For Immediate Release – November 7th, 2018 – GearSource Europe adds 1st European-based Team Member, Ben Balchin
On November 7th, 2018, GearSource® welcomes Ben Balchin to its Business Development team. Ben is based in Europe and well networked in the European markets, having worked the last 12 years with two of the world’s largest industry-related companies. He will bring his network and relationship management skills to GearSource Europe.
Along with Ben in Europe, the company’s US-based Business Development and Operations teams will support everything from listings to orders, logistics and more.
GearSourceEurope.com now operates as a fully integrated and secure ecommerce platform, built on the company’s redeveloped engine,G-Suite® offering users even more power than ever before. “In developing G-Suite®, our technology team has once again raised the bar. G-Suite® will help us remain the largest name in Used Gear - Globally” says Marcel Fairbairn, CEO of GearSource.
Reach out to Ben now by email at email@example.com.
For more information on GearSourceEurope® or to inquire about immediate career opportunities with the company, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 9th, 2018
House of Music and GearSource® team up to add live sound to The District, a new Nightclub in Atlanta, Georgia.
In February, Mario Auda from House of Music sat down with Donny Walloch, the owner of The District to discuss what he was looking for in sound production for his new Nightclub. Donny wanted to be a step above current nightclubs located in Atlanta, specifically in sound and lighting, while competing with DJs that play on a national level. Mario was confident a D&B Audiotechnik sound system would be the perfect solution. To keep within the their set budget, it was recommended District consider a slightly used D&B Audiotechnik sound system, which would be less expensive, and The District agreed.
To achieve their goals, House of Music contacted GearSource® to pull together the gear required. Steve Smith, Business Development Rep with GearSource®, quickly jumped to the task to source the full system. He worked with a European vendor to import the system from Europe and, together with the GearSource® team, moved the system door to door within the timeline required.
The system comprised of:
“Steve from GearSource® has been very helpful with all the transactions. We also purchased through GearSource® the GrandMA2 Light that is controlling all the lights. We could not be happier with the outcome of this entire install.” - Mario Auda, House of Music is a full Sound, Lighting, Video, and Staging company.
“Working with House of Music has been a pleasure. Mario Auda and his support staff, Tyler and Jeremy are always very professional. They provided me with plans for The District and we met in person at the sight during build out to ensure we were getting them the gear they needed.” - Steve Smith GearSource®
House of Music used Q1 Boxes for the main hangs, side hangs, and delays. They also used Q10's for the rear fills and six B2's for the lower end. The monitor system consists of two Q1's per side and four Q-subs. The twelve D12 amps drive the entire system. Chris Davis was the D&B tech and made sure the system was ready to entrance the dance floor. Having had such a good experience with GearSource®, House of Music also purchased a GrandMA2 Light to control the lighting and effects. They brought in Lighting Designer, Tyler Nadue who designed the lighting system with the help of Max Kaplin in programming. Mixing together the lights and sound has set The District up to be a heavyweight player in live music venues.
About The District:
The District, located at 269 Armour Drive NE is a new bar and lounge located directly across the street from SweetWater Brewing Company. With its warehouse-style feel and ambience, this makes it one of the hottest new nightclubs in the Atlanta area.
About House of Music:
House of Music is a full Sound, Lighting, Video, and Staging company. Mario Auda and Jeremy Ladd have been in business since 1995 and handle full entertainment installs. Throughout the years, they have grown into a full-blown production company.
About GearSource:Founded in 2002 by Production gear veteran, Marcel Fairbairn, GearSource® is a worldwide reseller of primarily pre-owned and B-Stock stage lighting, pro-audio, video and staging equipment. With a focus to always strive for better, GearSource® continues to provide our customers and vendors with the benefit of experienced people, leading edge technology, unique brands and white glove service.
January 3rd, 2018 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Wellington, FL USA
GearSourceEurope® becomes re-attached to the Mother-Ship
Beginning January 1st, 2018, GearSource® USA based headquarters will resume control of it’s vital European territory as the company will part ways with it’s long time Licensee, Garry Nelsson.
