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Uke Republic
01-06-2016, 10:22 AM
Hope its not to early to start getting excited but can't wait to see all the new models coming out and hear all the music!
Anyone else coming to NAMM?

andylama
01-06-2016, 11:43 AM
I'd sure like to. Never been. I expect it will be...noisy. :)
What does it cost to get into that shindig?

MARKbOC
01-06-2016, 12:35 PM
Is NAMM something that would be interesting for a consumer / uke player/enthusiast to attend or is it really geared towards retailers?

I'm just a few minutes away from the venue but no idea if this would be "fun."

Any pointers?

sukie
01-06-2016, 12:54 PM
I'd sure like to. Never been. I expect it will be...noisy. :)
What does it cost to get into that shindig?

Don't, really, don't go into the drum section. Holy cow, it's loud.

sukie
01-06-2016, 12:55 PM
Is NAMM something that would be interesting for a consumer / uke player/enthusiast to attend or is it really geared towards retailers?

I'm just a few minutes away from the venue but no idea if this would be "fun."

Any pointers?

You need a ticket to get in. But it's worth it. I'm not a vendor or anything. But it was a ton of fun. It's overwhelming.

Ukulele Eddie
01-06-2016, 02:57 PM
Is NAMM something that would be interesting for a consumer / uke player/enthusiast to attend or is it really geared towards retailers?

I'm just a few minutes away from the venue but no idea if this would be "fun."

Any pointers?

It's not open to the public. It's for industry folk. I'm lucky that I have some contacts and get to go. It is overwhelming. To be candid, it's sucks for trying to hear the tone of instruments as there is so much noise and chaos. But it's endless eye candy!!!

kohanmike
01-06-2016, 08:26 PM
The public can't buy a ticket, only industry people can get in if they meet the requirements. I've been lucky the last couple of years that my younger brother can get me in. I'm going on Sunday. Last year on Sunday I walked through about 85% of the show from about 9 am to 4 pm. This time I'm going to pick and choose what booths I'll visit, hit as many ukulele booths as possible, then find any mini basses, and stop by Pat Wilkins booth to say hi. I just brought him a bass to paint.

mds725
01-06-2016, 08:30 PM
Hope its not to early to start getting excited but can't wait to see all the new models coming out and hear all the music!
Anyone else coming to NAMM?

I would love to go one day just for the experience of it, but I don't know anyone in the music business with a ticket to spare. People I know who have gone have had a lot of fun, though, and there has been a UU jam outside the venue for at least the past couple of years.

coolkayaker1
01-06-2016, 10:28 PM
It's not open to the public. It's for industry folk !

And Sukie, apparently.

Rakelele
01-07-2016, 06:34 AM
You lucky folks who get the chance to go, please keep us posted on what's new!

Uke Republic
01-07-2016, 07:29 AM
You lucky folks who get the chance to go, please keep us posted on what's new!

I'll take lots of pics and vids

sukie
01-07-2016, 08:55 AM
And Sukie, apparently.

I bought a ticket, actually.

I really went to LA because Aldrine had a show in Long Beach. I didn't have a NAMM ticket. My friends also had a show during NAMM I wanted to go to. Through my friends I was offered a chance to get a ticket. BUT since it was the day before NAMM, tickets had to be paid for. It was totally worth it. It's a huge place and I never did see it all. Holy Cow! It took me 3 days to find a bassoon. I played a theremin, got lost in the drum section -- it is very loud and disorienting. Got some cool stuff -- some even free (!), and saw some of the world's best ukulele players perform at different vendor booths -- Benny Chong, Brian Tolentino, Kalei, Aldrine, Sarah and Craig, Ken Middleton, Mike Hind....what a great list!

If you can get a ticket? Go.

Nickie
01-07-2016, 09:03 AM
If I could go, I would. I don't like chaos and loud noises, but I'd go. I'm sitting practically next door to a house being built and the saws and hammers are driving me nuts. If they were ukes, I'd be in heaven.

