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We are hiring! Audio Engineers, Warehouse Assistant

A1 and A2 Audio Technician Positions Open!

Part and full time positions available; Freelance applications welcome.

Experience preferred but we are happy to train the right candidate.

Job Description:

As an audio tech at Bergsten, you will work in a fast paced, professional environment as lead engineer on numerous live events and projects throughout New England. You will be expected to adapt, learn new skills and be able to trouble shoot on site. Excellent verbal communication and teamwork skills are a must. You will be “building shows” from the ground up, interacting with important customers, and fellow employees at a variety of different events (private & large well known events alike). It almost goes without saying a professional, “can do” attitude will go a long way! An appreciation for the live music & entertainment scene / the odd hours it can at times entail, is a major plus.

Salary commensurate on experience.

Benefits and retirement offered for full time positions.

Please submit a current resume and three references for consideration for this position to No calls please.


Warehouse Assistant Wanted!

We are looking for an individual who will work in our Hingham, MA warehouse to help prepare outgoing/check-in returning audio equipment / assist in loading and unloading the vehicles.

Warehouse / loading dock experience preferred, however we are happy to train the right candidate with willingness to learn.

Salary commensurate on experience.

Benefits and retirement offered for full time positions.

Please submit a current resume for consideration for this position to No calls please.

Acquisition of new DigiCo Consoles

We are excited to announce that we are proud new owners of two new DigiCo consoles, the SD9 and the SD10 with Waves Soundgrid Servers. Call today to get a quote!

Cookie Policy

Last updated February 02, 2020
This Cookie Policy explains how Bergsten Music Co. Inc. (“Company“, “we“, “us“, and “our“) uses cookies and similar technologies to recognize you when you visit our websites at,(“Websites“). It explains what these technologies are and why we use them, as well as your rights to control our use of them.
In some cases we may use cookies to collect personal information, or that becomes personal information if we combine it with other information.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by website owners in order to make their websites work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information.
Cookies set by the website owner (in this case, Bergsten Music Co. Inc.) are called “first party cookies”. Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called “third party cookies”. Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website (e.g. like advertising, interactive content and analytics). The parties that set these third party cookies can recognize your computer both when it visits the website in question and also when it visits certain other websites.
Why do we use cookies?
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The specific types of first and third party cookies served through our Websites and the purposes they perform are described below (please note that the specific cookies served may vary depending on the specific Online Properties you visit):
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Cookies are not the only way to recognize or track visitors to a website. We may use other, similar technologies from time to time, like web beacons (sometimes called “tracking pixels” or “clear gifs”). These are tiny graphics files that contain a unique identifier that enable us to recognize when someone has visited our Websites or opened an e-mail including them. This allows us, for example, to monitor the traffic patterns of users from one page within a website to another, to deliver or communicate with cookies, to understand whether you have come to the website from an online advertisement displayed on a third-party website, to improve site performance, and to measure the success of e-mail marketing campaigns. In many instances, these technologies are reliant on cookies to function properly, and so declining cookies will impair their functioning.
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If you do not want Flash Cookies stored on your computer, you can adjust the settings of your Flash player to block Flash Cookies storage using the tools contained in the Website Storage Settings Panel. You can also control Flash Cookies by going to the Global Storage Settings Panel and following the instructions (which may include instructions that explain, for example, how to delete existing Flash Cookies (referred to “information” on the Macromedia site), how to prevent Flash LSOs from being placed on your computer without your being asked, and (for Flash Player 8 and later) how to block Flash Cookies that are not being delivered by the operator of the page you are on at the time).
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Bergsten Music Co. Inc.
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d&b audiotechnik product acquisition

Bergsten Music is pleased to announce the addition of d&b audiotechnik product to our pro audio rental inventory.
d&b’s “technological developments, system integration principles, and quality of construction” have brought the brand global recognition.

We are thrilled to offer their exceptional products to our clientele.

Stay tuned, we will have a separate page listing all the acquired gear shortly!


