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thejumpingflea
01-13-2010, 07:51 PM
Hey guys,

So today I got a sneak peak of NAMM.....

http://gallery.me.com/thejumpingflea/100022

More to come!

Andybeans
01-13-2010, 07:53 PM
wow, lots of nice stuff in there!

rayan
01-13-2010, 07:59 PM
matt, im so glad you got the gig with Lanikai there. Hope you have a blasty blast this weekend and be sure to make some time to talk to AG, Aaron, and Greg.

didgeridoo2
01-13-2010, 08:02 PM
Looks great. I'm trying to figure out a way to get in. It's just an hour from here...hmmmmm

thejumpingflea
01-13-2010, 08:05 PM
Thank you Rayan for making UU a place for me to get this opportunity! This is just too cool of an experience.

pdxuke
01-13-2010, 08:09 PM
This is awesome. Would love to see what Kala has that's new..

thejumpingflea
01-13-2010, 08:14 PM
This is awesome. Would love to see what Kala has that's new..

Sopraninos!

thejumpingflea
01-13-2010, 08:26 PM
New mahogany, satin finish with a fishman pickup from Big Island Ukulele Co. (they filmed me and put it on youtube already!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm5hDk_WHQY

Pretty cool uke.

gobes
01-13-2010, 08:30 PM
How does that carbon fiber ukulele sound?

Who makes those solid body electric ukes?

bbycrts
01-13-2010, 08:43 PM
What are those bowl-backed lute-looking things in a couple of the pictures - looks like there's an oud or something in the lower right of one of the pics. Are they ukes with renaissance-style bodies? Very cool... Also, what's the triangle-uke with the triangle sound hole? That's...well, interesting. And Kala sopraninos! Wow...

Ronnie Aloha
01-13-2010, 08:49 PM
Way to tear it up Matt! So the makers of Big Island Ukes also sell flooring?????

BTW, I'll take one each of the Sponge Bob ukes!

grappler
01-13-2010, 09:25 PM
awesome opportunity man.

whetu
01-13-2010, 09:42 PM
oh dear... there should have been a "may induce dizzy spells of extreme UAS!" warning... :D

Lanark
01-14-2010, 12:18 AM
Just awesome.

I told the guys from my local guitar shop to come over and find you and say hello. So at some point during the show Andrew from Twin Town Guitars may stop by...

dnewton2
01-14-2010, 01:14 AM
Thanks for sharing. I don't think I have seen this much coverage from past NAMM shows. Between you and the UU coverage it will almost be like being there.

lonsilog
01-14-2010, 03:12 AM
New mahogany, satin finish with a fishman pickup from Big Island Ukulele Co. (they filmed me and put it on youtube already!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm5hDk_WHQY

Pretty cool uke.

The mahogany looks and sounds nice... but those koa Honus are truly beautiful.

Paul December
01-14-2010, 03:45 AM
What are those bowl-backed lute-looking things in a couple of the pictures - looks like there's an oud or something in the lower right of one of the pics. Are they ukes with renaissance-style bodies? Very cool... Also, what's the triangle-uke with the triangle sound hole? That's...well, interesting. And Kala sopraninos! Wow...

I hope they are Ukes :)

Nuprin
01-14-2010, 03:46 AM
I have an Ohana sopranino on its way to me...after seeing these pics I'm going to have to add a Kala as well! Thanks for the inside peek at NAMM Matt!

haole
01-14-2010, 05:11 AM
Awesome pics/video, Flea-bag! Glad you're having a blast at NAMM. You deserve it!

Is that a KOA sopranino by Kala? :O And the new Eleuke hollowbody offerings look pretty neat.

ukeatan
01-14-2010, 05:15 AM
What are those bowl-backed lute-looking things in a couple of the pictures - looks like there's an oud or something in the lower right of one of the pics. Are they ukes with renaissance-style bodies?

It's a baroq-ulele (http://www.mid-east.com/items.asp?Cc=Ukulele) !!

http://www.mid-east.com/mmMEM/Images/ubccg.jpg

UKISOCIETY
01-14-2010, 05:29 AM
It's a baroq-ulele (http://www.mid-east.com/items.asp?Cc=Ukulele) !!
. .
http://sparxmind.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/funny-pictures-cats-want-squirrel.jpg

Uke Republic
01-14-2010, 05:31 AM
Great pics!