Yes, please, whoever gets to go, show us lotsa pics and maybe some videos of some fabulous playing!

janeray1940
01-07-2016, 09:19 AM
For those who are bummed because they don't get to go - here's an alternate take on it. I've been, courtesy of my local shop, and while I was really glad I got to check it out I have to say it did not live up to the hype for me at all. Of course I loved everything at the Kamaka booth and it was great seeing some of the performers repping the vendors, but in terms of seeing anything new and exciting in the ukulele world, there certainly wasn't much that year (or perhaps that day of that year - we went on a Thursday and some vendors had not yet arrived). There were a lot of lower end Asian imports and a handful of kind of interesting one-offs, but nothing that made me start making plans to save up. My impression was that it's much more gadget- and rock-centric and probably a lot more interesting for those who are into that sort of thing. The highlight for me actually was witnessing an awesome young woman playing classical (Bach IIRC) on a Korean gayageum :)

In a way I suspect NAMM was much more special before the Internet. We can pretty much see and hear everything new and exciting in the uke world online, and can often hear it better than in the cacophony that is NAMM. My main motivation for going was to check out some of Kamaka's instruments that rarely if ever make it to my local shop, and honestly, even after seeing and hearing them in person, under those conditions it was impossible for me to decide what I wanted, if anything.

And yes - it's LOUD!

Jon Moody
01-07-2016, 10:14 AM
In a way I suspect NAMM was much more special before the Internet. We can pretty much see and hear everything new and exciting in the uke world online, and can often hear it better than in the cacophony that is NAMM. My main motivation for going was to check out some of Kamaka's instruments that rarely if ever make it to my local shop, and honestly, even after seeing and hearing them in person, under those conditions it was impossible for me to decide what I wanted, if anything.

Absolutely. Back then, NAMM served a much bigger purpose because it was THE place where dealers placed orders, and got to see all the new stuff before it was even available. The internet and social media has completely changed that, so NAMM is kind of on borrowed time in a way, because it's hugely expensive to go and exhibit there (even down in Hall E, where the bulk of the smaller builders are) and there isn't a concrete ROI anymore. You used to be able to write hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales on the show floor, and while SOME sales are still made, many dealers don't go anymore.

That said, it's pretty cool. As a player and someone in the business, it's a good hang.

ukeeku
01-07-2016, 12:43 PM
And Sukie, apparently.

helps to have friends who could get in.

Futurethink
01-07-2016, 01:05 PM
My main motivation for going was to check out some of Kamaka's instruments that rarely if ever make it to my local shop, and honestly, even after seeing and hearing them in person, under those conditions it was impossible for me to decide what I wanted, if anything.

And yes - it's LOUD!

Agreed, cacophony is the word. However, at Summer NAMM there were sound booths you could enter with an instrument to shut out the noise. I have never attended the main NAMM event, but anticipate those sound booths will be present. Ask the vendor if you can try the instrument in a quiet location.

kohanmike
01-07-2016, 08:19 PM
Agreed, cacophony is the word. However, at Summer NAMM there were sound booths you could enter with an instrument to shut out the noise. I have never attended the main NAMM event, but anticipate those sound booths will be present. Ask the vendor if you can try the instrument in a quiet location.

Yes, the Anaheim show has those sound booths, but with a line waiting to use because it's also for people wanting to make cell phone calls.

Uke182
01-08-2016, 08:40 PM
I went for my first time in 2015 and was so blessed to meet many new friends like Sukie, Mim and Mike of Uke Republic! ESPECIALLY hanging and talking with the best players and builders in the world. Probably my highlight was speaking with Noa Bonk, MASTER Luthier of Ko'olau early in the morning at their booth and just picking his brain. Oh, and meeting Alan Okami, El Presidente of KoAloha. The following Spring, my wife and I went to Oahu and visited ALL of the "K" factory tours and it was a reunion seeing my new Hawaiian friends again. There are many more incredible memories at NAMM from just a 3 days and 2 nights I was there. I REALLY WISH I was going back this year. :iwant:

Xtradust
01-09-2016, 05:38 AM
Last year I read that the super-ukers were going to jam out front, about an hour before it was actually supposed to happen. Since I live close by, I grabbed my travel uke and my skateboard and jumped in the car. And ya know what...I found that there's not a lot of temporary parking, across the street from Disneyland, on the weekend, during the NAMM show.

