105th NAMM Show Closes with Record-Breaking Finish

Vibrant Show Sets Positive Tone for Music Products Industry's 2007 Sales Year

January 21, 2007

NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry, today announced final registration and exhibitor numbers for the 2007 NAMM Show. At show close, NAMM reported a 4 percent increase in overall registration for a grand total of 84,695 registrants.

The association previously announced breaking the all-time record of exhibitors with 1,535 companies displaying products at this year's NAMM Show. International attendance showed an 8 percent increase for a total of 9,889 registrants from more than 100 countries.

During the four-day event, buyers and sellers of musical instruments and products held meetings, wrote orders and shared opinions about the year ahead. In addition to the great business opportunities, as many regular show attendees know, there were also plenty of "only at a NAMM show" moments to meet and interact with some of the greatest artists in the world who regularly attend.

"We were gratified to see the industry come together during these challenging times to work together in order to seize the many opportunities ahead of us in the coming year," said Joe Lamond, president and CEO, NAMM. "NAMM is pleased to serve its Members by producing the NAMM Show, which fuels our 'circle of benefits,' where show revenues are reinvested back into the industry through market-building programs, partnerships and initiatives that drive more interest in making music."

"This year's NAMM Show was fabulous for Alesis, Numark and Akai," said Chris Roman of Alesis/Numark. "We did great business here and all of our new products were received well at the show."

"It's been really, really good this year," said Lucian Marshall of Emerson Williams. "We've had people coming back who saw us here last year. We've had lots of serious interest this time around and we're so glad we came back." Meredith Cutler of First Act said this has been the company's best NAMM show yet.

"The energy on the show floor has been high, traffic has been great and the response from our partners was also strong," Cutler said. "We expect to do an amazing first quarter and a lot of that success is based on our time spent here in Anaheim at the NAMM Show."

John Picetti of Dean Markley Strings said, "This was a very successful show for us. We were very impressed with the extraordinary Thursday volume, and it seemed to continue throughout the show. We've done well business wise. We feel we had a fantastic show."

"We came here to launch our product line," said Graham Henman of Henman Beviacqua Guitars. "We have the smallest booth in the place and we hoped to create the biggest reaction. The NAMM Show is the place to be. If you're not here, you're just not on the map."

NAMM reinvests the revenue from its world-class trade shows to fund programs, activities and initiatives designed to stimulate demand for music products; and provide valuable services to help its Members succeed. This "circle of benefits" model allows NAMM to work toward its mission of unifying, leading and strengthening the global music products industry and increasing active participation in music making.

NAMM's next trade show for the music products industry, the 2007 NAMM Summer Session, will take place in Austin, Texas, July 27–29. For more information, please visit icon link www.summernamm.com. The 106th NAMM Show will take place in Anaheim, Calif., Jan. 17–20, 2008.