NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There?

Posted by: Piano World

NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 12/07/06 02:54 PM

Are you planning on attending, or exhibiting at the NAMM 2007 Show this January (Anaheim)?[/b]

If you are going, what are your goals/objectives?
Anything in particular you're hoping to see or do?

Or, if you're exhibiting, what and where?

I will be there Thurs - Sun.

Would be happy to meet any of our forums members while I'm there. If you'd like to meet up to say hello, please let me know.

Either way, please post your thoughts and pictures when you get back.

Also see this post...
NAMM Get Together
Posted by: KawaiDon

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 12/10/06 10:52 PM

I'll certainly be there, hanging out in the Kawai booth.

I might even buy you lunch or something, Frank. I know a really great Mexican place that's away from the crowds a bit . . .
Posted by: Rich Galassini

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 12/11/06 07:43 AM

Frank,

I wont be there this year, but RJ will be. If you go, let me know. I am sure he'd like to meet you.
Posted by: Paul Graves Jr.

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 12/12/06 12:49 AM

I will certainly be in attendance, i'll be out there for a week. looking forward to it for sure. Hope to see some fellow dealers out there. Happy holidays everyone.
Posted by: Steve Cohen

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 12/12/06 10:05 AM

I'll be there. After all I made the past 30 Winter NAMM Shows.

I'll be working out of the Samick booth. Stop by and say hello!
Posted by: Piano World

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 12/12/06 11:49 AM

Ok, I'm booked.

Arriving Thursday morning, leaving Sunday afternoon.
Hopefully I can catch up with some of you while I'm there.
Posted by: Dino_dup1

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 12/13/06 02:41 PM

Hi Frank,

I'll be there once again representing the Steigerman line of pianos, booth #403 in the main piano room, where we will officially unveil our new "Premium" line of pianos.

Maybe a group of us can again have dinner this year, at a different restaurant this time...

See ya there.
Posted by: Piano World

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 12/13/06 04:39 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Dino:
Hi Frank,

I'll be there once again representing the Steigerman line of pianos, booth #403 in the main piano room, where we will officially unveil our new "Premium" line of pianos.

Maybe a group of us can again have dinner this year, at a different restaurant this time...

See ya there. [/b]
Hi Dino,

I'll certainly stop by.
Is the Piano Traveler's Group having their get together again?

And yes, I'd be interested in getting a group together, but definitely at a different restaurant:-)
[It took me 3 days to get the taste of their "homemade" wine out of my mouth]

Best

Frank B.
Posted by: 88Key_PianoPlayer

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 12/14/06 08:57 AM

I'm hoping I can go. (I'm working at a local piano store as a floor tuner, and I talked to someone there and she said she'd get me a badge.)
It will be my first time.

Also, I'm hoping to make it to the CA State PTG conference in the Bay Area this coming year, and am considering my options for the PTG national in '07. (I hope to be able to afford it, now that I have a semi-respectable income, compared to unemployment, that is.)
Posted by: Randy Karasik

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 12/19/06 06:46 PM

I would go if there was a serious business opportunity for me. I am a certified piano technician, and I have a plan for marketing pianos that I would like to get some backing on.
Posted by: KawaiDon

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 12/19/06 07:00 PM

Randy,

I have seen this term "Certified Piano Technician" a few times, but don't understand it. Can you tell me what organization or entity certifies piano technicians?

Thanks for any information you can give.
Posted by: Randy Karasik

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 12/19/06 07:41 PM

Actually, I am a registered piano technician with the PTG. The general public seems more receptive to the term "certified" and I have made it the title of my business, "A Certified Piano Technician".

There may be a semantics argument regarding the correct use of the term, since there is no actual state certification of piano tuners.

I beg your forgiveness.
Posted by: Scott The Piano Guy

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 12/20/06 10:23 PM

Hi Frank,

I'll be there from Wednesday noon through Monday morning. I'll be wandering between our underwriter's booths doing personal appearances, signings, and other general schmoozing \:\)

Let's set up a time to meet and have a drink since we missed each other when I was in NY. I'm at the Hilton the whole time. Let me know so I can get it scheduled before too late and my week totally fills up.

It'll be fun!
Scott
Posted by: wolfindmist

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 12/20/06 10:35 PM

Stop it you all!
You are making me very jealous now!
Posted by: Piano World

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 12/21/06 08:09 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Scott The Piano Guy:
Hi Frank,

I'll be there from Wednesday noon through Monday morning. I'll be wandering between our underwriter's booths doing personal appearances, signings, and other general schmoozing \:\)

Let's set up a time to meet and have a drink since we missed each other when I was in NY. I'm at the Hilton the whole time. Let me know so I can get it scheduled before too late and my week totally fills up.

