I'll just say it: I would hate to go to NAMM

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  1. VintagePlayerStrat

    VintagePlayerStrat Supporting Member

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    From the vids I've seen, looks like GC in the 90s, on steroids. Too loud to hear yourself think from all the random riffing and so much naked capitalism I'd probably puke on someone's all access badge.

    I know there's plenty of cool stuff being shown for the first time, but all of that is going to trickle out over the next months anyway, accompanied by player experiences and reviews that are actually useful.

    YMMV, and nobody invited me to NAMM anywho. Just thought I'd be contrarian. ; )
     
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  2. Motherfuzzer

    Motherfuzzer Supporting Member

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    I bet it’s like a sausage party at the mall during Christmas time.
     
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  3. musicallyinclined81

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    I would love to go to NAMM.... there, I said it.. :D
     
  4. tonedover

    tonedover Silver Supporting Member

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    oh i agree, OP
    definitely not a place i would mentally like to be
    the on site gear videos are good enough for me (when u can hear what is being said)
     
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  5. SubApathy

    SubApathy Supporting Member

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    You should want to go, so you can..."0-3-5"
     
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    Is this the appropriate time for an “okay boomer”?
     
  7. Phopper

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    I always thought NAMM was aimed at people in the industry so they (manufactures) could show their product to a market that they might not otherwise have access to. Not necessarily to your average consumer.
     
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  8. DisasterArea

    DisasterArea Owner, Disaster Area Designs and Alexander Pedals

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    Speaking as someone who just finished his fifth NAMM (11th including Summer NAMMs) it’s pretty brutal. But it’s also definitely not geared towards end consumers. Buyers show up to check out the gear and take meetings. Sometimes cool artists come by, and there are the Generation Next kids who usually surprise us (check my insta stories as soon as I can get WiFi.)

    I would also hate to go, it’s a lot of people and pretty stressful, but it’s my job so I do the absolute best I can. If any of you come to NAMM I’ll be there to say hello and let you try our pedals.
     
  9. Timtam

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    It's just a trade show, with new guitar stuff and lots of people you either know/don't know/want to/don't care. If you're really enthusiastic about seeing new gear in the flesh before everyone else, and the people, then it could be cool. If you're not, and maybe your employer makes you go (remembering it's in Anaheim FFS), I expect it's amongst the most tedious ways to spend several full days you can imagine. On the youtube NAMM videos you can almost feel the painted-on enthusiasm from repeat attendees for the twice-a-year shows. Norm Harris's vid today didn't hide his contempt for the exercise ... I suspect that's closer to the truth for most attendees. In the old days there would have been a lot of business (ie orders) transacted at the shows; these days that's presumably not as common.

    I'm interested in knowing what's being released. I'd probably enjoy going once (only). But choosing which YT NAMM vids I want to watch is much easier.
     
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  10. LordThurisaz

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    Oh no, not capitalism!
     
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    If it’s like any conference I have been to, there is a lot of late night drinking,..... I can’t imagine a worse hell than NAMM when hungover.
     
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    skipper2101 Silver Supporting Member

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  13. longgonedaddy

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    It was my first year, and it was quite an experience. Both positive and negative. Yes, definitely geared to the industry, not the end consumer. One stand I stopped at pointedly asked me if I was affiliated with a shop, told them no, and they resumed talking among themselves. They weren’t even interested in telling me about their products.

    Other negative things were the volume, crowds and showoffing. The volume isn’t quite what you think, it wasn’t the decibel level, but it was the sheer amount of things making noise. Add to that, 100 drummers all playing a different rhythm, and it was tiring. Thursday and today were fine, as far as attendance. Friday was tolerable, and Saturday was effing crowded.

    Positives outweighed the negatives by quite a bit. Notably, I was able to meet Brian Wampler, Scott from BMF, the whole crew from Surfybear. I’ve know Brian online since 2003 or so, back in the indyguitarist days, and it was great to actually meet him. Scott from BMF knew me from here, once I said my username, and was very accommodating to my questions and gave me a ton of attention that I’m not really sure he had the time to do. The surfy team was very welcoming, as I spent a lot of time there, just listening to their products.

    I got to meet my friends’ connections in the industry, some fantastic people that really made the experience special.

    and I got to try out some pedals and other gear I may never have another opportunity to try without buying blindly.

    If I get an invite next year, I will come again
     
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  14. 3waytie4last

    3waytie4last Unfluencer Gold Supporting Member

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    Sooze took some great photos in his thread. That's good enough for me and about as close as I need to get.
     
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    Me too!
     
  16. jimijimmyjeffy

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    I laughed the first time it was used. But if I never hear that ageist phrase again it will be too soon. Once to be funny is fine. As a tool for bigoted haters of innocents, not so much.
     
  17. Digital Larry

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    But, maybe some people really like slap bass solos?
     
  18. OPENYOUREYES

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    i agree and wouldnt want to go.If i was a famous /richdude i would love to go and just buy everything i want.
     
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  19. Zer0beaT

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    I'm going to be honest here, I can't afford to buy a car even though I'm a grown adult (41)

    When I was a kid I went to the Toronto International Auto Show and loved every second of it. Stood next to an F40 and asked all kinds of kid questions to the guy guarding it (how much do the tires cost to change?)

    I'm not a gear head really, but I certainly admire automobiles and like getting into cars and checking them out (at a show)

    So last year I went again for the first time since I was a kid. LOVED IT! Yes it was loud and crazy but holy **** I had a blast at the auto show.

    So imagine going to NAMM and you're an actual gear head (guitars in this case and all their related accessories like amps, pedals lol)

    Can you imagine?

    I would LOVE to go to NAMM is what I'm saying.

    I wish there was an equivalent in my corner of the earth.
     
  20. drifterphase

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    It is a well documented fact that communist and socialist music trade shows are far superior to NAMM.
     

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