So I parked in the lot of the hotel next door, which just screamed "bad idea", hoped for the best, expected the worst, and rode over to find absolutely zero going on, uke-wise. I hung out for a while, people watching. Which at the NAMM show is world-class. I'd see guys that look like Roy Orbison arm in arm with girls that looked like a half-naked Jennifer Lawrence in six inch heels walk by and then another couple that looked just like that walk by a minute later! Whoa!

Pretty soon, Mim, Aldrine, Mike Hind, Greg Golden, Jion Jugo and Colin Coleman, all from Mim's Ukulele Sideshow, came out and started jammin'! They'd come up with a four chord progression for us newer players and we'd all jam while they took turns soloing!!!! AMAZING! Made my year!

The fact that me, an overfed long haired leaping gnome should be...(in a jam with those guys!), But there I was!

They were so cool and made a huge effort to include us newer players in the jam. I'd love to go this year again, but I'll ride my bike from further away and the tickets through scalpers are going for about $175, so I don't imagine I'm going in.

I played with them for about an hour until I felt that I had pressed my luck with the parking spot as far as I could. I thanked the guys, who kept on playin', and luckily found my car where I left it.

Thank you Mim and everyone who played last year! Hope to see you again this year!!!

Uke182
01-09-2016, 06:06 AM
Wait, I remember you. Were you wearing a red plaid flannel shirt? I was at the UU NAMM Jam and took pictures.


Pretty soon, Mim, Aldrine, Mike Hind, Greg Golden, Jion Jugo and Colin Coleman, all from Mim's Ukulele Sideshow, came out and started jammin'! They'd come up with a four chord progression for us newer players and we'd all jam while they took turns soloing!!!! AMAZING! Made my year!

The fact that me, an overfed long haired leaping gnome should be...(in a jam with those guys!), But there I was!

They were so cool and made a huge effort to include us newer players in the jam. I'd love to go this year again, but I'll ride my bike from further away and the tickets through scalpers are going for about $175, so I don't imagine I'm going in.

I played with them for about an hour until I felt that I had pressed my luck with the parking spot as far as I could. I thanked the guys, who kept on playin', and luckily found my car where I left it.

Thank you Mim and everyone who played last year! Hope to see you again this year!!!

kohanmike
01-09-2016, 06:55 AM
I ran into Mim last year and thanked her for recommending the Kala I bought months before (she's not anywhere near as short as she thinks she is). Last night I downloaded the NAMM iPad app and made a list of all the vendors I'm going to see rather than just wander from room to room like I did last year and missed a number of places. They also have "Multi-Instrument Parade" Sunday at 12:45 starting at the Member Center and ends 15 minutes later with the "Ukulele Circle" in the Member Center.

UkerDanno
01-09-2016, 07:46 AM
I went for my first time in 2015 and was so blessed to meet many new friends like Sukie, Mim and Mike of Uke Republic!

that might could be the best part...meeting some UU "friends"...:shaka:

UkerDanno
01-09-2016, 07:49 AM
The highlight for me actually was witnessing an awesome young woman playing classical (Bach IIRC) on a Korean gayageum :)!

this one? WOW!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0QDf0xt-40

Xtradust
01-09-2016, 07:55 AM
Hey Uke182! I'm not sure what I had on, but a flannel shirt is a definite possibility. :) I was the one with the top of his head blown off and a really big smile.

janeray1940
01-09-2016, 08:48 AM
this one? WOW!


Not sure if it was the same person or not - the one I saw was playing classical, which was what knocked me out, but she also did some rock covers so - maybe!

Uke182
01-09-2016, 09:01 AM
Do you see yourself Xtradust? :D

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Hey Uke182! I'm not sure what I had on, but a flannel shirt is a definite possibility. :) I was the one with the top of his head blown off and a really big smile.

Ukulele Eddie
01-09-2016, 09:14 AM
this one? WOW!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0QDf0xt-40

That was awesome!

Xtradust
01-09-2016, 10:12 AM
Do you see yourself Xtradust? :D

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Wow is that ever me! Thanks for taking and posting them! I'm definitely not wearing sandals this year. Brrrrr.

