(l-r) Benjamin Rawe, Dan Ryterski, Rob Gault Eminence, KY (July 31, 2007)–Eminence Speaker LLC has announced it will supply OEM customers with turnkey guitar and bass amplifiers, PA cabinets and systems design. According to Rob Gault, president of Eminence, “This is the next step in the expansion of Eminence, ultimately enabling our organization to provide our OEM customers with a high quality, turnkey product engineered in the USA, but affordably manufactured in Asia under our rigorous and proven quality standards.”
Gault continues, “Our customers will be able to choose from one of our standard combo, or cabinet designs offered with an assortment of speaker and/or cosmetic options and private labeling, or 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.
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 Missouri University of 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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