Colorful personalities caught on candid camera from the showroom floor.

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The Winter NAMM show is supposed to be an industry-only event that’s closed to the public. But when it comes to the actual attendees, there seems to be a generous definition to the phrase “industry-only.” They come in packs and tribes and oftentimes they dress up so that fellow tribe members will know them. The metal heads are well represented, as are the hipsters, the hippies, and the just plain hip. They arrive, show off, and bond. They also seem to laugh a lot. Here they are!

Optimized for a balanced sound with plenty of booty on tap, Nordstrand Audio CatPups offer classically inspired tones for any platform into which you can fit them.

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A newly designed koa wonder that packs a punch.

Incredibly easy to play. Well-balanced tone.

Not as visually stunning as other koa models.

$3,499

Taylor 724ce
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Hawaiian koa has been a favorite of boutique acoustic builders for ages. It has a cool tone personality, somewhere between rosewood and mahogany. It can be used for both back and sides and for top wood, and it’s beautiful. It’s also pretty expensive. The good news is that Taylor’s new 724ce is built with a breed of Koa that actually helps players save a few bucks.
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An all-analog polyphonic amplitude synthesizer that alters the attack and decay time of any sound source without sacrificing the fidelity of the original tone.

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