Uke182
01-09-2016, 10:18 AM
LOL. You SoCal people. Is that your gig bag next to Aldrine's case? I showed up a bit later with Corey Fujimoto and GYOSH. When I got there, I was like, "who's this guy with the Kala soprano travel uke and the longboard?" LOL. Too bad you had to leave because we took a group photo at the end and we all went out to dinner at Umami Burgers.

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Wow is that ever me! Thanks for taking and posting them! I'm definitely not wearing sandals this year. Brrrrr.

gyosh
01-09-2016, 10:41 AM
Hey Uke182! I'm not sure what I had on, but a flannel shirt is a definite possibility. :) I was the one with the top of his head blown off and a really big smile.

I was also there. Unusually large-for-a-Japanese guy with goatee and most likely a UU shirt. I got Corey to come out with us and he used my brand new laminate Ohana and it hasn't sounded like that since. I think he broke it. :)

gyosh
01-09-2016, 10:47 AM
Do you see yourself Xtradust? :D

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I see you left me out again. :(


LOL

Uke182
01-09-2016, 10:54 AM
In the flesh!

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I see you left me out again. :(


LOL

Xtradust
01-09-2016, 10:58 AM
LOL. You SoCal people. I showed up a bit later with Corey Fujimoto and GYOSH. When I got there, I was like, "who's this guy with the Kala soprano travel uke and the longboard?" LOL. Too bad you had to leave because we took a group photo at the end and we all went out to dinner at Umami Burgers.

That is funny! People kept asking my name...only to give me a funny look when I told them. "Who?"

It was like playing a round of Golf with Tiger Woods. Everyone tried so hard to make us regular players feel welcome and included and I really appreciate it.

I kept my head above water, but after an hour I had to head to the side of the pool. :)

gyosh
01-09-2016, 11:00 AM
In the flesh!

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That's a LOT of flesh. Better just have one Umami burger this year! Maybe it was the beer. I blame Dani for talking me into a beer!

gyosh
01-09-2016, 11:01 AM
That is funny! People kept asking my name...only to give me a funny look when I told them. "Who?"

It was like playing a round of Golf with Tiger Woods. Everyone tried so hard to make us regular players feel welcome and included and I really appreciate it.

I kept my head above water, but after an hour I had to head to the side of the pool. :)

If you go this year and there's a grassy knoll jam, I'll be there again :)

Xtradust
01-09-2016, 01:57 PM
What day is the grassy knoll jam? Friday or Saturday? I've got tickets to see Aldrine at Island Bazaar on Sat the 23rd.

Otherwise I'll be there, strummin', people watchin'...and drinking! I think I remember an Arrogant Bastard beer tent with a band outside the show. About 100 yards from where we were playing out front on the grass.

Namm kind of reminds me of the old Grateful Dead shows. Never got in, but had a great time outside. :D

gyosh
01-09-2016, 02:18 PM
What day is the grassy knoll jam? Friday or Saturday? I've got tickets to see Aldrine at Island Bazaar on Sat the 23rd.

Otherwise I'll be there, strummin', people watchin'...and drinking! I think I remember an Arrogant Bastard beer tent with a band outside the show. About 100 yards from where we were playing out front on the grass.

Namm kind of reminds me of the old Grateful Dead shows. Never got in, but had a great time outside. :D

Probably not Saturday :)

Dan Uke
01-09-2016, 02:46 PM
What day is the grassy knoll jam? Friday or Saturday? I've got tickets to see Aldrine at Island Bazaar on Sat the 23rd.

Aldine's concert sold out already!

Uke182
01-09-2016, 05:28 PM
Gyosh is right. Last year it was on the Friday right after NAMM ended. Most likely it will be at the same spot.


Probably not Saturday :)

Mim
01-10-2016, 07:17 AM
Last year I read that the super-ukers were going to jam out front, about an hour before it was actually supposed to happen. Since I live close by, I grabbed my travel uke and my skateboard and jumped in the car. And ya know what...I found that there's not a lot of temporary parking, across the street from Disneyland, on the weekend, during the NAMM show.