“For more than 10 years. Garry and his team helped establish GearSource® as the most trusted brand in used gear throughout Europe, and we are grateful for all of their efforts” says company Founder and CEO, Marcel Fairbairn. “However, it’s time for us to align the US and European sites and see them operate in unity, without differences or borders”.
The sites will remain separate, but will continue operating with the same extensive shared database. GearSourceEurope® will be upgraded to include the company’s completely redeveloped engine branded G-Suite®. G-Suite® offers users even more power than ever before. “In developing G-Suite®, we believe our technology has once again raised the bar. G-Suite® will help us to remain the largest name in Used Gear - Globally” says Marcel.
GearSource® is executing its plan to continue expanding its unique licensing model, recently opening GearSourceAsia® under license. Fairbairn adds “This move is not a departure from our licensing model. In fact, in Europe, we are in discussions with potential Micro-Sites - licensed operators who would open GearSource offices in countries where culture or currency necessitates a more exclusive or unique approach”.
The company is in the process of adding Europe-based staff while US-based company veterans including Henry Kones, Steve Smith and Cynthia Viteri, will also provide support to customers and sellers. Soon, a European-based office will be established to centralize operations for both the business development team and operations staff.
The new phone number for GearSourceEurope® is +44 20 3051 7715. For a complete list of all the key European listings, sales and admin contacts, click on Contacts.
For more information on GearSourceEurope®, or to inquire about immediate career opportunities with the company, please email email@example.com.
GearSource® marks its 15th anniversary as one of the original and largest dedicated pre-owned professionals in stage lighting, pro audio, video and staging. GearSource® has grown from a small “one man operation” to a recognized Global leader in re-marketing pre-owned production gear.
Quoting founder and CEO, Marcel Fairbairn, "We have achieved this milestone through hard work and dedication to vendors plus, a company-wide culture of customer service. GearSource® is an innovator... dedicated to developing even better tools, better services and better opportunities for all of our users. The products and services we continue to design are geared towards answering this one question… how can we make it better?” With the same excitement and enthusiasm he has always had for the industry and the company, Marcel adds, “Sure, it’s good to remember where we started and appreciate what we have achieved, however, it’s where we’re going that has my attention… the focus is as it always has been… let’s do it better!”
With a focus to always strive for better, GearSource® will continue to provide our customers and vendors with the benefit of experienced people, leading edge technology, unique brands and white glove service.
About Gear-Source, Inc.
Since 2002, GearSource.com® has been a worldwide reseller of pre-owned professional stage lighting, pro-audio, video, and staging equipment. In 2015, GearSource.com® added a huge inventory of Musical Instruments to the line-up of gear. For more information about GearSource.com®, visit http://www.gearsource.com or call (866)669-GEAR.
July 21st, 2017 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Wellington, FL USA
After weeks of planning and hard work by our team, we are very pleased to announce that at 10 AM Singapore time, July 21st (10 PM ET, July 20th) GearSourceAsia.com® “officially” launched, as the company's Asian licensee Don Chan and his team opened their doors for business.
GearSourceAsia.com® is a fully integrated e-commerce system, with all the bells and whistles currently provided on GearSource.com®. Going forward, GearSource is focused on creating the best online system, inside-out, for used/new gear sales. The goal is to continue to grow and create new opportunities globally.
With that in mind, soon, you will see more announcements for other GearSource sites in other important regions. As we continue to add sites, this as another place gear is being promoted… for free! When you look on one of our sites for a piece of gear, know that our listings experts “globally” are finding listings no one else finds – because we’re actually in those markets. We are part of those communities. GearSource World is becoming a reality. Now is the time to get on board - you won’t want to miss the ride!!
