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EarCandy Cabinets

September 28,2015

Name: EarCandy
Year Established: 2003
Location: Valparaiso, IN

EarCandy_logoHow did EarCandy get started and what got you interested in building gear?
I started playing piano when I was four, and I was doing piano recitals in front of 2,000 people when I was six. I babysat for this lady who couldn’t pay me so she gave me her ex-husband’s Stratocaster and it was love at first sight. After that, nothing else mattered but good grades. I had to have good grades or my dad would yank the guitar. He was a brilliant man, an E-9 Master Chief in the US Navy, a math genius and a very skilled wood worker by hobby. He had me out in the wood shop as soon as I could walk, I was sanding cabinets and shelves. When he passed away he left me all of his wood working tools, which a few are still used in the shop to this very day.

I was in a very loud band and worked at a large music store called Woodwind and Brass Wind. I had access to every speaker cab you could imagine and none of them sounded good to me. Back in 1990- 1992, I attended my first two years of college during the last two years of high school. I went to Old Dominion University for ear training, acoustic reproduction with a BR in blues and jazz improvisation for half a day and then went to Norfolk State University for composition and music theory for the other half. I would get to high school at 8 o’clock, leave at 11 and be in college until 6:30, cram Taco Bell down on the way home and go to band practice until 10:00pm. So skip ahead here a few years and I was unemployed, needed money but had this vision of what guitar tone should look and sound like. I sat on my couch one day and designed & built a BuzzBomb and my drummer said “that’s it! That is the shit!!. I dare you to post one on evil bay!”
I did and I have been behind ever since.

BuzzBomb 2x12What makes Ear Candy different from other boutique builders?
The word boutique is over cooked. So is the word “vintage.” EarCandy has our set models with color, grill, hardware and speaker options, what sets us apart is our design. We did not copy anything because I tried everything and nothing was working the way I needed it to so the BuzzBomb 2×12 was born. We also have our patent-pending tone jointing process and what I call the “black space porting method /math.” I was blessed enough to have the opportunity to work for a world famous concert pianist. When that individual passed away, I got to work with THE MAN from a very prominent grand piano company and he taught and told me everything about tone woods, sound boards, tensile strength, baffle banding and everything. I learned and expanded on this and applied it to our cab design, which is much like a piano or concert acoustic guitar.

Anything in particular that sets your company apart?
I was born with very tiny narrow ear canals, I can get swimmers ear from showering. When I went in for ear training when I was five or six, the doctor told my parents that I have hearing like a wolf.  So I have a God given ability to hear things most people can’t.

Secondly, our eye for design lines and our ear for sound waves. EarCandy is a family of very talented artists and top notch vendors, there is WAYYYYY more to this than just me. I would say the main thing that sets us apart by far is, we don’t duplicate anything that has already been done, our product line is ours, and we aren’t regurgitating stuff that has already been done. We are thinking about where this is all going to be in 2020 and beyond while respecting the bloodlines that got us here in the first place.

What type of user controls do you provide?
Mono, mono with parallel out, stereo, stereo mono combo at required ohm levels, all hand-soldered with silver solder and 14 gauge quad conducted cable.

Sweet Tooth 2x10 BAre there any particular tonal characteristics that you work toward when building?
Tasteful versatility with the ability to be nice and soft while knowing you have the power to completely blow peoples’ wigs off with massive low-end crunch, thick, juicy harmonic mids that melt into warm buttery highs that cut like a knife without sounding harsh and painful. All loaded with sustain and natural compression with very controllable harmonic under and overtones. You can draw them out, sustain and ride them or hide them back in your mix, it’s all in the dynamic of how you play it. Because of the way our porting works, our cabs are like living breathing animals in your rig.

What was your first impression of Eminence?
I was using Eminence before I cared about speakers back when I was 14 and always just somehow ended up with them in my personal stuff. I always experimented heavily, at the cost of many amps and speakers. I would blow the Peavey and Celestion stuff but the Eminence stuff just took a beating time and time again. Then, years later, thanks to Scott Plackie, a wonderful individual, I got the opportunity to meet and break bread and talk speakers with Mr. Chris Rose and he told me “keep doing what we’re doing, you got this!” Eminence has helped our company grow and taken top-notch care of us ever since. We can’t thank you enough!

Why did you choose Eminence for your cabs?
When I got the first ones back in ‘03 I loved how they were packed with the foam, the way they still are. The amount of choices in voicing through models is staggering. There is no tone we can’t attain with one or a combination of your speakers. 7 year warranty is also nice but we have never really had to use it. We are in Indiana, you are in Kentucky, that’s a 1 day ship time, made in the USA, 7 year warranty, amazing customer service, and it was a no brainer for EarCandy.

