February 21, 2012, by PSW Staff
Gand Concert Sound (GCS) of Glenview, IL, aka “The NEXO Guys” have added 18 GEO S12 line array loudspeakers, as well as other NEXO components, to its 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 of GCS.
Specifically, the new Gand NEXO inventory includes 16 GEO S1210 cabinets and two GEO S1230s, as well as six 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,” explains Tim Swan, vice president and general manager at GCS. “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 its 1960s cluster system with GEO S12s installed by the Gand Installation Division in September, 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.” 2
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,” he says. 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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