July 20, 2021 I Event

Summer NAMM 2021 Best In Show Winners Announced

Left to right: Geoff Metts, Frank Alkyer, Leslie Stirm, Robert Christie and Tim Spicer

Summer NAMM returned last week from July 15–16 at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, bringing MI back together after a year-and-a-half COVID-19 break. One of its highlights was the Friday morning session in which a panel of retailing experts declared what they found Best In Show — a NAMM Show tradition. The panel included Geoff Metts, owner of Five Star Guitars in Hillsboro, Oregon; Leslie Stirm, owner of Instrumental Music Center in Tucson, Arizona; Robert Christie, owner of A&G Central Music in Madison Heights, Michigan; and Tim Spicer, owner of Spicer’s Music in Auburn, Alabama. The panel was moderated by Frank Alkyer, president of Music Inc. and UpBeat Daily.

The winners in the awards’ four categories are listed below. Full coverage of the session with commentary from the panelists on all the winning gear will be featured in the September issue of Music Inc. Don’t miss it!

Accessories and Add-Ons

Taylor Guitars’ TaylorSense Guitar Health Monitoring System (Metts)

Rad Distribution’s Avantone Pro Planar Red Headphones (Stirm)

D’Addario Auto Lock Guitar Strap (Christie)

Persona Medical’s Earasers (Spicer)

Gotta Stock It

Guitar Pillow (Metts)

Third Man Hardware (Stirm)

Ortega, QuantumLoop (Christie)

D’Addario XS Strings (Spicer)

Companies to Watch

Third Man Hardware (Metts)

Podium (Stirm)

American Way Marketing (Christie)

Tagima Guitars (Spicer)

Best In Show

JackTrip Labs (Metts)

QiJack by Analysis Plus (Metts)

Orion OBN-221 Plastic Bassoon (Stirm)

BaldMan Percussion Stank Foot (Christie)

Taylor Guitars’ American Dream Series Guitars (Spicer)


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