holding a Klon. Sorry, I don't recognize the beverage. 

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More Epiphones. 

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And more Gibsons... 

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Apparently these Flying V's were flying so fast, the camera couldn't capture them without the blur... ;) :o 

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Here's one from Kramer... 

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The new Sheryl Crow signature acoustic... 

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The Epi Lil' Tex looks like a cool little travel-sized guitar. 

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When I resized the photos to fit on the site, it messed up the sequencing of them, so these are not in the order they were taken - my apologies. :o

This is a shot from over in the acoustic piano room - which is huge and features multiple manufacturers... 

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I thought these little child-sized acoustic grand shaped digital pianos from Brazil's Digital Acordes were really cute. They sounded pretty good too, and have full-sized keys, but the rest of the instrument is downsized... 

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When I first went to the Fender booth, they weren't letting anyone other than dealers in, so I had to go back later... 

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Like I said, out of sequence. This is me, in the latest Gibson throne - this one is also made entirely of guitar parts - including the footrest. I kind of cringed as I was getting into position - standing on guitar bodies is a new and rather uncomfortable experience... 

 

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Over at the PreSonus booth, which is upstairs in the new North Hall. 

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The new PreSonus ioStation 24c combines a Faderport AND an audio interface in one cool little desktop unit. 

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Meanwhile, over in the Solid State Logic booth... 

 

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This one is for my buddy Anton... the new SSL 2 USB audio interface... 

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Way out of sequence... Gibson accessories. 

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This is the entrance to the piano lounge... again, my apologies for the sequencing. :o 

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A better overall view of the child-sized pianos from Digital Acordes. Yes, they have a four octave keyboard. 

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It's NAMM, which means that none more black is always in style... so here's an appropriate picture. 

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File this one under "none more blurry." 

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My good friend Gus Lozada over at the PreSonus booth... 

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Apparently, we've been magically transported back to the PreSonus booth... 

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Genelec

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Meanwhile over in the TASCAM booth, I noticed the first signs of a general trend that showed up in more than a few places in the show overall - vintage products on display. 

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My personal TASCAM 202 is a lowly mkIII - the mkVII was on display at Winter NAMM 2020.

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Do not try this with your mics at home... 

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If possible, please cover Hall E (as no one seems to ever cover it, and that's where some of the more interesting products are)

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Maxwell Smart wants one... 

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Soundking had several electronic drum kits on display. 

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And whoosh! We're back at Zoom... 

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Focusrite again... 

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And of course, Focusrite now owns ADAM Audio too... 

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They recently updated the ISA 828 to the Mk II version. 

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The E/V Booth. 

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A few of the Mice microphones were shown earlier... 

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SAE

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RCF

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D&B

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Remember what I said about there being more than a few booths with vintage products on display? TASCAM was the first booth I spotted where that was the case, but they weren't the only ones. But seeing these old Portastudios on display certainly brought back memories... 

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And of course, there are the modern versions... 

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Anyone remember the old Models 144 and 244? I never had one - but I did have a 246... 

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Dante spoken here. In fact, it seems like just about everyone in the larger pro audio world speaks Dante now... 

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TASCAM was showing a smaller version of the Model 24 and Model 16 SD card recorder / mixers called the Model 12. They've added DAW control capabilities... 

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The Model 24 really impressed me when I reviewed it... 

 

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Logickeyboard had some really cool DAW keyboards on display. 

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I'll have to go back and see if I can find a better / not blurred image in the Live Photo version on my iPad ... but this is Rick Beato. 

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DPA

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LaChapell Audio... 

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Need a flight case for something BIG? Check out ZCASE... 

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Ashley Audio... 

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DiGiCO

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