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Yamaha has been honoured with eight awards at this year’s NAMM Show, including two products named “Best in Show.”
The innovative SLB300 SILENT Bass™ and the user-friendly YBS-480 Baritone Saxophone came away with the prestigious Best in Show award by a panel of industry experts at the annual music products trade event held recently in Anaheim. The award ceremony was held the final day of NAMM and moderated by Frank Alkyer, publisher of Music Inc. and UpBeat Daily magazines.
The SILENT Bass, honoured in the “Gotta Stock It” category, is ergonomically designed to include all the touch points of an acoustic upright bass. It has been used on stage by notable performers who note its comfort and its clear, rich and full “upright” sound, which models an acoustic bass played through different high-end acoustic microphones. The YBS-480 Baritone Saxophone, an updated design of the extremely popular YBS-52 used by thousands of schools in the United States and globally, features a lighter weight, redesigned key positions for better ergonomics and a neck design vertically integrated from the professional 62 Series model, bringing improved intonation and depth of sound. There is also a peg receiver for the use of an optional floor peg to help stabilise the instrument.
In addition, the Yamaha YVN Model 3 Student Violin was honoured with a coveted Music and Sound Award, presented by Music & Sound Retailer. A winner of the Best in Show award at last year’s NAMM Show, the YVN Model 3 is a rethinking of how stringed instruments are manufactured – a process that has remained virtually unchanged for centuries – resulting in a singular combination of rich sound, playability, easy maintenance, durability and affordability ideal for developing players.
Yamaha also earned the distinguished MusicRadar Best of NAMM 2020 award in the “Best Drum Kit” category for the new Stage Custom Hip drum set, a compact version of the company’s popular Stage Custom Birch, ideal for the gigging drummer as a lightweight option that allows musicians to discover new sounds for various applications.
The company’s accolades were not limited to musical instruments. The NAMM TEC Awards recognised Line 6 in the “Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects” category for the HX Stomp, a professional-grade guitar processor that delivers the sound of Helix® amps, cabs, and effects in an ultra-compact pedal. Line 6 is a Yamaha company.
Completing the list of honors for Yamaha at this year’s NAMM Show were no fewer than three MMR Dealer’s Choice awards: Acoustic Guitar of the Year (for the Yamaha TransAcoustic guitar), Acoustic Piano Line of the Year and Band & Orchestral Line of the Year. The MMR Dealers’ Choice Award honors the finest products and companies in the music products industry.
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