LOUD Technologies Acquires St. Louis Music, Making Loud One of the World's Largest Dedicated Pro Audio and Music Products Companies

March 1, 2005

Founded in 1922 by the Kornblum family, St. Louis Music's products include world-renowned Ampeg bass guitar amplifiers, Crate amplifiers, Crate Audio sound reinforcement equipment, Alvarez guitars and string instruments, and Knilling orchestral string instruments. In addition, St. Louis Music is one of the largest distributors of music accessories, offering retailers a complete line of branded accessory products.

St. Louis Music's existing CEO Gene Kornblum will remain in his current position and will report directly to LOUD Technologies' CEO Jamie Engen.

Ted Kornblum, who represents the third generation of St. Louis Music's founding family, will assume the position of Senior Vice President of Marketing and Artist Relations for St. Louis Music and will continue to manage these activities for the St. Louis Music family of brands, as well as help expand artist relations programs for the Mackie, TAPCO and EAW brands. William Blair & Company, L.L.C. acted as exclusive financial advisor to St. Louis Music in the transaction

For more information, visit www.loudtechinc.com.

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