An electric harp, shaped like an eighth note, with steel strings and guitar pickups. This is the sort of product that I come to NAMM for.
The maker of this instrument told me that he was inspired to pursue his dreams partly because of his following the NAMM Oddities over the years. I feel honored.
This covers all the, if you'll excuse the pun, basses. There are 20 strings in total comprised of a 6-string fretless bass and a 14-string fretted bass.
Had I known that there would eventually be so many weird ukuleles at NAMM, I would have dedicated an entire section to the little beasties.
The soundholes on The Day of the Dead and the pirate ukuleles are interesting, but the eyeless dalmation puppy is the stuff of nightmares.
The 100th anniversary Kiwaya ukuleles sell for a cool $2,235 each.
Without the case, the ukulele itself would be fairly pedestrian. It's the set that really makes it work.
I'm sure there's an intelligent and sensitive panda deep within this hideous creature.
This panda is just slightly less disturbing than the "Elephant Panda" above.
A piano for those gigs where you have to play in a tawdry alien bar in a futuristic dystopia and Harrison Ford is going to bust in looking for a fugitive, shoot up the place, and leave freakish bodies lying everywhere. Your cheap tuxedo is slimed with purple blood and there are bits of alien brain in your hair which makes you desperately question your life choices. And then there are the bad gigs too.
If you're going to have a piano with silver-plated hardware, it better damn well be transparent so you can see it.
I feel that I was destined to meet The Little Gem transparent banjo ukulele seeing as it ticks several Oddities boxes. Fortunately time travel was not required.
The Little Dragon travel tuba from last year is now available in colors. If they painted this to look like intenstines then the sound it makes would be wholly expected.
These do an admirable job of straddling the line that divides classy and cheesy. I suppose it would come down to the context that you use them in.
I would have said "Cadillac" but when a harmonica sells for $2,695, it's beyond any domestic car maker analogy.
Usually that phrase is talking about the players' timing, not the place where you can store your bass.
This is a very mean-looking take on the classic Hofner-style violin bass.
This is the bass that I would expect Crowley to play had he pursued a career in music.
Cigar box guitars were originally budget homemade affairs, but now you've got high quality components and people making resonator versions. To paraphrase Dolly Parton, "You have to get rich in order to play as if you were poor."
The Deflector—available for trumpet, trombone, and straight soprano sax—is intended to allow the player to better hear themselves by reflecting some of the sound back toward the player.
Based on Orson Welles' famous radio play, "War of the Woodwinds."
It appears the Yamaha Venova is popular enough for a third-party ligature to thrive.
That would normally be the way to characterize a flutist playing in windy conditions, but the Win-d-Fender changes all that.
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