Instrument builder/musician Frank Abrams plays the Banjo-Tam, a banjo with a tambourine as its head.
Florida family trio Diamond Dixie does an impromptu performance (using a new The Martin CEO-8) at the Martin booth.
Nashville’s Chancellor Christian plays a new Motif XF8 at the Yamaha booth.
RT Valine of East L.A. band RT n’ the 44s performs on a Gibson 335 at the Tascam booth.
Garen Rees and Melissa Irwin of Rees Harps show that harps can be good instruments for pickin’ and grinnin’.
Canadian Ken Wilson plays a new Furch nylon-string guitar, built in the Czech Republic.
Nashville musicians Kelly Schultz and her husband, Chuck, play a couple of Casio’s Previa keyboards.
The next generation of young female rockers tries out electric guitars at the Gibson booth.
Recording King’s Ashley Atz plays one of the company’s cool RPH-07 Harmonella acoustics.
Anson Jiang of the AMIS company of Guangzhou, China, plays one of his acoustic/electric resonator ukuleles with a Fishman pickup.
Enrique Castanon, left, and Perry Shealy check out Roland’s new JD-Xi analog/digital synth with onboard pattern sequencer and vocoder.
Mark Brookshier of Teton Guitars of Idaho Falls, Idaho plays one of the company’s acoustic 10-string models.
Sixteen-year-old singer/songwriter Savannah Lynne performs at the MXL Microphones/Mogami Cables booth.
Jayme Galloway of Canada’s Woodrow Guitars, which is licensed to build guitars featuring NHL, NFL and NBA sports teams, plays one of the company’s electric instruments.
Texan Johnny Tidwell tries out a new acoustic at the Takamine booth.
Longtime Nashville speaker repair guru Sam Stafford plays slide on a resonator guitar at the Republic Reso-Phonic Guitar booth.
Gordon Roberts of Maryland’s Nova Strings plays a bouzouki made by the Ashbury company of Brighton, United Kingdom, which also makes mandolins, tenor guitars and more.
Deering Banjos artist, multi-instrumentalist, and perpetual road warrior Mean Mary James performs at the Shubb Capo booth.
Jon Miller, a “patent attorney by day, musician by night” from Virginia, plays a Grand Orchestra model in the Taylor room.
From left, songwriters Thornton Cline (the Manhattans), Erin Enderlin (Luke Bryan), Robert White Johnson (Celine Dion) and Regie Hamm (Point of Grace) participate in a panel discussion about the music industry.
Roger Eason of Ortega instruments, a division of the German Meinl percussion company, plays one of the company’s mandolins.
Twelve-year-old Ben Weeks of Lexington, Kentucky checks out a new electric at the Ibanez booth.
Carolyn Sills of Santa Cruz Guitars plays one of the company’s new Brad Paisley models.
Nashville-based pianist Kevin Hutchens checks out an Artesia keyboard made by the Virgin Musical Instrument Company of Santee, CA.
Michael Adams plays an axe made by Australia’s Cole Clark company, whose guitars are made of California redwood, Australian blackwood, blackbean, and other somewhat unique woods.
Godin Guitars and Kyser Capos artist Marvin Mumford, with son Marvin II on percussion, entertains the NAMM crowd at the Kyser booth.
The Internet may have taken a big chunk out of the sheet music business, but the Hal Leonard Corporation still is a major player. Here, Charra Fedke plays a Kahua ukulele that’s part of a Hal Leonard instructional uke package.
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