The annual NAMM show is the get-together of all the musical gear makers and their retailers. Lots of guitars, amps, synths, and software. The show is big – nearly 85,000 registrants
While the world has definitely gone host-based – you can get some incredible virtual instruments these days – there are still great synths to be had (for a price). Virtual instruments are way cheaper and easier to use.
However eventually your computer *will* run out of power, and then what will you do?
For some good-natured general coverage, check this LA Times article.