Eminence to Make More Than Speakers
Eminence Speaker LLC has announced it will supply OEM customers with turnkey guitar and bass amplifiers, PA cabinets and systems design. The term OEM stands for “original equipment manufacturer,” and refers to the process of one company using another company’s products as a component of their own products. Eminence produces 10,000 loudspeakers a day and can be found in products made by top manufacturers around the world. The announcement means that not only will Eminence continue to provide top-quality loudspeakers for use in a wide range of products made by other companies, now they will also provide more components of those products for manufacturers, and even finished products.
The new venture involves a number of cabinet designs offered with an assortment of speaker and/or cosmetic options and private labeling. And, says Eminence President Rob Gault, “…we can take designs from our customer’s engineering departments and see them to completion. We will also be able to start simply from a customer’s idea, create a totally unique design for them and make the product a reality.”
Eminence engineers have been directly involved with systems designs for many years as a function of providing OEM customers with the loudspeakers for their specific applications. The company is already manufacturing turnkey products for companies such as Gibson, and Adam Hall GmBh, with other designs pending. The new turnkey operations will be engineered in the US but affordably manufactured in Asia under the company’s rigorous and proven quality standards.
As part of this service expansion, Eminence has recently hired former St. Louis Music, and most recently Loud Technologies’ engineers, Dan Ryterski and Benjamin Rawe.
Ryterski graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and immediately went to work in the Research and Development department for SLM Electronics, a subsidiary of St. Louis Music. Ryterski remained there for the next 19 years and served in roles as design engineer, project manager, and manager of engineering services. He was responsible for several of the company’s Audio Centron mixer designs from concept to completion, Crate’s G-40CXL, the Crate Battery Powered Taxi series, Crate VTX, GTX, GT, GTD, and FlexWave Guitar Amp combo series, as well as a number of acoustic and bass amplifier projects. Ryterski says, “Eminence clearly understands the needs of today’s OEM manufacturers and has the capability and commitment to ensure a level of quality, value and service you just can’t find anywhere else. I look forward to continuing my career designing musical instrument and professional audio products while representing one of the great, US owned and operated music industry icons.”
Rawe, a mechanical engineer with a Bachelors degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, joined the SLM staff in 2000 where he remained until recently joining the team at Eminence. While with SLM, Rawe worked in a mechanical/industrial engineering capacity, specifically performing the bulk of mechanical design for new guitar amp, bass amp, and professional audio projects. Some of those projects included the Crate GLX series, the Crate Acoustic series, the BT bass series and the GTX and Profiler guitar series. Rawe is also the lead guitarist for the St. Louis based original rock band ‘Lung Dust’. Rawe explains, “As a musician and music products designer, I’ve been very aware of the Eminence role as the industry’s largest speaker manufacturer, and I couldn’t be more excited to help them bring full-service OEM guitar amplifier and professional audio system design and manufacturing to the worlds best known brands. The opportunity to work on designs for some of the most respected names in the music industry is a welcome challenge.”
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