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NAMM 2011 - Impressions Of Day Four

January 17, 2011

Sunday, Sunday So good to me. 

Sunday, Sunday It was all I hoped it would be.


With apologies to the Mamas and the Papas.


Final Day of NAMM: Last chance to catch those who weren't there the earlier time we swung by, time to give away the last of our magazine copies, last chance to marvel at the jumbo-sized mohawks of certain visitors (question to self: are mohawks suddenly in again, or did they never go away? And how does one sleep...ah, never mind).


Eye-catching items:

The lower of these two above is called a Swarmatron, from Brian and Leon Dewan at It came to prominence in the movie soundtrack "The Social Network", by composer Trent Reznor.


Many more eyecatching synth items like it were on display at the booth:




From the analog to the digital synth world, released his soundware in bundles that created quite a bit of traffic to his booth:



Doesn't Rose of play the least glittery, the dullest grey guitar you'll ever see? 


Brian Bromberg (r) does his ripping and tapping bass thang, with Michael Ripoli and Tony Catania on guitars and Ronnie Gutierrez on cajon


Sunday was travel day for many. I stayed in L.A. and caught Rick Barrio Dill's band Vintage Trouble (see article on page 36 of our Feb. 2011 issue), at their regular Sunday gig at the Tar Pit on La Brea. They have that magic going that puts the audience at their mercy, or - as Rick says - makes the room come to the band instead of the band having to work to go at the room. Soon they'll be off to London, England for a while, and whichever band will fill their spot at the Tar Pit will have their work cut out...


A couple more interviews while in warm and summery LALALand, and it's back to CO to help Mike Metlay hammer out the NAMM show report.

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