JBL’s 70th Anniversary: A Look at the Sound Industry

JBL & James B Lansing timeline

The first 100 years

1902 – James is born in Illinois 9th of 14 children

1927 – Moves to L.A. and continues his work on loudspeakers with his partner Ken Decker. Together they work on the development of loudspeakers.

Due to the first talking film “ the Jazz Singer “ there’s a push to develop audio systems for movie theaters. Westinghouse is part of the development projects.


1938– Congress forces Westinghouse to sell off it’s amplifier/speaker business to a group of engineers for $1. These tech form the Altec Lansing company.


1941– Lansing and Altec merge and James signs a 5 year contract with Altec as VP and chief engineer. During WWII Altec works on a submarine detection system which leads to the Alnico magnet.


1945– Leaves Altec to form his own company


1946– Founds JBL and works of the “Voice of the Theater” full range speaker. He forms a partnership Arnold engineering to supply Alnico magnets. ( Aluminum- Nickel- Cobalt ) used in his new speaker line.


1948– JBL develops the D-130 15” speaker with a 4’ voice coil. Which becomes JBLs first successful product. James is a great engineer, but a bad business person and the company falls into hard times.

Marquart Aviation invests in the company , but is soon to be bought by General Tire which has no interest in the speaker company.


1949– James commits suicide and leaves a $10k insurance policy to his partner which helps revitalized the company.


1950’s– the D-130 is used extensively in high-end home hi-fi systems.


1955– Leo Fender offers the JBL speakers in his guitar amps leading to the first use of JBL’s in the music industry.

1960– Sound companies use JBL in there professional systems and engineers like Bill Hanley create the first touring systems.

Capital records begins using the 4320 studio monitor in it’s recording studios.


1969– Hanley uses JBL’s in his system at Woodstock.

Sydney Harman buys JBL .


1970’s – Recording studios become fond of the JBL studio monitors and by 1977 the 4320 is used by more studios than all other companies combined.


1979– the Cabaret series is introduced and is a hit with small sound companies and local bands.


1995– the JBL EON – a big gamble for the company because of R&D costs becomes a huge success.


2000– the Vertec Line Array is introduced to the Pro-touring market and becomes one of the most successful pro-audio products of the 21stCentury.


This timeline is the product of my research into the James B Lansing company and the mark it has made on the music industry. It is my hope that these points are found to be as interesting and give some insight into the development of the sound industry.

Andy Bergsten. 4/20/17

Pro audio gear for SALE

As of January 1st, 2018 all of these items have been sold.


Every year we go through our inventory and decide what to keep and what to upgrade.

Unless otherwise noted, all equipment for sale has been tested and vetted by our technicians. There may be some cosmetic wear and/or a small “BMI” marked somewhere. Most of our prices are firm but we would consider negotiating in the event of a bulk sale.

We have all items listed on Ebay, Craigslist and linked to Facebook. Please keep in mind some of these items may become unavailable should a purchase take place. We have linked each item to it’s corresponding Ebay page for you as reference (there are more photos).

Please email or call (781) 740-6600 to discuss the items you’re interested in!

M-Audio Profire Lightbridge – $175.00

EAW JF260 w/ Roadcase (by the pair)- $600


Yamaha M7CL 48 Channel Mixing Console– $7,000


EAW Sm200iv w/ Road case (by the pair) – $900



Thanks, Jim Mouradian

We at Bergsten music are saddened to hear of the passing of our good friend and guitar guru Jim Mouradian. For decades whenever there was an issue I couldn’t fix on a instrument or a vintage instrument that I wanted Jim’s opinion of, I would go to Jim for his expert opinion. It also was a time to just chat about things – life , kids guitars and mutual friends in the biz. The picture attached is of a visit to his shop with my good friends and band mates. Jim proudly wearing his Bergsten music hat. I think we all can learn a lesson by reading the posts that have been written about Jim and strive to be that kind of person where some many people said such kind and honorable things about this gentile giant of a man.

Andy Bergsten

RIP Robert Paiste

As posted on

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Robert Paiste, family member, visionary cymbal maker and perennial company principal.