Which speakers did you go with and why?
Long story short, we use and offer all four of the guitar lines: Legends, Patriots, Redcoats and Signature series. We can do that because of the way our cabs are designed, they adjust the air around the speaker and give the speakers exactly what they need as far as TSP.

How do you evaluate the speakers you choose?
Depending on the application, it is a pretty radical set of processes. Several guitars, amps, wattage levels, construction and appearance. I then install them on a board that is not installed in a cab. This gives me a true sense of what that speaker is going to sound like on its own merit. Then I have a stethoscope that I wear and tap test every square inch of the cone.

Where can people find out more about Ear Candy online?


Eminence and Travis Toy Create Signature Pedal Steel Tone

July 29,2015

Eminence, KY – Eminence has teamed up with Nashville session artist and Rascal Flatts sideman Travis Toy to create a 300 watt, ultra-lightweight signature pedal steel guitar speaker.

Double-T 12The 8Ω Double-T 12 features a tight low end, a midrange bite that can cut through a mix, and detailed high end without being too bright.  Toy worked closely with the engineers at Eminence to achieve these characteristics and even managed to pack them all into a 12” speaker that weighs just over 7 lbs – less than half the weight of the speakers he replaced.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to create a signature steel guitar speaker with the amazing engineers at Eminence.” said Toy.  “This speaker directly addresses many of the issues I’ve had with existing speaker designs for my entire career. I feel that it’s the perfect modern steel guitar speaker. There’s nothing else like it on the market.”

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Eminence Adds Industry Veteran to International Sales Team

March 11,2015

Eminence is pleased to announce the addition of music industry veteran Daniel Neves as Latin American Sales Representative.

Through his manufacturers’ representative firm, Tree Media, Neves will be selling Eminence products and marketing their OEM capabilities in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay and Columbia.

Daniel Neves“Eminence does not only represent a good product and the perfect sound, it is all about prestige with a great quality product.” said Daniel Neves. “These factors give us the comfort to develop more and more professional business with their clients.”

“We’re very excited to have Daniel on our team.” said Gary Morrison, Distribution Sales Manager at Eminence.  “His knowledge of the industry, the culture, and his track record of bridging distribution channels, primarily between manufacturers and retailers, will be a key for us going forward.”

Neves is the founder and CEO of Música & Mercado (Music & Market), a trade publication in Spanish and Portuguese, and was also elected President of the Brazilian Association of the Music Industry from 2014 to 2016.


Eminence Expedites the OEM Design to Market Process With a New Appointment.

February 11,2015

Eminence is proud to announce the appointment of Dan Ryterski to the role of Cabinet/Systems Sales and Design Engineer.

Dan RyterskiDan has served Eminence as a Systems Design Engineer since 2007, and has been instrumental in the establishment of Eminence as a premier OEM/ODM supplier of loudspeaker systems and musical instrument amplifiers. Prior to joining Eminence, Ryterski served as a design engineer for St. Louis Music where he was responsible for contributing to the design of a variety of notable products.

In his new role with Eminence, Ryterski will be working directly with OEM/ODM customers to move their projects quickly from concept to marketable product. Eminence President, Chris Rose states, “We are very excited to have Dan as the direct liaison for our customers seeking loudspeaker systems and musical instrument products. Dan has a unique ability to move concepts through the product development process quickly while meeting customer quality and performance targets. Having Dan work directly with our customers will further expedite this process, and we welcome him in this role.”


We’ve Set a New Standard in High Frequency.

January 16,2015

Building on our heritage of providing high quality products at a great value, Eminence has set a new standard in compression driver performance with the introduction of two new lightweight neodymium models: the 1.4” exit N314T-8 and 2” exit N320T-8.

N314T-8 and N320T-8Their 3” titanium diaphragms feature a geodesic rib pattern for increased stiffness, while their polymer surrounds utilize their new D3™ technology (Damped Diametric Drive) to provide a smooth, clean, and extended response while still allowing a low crossover point.

“Think of putting your finger on a bell.” states Senior Design Engineer, Matt Marcum. “Our new Damped Diametric Drive technology accomplishes a similar feat by reducing spurious dome resonance and cancellation modes that often plague typical compression drivers, resulting in a more coherent summation of sound energy at the exit of the driver.”

With a power rating of 100 watts (AES) and a sensitivity of 110 dB, the 8 ohm N314T-8 and N320T-8 weigh in at a mere 5 lbs., and feature a broad usable frequency range of 800 Hz to 20 kHz. Each model utilizes an optimized neodymium motor and copper shorting ring.

These new HF models are proving to become a leading choice in lightweight, high performance compression drivers for the most demanding audio applications. Pair each model with their 1.4” throat H14EA or 2” throat H2EA aluminum horn flares for the ultimate in accurate sound reproduction.