UKISOCIETY
01-14-2010, 05:53 AM
It's a baroq-ulele (http://www.mid-east.com/items.asp?Cc=Ukulele) !!

http://www.mid-east.com/mmMEM/Images/ubccg.jpg

Just checked and it says it's 8 lbs. Seems a tad heavy, oui?

ukeatan
01-14-2010, 06:22 AM
Just checked and it says it's 8 lbs. Seems a tad heavy, oui?

All the weights on their site are a tad heavy -- it's probably shipping weight or something.

What the heck, I'd want one even if it was 8 lbs. :p

Ukeffect
01-14-2010, 06:23 AM
I don't know about y'all....but I'm having the strongest UAS attack of my greeeedy little life!!!! :drool:
:iwant::iwant::iwant:

NatalieS
01-14-2010, 07:51 AM
Where's the new sopranino, where where where???

UKISOCIETY
01-14-2010, 08:31 AM
Where's the new sopranino, where where where???

I thought you were over the sopranino bug..?

I think this is it, the Kala Pocket uke:

http://gallery.me.com/thejumpingflea#100022/DSC00026&bgcolor=black
http://gallery.me.com/thejumpingflea#100022/DSC00026&bgcolor=black

bbycrts
01-14-2010, 08:37 AM
I thought you were over the sopranino bug..?

I think this is it, the Kala Pocket uke:

http://gallery.me.com/thejumpingflea#100022/DSC00026&bgcolor=black
http://gallery.me.com/thejumpingflea#100022/DSC00026&bgcolor=black
:drool::drool::drool:

ukebrudder
01-14-2010, 09:09 AM
Looks like such an awesome experience to be able to be a part of something so big in the ukulele industry! Any information on that Lanikai with the slotted headstock and cutaway?

RevWill
01-14-2010, 09:34 AM
8886
Something about those Makais looks awfully familiar....

phanzo
01-14-2010, 09:39 AM
8886
Something about those Makais looks awfully familiar....

Man, that's ridiculous!! I wish Mike could have trademarked the rope binding!! I wonder if they're made in the same factory...

leftovermagic84
01-14-2010, 09:40 AM
8886
Something about those Makais looks awfully familiar....

I didn't even notice the sticker until you posted...all I was thinking was "i didn't think Mike had a booth..."

UKISOCIETY
01-14-2010, 09:55 AM
8886
Something about those Makais looks awfully familiar....

Oh, my...

And behind it, on the upper right is the Makai version of the Ohana Cedar top/willow sides uke. I bought the Makai version.

UKISOCIETY
01-14-2010, 09:59 AM
Whoa! Somebody want a banjolele cheap?
http://gallery.me.com/thejumpingflea#100022/DSC00051&bgcolor=black
http://gallery.me.com/thejumpingflea#100022/DSC00051&bgcolor=black

pdxuke
01-14-2010, 10:50 AM
Whoa! Somebody want a banjolele cheap?
http://gallery.me.com/thejumpingflea#100022/DSC00051&bgcolor=black
http://gallery.me.com/thejumpingflea#100022/DSC00051&bgcolor=black

I think that price is NET to retailers, i.e., their price. Then they add their mark up.

StereoJoker
01-14-2010, 11:06 AM
Whoa, whoa, whoa, is that a sitar-kulele (http://gallery.me.com/thejumpingflea#100022/DSC00038&bgcolor=black) on the right??? Aaaaaah, that is so ace.

NatalieS
01-14-2010, 12:51 PM
I thought you were over the sopranino bug..?

I think this is it, the Kala Pocket uke:

http://gallery.me.com/thejumpingflea#100022/DSC00026&bgcolor=black
http://gallery.me.com/thejumpingflea#100022/DSC00026&bgcolor=black

I thought I was! But how can one resist cute little sopraninos :-) Thanks for the pic...

sukie
01-14-2010, 01:00 PM
What does NAMM stand for?

North American Music________?

ukeatan
01-14-2010, 01:05 PM
What does NAMM stand for?

