PDA

View Full Version : Winter NAMM 2009; pictures from the floor



Ted Eschliman
Jan-16-2009, 8:32am
Winter NAMM starts in the mild SoCal clime. News of 20 below wind chills make this a pretty welcome place to be, even though most of my days are indoors. My task is to bring pictures of cool mando gear; understand it's a tough place to actually audition the instruments. The ambient noise is as overwhelming and unsettling as some of the outfits the participants wear.
Starting in Hall E, with a bevy of Breedloves:

Ted Eschliman
Jan-16-2009, 8:34am
Next, the Weber booth. Didn't have a chance to talk to Tony or Bruce, but it's on my list today:

Ted Eschliman
Jan-16-2009, 8:35am
Collings; I couldn't get a picture of the Fs, there was always a crowd standing in front of them.

Ted Eschliman
Jan-16-2009, 8:36am
Cool National Resonator:

Mandobar
Jan-16-2009, 8:36am
ted, what happened with the oval holt MT? did it make it to the show?

Ted Eschliman
Jan-16-2009, 8:39am
This is something I must check out closer later; Elleuke electric mandolins. Some of these have MP3 jacks you can plug your accompaniments in. Unfortunately, the instruments weren't set up very well the first morning of the show. Cool look, though.

Ted Eschliman
Jan-16-2009, 8:40am
Caraya, an "import" company

Ted Eschliman
Jan-16-2009, 8:42am
One Hofner (import) mandolin

Ted Eschliman
Jan-16-2009, 8:43am
Gianinni Bandolims (only a couple)

MikeEdgerton
Jan-16-2009, 8:44am
Look at the differences in the scrolls on those mandolins from the Caraya company. The one in the middle is awful, the one next to it not too bad.

Ted Eschliman
Jan-16-2009, 8:44am
Shameless plug at Mel Bay…

Ted Eschliman
Jan-16-2009, 8:45am
Dunlop picks under glass. Amazing how many styles they make.

Ted Eschliman
Jan-16-2009, 8:46am
Michael Kelly wall.

Ted Eschliman
Jan-16-2009, 8:49am
Sean Chase and the new Dawg Bacorn. Sweet little ax. I know what the 3rd mando in the Dawg collection is going to be, but I ain't telling.

Ted Eschliman
Jan-16-2009, 8:51am
Couple of the Loar Models, and an entry level Savanah Army/Navy knock-off.

Ted Eschliman
Jan-16-2009, 8:54am
Larrivee. Much improved cosmetics since the last one I saw a couple years ago.

Ted Eschliman
Jan-16-2009, 8:55am
Wall of Kentucky.

Ted Eschliman
Jan-16-2009, 8:57am
Good to see Jeff Cowherd at J Bovier. This is the 3rd African Zebrawood F I've seen. Most impressive.

Ted Eschliman
Jan-16-2009, 8:59am
At the Gibson booth, the (relatively) new Victorian and a Sam Bush model.

Ted Eschliman
Jan-16-2009, 9:04am
This was the first of a four day show. I'm out here on my store business (http://musicincmag.com/Resources/the_experts/ted_eschliman/ted_2009.html), so I really don't have a lot of time to pick, nor is the environment conducive to close aural scrutiny. At least I can snap some pictures. Maybe more later...

Larry S Sherman
Jan-16-2009, 9:07am
Cool National Resonator:

It looks like the early reports are correct, and National Resophonics has moved from the art deco style headstock decals to a badge emblem.

Larry

sgarrity
Jan-16-2009, 9:20am
The Breedloves are looking good! I know it's out there a little but I really like the FF design.

JEStanek
Jan-16-2009, 9:31am
Thanks a bunch, Ted. I've never been a fan of the Breedlove bursts. I prefer their natural finish but that pale brown one looks great. And let me be the first to seriously d r o o l over the Dawg Bacorn model. any skinny on MSRP? Very nice.

Jamie

Ken Olmstead
Jan-16-2009, 10:21am
The Bacorn model is simply SWEET! Nice job by Eastman!

TomTyrrell
Jan-16-2009, 10:43am
Does the price tag on that Savanah Army/Navy knock-off really say $199.99? Could be another answer to that age old "I need a beater" question...

Brad Weiss
Jan-16-2009, 10:50am
Sean Chase and the new Dawg Bacorn. Sweet little ax. I know what the 3rd mando in the Dawg collection is going to be, but I ain't telling.


Gotta be a cylinderback! Or a Hofner. No, the cylinderback. Right??
;)

mrmando
Jan-16-2009, 11:02am
Sean Chase and the new Dawg Bacorn. Sweet little ax.
Er ... that's Bacon, as in lettuce and tomato. Roger Bacorn is a custom builder from New York.

mrmando
Jan-16-2009, 11:08am
This is something I must check out closer later; Elleuke electric mandolins.