NAMM 2015 Artist Appearances

January 12,2015

We’re looking very forward to seeing all of our good friends at the 2015 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, CA. If you plan on attending the show you definitely want to stop by and see our new products, check out our product demo room, and see the following artists demoing all the great tones we have available. We’re at booth #4334 in Hall C.

We’re excited to have Tomo Fujita with us all week. As many of you know, Tomo is a solo artist and Berklee Associate Professor. A couple of his former students include John Mayer and Eric Krasno. Stop by and say hi to Tomo. He’s as great a guy as he is a player!


Tomo Fujita – 1:00
Pennal Johnson – 3:00
Eric Gales and Tomo Fujita – 4:00


Josh Smith and Tomo Fujita – 11:00
Eric Gales and Tomo Fujita – 2:00


Tomo Fujita – 1:00
Chris Poland, Robby Pagliari and David Eagle – 2:00


Tomo Fujita – 11:00, 2:00
Pennal Johnson – 1:00


New Products for 2015

January 10,2015

Eminence is proud to announce the following new Pro Audio and Musical Instrument Loudspeakers and HF products for 2015. See all of these new models at the 2014 Winter NAMM Show booth 4334 in Anaheim, CA, January 22-25.

Pro 5W-8

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Small in size, large in performance. Featuring an advanced X5™ pulp cone, high temperature copper wire voice coil, and truncated cast frame chassis, the Pro 5W can handle your most demanding midbass, midrange, line array, or column array applications.

Pro 5MRN-8

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Weighing a mere 2 lbs., the Pro 5MRN neodymium midrange / tweeter driver features a wide usable frequency range and water resistant epoxy treated paper cone for a warm, rich tone. The truncated cast frame chassis allows for tight placement in your pro audio or car audio cabinet, and pair it with a Kappalite model for the ultimate in ultra-light bass guitar performance.

Delta Pro 10MR

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A highly efficient 10” cast frame midrange driver for use in professional audio and car audio applications.

Definimax 4012ULF

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A high-power, ultra-low frequency enhanced version of the popular Definimax 4012HO. Perfect for horn loading, or in micro-sized vented subwoofers for lots of clean punch and deep lows.

Definimax 4015ULF

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A high-power, ultra-low frequency enhanced version of the popular Definimax 4015LF. Perfect for horn loading, or in small to medium-sized vented subwoofers for lots of clean punch and deep lows.


1.4″ exit HF Driver
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2″ exit HF Driver
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We’ve set a new standard in compression driver performance with the introduction of these lightweight neodymium models.

Their 3” titanium diaphragms feature a geodesic rib pattern for increased stiffness and break-up control, while their polymer surrounds utilize our new D3™ technology (Damped Diametric Drive) to provide a smooth, clean, and extended response while still allowing a low crossover point.

With a power rating of 100 watts (AES) and a sensitivity of 110 dB, the 8 ohm N314T-8 and N320T-8 weigh in at a mere 5 lbs., and feature a broad usable frequency range of 800 Hz to 20 kHz.


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A rugged, cast aluminum 1.4” throat horn, incorporating an exponential flare for optimized acoustic loading and energy transfer, resulting in a smooth and natural frequency response. Its compact size makes it ideal for sound reproduction in virtually any venue.


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A 25 watt driver and die cast horn combination optimized specifically for bass guitar applications.




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Eric Johnson, George Alessandro and Eminence have teamed up once again to reinvent vintage tone. Through a reformulated paper cone and optimized basket design, the 40 watt EJ-1240 offers vintage Alnico tone with tight, punchy lows, nice lower-mid growl, crisp upper-mids, and very controlled, articulate, and open highs.


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Eminence has teamed up with Internationally known solo artist and Berklee College of Music Professor Tomo Fujita to create this unique Signature series model. A touch sensitive, bright and chimey vintage American tone with tight, punchy lows and nice, even mids. The 30 oz. ceramic magnet provides lower efficiency, which allows you to find the amp’s sweet spot at lower volumes.


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Tones of 1964 still ring true in this vintage voiced 10” speaker by amp guru George Alessandro. Very balanced with dynamic character, this ceramic 10” speaker offers tight, punchy tone with nice warmth, richness, and sparkling highs.


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A ceramic version of our popular Red Fang 10 alnico. A round and beefy British tone with abundant harmonic detail, full lows, and nice grit and chime.


Legend CA10

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Made famous as an OEM model in many popular bass guitar cabinet brands, this highly sought after design features a truncated cast frame chassis for tight fitting in your 2x, 4x and 8×10 cabinet. Loud and clear bass guitar tone with legendary growl. Available in 4, 8, 16 and 32 ohm impedances.


Eminence Names New Engineering Department Head, Promotes Two.