For more information on worldwide licensee opportunities, contact our Global Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on this release or GearSource.com®, contact email@example.com
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Wellington, FL 33414 USA
May 16th, 2017 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Wellington, FL USA
Gearsource®, the Global Leader in used production equipment, is poised to create immediate growth of double digits throughout its Asian markets with the launch of GearSourceAsia.com in June.
“While we have grown our business consistently on a global level, our team have always eyed Asia as a large market with enormous growth potential” quoted GearSource® founder and CEO, Marcel Fairbairn. “We will dedicate our team and resources to make sure this venture lives up to the market potential as we look forward to doubling our global business in the next 2 years”.
GearSource® Asia is based in Singapore under seasoned industry veteran, Don Chan. Don has spent 25 years establishing his business and looks to maximize our collective network and long-standing credibility through the power of GearSource® branding and systems. Chan says: “We are proud to be representing GearSource throughout Asia and although we have already developed a strong used equipment market on our own, by utilizing the GearSource® platform, we are confident we can expand quickly throughout Asian markets”.
GearSource® was founded in 2001 by Production Gear Veteran, Marcel Fairbairn with the goal of growing while cleaning up the used production gear business. The company has always prided itself on first establishing a unique, stable, efficient and highly trustworthy platform while many of
its competitors were glorified Rolodex brokers. Since it’s beginning, GearSource® has grown to add locations in Europe and Mexico. Each of its offices operates a unique and independent website that remains connected to a proprietary shared database in the USA. Recently, the company began to roll out its new business services platform, branded “G-Suite®”, that empowers GearSource® staff and, more important, it’s users, to conduct business more efficiently and with much more power. Within a few short months, the system will add full proprietary CRM and advanced listings and order management facilities and then, the G-Suite App will launch enabling users to experience a more streamlined and efficient resource for managing, buying, selling or just researching used gear values.
If you have any questions about this release, GearSource® or GearSource Asia please contact our Marketing Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 866-669-GEAR
To celebrate 100,000 listings, GearSource offered the listing holder the choice of "one of two" prizes worth $1500. An email went out from our CEO to the lucky winner - all that's left now is for them to choose the prize!
The company was founded in 2002 by lighting industry veteran, Marcel Fairbairn, who says; “when I started GearSource, I remember the first handful of items we listed for sale. So, when I learned we were coming up on 100,000 listings, I was shocked and very proud of what we’ve accomplished as a global production equipment partner for so many businesses”.
In 2017, as we celebrate our 15th year in business, vendors and buyers will benefit from a number of exciting promotions and features in the works and planned. The goal is to find more ways to show our existing vendors and customers how much we appreciate their continued support, to entice new users to join our team and to make the processes as seamless as possible.
Posted November 16th, 2016
Wellington, FL - Gear-Source, Inc. and Metalworks Production Group announce a partnership to improve the supply of GearSource.com® listings and used gear inventories within Canada.
Metalworks, built originally as a demo space for multi-platinum Canadian Hall of Fame rock band Triumph, has grown to become the most respected recording studio complex in Canada winning the “Recording Studio of the Year” Award at the Canadian Music Week Industry Awards an unprecedented 17 times. Nearly 200 gold & platinum awards have been racked up recording acts such as Drake, Prince, and Guns n Roses. The studio subsequently launched Metalworks Institute, a Private Career College, and Metalworks Production Group, a live sound and lighting Division.
Gear-Source founder and CEO, Marcel Fairbairn says “we’ve been doing business with Metalworks both as a vendor and customer, but I had no idea of their history and importance not only to Canadian music, but global music recording, education and production. This company is very impressive. Metalworks founder and CEO, Gil Moore has meticulously grown his businesses with the same quality and attention to detail he used to develop his band, Triumph’s live show to become notorious for over the top effects, explosions and awesome visuals.”
Discussing this new partnership, Gil says “I am a believer in working with the experts in every field and I’ve always thought of GearSource.com® as the preeminent gear experts, so this makes a lot of sense for our future development.”
