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Preparing Nashville's Iconic NYE Music Note - Eric Alvarez

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Before the big sparks fly on Broadway, little sparks flickered at Made First in east Nashville.

The locally-owned and operated creative design company makes and maintains the iconic eon note that will drop at midnight to ring in the New Year.

We take it out a week before and touch things up, make sure all the bolts are there, make sure all the lights work, said Jonathan Hammel, Made First owner.

The note is just part of the display.  Theres also a 40 by 16 music measure

The measure has the two side notes which have about 30 feet of neon, Hammel said.

The measure and the note are making encore appearances, but new this year is a sign that spells 2014 in 550 incandescent bulbs.

"It's a local product, Hammel said.  Its local guys that are building it and putting on a show for however many people will see it."

The Nashville Convention and Visitor's Bureau is expecting more than 75,000 revelers.

I think it's going to be the biggest ever, said Deana Ivey, marketing officer for the Nashville convention and visitors corporation.

Hank Williams Jr. heads a six-band lineup for the latest edition of the New Years bash.

"[The Bash on Broadway] has absolutely exceeded expectations, Ivey said.  It's actually only our fifth year.  It took off right away.

The Bash on Broadway is becoming one of the marquee New Year's events in the country, right up there with the ball drop in Times Square.

I think it's on its way, Hammel said.  I think it'll get there. Nashville's a great town."

The large neon note, made in the small east Nashville warehouse is the centerpiece of it all...

"It's one of a kind, for sure, Hammel said.  There's nothing else like it."

Crews are scheduled to start putting the stage up next week and hang the note December 29th.

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