News, offers and more

This section highlights our latest developments and product offers. Please visit our bilingual (English/Finnish) Facebook pages @toobspeakercabinet for the complete newsflow, photos, hints & tips, chit-chat & feedback.
A Flying Start into 2023
Dear TOOB Friends!  Time to thank for another year of confidence and growth. 144 cabs (+ 28%) is a record and, frankly, a lot for a micro enterprise. While established markets figured strongly, individual units found their way to Hawaii, Chile and other remote destinations. So far, 557 units in total, and 33 pins on our world map.  

This was a year of Metros, exactly half of the total, and bass models. Importantly, it marked the comeback of our resellers Liberty-Music in Germany and Lightweightguitaramps in Hungary. Custom Sounds in Helsinki continued on a strong note. Thank you, Ernst, László and Jani!

Global inflation and supply chain issues did not leave us unaffected. Overall, not as bad as feared, but far from settled going forward. Price increases are more than likely once the next batch of speakers arrives.

Update: 2023 has gotten off dynamically. I hope to break some major news shortly. Malaysia just became the 34th Toob country.

Last year, I declared my intention to find a successor. Nothing definitive to report on that front. So, business as usual, until further notice. In keeping with demand, the focus will be on the Metro line and standard TOOBs. Telescopics and Customs? Time permitting.  


Markku

How to get it for less?
A) As a performing artist or full-time music student, you may be entitled to a substantial discount, subject to our discretion. Almost no strings attached. Check our Policies and Principles section.

B) From time to time, there will be an Offer of the Month featured on this page.

C) We often have a few prototypes and other one-offs on hand.  

D) Reluctantly, we have shipped a few 10" and 12" TOOBs unloaded to people willing - and able - to install their own speaker. The price drop is typically EUR 100/90 (EU/non-EU) for guitar models and EUR 120/110 for bass models. If you can assemble Ikea furniture, you already have a 5 mm hex key, the only tool required.

ASK!

Playing with an upright cab
Our 12J, 10B, 12B and 6.5BG+ models, as well as most telescopic versions, come with removable UpBeat legs for playing in the vertical position. While we were aware of Johnny Smith's "Fountain of Sound", a huge 1957 Ampeg amp tilted on its back, we consider the upright legs another Toob innovation.

Why upright? The concept makes the cab more omnidirectional: you hear yourself better, the band hears you better, and nobody in the audience is on the fire line. Works best if there's a reflecting ceiling above - 3-5 m (10'-16') seems ideal.

For double bass players, the solution raises the speaker closer to the instrument's sound holes and allows the acoustic and electric sound to blend harmoniously. For guitar, applications range from orchestra pit work and big band comping to enhancing acoustic instruments and playing jazz in intimate situations.

TRY!
OFFER OF THE MONTH
METRO 6.5FR II January Discount Extended!

Although shining in different roles and with a variety of instruments, the FR version is the rarest of the Metros. We haven’t made much noise about it either, as the precious 130W SICA 6D 1.5SL double-cone speaker was out of stock for long. The remaining pair was retained for testing.

Testing what and why? To be honest, the original FR is not an FRFR. Full Range yes, Flat Response no. The response curve of the small, almost open-back cabinet zigzags a bit - not alarming. What matters is that it starts to drop below 200 Hz, just as the speaker itself does in a standard open air/infinite baffle test. Even this is less of an issue with most instruments. However, a stronger bass end – and therewith a flatter response curve - would be welcome for keyboard, backing tracks or use as mini-PA.

It’s not so easy to improve on what’s already good. Following trials with several tail-end configurations, we ended up with the simplest possible solution: the Metro BG’s single-port back plate, yet with only one felt layer.  

Prepared for another disappointment, we hooked this version straight to a bass guitar, which of course starts from 40 Hz, far below the speaker’s stated frequency range of 110-15 kHz. Hallelujah – it worked!

Subsequent tests with acoustic, jazz and 7-string rock guitar were equally positive. This cab can handle anything, including overdrive without the feared sizzle. The tone is discernibly rounder than the original FR's.

Harmonica, accordion and violin players, attention! Gypsy jazz guitarists, you too!  

A substantial load of the SICA speakers has landed. They did cost us a lot more than the previous batch. Nevertheless, we offer the Metro 6.5FR II at the discounted introductory price of EUR 299/241 (EU/non-EU) plus shipping until the end of February. First units have been delivered.





200th Metro!
The 200th Metro, a GP+ to an order from New Jersey, was completed on the last day of November. There's been a lot of positive buzz, around the GP+ and BG models in particular, in social media.

We're too lazy to replace the below comments (from May) with more recent ones. In all modesty, they're more of the same.

"It was perfect. Especially on these courses when you have to carry all your kit between sessions. I'm very very happy with it."
- Guitarist Stuart S., London (6.5GP)

"I love my new Toob! I set up the Quilter SB US last night and spent a bit of time dialing in a sound I liked. When I finally got it, it really filled me with joy. It’s going to be a real motivation for me..."
- Pro artist Paul U., New York (6.5GP+)

"Got the speaker today and it sounds great! Thanks once again, and I'm glad this one worked out."
- Pro violinist Lyle W., New Orleans (6.5FR)

"The speaker arrived in good working order and I'm very happy with how it performs. Thank you for a great product and your kind service."  
- Guitarist Benjamin R., Boston (6.5BG)

"Hi Markku … yes, the eagle has landed! Everything is fine - yesterday I played a session opener (whole band with drums, e-Piano and horns) and the speaker sounded impressive... Vielen Dank nochmal für die schnelle Lieferung und bis demnächst …
- Bassist Manfred J., Hamburg (6.5BG+)
On our shipping arrangements
Not all eggs in the same basket. We're using Shipit, a Finnish company which has wholesale agreements with several service-providers. Based on the recipient's postal code, we get a current listing of alternatives whenever a quote is needed. By and large, it's UPS for the Americas, UPS or GLS for Continental Europe, UPS for UK and Norway, Finnish Post for Sweden and Denmark, and UPS or Finnish Post for Asia-Pacific. For intercontinental deliveries, we strongly recommend the UPS Super Saver option.