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BeatIt visits Turkish Cymbals Booth at NAMM Show 2017

NAMM Show is the biggest and most important event of this type in the world. As simple as that. There is no need to justify this statement or elaborate on it that much. All you need to do is see it for yourselves, if you havent. Regardless, let us scribble a few words about this year’s edition of the event. Like every year, also in January of 2017, the immense, three-storey Anaheim Convention Center became home to hundreds of exhibitors operating in every branch of the music industry (manufacturers of all musical instruments imaginable, including drums, PA systems, microphones, software or companies rendering services) and thousands of visitors.

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, all those whose merits are unquestionable and who count in this business (Turkish Cymbals, we think, falls into this category) and those who wish to achieve such a status 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, Daru Jones, Gregg Bissonette, Mikkey Dee, Rick Latham, Vinny Appice or Gergo Borlai. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg…

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Turkish John Blackwell Signature Cymbals

John Blackwell, who has been struggling with cancer for a number of months now, was one musician whose absence during this year’s NAMM was more than noticed. He was present in spirit, though. We have already informed that everyone could write their get-well wishes to John on a bass drum head at the Dixon booth. We will show it on one of the forthcoming materials. Turkish Cymbals in turn presented the John Blackwell Signature cymbals and his face was overlooking the company’s booth and everyone passing or stopping by…

In this short episode of BeatIt’s report from NAMM Show 2017, Burak Sirin, – Turkish Cymbals USA Director – presents all the cymbals bearing John Blackwell‘s signature, which are: John Blackwell 22″ Jazz Ride, John Blackwell 21″ Ride, John Blackwell 19″ and 20″ China,  John Blackwell 18″ and 19″ Thin Crash 18″ i 19″ and John Blackwell 13″ Hi Hat. Enjoy!


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