The Winter NAMM show is a wrap, but the Summer NAMM Show is coming up this July 17th through the 19th, in Nashville. So what kind of new gear can we look forward to?
R.E.T. Percussion introduced their awesome Fusion Pro-CX kit, and their Stealth LE kit. Both kits are ten-inch digital drums with Smart Trigger cymbals, on a black-on-black rack. They sound great, and they look awesome, much like the Roland V-Drum kits. VirtualPercussionOutlet.com
The Roland kits at this year’s show didn’t impress me, they were all the smaller rubber pads, unlike the larger playing surface of the V-Drum.
Pearl Drums introduced the Demon Drive. It’s their new direct drive bass drum pedal that converts from long-board to short-board, smooth and fast. www.pearldrum.com
Although they were actually introduced late last year, the new Road Worn guitars from Fender are worth checking out! www.fender.com/roadworn
You might want to check out RJM Music Technology at www.rjmmusic.com They did a cool project last October; a Custom MIDI controller for Chris Squire.
Gibson Guitars did a great wrap-up page at www2.gibson.com/News.
We get all excited about guitars, amps and drums, and tend to forget about the variety of sheet music available today. Not only does Hal Leonard Corporation have thousands of songbooks, but they also have some very cool instructional DVD’s like the FastTrack series. Hal Leonard also makes these neat book and CD packs that are great for students. Plus they have Real Book Play-Alongs and CD-ROM. www.halleonard.com
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Monday, January 19th, 2009
Written by: Mike Withrow
Posted in Blues, Books, Classic Rock, Concert, Guitars, Jazz, Pop, Rock & Roll, Soul, Video