It’s been a busy January. The big annual Musical Instrument Industry trade show NAMM descended on us again, as usual at the Anaheim Convention center outside Los Angeles. I don’t have hard numbers but traffic seemed definitely down…hey, it’s been a tough year and 2008 doesn’t necessarily look any better.
The Bosendorfer booth was well attended and I will say that business was not as bad as I had expected (personal opinion, not a corporate statement). We showed a Louis XVI in pommele, a high polish rosewood 225, a 225 CEUS and a couple of other cool cabinets. The mood seemed very sombre on the 3rd floor piano area. Sauter had some nice instruments including a concert grand. Fazioli was in an enclosed area that I did not attempt to enter. Bluthner, on the main floor, had some great eye candy, and some beautiful pianos.
I bought a rather expensive hi def video camera and took a lot of piano footage. Now to get streaming video working.