North American Music________?

Mmmmmfreshnewukesmmmmm....

ukulelearp
01-14-2010, 01:47 PM
New mahogany, satin finish with a fishman pickup from Big Island Ukulele Co. (they filmed me and put it on youtube already!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm5hDk_WHQY

Pretty cool uke.


Could you tell us what the piece you played in the beginning was? Before "Let's Dance". :)

mds725
01-14-2010, 01:51 PM
What does NAMM stand for?

North American Music________?

From Wikipedia:
"The acronym NAMM originally stood for the National Association of Music Merchants, but has evolved from a national entity representing the interests of music products retailers to an international association including both commercial, retail members and affiliates. Therefore, the long form of the name is no longer used, and it is simply known as NAMM, the International Music Products Association."

sukie
01-14-2010, 01:55 PM
From Wikipedia:
"The acronym NAMM........"

Dang! I always forget to google stuff. Thank you.

UKISOCIETY
01-14-2010, 02:13 PM
Dang! I always forget to google stuff. Thank you.


































lazybones !

sukie
01-14-2010, 02:29 PM
lazybones !

No, more like stupid sometimes. Really.

Steiner
01-14-2010, 03:07 PM
That Big Island Mahogany Tenor might be my downfall. Anyone know how much those are going to run?

Providence
01-14-2010, 04:16 PM
Baroq-ulele I know what I am getting next!

thejumpingflea
01-14-2010, 06:35 PM
What are those bowl-backed lute-looking things in a couple of the pictures - looks like there's an oud or something in the lower right of one of the pics. Are they ukes with renaissance-style bodies? Very cool... Also, what's the triangle-uke with the triangle sound hole? That's...well, interesting. And Kala sopraninos! Wow...

The triangle uke is an eleuke.


Could you tell us what the piece you played in the beginning was? Before "Let's Dance". :)

I played Shirley T and Piano Forte


Baroq-ulele I know what I am getting next!

They play really nicely. They sound like a lute too. I want one...

thejumpingflea
01-14-2010, 06:40 PM
Today was awesome.

I met MGM, Aldrine, Aaron, Ke elo, Mike at Mainland, the guys at Kamaka, Ko'olau and Mike DaSilva! Too cool.

I even ran into Daniel Ho on the street.... Yeah, how awesome is that?

I'll be sure to write more later. I only get an hour for lunch and I try to see as much as I can during that time. This experience is so overwhelming (In a good way!) and I am just trying to let it all soak in.

phanzo
01-14-2010, 07:24 PM
Whoa, whoa, whoa, is that a sitar-kulele (http://gallery.me.com/thejumpingflea#100022/DSC00038&bgcolor=black) on the right??? Aaaaaah, that is so ace.

Sure looks like it. I need to know more!!!

Providence
01-14-2010, 07:58 PM
They play really nicely. They sound like a lute too. I want one...

That's awesome, I'll be sure to look into one. I notice on the website that they come in all three sizes. :cool:

RevWill
01-15-2010, 03:18 AM
Ahnko Honu was looking for one of those Spongebob Pineapples (http://gallery.me.com/thejumpingflea#100022/DSC00043&bgcolor=black) a while back. I'm sure he would be jazzed if you could get him contact information.

Doctroid
01-15-2010, 04:29 AM
Sure looks like it. I need to know more!!!
Looks like one of these (http://www.mid-east.com/itemdesc.asp?ic=STRS-M&eq=&Tp=). "Makes a perfect decor item." ... ahem.

Pueo
01-15-2010, 11:55 AM
Man I need one of those SpongBob flying V ukes!

sukie
01-15-2010, 12:23 PM
I need to quit reading the NAMM threads. My UAS is acting up and I really don't want or need another ukulele. Actually my biggest "want" right now is a Mainland Honeybee. Guess I'll see how it goes at UWC.

bbycrts
01-15-2010, 01:18 PM
So far the only thing I'm all sweaty about is that pocket uke - and I bet I still would complain about it like I did my Tangi Manini and my Ohana Sopranino (just toooooo small for me - but so darn cute!). I shall resist.

ogikloavailable
01-15-2010, 01:57 PM
That blackbird so awesome :D

Bluke
01-15-2010, 04:59 PM
North American Musical Merchandisers

dkcrown
01-16-2010, 04:32 AM
I have just the right spot for that uke lamp.

