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    Default 2018 Winter NAMM Show

    We're NAMM bound tomorrow. The actual trade show starts Thursday so we'll be there meeting with our friends from Collings, Weber, Eastman, Gold Tone, Schertler, D'Addario, Hal Leonard Publishers and more. Gnarly street taco night at a total dive with the Northfield crew is rumored to be in the cards for the third year in a row.

    We've seen a few private announcements about new products but will wait until we add pictures and tell a more complete story.

    Ted Eschliman usually posts a few pictures as well so maybe we can get them all together within this thread.

    Posting this thread now but unlikely to be much content until later in the day Thursday but wanted to reserve something in case anyone wishes to comment.

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    Default Re: 2018 Winter NAMM Show

    Will you have a booth there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandolincelli View Post
    Will you have a booth there?
    No booth. The show is really for manufacturers, mostly. I'm just there as a member with a press pass networking.

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    LA is taco truck heaven, but beware, and I can eat whole jalapenos, some of the better trucks have salsa with a distinctive habanero vibe. Eater beware. There is a truck on York in Highland Park that will have you blasting off. Fortunately, beer joints abound.
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    Glad you're there, we'll appreciate the news...

    I'd be there too (had a couple of guest tickets offered), but we have a gig this weekend.

    Lots of eye candy, but my wife and I both say our already compromised hearing is thankful to not be there. Bring your hearing protection!
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    Really looking forward to the reports photos and a possible red leather pants sighting

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    I have heard that Gibson will not be setting up a booth.

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    Left 4 of Nebraska snow a day earlier to acclimate and rest up before the grueling 4 days of show ahead. Rough job, but someone has to do it.

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    Ted,

    I think I've stayed at that same Motel 6 before. I recognize the hot tub and swimming pool! Hope you're not staying in the "honeymoon" room with the king size, heart-shaped bed and mirrors on all the walls and ceiling...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Eschliman View Post
    Left 4 of Nebraska snow a day earlier to acclimate and rest up before the grueling 4 days of show ahead. Rough job, but someone has to do it.

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    Be careful. No Tone Guard on Duty.

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    Default Re: 2018 Winter NAMM Show

    Maybe a dumb question, but how does a regular guy/gal get tickets to NAMM? Or is this even possible? Would love to attend one of these years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caleb View Post
    Maybe a dumb question, but how does a regular guy/gal get tickets to NAMM? Or is this even possible? Would love to attend one of these years.
    Entry requires membership but members can extend a few free badges to individuals technically assumed to be business associates. Of course this is widely abused. But just showing up and trying to get probably isn't going to work. Best to ask someone that is going if they can get in on that person or business' membership which typically means requesting a badge in advance. They check driver's licenses against badges in case anyone thinks of handing off a badge.

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    I'm always so jealous of the trade show and sheer amount of workshops for my friends across the pond. One day I'll arrange a visit around a festival, workshop and if not an expo then I'll at least tour the top stores.

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    New on the agenda for the day: meeting up with some of the Ellis/Pava/Precision Pearl gang who are at show but not officially displaying their wares. Tom stayed in Austin and is holding down the business--he's been to more of these than I'll ever attend. Calton is here as well, first time I can recall them being at the Anaheim Show unless I missed them last year.

    Later today get to see the new mystery case folks are talking about over on one of the Northfield discussions. The manufacturer is at the show.
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    The last year I was selling instruments heavy on eBay they offered me the opportunity to attend. I have no idea if they still do that.
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    Default Re: 2018 Winter NAMM Show

    I'll take the grey one please... and yes, I'll pay for it too! Finally someone is making a light, upscale case. Super! And speaking of paying for one, wha twill the price be for these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glassweb View Post
    I'll take the grey one please... and yes, I'll pay for it too! Finally someone is making a light, upscale case. Super! And speaking of paying for one, wha twill the price be for these?
    I don't know, but it's similar in size and shape to their alto sax case, built with the same materials:

    https://www.jakobwinter.com/collecti...nt=47174177220

    Converted to USD, that one is about $215 -- totally awesome, in my opinion.

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    I am extremely excited about these. I’m going to have to run to Marshal Michigan in the next few weeks to check them out.
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    Could you find out if a Gibson A5 two point will fit in these cases, thanks

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    Oh, that case will definitely give me CAS!!! The only question now is whether I prefer the green or the brown one?
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    I'm with Art....grey all the wey!

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    Big case question...will a mando cafe sticker stay stuck to what looks like a textured exterior?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Streip View Post
    I don't know, but it's similar in size and shape to their alto sax case, built with the same materials:

    https://www.jakobwinter.com/collecti...nt=47174177220

    Converted to USD, that one is about $215 -- totally awesome, in my opinion.
    Shipping, taxes and duties? That’s the issue with having these made overseas. We will have to see what the final cost is going to be.
    Good Advice: Play before you pay, and know your product and your market.

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