Radically different, TOOB was born out of need and intuition. Less weight is a megatrend. Neo speakers and new micro amps have closed the performance gap against traditional gear, while weighing a fraction. However, a plywood cabinet remains what it is: heavy, cumbersome to make and acoustically far from ideal. We set out to replace it - thinking out of the box, quite literally.
Corrugated, dual-wall drainage pipe is an abundant, internationally standardized material, tested to withstand 8 tons of ground pressure per square meter. The body or shell of our current models is made from 315 mm high-quality polypropylene (PP) pipe, mass produced by the industry leader Uponor® in Finland. Its finely textured, scratch-resistant surface needs no finish or treatment.
TOOB's other unique features include bespoke clamping rims, which hold the assembly together, and a contoured "saddle" for attaching a micro-amp with hook-and-loop fasteners. A thick elastic gasket isolates the speaker element/driver from the shell. A heavy-duty metal grill protects the driver. The removable leg is made of stainless spring steel. A magnetic plywood leg is standard on the bass version and an option for all.
The overall design and key features are protected EU-wide and additionally by a Finnish Utility Model Right. TOOB is a registered trademark.
Our standard Neodymium transducers (i.e. speaker elements or drivers) come from SICA/Jensen (for guitar) and Celestion (for bass). The models we use are typically found in boutique cabinets costing and weighing twice as much as ours. We use trusted international suppliers for the rest of the hardware. A close network of local sub-contractors is responsible for cutting out the shells (our own method) and shaping the wooden components. We finish the components, do much of the nitty-gritty and hand assemble each unit.
We have nothing to hide about our environmental and ethical footprint. TOOB has an indefinitely long lifespan, further supported by excellent serviceability. Changing the driver is a matter of minutes. The compact size and light weight matter in logistics and everyday use, not to mention the owner's obvious health benefits. The shell material is certified for RoHS compliance. TOOB also meets the CE criteria.