Lanark
01-16-2010, 09:57 AM
So the Twin Town guys did stop by

http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs128.snc3/17555_1327056822859_1424090374_30908413_4419524_n. jpg

they put this up on their FB update.

hoosierhiver
01-16-2010, 01:41 PM
It's a baroq-ulele (http://www.mid-east.com/items.asp?Cc=Ukulele) !!

http://www.mid-east.com/mmMEM/Images/ubccg.jpg

They had a balalika style uke too.

bbycrts
01-16-2010, 07:52 PM
They had a balalika style uke too.
Kind of looked like an oudulele in one of the pictures, too.

Ahnko Honu
01-16-2010, 09:16 PM
They had a balalika style uke too.

Is that sort of like the classic Shrine 'Ukulele?
http://i43.tinypic.com/dphhqv.jpg

ricdoug
01-17-2010, 09:31 PM
Last Friday, I attended the NAMM Show with Jon B's invitation. We had a
lot of conversation on the way up to Anaheim. Enough conversation that
we missed our exit by about 10 miles and had to circle back! Upon arrival,
we found parking right next to the convention center. Entering the halls, it
seemed that we ran into someone we knew from the industry every 20 feet
or so. I jammed on ukuleles in many of the booths. This was a combined
business/pleasure trip, so we rushed through many of the exhibits to try
and see a little of everything. In the 1st hall at the main entrance, it was
jam-packed with merchants, vendors and artists. We were checking out
some mideastern instruments and discovered that one wall were all ukes
in the shape of traditional instruments:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/NAMM201001.JPG

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/NAMM201002.JPG

These were relatively quiet instruments, do to the perforated designer
soundholes. This would be advantagious if you bought one with a pickup
installed, because it would reduce feedback. Next we went downstairs,
where the bulk of the Hawaiian instruments were on display. I forgot to
take a picture of the Pono's. They play as well as instruments much higher
in price. Upon seeing the Airline guitar booth we stopped in and a guitarist
was shredding on their prototype electric uke. I played some traditional
Hawaiian on it, as they wanted my suggestions. The neck and action were
fast and low, without buzz. The fret wires were level and in perfect
intonation. The only issue was the amp they had for the demo was a small
tube screamer with a sensitive input. It brought out that "piezo honk" of a
passive piezo buzzer transducer. This is a normal characteristic that can
be fixed by using an onboard active preamp/EQ, a box like the L.R. Baggs
Paracoustic D.I., or an acoustic guitar amp designed for use with piezo
electronics. The playability was superb and I'm sure the sound would be
too with the right gear: By it's light weight, I assume it's a lollow body:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/NAMM201003.JPG

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/NAMM201004.JPG

ricdoug
01-17-2010, 09:34 PM
Fingerpicking Hi'ilawe:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/NAMM201005.JPG

On the right is Uddah Mark from Nalu. We think Bruddah Mark was out
chasing one of the many high-heeled fishnet stocking and micro miniskirt
and halter top wearing haole wahines that were turning heads everywhere:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/NAMM201007.JPG

Kamaka masterpieces:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/NAMM201008.JPG

MMR and Makai ukes. Beautiful and very playable and as I was told,
reasonably priced:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/NAMM201009.JPG

ricdoug
01-17-2010, 09:37 PM
http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/NAMM201010.JPG

Jim Beloff of the Magic Fluke Company, LLC. I managed to say hello,
but he was extremely swamped with customers:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/NAMM201011.JPG

Fleas and Flukes abundant:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/NAMM201012.JPG

Liz Beloff was equally as busy:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/NAMM201013.JPG

ricdoug
01-17-2010, 09:39 PM
On to the Yamaha section. Jon B sat down and belted ot the blues on
the Yamaha CP1, which is the upgraded version of his current model:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/NAMM201014.JPG

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/NAMM201015.JPG

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/NAMM201016.JPG

Jon B told me the CP1 was not enough of an upgrade to justify buying
one, BUT...:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/NAMM201017.JPG

ricdoug
01-17-2010, 09:41 PM
http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/NAMM201018.JPG