It'll be fun!
Scott [/b]
You're on.
I'm there Thurs/Fri/Sat night, so whatever works.

I'm at the Anaheim Marriott Suites (up the street, not the one next to the Convention Center).
Posted by: dumdumdiddle

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 12/25/06 11:09 AM

A question about NAMM: my college-age son (who is a drummer) is dying to go for a day. Are tickets EVER made available to the public for sale? (Someone at a local music store told my son that NAMM was going to let the public in on one of the days, but I don't believe it.)
Posted by: VGrantano

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 12/26/06 08:18 AM

No, it will never happen. It gets voted down every year.
They do it at the Big show in Germany and it is a disaster. Stealing, and spilled soda and beer are the worse culprits,followed closly by putting cans and Big Gulp cups full of melting ice on pianos.
Posted by: U S A P T

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 12/27/06 05:17 PM

I was planning to go. But after careful thought I have decided not to go this year.

Being a relatively lowly person in the piano retailing hierarchy I look at NAMM as a kind of homecoming where I can greet and thank all of my dealers and manufacturers under one roof at one time.

You guys/gals are the best. I couldn't have picked a better industry to be in -- in whatever capacity.
Posted by: Palindrome

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 12/30/06 12:56 PM

I'll be in the area Thursday/Friday/Saturday (Los Angeles Society of Pathologists meets Saturday); if there's a general PianoWorld party (as there has been in previous years) please post info.
Posted by: U S A P T

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 01/02/07 01:00 PM

I couldn't say anything until now but I think all you piano people are the best.

http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/topic/1/16562.html
Posted by: Piano Peddler

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 01/04/07 01:07 PM

Frank:

I will be there for the entire show, headquarted at the SMC display. I look forward to meeting you "in the flesh" after all these years. I am afraid I will miss the National Piano Travelers Association meeting on Wednesday night (even though I am past president and I recall encouraging you to attend a couple years ago), as we have a corporate function at that time.
Posted by: 88Key_PianoPlayer

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 01/15/07 01:06 AM

Hi. Looks (for now, at least) like I will be going. I have my badge, courtesy of the store I tune on the floor for.

Tentatively, I will be there Thursday (although I may not be there when it first opens in the morning - that remains to be seen) most of the day, Friday most of the day (although I may duck out in the mid to late afternoon), and Saturday most of the day (but I may have to leave before closing time to catch a bus home).
(I haven't made reservations yet cause I haven't been 100% sure I will be there, but I should be able to get a room at a discount motel chain a few miles west on Katella Ave. Last I checked, they had some available.)

It will be my first time there. I'm mainly interested in seeing the various pianos and keyboards. Anyone have any recommendations on what I should look for? I would especially be interested in seeing pianos that I usually don't get the opportunity to see very often or at all.

Another thing - is there anything wrong with somehow writing or sticky-ing my forum username on my badge?
Posted by: Piano World

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 01/15/07 07:50 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by 88Key_PianoPlayer:
Hi. Looks (for now, at least) like I will be going. I have my badge, courtesy of the store I tune on the floor for.

Tentatively, I will be there Thursday (although I may not be there when it first opens in the morning - that remains to be seen) most of the day, Friday most of the day (although I may duck out in the mid to late afternoon), and Saturday most of the day (but I may have to leave before closing time to catch a bus home).
(I haven't made reservations yet cause I haven't been 100% sure I will be there, but I should be able to get a room at a discount motel chain a few miles west on Katella Ave. Last I checked, they had some available.)

It will be my first time there. I'm mainly interested in seeing the various pianos and keyboards. Anyone have any recommendations on what I should look for? I would especially be interested in seeing pianos that I usually don't get the opportunity to see very often or at all.

Another thing - is there anything wrong with somehow writing or sticky-ing my forum username on my badge? [/b]
88Key_PianoPlayer,

The show is huge (and crowded).
While it can be fun to wander around checking everything out, it can also be overwhelming.

I find it's best to grab a program (there will be big stacks of them outside the entrances) and make a list of everyone I want to visit, making a notation of the booth (or room) number and floor.

Visit these first, then wander around.

If it's quiet in the booth you're visiting (rare) the people staffing it will be able to chat, if they're busy I usually leave them alone as I'm not placing any orders for pianos.

As to your badge, I usually write "Home of the World Famous Piano Forums" on mine under the Piano World name. Haven't gotten in trouble for it yet. But... you might be safer to just attach something under your badge.

