This may be the first example of a playable Hypercylinder. Whether a 3 dimensional construct such as a cylinder actually has any meaning in nth-dimensional space is fairly academic.
…maybe I should have gone with a drummer joke…
Like the Oreos after your sibling got to them, these drum are missing the filling in the middle.
If you ever want to remove the cream filling of an Oreo, there are some interesting ways to accomplish it.
With this mechanical marvel you can change your drum heads faster than a NASCAR pit crew. The nut drivers are in slots so they adjust for different size rims.
Speaking of childhood toys, these snares provided quite the flashback to my childhood.
This year Off World Percussion introduced their Gemini (top) and Mothership (bottom) tuned percussion. Each chamber produces a different tone even though they share the same playing surface.
It actually took me a bit to figure out that this is a contraction of "My Identity." This may not be the catchiest marketing campaign to grace the halls of NAMM.
Kind of like dad taking the kids to an amusement park that sells beer.
Remo really should have taken the next step and had pictures of people playing field drums that had pictures of people playing field drums that had…
The Slap-Top is a the perfect cajón drum for percussionists who prefer confortable chairs. You'd also have the option to dual-wield like this talented percussionist who was doing demos at the Meinl booth.
The next cutting edge cajón innovation comes in the form of the wearable Move Box. There are shoulder straps that allow you to wear this on your chest like an Afro-Peruvian version of a venerable washboard.
This year's cajón coverage wraps up with one that includes one of the traits that's nearly guaranteed to land a product in the Oddities: translucency, in particular, translucency applied to a product that is typically opaque.
I took one look at this giant frame drum and thought about the epic goat that must have been taken down to produce the drum head.
OK, it's probably a synthetic head but that would be one bad ass goat if it weren't.
I noticed a guy attending the show who had come up with his own method for carrying his drumsticks that allowed him to keep his hands free at the same time.
I wonder how many pairs of "drum pants" he owns?
This year DrumDial was showing an update of their analog tension meter. I'll bet there are drummers out there that think the analog version provides a warmer drum tone that this digital one.
For the bashing drummer in your life. These sticks have nylon thread spun on them that strengthens the stick and provides more grip.
These Turkish cymbals sport hand-painted artwork. Since the audience won't see these, it must be simply for the viewing pleasure of the drummer.
Hmmm, that sounds like a political manifesto.
The Cymloc is a system that allows you to single-handedly remove your cymbals from their stands.
Yes, I'm a sucker for things that light up.
©2013 Barry Wood