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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Eric Cioe, Nov 22, 2001.
can anyone go to these?
Not really sure who's allowed in the door, but if you get in real good with a retailer who's a member you might be able to get a badge, thats how I do it.
It's kind of a weird deal. In Nashville, you have to have a badge, or be registered. I usually use a Warwick pass, but Stratfreak also is correct on the retailer point. In California, I've had friends get in by paying $50 at the door.
it costs $50 to get a visitor badge at either show, that and the fact that it takes an exhibitor or a retailer to purchase a visitor badge at either show.
I got my badge one year from a local repair shop. I went with my friend who got his badge from a retailer.
What was kinda funny is that I was checking out this really expensive Pedulla, and a Fodera. Both booths insisted I play their Bass. Both manufactures plugged me in, cranked me up (I turned myself down) and said "Have fun" and walked away, leaving me to my own devices.
I was pretty stoked, feeling good, and riding high. I walked over to the Gibson room and was stopped at the door "Retailers only Sir". I didn't catch what they were saying (I was in a Bass zone) and as I tried to walk in they grabbed my arm. "Retailers only, SIR".
My friend had the retail badge, so they scanned it to make sure that his retailer actually sold Gibsons. I sneaked in (my friend ran a diversion). I figured I'd see something secret, oh boy!
There was nothing new. The coolest thing they had were the tables shaped like Les Paul guitars. What a shame, but I did start laughing almost uncontrollably at the irony. I would have been busted but I can walk really fast.
Have fun, NAAM shows are cool.
And wear your sneakers.
Retailers who are NAMM members get a certain amount of badges free, 10 I think but not sure. I have a badge every year for Nashville and have never paid a dime. Only thing is you have to let your retailer know in advance because they have to turn in names for every badge.