I'm guessing that's Eleuke (http://www.eleuke.com/index.html), a Japanese company that already has a line of electric ukuleles. The Japanese answer to Risa?

Jim MacDaniel
Jan-16-2009, 11:22am
Does the price tag on that Savanah Army/Navy knock-off really say $199.99? Could be another answer to that age old "I need a beater" question...

Related questions:
1) Is it all laminated, or solid-top & laminated back & sides?
2) Do they offer a hardshell or foam case for it? (one that might perhaps fit Flatirons and Travelers? ;) )

JEStanek
Jan-16-2009, 1:08pm
Martin thanks for the clarification. MMMmmm Bacon ahhhhhh.

Jamie

Stephen Lind
Jan-16-2009, 1:18pm
that National could bury a banjo
with single notes on the A strings
i was amazed at how loud it was in proportion to the other strings

also had the D'Adario rep explain the new EXPs
the coating is about 2/3 thinner than the old ones and much more evenly applied
they had a cross section blown up picture that showed the difference
a real improvement
they sound very much like regular J74's

Spruce
Jan-16-2009, 1:26pm
Thanks for sucking up all that fluorescent lighting and noise for the cause, Ted... :mandosmiley:

Steevarino
Jan-16-2009, 1:41pm
Does the price tag on that Savanah Army/Navy knock-off really say $199.99?

Uh-oh,... looks like maybe I should just close up shop. First Dobro moves most of their Hound Dogs to China (causing me a great loss of revenue in parts), and now this. It's dang hard for an American company to compete with Chinese labor. Of course, I am not using children, prisoners, or otherwise slave labor to help make our flatties!

And then there is the subject of quality of materials, quality of tone, quality of build, resale value, all that.

Maybe things will be alright after all...

Steve Smith
www.CumberlandAcoustic.com
www.RedLineReso.com

MikeEdgerton
Jan-16-2009, 1:43pm
There will always be a market for better built instruments.

Larry S Sherman
Jan-16-2009, 1:51pm
Uh-oh,... looks like maybe I should just close up shop. Maybe things will be alright after all...

Steve Smith
www.CumberlandAcoustic.com
www.RedLineReso.com

I think your Traveler mando looks great...quality build, etc. After reading the review in Vintage Guitar I couldn't help fantasizing about the possibility of a mandolin version of a seafoam green Red Line Rambler deluxe reso mandolin (round neck). That would be sweeeeet!!!

Larry

Don Grieser
Jan-16-2009, 1:59pm
Eastman Bacon....the first scratch and sniff mandolin? :grin:

mandroid
Jan-16-2009, 2:32pm
#6 with the F holes front and back, is a curious build , indeed. :popcorn:

GRW3
Jan-16-2009, 2:43pm
I hope that Bacon Artist sounds good because I'm afraid that's the blind date your mother says has a 'great personality'. YMMV.


Is that distressed Weber a Yellowstone? My local dealer said he was getting a distressed Weber from NAMM and I wonder if that's the one. I've become partial to the Cremona finish on my Eastman and this looks like a Cremona too.

mrmando
Jan-16-2009, 3:30pm
#6 with the F holes front and back, is a curious build , indeed. :popcorn:

They go all the way through the body. Like the infamous Ross Teigen (http://www.emando.com/builders/Teigen.htm) 4-string.

uncle ken
Jan-16-2009, 4:50pm
I played quite a few of those shown in the pictures on Thursday. It's the only day that you probably have a chance to hear something because of all the racket there. Luckily the Weber booth was near a quiet corner downstairs this year. As usual they always have the best sounding stuff at NAMM, at least to my ears.

mandroid
Jan-16-2009, 6:14pm
re: #6 .. Ah, now I get it, a couple F shaped holes pierced in a solid body.

Jim MacDaniel
Jan-16-2009, 8:29pm
re: #6 .. Ah, now I get it, a couple F shaped holes pierced in a solid body.

Sort of the emando equivalent of this...

jefflester
Jan-16-2009, 8:42pm
This is something I must check out closer later; Elleuke electric mandolins. Some of these have MP3 jacks you can plug your accompaniments in. Unfortunately, the instruments weren't set up very well the first morning of the show. Cool look, though.
They look like solidbodies with the f-holes all the way through? Intersting approach. Though the F-shaped red one doesn't appear to have a magnetic pickup so it seems like it couldn't be solid.

