12-07-2019 | By Jeff Day |
If you read my “Today’s Fresh Catch: The Great Plains Audio 802-16G Series II & 416-16B Drivers” post (HERE), you know I am pretty excited about the Great Plains Audio and Troy Audio commitment to keeping the vintage Altec tradition vibrant.
I asked our Great Plains Audio and Troy Audio friends if they would tell us a little about the past, present, and future of Great Plains Audio and Troy Audio (nee Altec), and today I received a nice overview from Santos Oropel, which I have provided for you below. Thank you, Santos!
My chance meeting with Eliseo (Troy Audio), Bill Hanuschak (Great Plains Audio), and Santos Oropel (Troy Audio) in Munich – a great group of guys!
“Great Plains Audio was formed in 1998 after the closing of the Altec Lansing factory in Oklahoma City. It was clear to Bill Hanuschak, who worked for them from 1980 until they closed, that there would be a need for someone to continue the maintenance of the large number of Altec acoustic products in use around the world.
Bill went to EVI/Telex, who had purchased Altec Lansing, with a plan to purchase all of the tooling, drawings, and equipment Altec used to build and service their loudspeakers, and to become their authorized service center for all of the Altec Lansing products that were still under warranty at that time.
In addition, Great Plains Audio assumed repair duties for all of the older, classic products that had served Altec’s customers since its inception with the parts manufactured from the original Altec tooling.
Great Plains Audio is also the source for original parts and warranty service for Altec Lansing Professional, which was a division of Altec Lansing Technologies. This includes all of their speaker products that were built through 2005.