My general rule of thumb at NAMM when I see something I covet is to ask myself, “Do I already own something that does what this does (if I read the manual)?” MOST of the time, this serves me well. I did see something I really want/need.
Although they didn’t have an official presence at NAMM the Stick was still represented (I met a bunch of Stick players – some of the best and brightest). In conjunction with all the other festivities, there was an evening of Stick music presented at a nearby watering hole. Emmett was there and playing a Railboard, the next evolutionary step for the Stick. Railboards are made out of hard-anodized or metal plasma coated aluminum. This is really appealing to me since I live in a climatologically-volitile area of the country (in other words, the weather here sucks for a good chunk of the year) and wood instruments are vulnerable to these conditions. Being made out of metal, the Railboard would be immune to the barometric changes we have to deal with ’round here.
At the gig, I made another important discovery about the Railboad that amplified it’s appeal. If you are playing a gig with multi-colored lights, you get an added bonus to the visual impact of the Railboard, thanks to it’s reflective fretboard. Pretty awesome.