Bag End officially began in 1976 but the roots go back to 1968 when Jim and Henry first met in their high school theater department. In the early 70’s interest in live theater, music and rock bands intensified, of special interest was sound equipment. Throughout the early 70’s they constantly built and rebuilt speaker systems for their band. By the mid seventies other bands were asking them to build sound systems and, mostly by accident, a company was formed to build sound systems.
Bag End was formed
Bag End officially formed in 1976 in the basement of 134 West Slade in Palatine Illinois. This was Bill Schwingel’s house, a third partner at the time. The house is now preserved as a historical building (although not because Bag End was founded there). Over the next few years the company built a national reputation for high quality speaker systems. The company expanded to include a second basement and garage. In 1979 Bag End moved into an industrial building in Barrington, Illinois. The company headquarters remained in Barrington for the next 35 years. In 2014 the company moved into a larger facility in Algonquin, Illinois
Throughout the next 30 years musicians, recording engineers, churches, theaters, nightclubs, museums and more found Bag End loudspeakers to be the most excellent available. Our photo gallery highlights some of the products, users and applications over time.
In 1981 Bag End introduced the first Time-Aligned PA and stage monitor loudspeaker system, based upon the EM Long Time-Align technology. A fundamental breakthrough in loudspeaker design that Bag End continues to incorporate in its systems today.
A decade later Bag End introduced the first widely available Extended Low Frequency (ELF) system based upon the Long/Wickersham ELF technology. This bass technology, in wide spread use today, revolutionized the way we think about high fidelity bass systems.
Electronic Bass Trap
In 2003 Bag End introduced another ground breaking technology, based upon the patent of Dr. Reza Kashani, an electronic bass trap. The Electronic bass trap known as the E-trap is an acoustical device independent from, and not connected to, a sound system. It is a very powerful tunable low frequency acoustic absorber making it an extremely useful tool in small room acoustics.
After years of research and development Bag End announces the Neptune super high powered loudspeaker system. Utilizing the most advanced and powerful components possible, the Neptune sets a new standard for fidelity and output.