Well, I had a good day at NAMM. Here are the photos: http://homepage.mac.com/f_carnivore/PhotoAlbum5.html They're Page 5 and 6--Page 3 and 4 are from a gig I did a couple weeks ago. Anyhow, the hip thing seems to be natural finished basses--last year, things were pretty colourful. I guess that the glut of new and talented builders has upped the ante for beautiful woods. There was just some unbelievable stuff. Also popular are lightweight amps. I heard the Thunderfunks and was very impressed. On that note, Accugroove has released cabs with Neodymium speakers. Their single 12 cab is now around 45 pounds, and the Whappo Jr. 212 is around 75!! Another cool thing they offer now is switchable impedance. So you can choose either 8 ohms or 4 ohms via a switch on the rear panel. I loved how the stuff sounded too. Although it looks pretty daunting, Stewart McK didn't seem to have a problem getting around the Adler 11 string. Most of the other gear pictures speak for themselves. In terms of playing, there was a lot of awesome stuff going on. I attended performances by Steve Lawson and Michael Manring, and both times, they were hampered by people in neighbouring booths. Steve's neighbour at Modulus was some shredder guy who looked pretty cool, but wasn't a very good guitar player. Michael was interrupted by some band playing covers. Actually, Michael joined in when the band played a Beatles tune, and it was probably the best that band has ever sounded. Both of those guys took it in good humour though, and they ripped it up. Manring played for a full hour after some of his fans convinced the band next door to take a break. Steve's looping set at Modulus was pretty cool, but that shredder guy was sure there for a long time. Dominique DiPiazza was seen at Fodera/Epifani. Wow. That guy has some serious music going on. Another surprise was a 12 year old kid at MTD. I saw Mike showing a bass to this young man and I thought it was sort of cute. As I looked away, the kid busted out "Donna Lee"! I wish I had gotten this guy's name (I'm sure someone did); turns out he's been playing for three years. A very polite and friendly kid too. Wow. Anyhow, that's it for now. I'll probably be back Saturday.