Beginning in November, the companies will begin offering trade-in and liquidation services throughout Canada and North Central USA. Gear will be purchased, transported, packaged, listed, sold and warranted through Metalworks in Ontario, Canada. In addition, Metalworks will list their own inventory through GearSource.com® and will become a key vendor to the company through its new Power Vendor program.
Marcel continues, “businesses who choose not to sell through our normal channels will be able to liquidate immediately thru this new partnership. Additionally, we’ll continue working with manufacturers, who’ve begged us to roll out additional trade-in options. We are excited to get this off the ground in November.”
Posted August 1, 2016
WELLINGTON, FL – August 01, 2016 – In light of this rapidly evolving pre-owned gear industry, GearSource.com®has created a new way to quickly determine the value of listings to assist you in pricing your gear to move it at a faster rate. We call it GSiQ! This new module gives users access to our vast database by suggesting the best pricing range, based on the actual historical listing numbers. This enables the seller to deliver more realistic pricing options that provide a less intrusive cost on the end user accessing information on your given inventory.
Click the link below for our educational video for GSiQ.
Feel free to call us directly with any questions at (866) 669-GEAR. We look forward to hearing from you.
WELLINGTON, FL – September 08, 2015 – GearSource has served the audio, lighting, staging and video world since 2002 when it was founded by industry vet, Marcel Fairbairn. The company was created on a foundation of proprietary and reliable software that would allow it to expand both geographically and into other market segments. Recently, as a test of its multi-site capabilities, GearSource launched a racing site using the same technology that drives GearSource.com, GearSourceEurope.com and GearSourceMexico.com
Today, the company announced that it will expand its massive database to include musical instruments and amplification, also known in the production world as “Backline”. Because of the many opportunities for crossover buyers and sellers, the company has elected not to re-brand a separate website. Instead, items of all genres will be available bringing more value to all of the site’s users and also more users to the site’s sellers.
“My roots really come from the music retail world where I learned to sell and to develop my own network of individuals and businesses (bands). Those experiences carried me throughout my career and I have always had live music and musical instruments and amplification in my blood, so I’m excited to expand in this direction,” said Fairbairn.
The division will officially launch Oct 1st, but items have already begun to appear on the site. The GSMI division is being headed by Fairbairn’s longtime associate, Rob Brown. “Robbie is one of the most passionate and talented guitar guys I have ever known. We’re fortunate to have him on-board,” said Fairbairn. And Brown added, “Marcel and I worked closely in the music business during the ‘80s and we’re really excited to do it again under the GearSource umbrella.”
Marcel Fairbairn polished his chops in the Entertainment Lighting business following a successful earlier career in retail musical instruments. He left high-school to travel with various Western Canadian bands where he took on vocals and bass guitar. At age 20, Marcel realized it wasn’t live performance that he loved, but the instruments and gear itself. He started working with a Calgary based retailer and made his way up to partner within a short time. Eventually, Marcel expanded his interests to Audio and Lighting systems which took him through the next stages of his career and ultimately, to the founding of GearSource and other similar businesses.
It’s free to list products for sale and the company’s tools include a listings app, bulk uploading functions and an API to tie into larger inventories.
For more information on the company, contact email@example.com or call (866)669-GEAR.
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Feb 17th, 2014
GearSource is pleased to announce a new venture for the purpose of growing its Mexican business. In cooperation with newly signed GearSource Licensee, SHOWCO SA, the company will launch a new website targeting a growing Mexican clientele. The site is expected to go “live” on April 1st of this year and will include all of the company’s latest tools plus a few new surprises. When it goes live, GearSourceMexico.com (also GearSource.mx and GearSource.com.mx) will be offered in the Spanish language and will target individuals who are looking to buy and / or sell gear in Mexico.
GearSource founder, Marcel Fairbairn; “we have spent years working to grow our Mexican business, but without the right partner in place, we never really found a solid foundation. With Showco, we not only have the right partner, but an industry leader who already owns a large share of the market and has excellent sales, support and management structure in place”.
