So Cal folks ...NAMM!

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  1. edward

    edward Supporting Member

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    Sorry for posting here, but lots of traffic here and I know you guys are "in the know!"

    So I've wanted to see NAMM for, oh, maybe 3 decades now and am finally getting a chance to go!! Any tips as to how to navigate the place, what to see, or simply how to get the most out of just one day? Any help greatly appreciated!!!
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    Edward
     
  2. mds

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    Um...its the biggest loudest room you'll ever be in. Bring ear plugs and comfortable shoes. Hard to see everything in one day....there is a lot of "crap" though you can skip....Make sure to go downstair where the smaller companies are...thats where most the cool stuff is...
     
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    Please take lots of pictures.
     
  4. Roccaforte Amps

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    lots of butt twitchers walking around too;)LOL
    For me it's like being in a Casino, after the first
    20 minutes my ears start ringing.
    I skip every couple of shows, and then go again.
     
  5. sparkle**

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    Make a list of everything you want to see before you go...

     
  6. Dana Olsen

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    Good Advice - make a list. It's even better to make a list, then 'map out' your route by looing up those locations in the NAMM guidebook to avoid cris-crossing - it's a REALLY BIG place.

    At least for your, say, top 4 priorities.

    Dana O.
     
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    In the exhibitor manual, it says sound levels can not exceed 85dB.

    I totally understand why, but thats got to give an advantage to amp makers with low-watt amp focus.
     
  8. GVDub

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    The average background noise level at NAMM is more than 85dB. Earplugs are a must.

    Bear in mind that NAMM is not designed to be a show for end users, but for the trade and is a chance (in some cases, the only chance) for small companies to present their product to the larger world. What does this mean to you? It means that, even though most companies don't have a problem with showing stuff to those individual users who manage to finagle a badge or to folks whose interest is more along the lines of "I would like one of these for myself", their principal reason to be there is to try and sell larger amounts of gear to dealers and distributors. So be aware of who else is in any booth that you're checking out. The badges are usually color-coded, and one of the colors is for buyers. If someone with a buyer's badge is in a booth talking to the folks, be polite and back off to give them a chance to do business. It increases the chances that they'll be able to grow their business and keep returning to the NAMM show.
     
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    dont wast a lot of time looking at the hot chicks with big boobs. ITs really hard not to do.
     
  10. guitardr

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    mds & Dana have it down...
    Before you go: have a light breakfast, dress comfy with good walkin' shoes, and pack some righteous ear plugs.

    Once you get the floor plan & map: pick your top faves and make it as E-Z as possible by routing your walkin' plan & hit your marks. Second day hit the biggies and see if they're breaking any ground.

    Then after the sojourn get back here and give your brethren the skinny on it all.
     
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    whattt .. 85db :)

    my regular playing level with the band way exceeds that i think :|

    i'll be there :)

    woohoo picking up my custom bass :D can't wait eh ..
     
  13. innocent_bystander

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    i want to go.... anybody have a spare pass.... pm me
     
  14. SatelliteAmps

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    85db has always been the limit, but it is rarely followed. There is also supposed to be a limit as to how long a company can go over the db limit per hour. There is also a big limit on how the show is only for industry, not for any end users (friends, or even industry insiders). It never happens. There are always guys swapping passes with friends so they can get everyone in.

    If you are going to do the NAMM show, figure out a few places you HAVE to see. Leave plenty of time for roaming and stuff you never would have thought about wanting to see. Wear comfortable shoes. Be polite. If you can go for a few days, take a break in the middle, and leave the show for lunch or something. Hit the Vintage Show, or the Guitar Geek Fest (always amazing). If you are demoing any gear, try to remember EVERYONE else in the show, and give others a chance.

    Try to have fun, and say hi to anyone you want to. Industry guys like to know they are being recognized (I'll be the guy in the black Satellite Amp's shirt, just in case.....)
     
  15. Dana Olsen

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    A follow up thought: NAMM is a great place to SEE new gear.

