During the NAMM U Breakfast Session on 27th January, host Frank Alkyer and a group of panelists picked their top products for the coming year.
The panelists included US music retailers Mike Guillot of Mississippi Music; Donovan Bankhead of Springfield Music; Brad Boynton of Rhythm Traders; Billy Cuthrell of Progressive Music Center; Ted Eschliman of Dietze Music; and Alan Friedman of Friedman, Kannenberg & Co.
The panelists made their top choices in four categories: Best Add-On or Accessory, Gotta Stock It, Companies to Watch and Best in Show.
The winners are as follows:
Best Add-On or Accessory:
Evans Level360 Drumhead (D'Addario)
Music Nomad Equipment Care
Remo Frame Drum Holder
Prologix Russ Miller's "All -N-1" Signature Practice Pad
Gibraltar Cajon Remote Pedal
Ernie Ball Slinky M-Steel Electric Guitar Strings
Gotta Stock It:
Peavey VIP Vyper Modeling Amplifier
TC Electronic Ditto Looper
Meinl Make Your Own Cajon Kit
RoomZorbers (Hal Leonard)
Companies to Watch:
Best in Show:
Yamaha Stagepas 400i & 600i PA systems
Taylor Grand Orchestra
Sabian JoJo Mayer Hoop Crasher
Kala Exotic Mahogany Ukulele
The Noodle, Slaperoo Percussion