It’s that time of year again, when the makers of dreams—or at least the equipment that helps them come true—show off the latest and greatest gear that will be available in the upcoming months. What’s the catch? Not everyone is invited! Never fear, the Modern Drummer editors have it covered. Check out these pics from the guys at NAMM 2013 in Anaheim, California, to get a peek at the gear and people that make the event a must.

These pictures were taken directly from our Instagram feed with cameras on various cellphones. Complete coverage with actual cameras will be available in the weeks ahead. And if that’s not enough, follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

For more information on NAMM (the National Association of Music Merchants), go to its website here.

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#namm2013 Day 1 is about to commence. Stay tuned for posts of all the latest gear!

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MD’s NAMM booth set up and ready to go.
#namm2013 booth 3545.

Day 1 is about to commence.

US Marine Corps band kicks off #NAMM2013 @NAMMshow,

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U.S. Marine Corps band kicks off #NAMM2013

JoJo Mayer talks about new Sabian Hoop Crasher cymbals @NAMMShow #namm2013

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Jojo Mayer talks about new Sabian Hoop Crasher cymbals

Russ Miller demoing updated A cymbals in the Zildjian booth.

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Russ Miller demoing updated A cymbals in the Zildjian booth.

Zildjian updated the A series. Lighter and thinner, like they were back in the day. #namm2013

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Zildjian updated the A series. Lighter and thinner, like they were back in the day.
#namm2013

Drummer putting on slappers. @nammshow #namm2013

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Drummers putting on MD slappers.
@nammshow #namm2013

Gretsch cocktail kit. Pretty sweet!

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Gretsch cocktail kit. Pretty sweet!

D'Addario unveiled its new logo, as well as its Level 360 drumhead technology. #namm2013 @nammshow

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D’Addario unveiled its new logo, as well as Evans’ Level 360 drumhead technology.
#namm2013 @nammshow

The great Stanton Moore stops by MD booth 3545 #namm2013 @nammshow (w/ MDs Kevin Kearns)

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The great Stanton Moore stops by MD booth 3545 #namm2013 @nammshow (w/MD’s Kevin Kearns)

Ludwig. Biiiiig is goooood. #namm2013 @nammshow

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Ludwig. Biiiiig is goooood.
#namm2013 @nammshow

More coolness from Ludwig. Dig this new Atlas bass drum lug mounting system. #namm2013 @nammshow

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More coolness from Ludwig. Dig this new Atlas bass drum lug mounting system.
#namm2013 @nammshow

Nick Menza and Tom Jackson at booth 3545 #namm2013 @nammshow (w/ MDs Bob Berenson.

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Nick Menza and Tom Jackson at booth 3545 (w/MD’s Bob Berenson, left)
#namm2013 @nammshow

A NAMM "Treasure from the Attic": A Kenney Jones T-shirt from the '70s! #namm2013 @nammshow

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A NAMM “Treasure from the Attic”: A Kenney Jones T-shirt from the ’70s!
#namm2013 @nammshow

Killer Ludwig kit @nammshow #namm2013

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Another shot of the killer Ludwig kit
@nammshow #namm2013

Tama Star line in satin antique brown. Sharp!

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Tama Star line in satin antique brown. Sharp!

Zack Danziger stops by MD booth 3535 @nammshow #namm2013 ( w/MDs Adam Budofsky)

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Zack Danziger stops by MD booth 3545 @nammshow #namm2013 (w/MDs Adam Budofsky, right)

Truth green/white marine pearl kit. #namm2013

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Truth green/white marine pearl kit.
#namm2013

Chris Adler's new Mapex Saturn kit. #namm2013

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Chris Adler’s new Mapex Saturn kit.
#namm2013

Trevor Lawrence & Adam discussing ideas for an upcoming feature in MD! #namm2013

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Trevor Lawrence & Adam discussing ideas for an upcoming feature in MD!
#namm2013

TRX's new cost-conscious CRX line. They sound sweet!

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TRX’s new cost-conscious CRX line. They sound sweet!

Tobias Ralph @nammshow #namm2013 (w/MDs Adam Budofsky.)

