I don't feel qualified to compare pianos because:
1. I can't play that well
2. I only have a digital piano at home, so any real piano sounds/feels good to me :-)
I did notice there weren't as many displays in the bigger 3rd floor room as last year, and there didn't seem to be as much traffic.
The manufacturers I spoke with all indicated they felt they were having a good show (Kawai, Bosendorfer, Mason & Hamlin / Piano Disc, Estonia, Grotrian, Schimmel).
On the flip side, the accessory vendors I spoke with indicated it was an off year.
I had a chat with Kyle Kirkland and Dana Messina of Steinway. Nice to know they like our forums (feel it helps the business by getting more people involved in music).
I used the opportunity to talk to Kyle about our experience with their factory tour, he promised we would have a better experience next time, and could bring more people.
Lloyd Meyer of Renner USA showed me the new web site they are working on. They've done a really nice job with it, clean and easy to use. Has some nice interactive displays, and lots of information.
I believe he said it was going to launch in about a week.
Thanks to Pique' (of Grand Obsession fame) I had a nice long interview with Swati Pandey, a reporter for the LA Times.
She also interviewed Pique', and came to our SoCA party at Steve Miller\'s
I tried to convince her she should play piano, she had the perfect fingers for it (long and slender).
I'm hoping she is going to write a nice positive article about our piano community, and the piano business in general. Hopefully will see article in next Sundays' LA Times.
At one point she asked about piano for people who don't really play. I mentioned Piano Disc (because we'd just walked by the display to get out to the sunny deck where we interviewed).
So... when we went back in we stopped at the Piano Disc display, and who should be playing in the big HD display? Our own Jeffrey Biegel...
Speaking of pictures, if you have some to share, I know our members would love to see what goes on inside the NAMM show. Please Upload
them to our server, so they don't disappear later.
I didn't talk to the MI exhibitors, but they seem to have the usual sea of people crowding the aisles.
Thanks to the new PWPF polo shirts I wore during the show, a lot of people spotted me and came up to say hello. I always enjoy meeting members I've not met before, and running into members I've already met.
All in all I had a good show, making some new contacts for advertising on PW, playing with the toys, and just generally enjoying myself.
The weather was perfect (it was 12 degrees when I got back to CT late Sunday night), it was nice to be around real people (I usually work alone from a home-office), and the party Saturday night was the perfect way to end the week.