    It's a TERRIBLE place to TRY OUT new gear, or any gear. There are always volume police around, and one can rarely turn up an amp. Exceptions are at booths where the dislplayers have built a somewhat soundproofed room, and those are getting more popular, but still ... You can play a guitar to see how it feels, but hearing how it sounds is gonna be a problem. You might have to wait an hour to hear it through an amp for 30 seconds at low volume. The 85db protocol, while rarely followed strictly, is VERY QUIET for those of us who are used to playing with a drummer, even a quiet one, and the background noise level is stunning - it's louder on the floor walking around than it is waiting for the headliner to come onstage at a concert.

    You don't want to think of NAMM as a big music store - it's more like a very very big music warehouse, with tons of potential customers walking around inside it, nearly all of whom have agendas to meet while they're there, including builders and manufacturers.

    If one is a music industry watchdog, NAMM is very very interesting. There are also some great talents doing demos at some of the booths - that can be really cool too.

    Two of my cents worth, Dana O.
     
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    1. Get an exhibitor guide as soon as you arrive, review it quickly to look for exhibitors you most want to see. Some may not be listed (sometimes the listings are wrong), but you don't need to waste time looking for someone who's not there this year. When you are about to leave, review it again to make sure you saw all the exhibits you wanted. If you want to be well organized, mark up the floor map in the booklet with the spots you want to see so you can go room by room efficiently.

    2. Bring ear plugs. Perhaps some Tylenol or aspirin; headaches are common after hours of walking and noise.

    3. Bring some cash, if you want to offer to buy a "NAMM show special". Note that on the last day some exhibitors sell of floor models so they don't have to haul the stuff home. I've made some good deals (but I live in LA so it's easy to take the stuff home with me).

    4. Bring a small camera, if you like.

    5. Often the most interesting new stuff for guitar is downstairs. Don't miss it.

    6. Get there as early as possible, since the parking fills up quickly, particularly on Saturday.

    7. There are scheduled live performances at various exhibitors; check to see if someone you enjoy is playing and you may be able to see them very close up.

    8. At even the most popular booths there is usually an eb and flow. If the place is packed, come back later when it's less crowded.

    These are off the top of my head. Been going since 1984. Don't know if I'll make it this year, however.
     
  17. Scumback Speakers

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    If you have to try new gear, find one that has a soundproof (well almost) booth/room. Otherwise you can only look, feel or drool on it (that includes the girls with the big boobs and scanty clothing).
     
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    The show is everything music, the amount of stuff on display is immense.
    Be sure to get a schedule of the artist demos. You will see some A list players on tiny stages wailing away.
    If you are there as a tourist/guest/end user let the manufacturers talk to the buyers. that what the show is really about.
    Take pictures, show and tell your friends. Help the products get known.
    Be careful in the sound rooms, It can be devastingly loud.
    Go to Loffler's after the show and buy a few rounds
     
  19. Jray

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    Traffic blows and parking sucks. This is all somewhat short-lived though. Patience is the key. The weather out here has been great over the past few days, and I believe this pattern with continue. Aside from NAMM, bring a variety of clothes, i.e. include shorts and polo/t-shirts etc... . That way if you get burned out, you can head down to the beach or other places for a break. Make sure to bring a few of your fav guitar picks, in case you drop/lose a few by way of the "in the pocket - outta the pocket" process. There are a billion instruments, and if you are particular to a certain type of pick make sure to bring a couple. Of course the Company who manufactures the picks you use will more than likely be there. If you can manage, bring your own water bottle (can't remmy if they don't allow it). Water is $$$$. Gum or breath mints (if needed) are a plus; especially if you like to talk with folks much. I'm sure I'll have more later, but that is it for now. Good luck and see ya there! Cheers
     
  20. edward

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    Hey, good advice on the business courtesy. I respect that, thanks!

    All,
    Great advice, thanks a bunch! ...can't wait!!!

    Edward
     

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