Alex Matthews

NAMM 2019 Highlights

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The 2019 NAMM Show was held from January 24th-27th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim California. Billed as a crossroads where music, sound, and event technologies meet, the invite only show is attended each year by over 115,000+ industry professionals and guests. Over 7,000 brands are represented at the convention and hundreds of demos, training classes, and concerts of all genres pack the convention center and the surrounding Anaheim area throughout the weekend. As always there are awesome musician signings, product demos, and fantastic live musical performances to take in as well many companies showcasing previews of new instruments and related equipment.

Product highlights from the floor this year included the new Neumann NDH 20 Headphones on display in the Sennheiser booth, the first headphones to bear the Neumann name. Utilizing the brand of one of the most respected microphone companies in the industry is a bold move in an already extremely crowded premium headphone market, but these cans do not disappoint. The headphones feature a beautiful design similar to a Sennheiser 650 but with a smooth chrome like finish and extremely comfortable velvety earcups. The sound of these beauties is something wonderful to experience, and the frequency response seems flat and accurate, making these suitable for studio use. Listening to jazz, acoustic guitar, and modern pop yielded an experience almost like stepping into the studio where the music was recorded, the clarity on these headphones was exceptional. The NDH 20’s are priced at $499.00.

Another standout product on display was at the Morley booth in the bass guitar section of the show floor. Limited to 300 pieces worldwide, Morley’s 50th Anniversary Power Wah bundle features a chrome mini Power Wah, chrome ABY switch, a commemorative booklet showing a selection of interesting Morley products over five decades, a retro Morley Man Sticker and more, all packaged in a fancy collector’s box. This beautiful but functional kit is sure to be a collector’s item and part of the long history of Morley Wah pedals. 

Signing autographs and meeting fans at the Morley booth was Mr. Ray Burton, the 93 year old father of late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton who was himself and endorser of Morely. It was truly an honor to meet Mr. Burton and hear some of his stories. 

One of the most inspirational sights at the convention was the children jamming on various instruments throughout the show floor, possibly discovering a new passion for the first time. Music truly does begin at NAMM!

This year’s NAMM show was overwhelming as usual!  With multiple buildings, thousands of displays, and musical instruments galore, it’s impossible to see everything. Being distracted by running into dozens of your favorite musical artists is an added bonus and makes the chaos worth it. NAMM 2019 seems to have been a huge success and next year’s show has already been announced; mark your calendars for January 16-19, 2020.

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Photos by Alex Matthews

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