In the four generations of family members to guide the company, Robert was a foremost presence. His contribution was of immense importance, and he shaped Paiste in major ways.

Robert’s life-long focus was the development and production of cymbals and gongs. As an uncompromising perfectionist, he established the benchmarks for quality, fidelity and consistency that are the hallmarks of Paiste today.

Along the way, his work led to numerous innovations, inventions and patents, and among his many accomplishments, the Formula 602, the 2002, and the Signature Series continue to stand out in the cymbal world.

Robert’s contributions to the realm of cymbal and gong instruments in fact transcended his activities within the Paiste Company. Through his efforts, he shaped and influenced the direction of the entire field in the past half century. Never satisfied, he forever thought of new directions and possibilities to create instruments, indeed, he lived his life for sound:

«Sound is vibration, and vibration is energy. Life energy is vibration and sound, also. So, for us, sound is part of a very deep, basic truth. We are not the only ones who feel like this. There are so many musical-minded drummers who get the same exciting feeling from playing their cymbals. It’s not j
ust the sound. It’s the vibration, the touch, how it feels, and how it speaks to the drummer. It’s a wonderful feeling to produce something, hand it over to the drummers, and see them get the same response. There’s a deep truth behind it.»
 – Robert Paiste

Robert was born in the family’s country of origin, Estonia. The disruptions during the mid 20th century brought the family through Poland to Northern Germany, where in the late 1940s he joined his father Michail in cymbal and gong making. He moved to Switzerland in 1957 to found the company’s new and present home base. Robert went on to lead Paiste together with his brother Toomas throughout the second half of the 20th century. Together, on the foundation of their father’s and grandfather’s work, they built a cymbal company of world-wide significance.

We are grateful for Robert’s lifetime achievements.

Check us out on Ebay!

Check us out on Ebay

A couple times a year we like to go through our rental inventory and phase out certain items depending on the demand, condition of the item etc. We will rarely list gear that is beyond ideal function- but if we do, we’ll always communicate that clearly.

We have several pieces of gear listed at the moment with many more to follow- so we encourage you to take a look at our Ebay page! If you live local and would like to arrange a pickup, that would be great – but please be sure to proceed through the Ebay platform (we are always getting requests to sell outside of Ebay and we try to avoid that unless we’ve listed elsewhere like Craigslist). We will send an invoice without the shipping fees.

Into the Vintage gear? Keep an eye out- we are going through our vast Vox collection and though we’ve already sold a few amps and pedals, there will be more to come. We’ll also have a variety of pro audio and  backline gear. We will typically sell at a “Buy it Now” rate- but will entertain the best offers as well.

If you would like more information on the items we’re selling, please email or call us and we will do our very best to answer. Sometimes we will list things for our employees who are looking to let go of their gear- so there may be a slight delay in getting you the requested info.

If you are looking for something specific, feel free to ask- while we are not a retail store (and therefore don’t carry stock with intent to sell) – we do forget about certain items over time. If your request happens to overlap with something we’re willing to part with- it’s worth your while to submit an inquiry!

Check us out!

Eyes on Youtube: Musicians Seek Major Changes

Remember back in the day when musicians were banding together against services like Pandora and Spotify?

These days the music worlds attention is focused on Youtube, claiming the service doesn’t pay enough royalties. There is a demand to change the law that allows Youtube to operate this way, highlighting the need to track every dollar as listening habits transition to streaming vs. download.

Katy Perry, Billy Joel, Pharrell Williams Bon Jovi and many other big names in the industry have signed letters asking for copyright law modification. Prominent managers like Irving Azoff has also criticized Youtube in multiple instances.

Somehow, despite Youtube’s massive audience, they appear to produce less direct income for musicians than the likes of vinyl record sales – which is a relatively small market. And while Youtube does act as a mechanism to promote music, it is also an ‘easy way out’ – not providing a substantial source of revenue for anybody…but Youtube.

As we speak, major record labels are in the midst of renegotiating their contracts with Youtube. It will be an interesting story to follow. We all know the music industry is behind the times when it comes to keeping up with technology – maybe this is the start of that changing.