Re-elected President Obama backed by QSC loudspeaker system

AV staging, rental and sales company, Forty Two Inc., used its recently-acquired range of QSC WideLine loudspeakers throughout president Barack Obama’s successful election campaign.

Forty Two Inc., a GSA [General Services Administration] and CCR [Central Contractor Registration] contractor, does a lot of government work, which carries into the political world every four years. “That’s a big boost for us, to work with one of the candidates, typically the incumbent,” said Tony Ferrello, president of Forty Two Inc.

‘Obama for America’ is one of our big clients. We bought the QSC system right at the beginning of this election cycle, and in May, at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center – a 20,000-seat arena – we used 56 WideLine-10s, 12 WideLine-8s and seven or eight racks of PowerLight 380 amplifiers. That event was really successful.

“We started with President Obama when he was a senator. The first event we did with him, at Penn State University back in early 2008, was with a sub-rented WideLine system. We’ve done probably 30 or 40 large events for the president over this summer with WideLine in the northeastern U.S. So the whole time we’ve been working with him we’ve been using WideLine.”

But it hasn’t been just political events for the new QSC speakers. "We had the WideLine for Bruce Springsteen in Cleveland, Ohio, which was a show for 10,000 people at a college. We’ve done some shows for ABC’s Good Morning America, and we used WideLine on the Fourth of July for firework music at different locations,” Ferrello continued.

“We’re going to become Q-Sys Certified and see the ways we can make Q-Sys work for our customers. And if things work out the way I’m hoping, we may end up doubling our inventory within a year.”

Picture: Anne Savage Photography.

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