So I parked in the lot of the hotel next door, which just screamed "bad idea", hoped for the best, expected the worst, and rode over to find absolutely zero going on, uke-wise. I hung out for a while, people watching. Which at the NAMM show is world-class. I'd see guys that look like Roy Orbison arm in arm with girls that looked like a half-naked Jennifer Lawrence in six inch heels walk by and then another couple that looked just like that walk by a minute later! Whoa!

Pretty soon, Mim, Aldrine, Mike Hind, Greg Golden, Jion Jugo and Colin Coleman, all from Mim's Ukulele Sideshow, came out and started jammin'! They'd come up with a four chord progression for us newer players and we'd all jam while they took turns soloing!!!! AMAZING! Made my year!

The fact that me, an overfed long haired leaping gnome should be...(in a jam with those guys!), But there I was!

They were so cool and made a huge effort to include us newer players in the jam. I'd love to go this year again, but I'll ride my bike from further away and the tickets through scalpers are going for about $175, so I don't imagine I'm going in.

I played with them for about an hour until I felt that I had pressed my luck with the parking spot as far as I could. I thanked the guys, who kept on playin', and luckily found my car where I left it.

Thank you Mim and everyone who played last year! Hope to see you again this year!!!

We better see you again! It was super great meeting you last year and it was a fun night!

Mim
01-10-2016, 07:21 AM
I am going this year! It is going to be fun! I am doing Disneyland the day before finally! Every year I see Disney over the fence but dont go! This time Mary Agnes from the Grand Northern Uke Fest are going to open the park up and shut it down. So I am starting NAMM with my feeties already screaming at me! Haha!

I am super looking forward to it! And I never miss the grassy knoll jam for sure!

I hope to take lots of pictures! But I say that every year and end up taking more fun pictures than serious business-ie pictures! But I got a new iPad now which takes nice pictures and makes it easy to post, so friend me on Facebook and/or like my business page on Facebook and I will try to keep it updated with all sorts for fun NAMM happenings!

I cant wait to see all my old friends and meet some new ones as well!!!

Mim
01-10-2016, 07:24 AM
I wonder if Aldrine wants to set a time for the Grassy Knoll jam! He is usually the one to ask!

I wonder if like Beetljuice if I saw his name 3 times if he will appear?

Aldrine! Aldrine! Aldrine!

Hmmm...

or Aldrine Guerrero! Aldrine Guerrero! Aldrine Guerrero!

We jammin'?
Are we?
Huh?!
Huh?!

When we jammin' Aldrine?

Uke182
01-11-2016, 06:41 AM
Really wish I was going now, Mimmy. :(


I wonder if Aldrine wants to set a time for the Grassy Knoll jam! He is usually the one to ask!

I wonder if like Beetljuice if I saw his name 3 times if he will appear?

Aldrine! Aldrine! Aldrine!

Hmmm...

or Aldrine Guerrero! Aldrine Guerrero! Aldrine Guerrero!

We jammin'?
Are we?
Huh?!
Huh?!

When we jammin' Aldrine?

salukulady
01-11-2016, 06:51 AM
I vote for Friday for the grassy knoll jam.


http://youtu.be/691ukfcRo0I

maryagn3s
02-07-2016, 10:53 AM
the jam was a bit small but awesome and K-Mid rocked it yet again!
NAMM itself was punishing... how is it so big!!!???!
:)
mx

GNUF Kris
02-07-2016, 11:10 AM
I am going this year! It is going to be fun! I am doing Disneyland the day before finally! Every year I see Disney over the fence but dont go! This time Mary Agnes from the Grand Northern Uke Fest are going to open the park up and shut it down. So I am starting NAMM with my feeties already screaming at me! Haha!

I am super looking forward to it! And I never miss the grassy knoll jam for sure!

I hope to take lots of pictures! But I say that every year and end up taking more fun pictures than serious business-ie pictures! But I got a new iPad now which takes nice pictures and makes it easy to post, so friend me on Facebook and/or like my business page on Facebook and I will try to keep it updated with all sorts for fun NAMM happenings!

I cant wait to see all my old friends and meet some new ones as well!!!

I'm so jealous you got to go to Disneyland with MAK!

I want to go to Disneyland!!

*sulks*