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.  


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.


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.

News of the month
An inevitable price increase
We're forced to raise our prices from the beginning of March. This is long overdue, as component costs have gone up for many reasons, and there's no relief in sight.

The increase for 10"-12" Toobs is 15% on the average. For the 6.5" Metros, about 7%.

The new prices will be shown on the product pages.

So sorry, but this is a question of existence. Also, consider the unique user benefits we offer. If we were making sporting goods, we could charge anything.

US reseller at last!
A frequent question: "Where in the USA can I buy your products?" So far nowhere, but there's nevertheless close to 100 Toobs and Metros delivered to NA.

Now, the renowned jazz guitar specialist Guitars 'n Jazz in Summit, NJ, is becoming our first dealership in North America. We'll start with Metros and see where this leads.

Headed by the legendary Lou Del Rosso, G'nJ is currently relocating, so it will take some time to get up to speed. Once the new address is up and running, it will appear at the end of these web pages.

One NA dealership isn't enough to cover a half-continent, but will certainly add credibility and a sense of local presence. We feel this is a major step forward.

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.