In comes the Yamaha S90XS Synthesizer. It had a Hammond B3 mode
olong with Leslie wheel controls on the left. It's a good thing they were
not selling these at the show, because I truly believe Jon B might have
taken one home. He was glued to that bench for quite a while. I'm going
to suggest to him to set a business goal to allow him to treat himself to
one this year. I know that look on his face. I've seen it myself in the
mirror numerous times in my past. Here's a synopsis of the meaning of
this passion in Jon B's past. Jon B was in a band in New York a few
(O.K., MANY!) years ago. His band had a gig at an upscale venue. The
lady in charge would not let them use the front stairs or dumb waiter to
bring their gear to the top. She told them to use the fire escape. Those
who are young (old) enough to remember the size and weight of a
Hammond B3 organ and a Leslie will understand that it was a task
almost as great as building the great Pyramyds!!! Needless to say,
Jon B's band was reassessing the need for a keyboardist after that
back breaking experience.

The electric violins were showing up all around the show:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/NAMM201019.JPG

From there we advanced on to the Roland exhibit. At the front of the
Roland exhibit was where the Roland Battery Band:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJRKP7R0ZBk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDnowfI5-iU

ricdoug
01-17-2010, 09:44 PM
url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvhrtt3WrFM[/url]

In a noisy room of about 200 yacking people, you could hear them loud
and clear. The vocals were on steroids. She had two BA330's
cascaded for the mains. This made a very effective 60 watt P.A. system
that sounded more like a 200 watt system, due to the efficiency of the
speakers. The gentleman on the left was using a handheld Keyboard to
play the bass through a Roland KC110 30 watt battery powered
keyboard amp
http://www.rolandus.com/products/productdetails.php?ProductId=1057&ParentId=418 .
The keyboardist also played through a Roland KC110 30 watt battery
powered keyboard amp
http://www.rolandus.com/products/productdetails.php?ProductId=1057&ParentId=418
as well as the accordianist who also played through a Roland KC110
30 watt battery powered keyboard amp
http://www.rolandus.com/products/productdetails.php?ProductId=1057&ParentId=418
The guitarist was playing through a Roland Cube Street, of which I own
3. The drummer was playing through a BA330. Ladies and gentlemen,
this was loud and clean. I talked to the band after their set and they
change the NiMH AA batteries after every 10 hours of playing. This
technology is mysterious. My BA330 P.A. arrived at Giacoletti Music
in Carlsbad before Christmas. I gave them two packs of 24 AA
alkaline batteries to run the amp through many situations. After 2 weeks,
the batteries finally died. I picked up the BA330 and the remaining 40
batteries. When I took it home, When I took it home, I ran an I-Pod into
it for about 5 hours at a pretty loud volume. The battery meter still
showed about half of the battery life remained. Another musician, Gerry
Rahill asked me about how long the batteries lasted on my Carvin
S4100D battery powered P.A. running at full power, as he also has
access to another one. When I told him about 2 to 2 and a half hours,
he said that would not be long enough for his application. I immedietley
loaned Gerry my BA330 and 16 alkaline batteries so that he and Dr
Keith Marzullo could use it for the
http://san-diego.competitor.com/register/ http://san-diego.competitor.com/uncategorized/rock-n-roll-relay-is-back/

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/NAMM201020.JPG

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/NAMM201021.JPG

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/NAMM201022.JPG

The last display I photographed was the Washburn, Parker, Oscar
Schmidt booth:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/NAMM201023.JPG

My heartfelt thanks to Jon B and Karen for affording me this opportunity.
Jon B's audio tips will keep me busy for quite a while. Ric

Bluke
01-20-2010, 06:28 AM
Who is john B and why are there 5 pics of him here?

pithaya9
01-20-2010, 06:52 AM
Thanks for sharing all the great pics.

ricdoug
01-20-2010, 12:23 PM
Who is john B and why are there 5 pics of him here?

He's the owner of Quiet Voice Audio, a company I do consulting for. That's how I got into the NAMM show. I'm indoctrinating him to the ukulele. Wait till you see the stage setup he'll provide! Ric