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60 The PCB Design Magazine • February 2017 by Dick Crowe BURKLE USA The annual NAMM show (National Asso- ciation of Music Merchants) in Anaheim, Cali- fornia is arguably the largest show of its kind. NAMM is to music what the CES Show is to consumer electronics, or the Auto Show is to cars. And electronics plays a major role in auto- motive and music these days. NAMM, as reported last year, is a loud and diverse show. My guess is that there are well over 1,000 guitars on display along with all sorts of other musical instruments. I attend NAMM for two reasons; the first is my selfish interest in guitars and the second is to see how electronics also continues to impact this business. It really is a giant show; not as big as CES, but far bigger than any show in the electron- ics manufacturing industry. When I first hit the show floor, my first thought was, "Wow, how do I bring that guitar home?" If you're a musi- cian with a "day job" in the electronics indus- try, NAMM is the place to be. Music and elec- tronics continue to interact. Amplifiers, effects pedals, electronic tuners, and voice and instru- ment modulation all are on display. This year I spent a little time looking over wireless 2.4 GHZ receivers for use on guitars and other instru- ments. Cables are a great nuisance and a good fidelity wireless system makes sense, but they can be rather expensive as well. I reviewed one wireless system by Carol Electronics of Taiwan. It was advertised as be- NAMM 2017: Bigger and Better ARTICLE

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