GearSource Mexico will be based from Showco’s Mexico City headquarters and will employ a number of Account Executives who will work to gather listings and to sell product as well. “Our system was developed over 12 years now, to be not only the best marketplace for professional gear, but as a business that could operate from anywhere, and grow into additional markets within and outside the USA” says Marcel.
The goal for GearSource Mexico is to quickly become the market leader in used gear following the company’s success in it’s other core markets. Enrique Lask, Director of Showco says; “We are very excited to consolidate our used equipment market with GearSource, a professional company who brings innovative ideas, cutting edge technology, more than a decade of experience and worldwide access.”
Showco was founded in 2004 and is now a leader in the supply of audio, lighting and LED screens in the MI and professional entertainment markets with a network of more than 100 dealers throughout Mexico.
GearSource® was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur, Marcel Fairbairn, and has grown to become the leading marketplace globally for used gear. The company has it’s headquarters in the USA with offices also in Europe and, now, Mexico.
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September 25th, 2013 - Latest upgrade to GearSource.com® e-commerce platform will positively affect the way you sell gear in the future
GearSource.com® is proud to introduce our Automated Inventory Disposal (A.I.D.) module. A.I.D. is an offer generator that incorporates an automated activation feature, as well as a manual option.
We noticed that many vendors were struggling to apply "real world" values to some of their production gear, not taking into account the rapidly-changing technology in our industry. It is for this reason that GearSource A.I.D. was added to our e-commerce platform.
You might be familiar with the make offer concepts on other websites... because we are committed to maintaining the highest quality of customer and vendor relationships, we’re doing it differently. Here’s how it works… when listings meet the A.I.D. criteria, a Make an Offer button will appear on the listings. To submit an offer, a user simply clicks the "Make an offer" button and completes the required information. The vendor has the option to Accept, Reject, Counter-offer or select Not Available. There are only 2 requirements for submitting offers: 1) you must be a registered user of GearSource.com; and, 2) you must provide a valid credit card.
The ultimate goal of this new feature is to generate more interest in listings and improve the marketability of all gear listed on GearSource.com®. The A.I.D. System is a very positive approach to attracting attention to listings that may have, otherwise, gone unnoticed.
The first batch of A.I.D. listings were activated at 6 AM EDT Thursday, September 12 and the response from both vendors and customers was extremely positive.
GearSource.com® has been providing a platform for used gear since 2002 and continues to be the best place to buy and sell used gear. Along with the new Automated Inventory Disposal system, GearSource provides the GS Listing App, the Automated Inventory Management system and number of other tools for managing and/or liquidating larger inventories. For more information on these options, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1-866-669-4327.
GearSource currently has locations in the US and Europe. Contact sales at email@example.com (866-669-4327) for more information on listing and buying on GearSource.com®.
For more information on the GearSource Automated Inventory Disposal system or this Press Release, please contact Claudette Cyr – 561-578-4402 | e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 5th, 2013 - Gear-Source launches powerful Mobile Listing App for iOS & Android devices
GearSource.com® has spent months duplicating their listing process from a desktop based application to a Mobile App using either iOS or Android based devices. At the same time, the company simplified the overall listing process and made it easier for both their first time sellers and power-users alike to list products quickly and without the wires.
GearSource.com® founder, Marcel Fairbairn shares, “This Listing App is another great listing tool available FREE to our users, who will now be able to load and manage their listings on GearSource.com® from their mobile devices. This isn’t just another shopping app - this is a faster & easier tool for our users to employ to manage their gear inventories on our site. The complexities of our site structure and the internal automation, made this app a huge undertaking but we were committed to serving our users another big win... and our team did exactly that!”
You no longer have to wait until you get back to the office to list gear, and instead, can list right on location as soon as a show or event is finished. In fact, the GS Listing App doesn’t require a WiFi connection to create listings. Offline listings will be retained in the device cache and will automatically sync to GearSource.com® when the device detects a wireless connection.
