Best in Show: Winter NAMM 2016

The Strings staff just spent four days at Winter NAMM 2016 scouring the showroom floors and meeting with luthiers, designers, and distributors hunting for the latest gear and instruments. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite showstoppers from this year’s five-day convention for you–take a peek!

First up is the new Yamaha Electric Violin. The Yamaha YEV stunned everyone with its elegant design, solid sound, and competitive price. It was such a shocker to the music industry vets, that the organization’s voters selected  it as the “Best in Show” for 2016. Imagine that, a product from the strings world beating out DJ equipment, guitars, apps, and everything else for the top honor! Yamaha gave us a look at the YEV the week ahead of the show. Read our first impressions at the link.



The Yamaha YEV lineup includes four- and five-string violins, in black or natural finishes.

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  • Made in Romania by the Gliga workshop, the Gliga Gliolin is a tribute to traditional Romanian violin making. Incredible handcrafted fittings.
  • Clare Stefani of Connolly & Co. shows off the latest cello from Revelle 850. It’s made from wood aged for 15 years, which should help it be more stable (and less likely to crack) than many other instruments in the same price range).
  • Götz latest cello endpin–available in walnut, ebony, maple, rosewood, and Guibourtia (shown).
  • Simon Götz of the famous violin-making family shows off the company’s Model 115CA violin.
  • A selection of BAMs new line of accessories, which include silk violin bags, microfiber cleaning clothes and, of course, its cases.
  • A shot of Krutz‘s maple burl back violin 400 model.
  • Christian, the 11-year-old “Rockabilly Boy,” performs on a Krutz bass. View the whole video on our Instagram page (@stringsmagazine).
  • Two sets of D’Addario strings: new Kaplan Amo and Vivo viola strings.
  • Hello from a handful of the Strings’ staff outside NAMM’s main entrance.

Greg Olwell and Stephanie Powell contributed to this article.