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Beatit visits Dixon Booth at NAMM 2017

NAMM Show is the biggest and most important event of this type in the world. As simple as that. Let us try and justify a statement that practically needs no justification. Picture thousands of manufacturers of all musical instruments imaginable (including drums), PA systems, microphones, software or companies rendering services. Add to this tens of thousands of visitors at Anahaeim Convention Center, all of whom work in different branches of the music industry. All of this happens every year in January and this year was no different. You just need to see it for yourselves, if you havent so far…

Having limited ourselves and our reports solely to drum-related (which is only natural) we can still say that all the greats of the drumming business (Zildjian, Sabian, Paiste, Meinl, DW, Gretsch, Tama, Yamaha, Pearl), all those whose merits are unquestionable and who count in this business (Dixon, Anatolian, Istanbul Cymbals, Vater Drumsticks) and those who wish to achieve such a status (the Canadian sticks and accesories manufacturers Headhunters or Polish team from Polyend, who are making a quality drum software and innovative samling solutions) attended NAMM 2017 as exhibitors. Also, we must not forget the artists who were present in Anaheim this year. Those included the likes of Steve Gadd, Steve Smith, Marvin ‘Smitty’ Smith, Benny Greb, Vinnie Colaiuta, Mike Johnston, Danny Carey, Nicko McBrain, John JR Robinson, Russ Miller, Daru Jones, Gregg Bissonette, Mikkey Dee, Rick Latham, Vinny Appice or Gergo Borlai. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg…

Dixon Fuse Kit, NAMM Show 2017

Dixon Fuse Kit

Dixon Drums at NAMM Show 2017

We have heard and seen that DIXON Drums are growing stronger every year so it was obvious that we had to check it out! We saw many truly beautiful kits and we can confirm that their offer is getting wider and wider. The first kit that was shown to us was Dixon Fuse. Exotic and eye-catching one, four piece, made of Zebrawood. Besides its look, it sounds fantastic and we can assure you that, although it’s a mid-line kit, you won’t be dissapointed! The brand understands that it’s all about the sound, but visual features are also very important when it comes to a live gig. That’s why they also have a bigger rock kit (24×14, 12×8, 16×16), in a finish that changes with the light. Great thing for those who want to shine. Dixon was always making a great hardware and now they are putting their efforts into making flat-based stands, which are getting more and more popular. As they say, listening to their artists is very important. Some of the drummers wanted their kits to be smaller, which allows them play small gigs, or practise without losing good sound. That’s how Jet Set Plus drums were made. It’s a small, good sounding kit, but when you turn the drum upside-dowm, you will get a mesh head instead of resonant one. Now, you can practice in peace! Another cocktail kit is the Little Roomer, with very small toms and an even smaller snare drum. We saw it in action and we must admit that it’s quite great. We also took part in a great show by two of Dixon endorsers- Gregg Bisonette and Jerry Gaskill. It was a true happiness and the magic of music! Take a look at our clip from this booth:


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