Did this company appear out of nowhere? Or it is this company:
http://www.eleuke.com/

Edit: (oops, I was only reading page 1 and didn't see the other comments)

Ted Eschliman
Jan-16-2009, 9:47pm
Thanks for sucking up all that fluorescent lighting and noise for the cause, Ted... :mandosmiley:

Got that right, Bruce. End of 2nd day, and I don't know what hurts worse, my feet or my ears...

delsbrother
Jan-16-2009, 10:10pm
Sort of the emando equivalent of this...

http://xstrange.com/049050frontfull250.jpg

Ted, ever go to the Healdsburg festival? Or Montreal? I think it'd be fun to read one of your reports from somewhere more luthier-centric.

mrmando
Jan-16-2009, 10:15pm
Ah, the Eastwood reissues of Ampeg basses. All of you who missed my birthday, here's your chance...

Jim Garber
Jan-16-2009, 11:07pm
Sean Chase and the new Dawg Bacorn. Sweet little ax. I know what the 3rd mando in the Dawg collection is going to be, but I ain't telling.

I assume you mean Bacon and not the Roger Bacorn model. I am not a great typist either.

Man they nailed the finish on that one. I own an original and the sunburst looks just like that one. I hope I get to play one one day and compare to the original.

I know... they are making a Snow Queen model next. :)

delsbrother
Jan-17-2009, 1:33am
Those aren't Eastwoods! They're made in the US by Bruce Johnson (http://xstrange.com/) - or at least they used to be. Don't know if he's still building.

Pete Braccio
Jan-17-2009, 8:48pm
Hey Now!

I just got back to my friends house after spending a couple of hours at NAMM today. She let me borrow her camera and, since electrons are cheap, I took almost 170 pictures. Anyway, there are some shots of mandolins, a bunch of guitars, a handfull of basses, and two pictures of pennywhistles.

The site can be found here (http://web.me.com/braccio/Site/NAMM2009.html).

Enjoy!

Pete

sgarrity
Jan-17-2009, 8:57pm
The Collings oval hole F-style.....MAS is a terrible thing.

rekx
Jan-17-2009, 9:57pm
thanks for posting the pics!!

Ken Olmstead
Jan-17-2009, 11:26pm
The Collings oval hole F-style.....MAS is a terrible thing.


Yeah, you said it, man! That thing looks pretty tasty!

LVH
Jan-18-2009, 12:07am
I missed the collings f style oval hole can someone post a link or picture of one

Pete Braccio
Jan-18-2009, 12:53am
Hi Luke,

I thought the link might be too subtle in my original post.

My NAMM2009 Picture Web SIte (http://web.me.com/braccio/Site/NAMM2009.html)

Pete

SChase@EastmanStrings
Jan-20-2009, 2:10pm
Thanks a bunch, Ted. I've never been a fan of the Breedlove bursts. I prefer their natural finish but that pale brown one looks great. And let me be the first to seriously d r o o l over the Dawg Bacorn model. any skinny on MSRP? Very nice.

Jamie

$2695...available...uhhhh...soon

em guitars
Jan-21-2009, 5:30pm
http://xstrange.com/049050frontfull250.jpg

Ted, ever go to the Healdsburg festival? Or Montreal? I think it'd be fun to read one of your reports from somewhere more luthier-centric.

I used to have one of the original Ampegs. What a great bass. Regret having sold it, but it needed repairs that were beyond my abilities at the time. Maybe I'll just build one !
Eric.

mrmando
Jan-21-2009, 6:28pm
Any more photos, Ted?

jefflester
Feb-04-2009, 2:51pm
NAMM 2009 oddities (http://www.otheroom.com/namm/figure.html) (no mandolin content)

http://www.otheroom.com/namm/images/true_temp.jpg

mrmando
Feb-04-2009, 3:04pm
Compensated frets? Is that the next version of the Buzz Feiten tuning system?

Bob Borzelleri
Feb-04-2009, 11:05pm
NAMM 2009 oddities (http://www.otheroom.com/namm/figure.html) (no mandolin content)

http://www.otheroom.com/namm/images/true_temp.jpg

This is a variation on the compensated fret theory. The manufacturer has you play for 20 minutes on a digital fretboard and it maps your finger placement and then designs and builds a fretboard to correct your poor technique. :mandosmiley:

grandcanyonminstrel
Feb-05-2009, 10:57am
That thing makes a fanned fretboard look like childs play! I don't think I'll be returning any calls for that one if someone decides they need a refret.....

j.
www.condino.com

Dfyngravity
Feb-05-2009, 12:31pm
Where do you buy a saw to cut those fret slots?

Skip Kelley
Feb-13-2009, 10:14am
Where do you buy a saw to cut those fret slots?

Dang! I threw away a saw blade that looked just like that!

woodwizard
Feb-13-2009, 12:12pm
Great pics! Thanks for posting them. Wish I could be there...(understatement) How bout some more?