Speaking of Sync, whether you choose to work on a desktop or your mobile device, all information is secure and completely in sync.
A few highlights of the GS Listing App include:
• secure access sharing your existing GearSource.com® log-in & password
• easy-to-use form for adding new listings to GearSource.com®
• add pictures of your items using your smartphone camera or photo gallery, as you enter listings
• manage existing listings from your mobile device or desktop and everything stays in sync
• available now on iTunes and Google Play
GearSource.com® has been providing a platform for used gear since 2002 and continues to be the best place to buy and sell used gear. Along with the GS Listing App, GearSource offers other tools for managing and/or liquidating larger inventories through GearSource.com®. For more information on these options, contact the company at email@example.com or call +1-866-669-4327.
GearSource currently has locations in the US and Europe. Contact sales at firstname.lastname@example.org (866-669-4327) for more information on listing and buying on GearSource.com®.
For more information on the GS Listing App or this Press Release, please contact Claudette Cyr – 561-578-4402 | e-mail: email@example.com.
October 2012 – New vs Old gear
Written by Nook Schoenfeld
PLSN - Tuesday, 16 October 2012
..... If I was a vendor and had to make a decision, the first person I think I’d call is Marcel Fairbairn. Marcel has been hawking gear for 20 years. He’s worked every deal possible and is a stand-up guy in my book. Twelve years ago, he ventured into a new business. His company (GearSource, out of Florida) specializes in selling quality used gear. So, of course, he is a valuable commodity in the vendor world, for two reasons. He can tell you what price to expect for used gear you want to unload, AND he just might be your best bet at unloading it. On the flip side, if you need anything related to the lighting biz, he will find you a price where you can buy it. The guy should just set up a shop at the exit door at LDI.
When lighting manufacturer Martin released the MAC Aura last year, everyone realized this was the next wave of updated LED product. But to buy these, they probably wanted to replace their entire inventory of MAC 301s. But here lies the problem. All major lighting vendors have websites. And they have a section devoted to used gear, with their own pricing, to kick off the haggling process. I wonder if anybody ever visits that particular page unless they are directed from a salesman from that company. If that’s the case, the manufacturer is going to need a guy to peddle that gear. Millions of bucks worth. And you have to pay that salesman for his time. I wonder if all these companies just call Marcel in the end.
Really, what do you do with 20-year-old fixtures now? Can you even get 10 cents on the dollar, or should you just throw them in a dumpster? Personally, I wish all the gear that’s been paid off three times over went in that bin, because I don’t ever want to see them again. There are certain companies that I despise, because I may play a state fair, and I know they are gonna be squeezing that last dollar out of a piece of gear that was cool in 1997. And I’m sorry if I insult you, but your crap doesn’t work, even if you swear it does.
Then there’s the other side of the coin. Marcel can be a godsend to the companies who have limited budgets. He checks out the gear before it’s on his website. He may even guarantee it, I don’t know. If you need those three-year-old LED fixtures that you know will still get you a lot of miles, you love this time of year. You can make an offer. The MAC 301s are still great fixtures, and the corporate world can use as many of these as possible. To find them, you can view everyone’s websites all day long. Or you can pick up the phone and call Marcel. Kind of like Travelocity. You can go to five sites to save 15 bucks on a plane ticket, or you can just go with the first price they give you and stop wasting your time. That’s how I roll.
I feel the same about some old gear that is still reliable. The Vari*Lite 3K is probably the most popular hard-edged light on the market. I adore them. On tours, they rent for about 250 clams a week. Have been for years. But now I think I want me some of them new MAC Vipers. And the more I think about it, I think I should only pay 200 bucks for a VL3K if you want me to use them now. I don’t know if you bought them six years ago or last week. Will they break, or will they be pristine? Crapshoot. I know the Vipers are new, I just saw them revealed at LDI. Makes me want to see what Marcel’s price is, versus the list price. Oh wait; VL has a new bunch of fixtures. Better check out their booth first before I make any decisions.
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