hannaugh said:It's funny how some booths are all business, mostly private rooms for big corporate deals, then other booths have entertainment set up for the commoners. Dunlop was no doubt doing some very serious business there just like Marshall, but their booth had a bunch of listening stations set up with guitars, basses, and their pedals. Guess which booth was more fun. I did get a Marshall bag though.
I've never been, but it's my understanding is that NAMM is a trade show. That is, it's mostly for business-to-business marketing (the "trade"). So, no surprise that you'd see a lotta "dealing" going on rather than showmanship aimed at consumer trickery. Even then, most of the interesting stuff happens after hours in places your average Joe wouldn't be invited to. Depending on what you'd call interesting, of course.
Back 100 years ago when I was involved in such things with Westinghouse, we saw very few users show up. It was always your competitors and distributors looking to form alliances, make agreements, steal ideas, etc.. You were mainly strutting your stuff to impress/scare everybody, and the more money you spent the scarier it was. Your booth(s) would be full of guys from IBM, GE, Fanuc, Rockwell, etc. scoping out what you were doing, not looking to buy anything. But, on the plus side, you had the international distributors who were looking to see what was going to fly in the future so they could fill up a warehouse in anticipation. They're the ones you took to the titty bars and got snot-slinging drunk <grin>