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Tobias Ralph @nammshow #namm2013 (w/MDs Adam Budofsky, right)

Adam hanging with Camille Gainer! #namm2013

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Adam hanging with Camille Gainer! #namm2013

Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden hangs with fans at the Premier booth. Nicko is celebrating twenty years as a Premier endorser.
@nammshow #namm2013

Ron Thaler stopped by to say hi! Great drummer!!!! #namm2013

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Ron Thaler stopped by to say hi! Great drummer!!!! (w/MDs Adam Budofsky on right) #namm2013

Vinnie Colaiuta's Ludwig kit at the Paiste booth. Super-cool! #namm2013

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Vinnie Colaiuta’s Ludwig kit at the Paiste booth. Super-cool! #namm2013

Sound Track drum mic kit @nammshow #namm2013

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Sound Track drum mic kit
@nammshow #namm2013

Beat Thang portable production station @nammshow #namm2013

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Beat Thang portable production station
@nammshow #namm2013

Alesis e-kit with slick DMDock for iPad @nammshow #namm2023

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Alesis e-kit with slick DMDock for iPad
@nammshow #namm2023

Dynasty concert toms. So wanted to play "In The Air Tonight"! @nammshow #namm2013

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Dynasty concert toms. So wanted to play “In The Air Tonight”!
@nammshow #namm2013

Wall o' bronze at Meinl @nammshow #namm2013

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Wall o’ bronze at Meinl
@nammshow #namm2013

MD contributor Mike Johnston announcing an upcoming clinic tour with MD cover artist Matt Halpern and 2012 Drum-Off winner JP.
@nammshow #namm2013

Tommy Aldridge demoing new Yamaha Live Custom. @nammshow #namm2013

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Tommy Aldridge demoing new Yamaha Live Custom.
@nammshow #namm2013

Bosphorus Hole crash. Funky! #namm2013

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Bosphorus Hole crash. Funky!
#namm2013

Farmer Foot drums for the one-man band @nammshow. #namm2013

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Farmer Foot drums for the one-man band
@nammshow #namm2013

C&C Player Date II. Fat tones! @nammshow. #namm2013

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C&C Player Date II. Fat tones!
@nammshow. #namm2013

Kieffa acoustic snare pad. Feels like a real drum! #namm2013

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Kieffa acoustic snare pad. Feels like a real drum!
#namm2013

Booty Shakers drum decouplers. These suckers really work to increase tone! #namm2013

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Booty Shakers drum decouplers. These suckers really work to increase tone! #namm2013

Crank It drum tuner. Super quick! #namm2013

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Crank It drum tuner. Super quick!
#namm2013

Snare Weight magnetic drum muffler. No more wallets! @nammshow. #namm2013

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Snare Weight magnetic drum muffler. No more wallets!
@nammshow #namm2013

Tru Tuner tuning system. Another interesting idea! @nammshow #namm2013

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Tru Tuner tuning system. Another interesting idea!
@nammshow #namm2013

Roto Drum. That's air between the heads! #namm2013

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Roto Drum. That’s air between the heads!
#namm2013

T-cymbals. Handmade in Turkey. Very musical, even the heavy stuff. #namm2013

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T-cymbals. Handmade in Turkey. Very musical, even the heavy stuff.
#namm2013

Guess whose hi-hat pedal this is, “retro- fitted” with cloth and duct tape. Hint: all the toms can fairly be described as “retro” as well.
@nammshow #namm2013

Mike Dawson & Brendan Buckley talking drums!
#namm2013

Ayotte is back! Here's a Classic series kit @nammshow. #namm2013

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Ayotte is back! Here’s a Classic series kit
@nammshow #namm2013

Studio star Russ Miller recently became a Mapex player. Dig this gorgeous finish on his Saturn kit. #namm2013 @nammshow #drums #drummers

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Studio star Russ Miller recently became a Mapex player. Dig this gorgeous finish on his Saturn kit.
#namm2013 @nammshow #drums #drummers

So Cal stave walnut kit with a crazy Rack-It rack. These things snap! @nammshow #namm2013

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So Cal stave walnut kit with a crazy Rack-It rack. These things snap!
@nammshow #namm2013

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