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— Sound system for Park Place, a new restaurant/guitar bar in Chicago, is the first for Ala Carte Entertainment that’s completely sourced through a single vendor, and GC Pro made sure that everything was right there and right on time —

Ala Carte Entertainment prides itself on being a locally owned entertainment venue enterprise, with 25 bars, clubs and restaurants in the Chicagoland area over the last 30 years. Their venues include the Lion Head Pub; several Moretti’s Ristorante locations; the Leg Room; Finn McCool’s; the Cadillac Ranch (the Midwest’s largest and most famous country music nightclub); and Vision, recently voted “Best Megaclub? by Urb magazine. For Park Place, the company’s latest venue, they did things a little differently: instead of sourcing sound system components through various vendors, they chose one supplier where they could get it all – Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users.

GC Pro Account Manager Mark Johnson and the team from the Arlington Heights GC Pro location sold Park Place all of its sound system equipment, including 114 JBL Control 26CT 6.5-inch two-way speakers, four JBL Control SB-2 Contractor surface-mount speakers, 10 JBL Control 23T 3.5-inch two-way speakers, two TOA W-912A 120W 6-channel in-wall mixer/amplifiers, 16 TOA B01S balanced line input modules, two dbx® 1260 ZonePro speaker processors, two QSC ISA800TI 800W stereo power amplifiers and three QSC ISA500TI 500W 70V power amplifiers.

“We’ve used multiple vendors in the past when we built new venues,? says Ed Kukulski, who, along with A/V Supervisor Todd Seisser, has designed and supervised the construction of all of Ala Carte Entertainment’s venues. However, Kukulski had tired of being unable to find exactly the equipment and components he wanted, waiting as vendors put gear on back-order, deliveries being late or not made at all and orders being filled incorrectly.

Kukulski and Seisser, also working with A/V Technicians Jim Madalinski and Eric Braun, turned to GC Pro in a big way. “I had worked with Mark Johnson at GC Pro in the past and we decided that we would try letting them handle virtually all of the equipment sourcing,? Kukulski says. And that decision paid off handsomely. “They had everything we needed and they had it in stock. For instance, not a lot of dealers keep something like a dbx DriveRack in stock, especially in a recession, but GC Pro had them on the shelf. Or the dbx ZonePro, which is the kind of thing only they would be able to get on short notice. We benefit from GC Pro’s scale – they beat everyone on price because they can order products in larger quantities and pass the savings on to us.? Ala Carte Entertainment has at least two more venues planned for 2010 and Kukulski says there’s one other thing he’s also planning on: “We’ll be doing more business with GC Pro,? he says. “They’re great to work with.?

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