BUENA PARK, Calif.—Gand Concert Sound (GCS) of Glenview, Illinois, aka “The NEXO Guys” have added an 18-box GEO S12 system to their rental inventory. “Yamaha brought in a road rig for a demo at the Viper Alley rock club in Lincolnshire, and not only did they like the system, our own crew was knocked out,” states Gary Gand, President, Gand Concert Sound. The new Gand NEXO system includes (16) GEO S1210 cabinets, two GEO S1230s, six NEXO NX4x4 amplifiers and four RS18 subwoofers.
“Beyond our extensive inventory of world-class GEO Ts and our micro sized GEO S8 systems, we can now offer a mid-size rig for weight restricted spaces such as small theaters and lighter duty outdoor roof structures,” says Tim Swan, Vice President and General Manager at Gand. “No sooner did the rig come back to the warehouse, it was sent out for a Poi Dog Pondering show followed by an extended theatrical run of “A Chorus Line” at the Paramount Theater in Aurora.” The Paramount also upgraded their outdated 1960s cluster system to a GEO S12 system installed by Gand Installation Division in September of 2010. The 12-box LCR system is hidden behind a permanent soffit over the proscenium. “It made perfect sense to add additional matching left and right flown GEO S12 columns utilizing the Paramount’s existing points,” states sound designer Adam Rosenthal. “It gave me the ability to widen the stereo image for the musical, and take care of the hard-driving, sold-out Poi Dog Pondering show with matching NEXO cabinets and amps.”
Gand Concert Sound was the first company in the USA to embrace the NEXO GEO T system when it made its debuted at NSCA in 2003, ordering an arena- sized system for shows at the Georgia Dome that summer. GCS is celebrating their 35th year in the concert audio business. Gary Gand founded the company in 1977 after taking time off from his 14-year career as a professional musician. “All my band buddies started calling me to come mix their live gigs,” says Gand. Dissatisfied with the gear that was available at the time, Gand starting building his own PA cabinets in his garage. “Next thing I knew, I was on the road with Emmy Lou Harris.” Today GCS is one of the midwest’s most respected audio providers working with a who’s who of national artists coming through the “Mid-coast” including local favorites Buddy Guy, Cheap Trick, Richard Marx and Chicago.
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PHOTO ID: GEO S 12 rental System at the Paramount Theater adds to existing GEO S 12 system owned by the theater.
About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.