I hope you make it to the show, it's a great experience and a lot of fun. I'll be wearing my Pano Forums badge under my NAMM badge, keep your eyes open for a pudgy grey haired guy who looks like Richard Dreyfuss :-)

See the proof here ... http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/topic/19/221/4.html#000098

That's Richard on the left, me on the right.
Posted by: KawaiDon

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 01/15/07 09:50 PM

As proof that NAMM is almost here, I humbly submit the following MP3 file for all to enjoy!

http://www.pianoworld.com/Uploads/files/NAMMTuning.mp3

(If you set your music player on repeat, then turn up the volume nice and loud, you will get a sense of being there!)

Posted by: Brick

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 01/15/07 10:29 PM

Wow, it sounds just like Nick Gravagne and Peg Browne tuning!
Posted by: KawaiDon

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 01/16/07 07:33 PM

Almost - there are three in there!

:-)
Posted by: ladylover

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 01/17/07 07:26 AM

Hello,
Yes I want to go to the NAMM and also to Franfurt(music-messe).
I am a Perzina(6'1'') owner sinds twoo weeks and Iam so exciting about this,and also my friends.So I would see them on both event's.And all the other models.
I go every year to Frankfurt.And now for the first time to the NAMM.And if you go to one of both events,go to the Perzina stand and tell what you found out.
Let me know it please.

Yfes
Posted by: CTPianotech

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 01/17/07 08:05 AM

For some reason I keep getting reminded of this skit.
Posted by: 88Key_PianoPlayer

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 01/19/07 05:54 PM

Hi all.

The Rubenstein piano is here (in 210B with the Steingraebers and Sauters). The 138cm Steingraeber is a nice piano. Also, I so far like the 130 (or 132 - can't remember right this second) cm Bohemia upright. And, the Fazioli F308 is nice, too.

Anyone know if Larry Fine, Franz Mohr (I guess not, cause Steinway's not exhibiting), Del Fandrich are at NAMM this year? I did see Randy Potter at the Charles Walter booth (along with Mr & Mrs Walter).
Posted by: Piano World

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 01/20/07 12:08 AM

Del and Larry are here, I've run into both of them.
Posted by: Piano World

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 01/20/07 01:56 AM

Some picts I've taken are here...
http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/topic/1/16782.html

I'll take more tomorrow (Sat.), had too many (interesting) meetings today.

Ok, we're waiting for pictures/reports from the rest of you attendees now.
Posted by: 88Key_PianoPlayer

Re: NAMM 2007 Anaheim - Will You Be There? - 01/20/07 03:52 PM

Hi. I plan to be there for a while this afternoon, but right now I'm at an internet cafe west on Katella at Magnolia. (It's $2/hour here, as opposed to 25c/minute or 40c/minute there at a kiosk or Kinkos, hidden in the lobby.)
I'd like to get pictures, but I'm without a camera. \:\( I've been searching local stores (online and by calling them) but haven't found the one I've been looking at buying - Fuji F30 or F31fd. Too bad, cause I wanted pics of the insides of all the 8' and larger grands and 50" and larger uprights, as well as pics of me playing Rubenstein's piano, the Fazioli F308, and a couple others. Just in case someone has a camera and sees me there (I'll be wearing my tag of course), I am carrying a 1GB CompactFlash card with me (but I don't have SD or XD right now).

So where should I be on the lookout for you guys? I'll try to be down there sometime around 1:45, and I'll stay till about 5:30 or 6. I'll probably make a quick stop in the main downstairs area to look around and try some of the virtual pianos, as well as a few keyboards, then go upstairs and hang out around the various pianos.
I saw Ivory yesterday, and tried a couple settings on the 10-foot Italian grand. I was actually somewhat disappointed. I couldn't get the rich tone abundant in upper (7kHz+, and not just 1 or 2 strong ones, but a full spectrum) harmonics out of it that I wanted. (Maybe I got spoiled on the tape I have listened to 10000's of times since I was 5 that has a piano that sounds like a large upright version of a 55+-year-old Baldwin Hamilton.) The actual F308 that I played was fairly nice, though.
Probably sometime while I'm there I'll go ahead and jump on the overpriced internet station I mentioned above, to check this forum and see if there have been any replies.
Another way is to email me - I can access my email account from my cell phone. I had to change my email address in my profile cause the one that was there I couldn't access from my cell. It's set to hide my address, but allow users to email me by using the icon. If you email me, I might give you my cell # (I have txt msg capability too), but I'm not giving it out publicly.