The Roving Rowes

Encounter

Interesting Musical Instruments at

The 2000 NAMM International Trade Show

Just about any musical instrument one can imagine can be found at the NAMM show. From normal band and orchestra instruments to folk instruments to ethnic instruments to pianos and organs, manufacturers and distributors display their wares for folks to look at and, in many cases, play.

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Accordions GIF

A few manufacturers of accordions (and related variations) presented their instruments. Here are five of the more fancy and colorful ones we saw. First you will get a quick tour, then the opportunity to spend more time with whichever one(s) you wish (especially if the pictures did not have time to finish displaying during the tour).

Guitars GIF

All sizes and flavors of guitars from all over the world were displayed at the show. Some were "ordinary" but others were colorful, picturesque, and even downright ostentacious. Here are some we wanted to share with you. First you will get a quick tour, then the opportunity to spend more time with whichever one(s) you wish (especially if the pictures did not have time to finish displaying during the tour).

Leopard drums (small)

One of the hottest selling instruments over the last several years, drum sets can be found throughout the show. Although we saw quite a few particularly attractive sets, we decided to take just this one picture - probably because we have a special interest in cats.

Pianos GIF

Several manufacturers of pianos brought examples of their products. Most were relatively "plain" and traditional, but as is always the case at the NAMM show, others were extra special. First you will get a quick tour, then the opportunity to spend more time with whichever one(s) you wish (especially if the pictures did not have time to finish displaying during the tour).

Miniatures GIF

Not all of the instruments at the show could be used as peforming tools. In fact, some are purely decorative. Included in this array are a quartet of cat musicians, a miniature drum set (with working bass drum pedal and hi-hats), and a collection of musical trinkets. First you will get a quick tour, then the opportunity to spend more time with whichever one(s) you wish (especially if the pictures did not have time to finish displaying during the tour).

Norm with Wagner tuba (small)

The German composer Richard Wagner designed and wrote for a number of special instruments. Among these were a family of French horn extensions called Wagner tuben. All but one of them (the contrabass) are played left-handed (like French horns) and take French horn mouthpieces. The Alexander firm brought two models for display: one designed in typical double-horn configuration (which Norm experiments with) and one with a traditional four-valve arrangement (on display in the background).

Colorful brass GIF

Not all brass instruments come in gold (brass) and silver. At least two companies add a lot of color to their products. Here are examples from a Chinese manufacturer and the L.A. Sax company. First you will get a quick tour, then the opportunity to spend more time with whichever one(s) you wish (especially if the pictures did not have time to finish displaying during the tour).


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