"I'm freaking out," said Mike Miltimore, founder of Riversong Guitars in British Columbia. Miltimore's business card also bills him as 'Passion Igniter,' and with his incandescent grin it is easy to see why. Miltimore brought his patent-pending guitar design to the show for the first time, unsure if he would meet his goals of finding more international distribution. "At the show, we've seen big-time interest from countries I did not even know existed," he said. "I also wanted to connect with my current dealers, and NAMM is the place to do that." Serenely regarding the brisk business at his booth and his smiling, upbeat crew, Miltimore seemed satisfied. "This is beyond my wildest expectations," he said.New exhibitors accounted for 20 percent of the exhibiting companies this year, with another 118 companies returning to NAMM after a year or more off . The increase is a subtle indicator that the music products industry is stealthily creeping back onto terra firma. Not so subtle is the vibrant, positive feeling among new exhibitors, some of whom are at NAMM because they felt the time was right to expand their businesses and gather input from the music-making world.
Global Music And Sound Industry Finds Success At The 2013 NAMM Show
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