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Summer NAMM attracts healthy crowd

Summer NAMM attracts healthy crowd

THE NATIONAL Association of Music Merchants’ (NAMM) summer soiree looks to be regaining its former footing after several years of softening attendance prior to its moving to the new Music City Center in 2015. According to the organizers, Summer NAMM welcomed 14,284 industry members to the show, a 2% increase from 2016. Of note, international attendees accounted for a growth of 14% over 2016, and nearly 28% growth over 2015.  more...
Sweetwater’s annual ‘fest of fun!

Sweetwater’s annual ‘fest of fun!

WEATHER threatened for most of the 16th annual Sweetwater GearFest, but it was only the earliest arrivals on Day One that caught the brunt of some nasty storms that rumbled through the Greater Fort Wayne, IN area. After the morning deluge, the clouds broke up a bit and thousands turned out for what has become one of the go-to MI-centric events in the US.  more...
A custom fit for New Vintage

A custom fit for New Vintage

Nic Patullo has a degree in criminology with a minor in psychology. Not exactly the pedigree for a career as an amp designer/builder, but a love for electronics and a mentor with knowledge to share formed the foundation for just that. Today, New Vintage Amplifiers are the ‘go-to’ tone machines for folks like Mark Hoppus and Drew Brown among others.  more...
Verellen balances band and builds

Verellen balances band and builds

MUCH LIKE HIS beloved Seattle Seahawks, Ben Verellen isn’t afraid to shake things up in order to attain a specific goal. For the the NFL franchise, it could mean testing unproven players at various skill positions to create a better team. For Verellen, it is about being the custom shop that his line of clientele have always wanted, but were afraid to ask about.  more...
The man behind BYOC

The man behind BYOC

DO IT YOURSELF. That’s a phrase that runs rampant across the widen spectrum of cable channel home improvement shows these days, but also has always had a strong presence lurking in the shadows of the MI community. Whether it’s tales of professional builders getting their first taste of electronics noodling via a Heathkit build or the like, both industry veterans and the tech-minded, gear-curious public have rarely shied away from eyeballing a set of internals and figuring out what makes them tick. Keith Vonderhulls, founder and chief parts wrangler for Build Your Own Clone, was the same way.  more...
Welcome to NAMM-aheim, CA. Pop: <i>Gear!</i>

Welcome to NAMM-aheim, CA. Pop: Gear!

THE 115th NAMM show is in the books, and it was a big one according to show organizers. The National Association of Music Merchants said a record 1,726 exhibiting companies representing more than 6,000 brands were showcased at the 2016 affair, a 7% increase in exhibiting companies over last year’s event.  more...