January 5,2015

Eminence is pleased to announce industry veteran Jerry McNutt has been promoted to Product Design Manager. Two additional promotions within the Engineering department include Matt Marcum to the position of Senior Design Engineer, and Anthony Lucas to the position of Design Engineer.

Jerry McNuttJerry McNutt has served Eminence as a Senior Design Engineer for over 17 years, and has been responsible for some of the company’s most notable products and advancements in technology. “Jerry has an excellent rapport with our engineering team as well as the entire Eminence organization, and most importantly our customer base.” said company President Chris Rose. “His knowledge of the Pro Audio, Home Hi-Fi, Musical Instrument, and the audio industry in general make him the ideal candidate for this position.”

Matt MarcumMatt Marcum has been a Design Engineer with Eminence for over 10 years. While well versed in all aspects of loudspeaker design and technology, his knowledge of high frequency devices ranks among the best of the best. “We are confident that Matt’s experience and expertise will continue to result in a stable of notable and very useful products for our customers in the years to come.” continued Rose.


Anthony LucasAnthony Lucas has worked his way through the ranks of Eminence to become one of the most notable musical instrument loudspeaker designers in the guitar amplifier industry. His ability to manipulate and create tone have resulted in over 40 new and unique guitar speakers designs during his tenure with Eminence. “Anthony’s contributions to the world of guitar tone have been outstanding, and we are confident Anthony will continue to create products that are first choices among guitar players throughout the world.”


Raging Snail Amplification

October 7,2014

Name: Raging Snail Amplification
Year Established: 2014
Location: Oregon, IL

How did Raging Snail Amplification get started and what got you interested in building amplifiers?

A few years back I bought my first tube amp. It sounded great and it was a higher end brand, but within three months the power transformer blew twice. I was really dissapointed since I had paid good money for it and never had abused it. I finally decided to learn how to fix and build amps myself. I took a weekend amp seminar at the Chicago School of Guitarmaking and since then I’ve been addicted to anything tube. I continued to study, modify, and design amps at home unitl Raging Snail was born.

What makes Raging Snail different from other boutique amps? Anything in particular that sets your company apart?

Raging Snail AmplificationA lot of boutique companies take old designs that sounded great and just copy or modify them, but never ask what made it sound so good. I deviate a lot from traditional topology to maximize those characteristics while correcting the problems that those amps have. I run the preamp at much higher currents and use pentodes later in the preamp. This allows me too get the the thick power tube like distortion in the preamp and still have full volume control. Our solid wood cabinets are really eye-catching, too. Wood is so beautiful, it just doesn’t feel right covering it up with paper, cloth, or paint.

What type of user controls does your amp provide for the user?

Gain and volume for both channels, a shared three band Eq, and foot-switchable channel switching.

Are there any particular tonal characteristics that you work toward when building an amp?

I’m very picky about how my distortion sounds. It needs to be super clear at max gain, and not fuzzy. I want each note to sound like it is dripping. It also needs to have the biggest, punchiest bass imaginable.

What was your first impression of Eminence?

I was given an old custom 2×12 that had unmarked Eminence speakers in them. They were the best speakers I had ever heard.

Why did you choose Eminence for your amps?

They sounded great, very affordable, and you give great customer service.

Which speakers did you go with and why?

I went with the Tonkers. Their scooped midrange, extended highs, and low resonant frequency made a perfect compliment to my amps.

How do you evaluate the speakers you choose?

I just plug them in and listen to see if they are a good match.

Where can people find out more about Raging Snail online?

You can go to or visit us on facebook.

Where can your amps be purchased?

You can go to Randee’s Music Center in Rockford, IL or you can order direct from us.


Eminence Partners with Shopatron

July 28,2014

In a combined effort to provide end-users with the convenience of purchasing directly from their website while continuing to support their extensive distribution network of brick-and-mortar and online retailers, Eminence has partnered with Shopatron.

ShopatronA patented, cloud-based e-commerce order exchange model, Shopatron allows manufacturers and retailers to seamlessly leverage the available inventory of every storefront and distribution center that stocks Eminence products when fulfilling online orders. Today, leading multi-channel retailers, over 1,000 branded manufacturers, and 20,000 local retail stores use Shopatron to expand the delivery options for shoppers when they purchase online, including the ability to receive and return their orders in nearby retail locations.

“Shopatron offers manufacturers like us the best of both worlds,” said Gary Morrison, Eminence US Distribution Sales Manager. “We’re able to capture a sale directly from our website, and then hand that order off to one of our retail partners for immediate fulfillment. Everybody wins. This program will encourage our retailers to stock more Eminence models, making Eminence products more readily available across the USA for our consumers. Dealers can fulfill the orders we generate and increase their sales simply by having the items in stock.”

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