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NAMM 2005

Yamaha BBT500-115 Bass Amplifier
Pearl Reference Series Drums
Samson CO1U Microphone
Earthworks Drumkit microphones
Selmer LaVoix alto saxophone

In late January I left snowy Washington, D.C., to visit Anaheim, Calif., home of Winter NAMM-the musical instrument industry’s annual product-showcase blowout-and a place with much better weather.

The four-day show, held in the Anaheim Convention Center, officially began at 10 a.m. on January 23. But my first stop there was a half hour before show time, at the Yamaha booth, where a short press conference was held to commemorate the behemoth corporation’s 10 millionth horn (the first was made in 1965). As Yamaha’s Rick Young made remarks about the achievement, one of the first Yamaha trumpets ever made stood nearby in a display case next to a new YTR-2335 trumpet-which I wrongfully assumed was number 10 million. Turns out that Yamaha would soon be producing its 10 millionth horn, but that it actually hadn’t been made yet.

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