Success Stories

Based in Slovenia, Flight has grown over the last ten years to become an internationally distributed brand.
The NAMM Oral History Collection is unlike any other collection in the world. The heart of the Collection is the depth of its narratives that cover innovative creations, the evolution of musical instruments, the ever-changing world of music retail, as well as our collective quest to improve music education around the globe.
For NAMM’s Oral History Program, one new and much anticipated interview to be collected among the many others at The 2020 NAMM Show was that of Leo Nocentelli, best known for his work as a musician and songwriter for the popular funk band, The Meters.
The Music History Project (TMHP), a podcast sponsored by NAMM and produced and recorded by the NAMM Resource Center, has hit a significant milestone in achieving 50,000 streams.
The year 1912 can be remembered for many iconic events in history, the entry of Arizona as the 48th U.S. state, the sinking of the Titanic and the election of Woodrow Wilson as the 28th President of the United States of America.
When you think of “Nashville Sound” or more specifically, record producers in Nashville, what names come to mind?  Perhaps names like Owen Bradley, Chet Atkins, Cowboy Jack Clement, or Fred Foster top your list. However, the name that should be on your list but probably isn’t is Gail Davies.
At the close of 2018, it was predicted that 2019 was going to be a milestone year for the music products industry. Some short 50 years earlier music was once again redefined in the dairy fields of New York during a little event you may have heard of, Woodstock. One NAMM Member company celebrating the massive achievement of thriving over the last 50 years is Morley.
Maegen Wells found herself captivated by two forces early on in her life; the guitar and tools. Her fascination with both eventually led her to lutherie, and today, as a top luthier in the music products community. Wells now owns and operates a successful shop where she crafts archtop guitars and mandolins.
A player piano or a pianola as they often referred was the instrument to own in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Owning a player piano instantly transformed ordinary household into musical paradises when being proficient in an instrument was often a rarity and the invention of modern entertainment like radio and television was still years away.
When Jesse James Babbitt finished construction on his first mouthpiece inside his garage in 1919, one would imagine he never envisioned that, one hundred years later, his company would be a leader in the creation of mouthpieces for clarinets and saxophones.
When Tom Bedell resurrected Bedell Guitars decades after he founded the business, he had a surprising new outlook on doing business, including how to make the best musical instrument possible without impacting the environment.
NAMM sat down with Robert Christie, 2017 Dealer of the Year and owner of A&G Central Music to discuss his keys for success. After 23 years as a band and orchestra retailer, he says there is some success that can’t be measured, like seeing the sparkle in a child’s eyes as he or she opens the case to their very first instrument.