That year would bring the next big improvement on the shop floor: an automated paint line. Its robots can coat 600 speaker cabinets a day with a tough, eco-friendly and phenomenally uniform skin.

HK Audio launched LUCAS, the Stamer Group’s most successful product line to date, in 1998. Its success, too, was born of an innovative concept. The first sophisticated PA system to feature a plug ‘n’ play design, LUCAS affords easy access to great sound. Even novice users get to enjoy excellent results, instantly.

The first rotary cabinet simulator to serve up authentic sound, the Hughes & Kettner Tube Rotosphere, would go on to become a crown jewel in the rigs of rock royalty such as Jon Lord and Jeff Beck.

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