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Best of Summer NAMM 2003
Twice each year, in January and July, NAMM members attend a trade show to display their products. For the past 11 years the Summer NAMM trade show has been held in Nashville. This year, I attended the show for two reasons: Coverage for my Web site and as a performer. Following are my choices for the best products of the show.
Note: All video clips below require Windows Media Player, which is normally installed with the Windows OS or you can download a free copy here. All audio clips require the RealPlayer, which you can download for free from here.
Best of the Summer NAMM Show
I have to thank Web site member Thomas Vaughan for turning me on to Cadeson drums. He had just purchased a set and wanted my opinion of them, so I went over to the Cadeson booth to play them a bit. They sounded great! The hardware is the studiest I've seen and the drums are beautifully finished giving the look of extremely expensive custom-made drums. When I saw the retail price I was really sold, as I'm sure you will be. Their highest priced 7-piece kit currently retails for $2,560.00! Their lowest priced 5-piece kit retails for $469.00! The reason prices are so reasonable is because Cadeson manufacturers everything themselves except their drum heads, which come from Remo.
For all of the prior reasons, Cadeson was my choice for best acoustic drumset of the show. When I sat down to capture the Cadeson gear on video, I originally intended to play about 5 or 10 minutes. However, I was having so fun that I got carried away and ended up playing for over 20 minutes. Although the floor of the trade show is quite noisy, as you'll notice on the following video, you can still hear the sound of these incredible instruments cutting through. Here are some video clips excerpted from my extended test demo . They have been separated into shorter clips to make for speedier downloading and viewing.
Tiger Bill puts Cadesons to the brush test
Tiger Bill tests Cadeson cymbals and snares
Tiger Bill extracts various sound textures Although I lost the use of the double bass drum pedal during the test (it was not initially attached correctly), it didn't stop me from getting lots of sound textures from this high-quality gear.
Tiger Bill just can't stop!
Click the Cadeson link in the sidebar on this page to visit their Web site.
THUMPERS: Best New Drum Gadget
Tim "World's Fastest Feet" Waterson first told me about THUMPERS and, after trying them for myself at NAMM, I can understand why he's crazy about them. Never again will I have to fool with blankets and loose pillows constantly shifting inside my bass drum. With Chip's unique patented pillow designs, I can make my kick sound great while dampening annoying overtones and rings. Even the sympathetic vibrations that used to cause my toms to ring are now gone! Plus, the velcro design means that the pillows will stay put no matter how hard I kick my kick!
Chip has created specially designed pillows for Performance and for Studio playing conditions. Check out the following video clip of Tim Waterson demonstrating the sound of THUMPERS:
The Best Electronic Drums
Tiger Bill Demos Pintech's Visual Series Drums
The Best Overall Music Tool
The MadPlayer generates original, royalty-free music that you can use as is or modify to create your own compositions and that's only the beginning of what this unique device can do.
All of the music that accompanied my demos at the Pintech booth was supplied by the MadPlayer and, following the demos, I held a contest giving away a MadPlayer to any drummer who could play my Visually MAD Groove. The groove not only proved to be MAD but also too DIFFICULT for most drummers to play, until I took them aside and showed them how to break it down. Below are two drummers who successfully executed my groove and won a MadPlayer:
Tiger Bill Demonstrates the Pintech Visual Series double-triggered snare and the MadPlayer
The Best Acoustic Percussion Innovation
Click the Compact Conga link in the sidebar on this page for more info.
The Best Show at Summer NAMM 2003
Bonus Video: Check out this exclusive clip of the great Lee Oskar, background drumstick accompaniment provided by me, Tiger Bill. Next time, I'll be sure to have one of those Compact Congas with me!
I'll See You at the Next NAMM!
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