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Summer NAMM Numbers Are In

NAMM has reported a 26-percent decrease in registration from last year’s Summer NAMM show, with 12,967 total registrants for the three-day event. Exhibitor numbers were also down at the Nashville Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., with 383 companies. According to a statement from NAMM, many exhibitors chose NAMM’s Club option, bringing in products and literature, and hosting meetings without the cost of a full exhibit space on the show floor.

“While the economic crisis certainly made this year’s Summer NAMM uncertain in many people’s minds, we forged ahead and provided a good venue for our members to do business and prepare for the important fall and holiday selling seasons.” said NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond. “And as a result, I believe that this show marked an important transition point, as community music stores and the new and veteran exhibitors worked together to set the stage for an important growth period ahead for these companies.”

More than 145 companies at the show were new exhibitors, including three-time winner of “Best in Show,” Breezsong, for its JamHub, a silent band practice device.

“This show has been terrific — we’re so glad we came,” said Steve Skillings, president of Breezsong. “We were worried that it may not be as good a show because of all the naysayers, but the people who said that turned out to be wrong.”

The 2010 NAMM Show will take place from Jan. 14–17, 2010, in Anaheim, Calif.