Tannoy’s 90th birthday may have been overshadowed by news of the company’s Scottish manufacturing plant being under threat of closure, but that hasn’t stopped the firm producing a limited edition Gold Reference GRF 90 loudspeaker, with just 90 pairs being made.

The GRF 90 is part of Tannoy’s Prestige GR range of loudspeakers, first unveiled at the Munich High End Show in 2013. The range marries the handbuilt wooden cabinets of the Prestige range and updated versions of Tannoy’s Dual Concentric Drivers.

The GRF 90 is named in honour of Tannoy’s founder, Guy R Fountain, who started the world famous company in London in 1926. 

The 12in Dual Concentric Driver with Tannoy’s signature PepperPot WaveGuide, Alnico motor system and HF compression driver makes an appearance once again. Tannoy says it’s able to produce a “superbly dynamic presentation with fast, accurate bass and a fluid open midrange”. 

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It’s all housed within a bespoke birch plywood cabinet which has been heavily braced, and features a twin rear port designed to “reduce low frequency turbulence”. 

The Tannoy Gold Reference GRF 90 will be limited to just 90 pairs, pricing is on application, but don’t expect them to be cheap.

This latest product announcement comes at a troubled time for the company, which is planning to close its factory in Coatbridge, Scotland with the loss of 70 jobs after owner Music Group decided to move most of its production to a new facility in Zhongshan, China. 

Peter Sommer, who was appointed as senior vice-president Lifestyle & Home at Tannoy earlier this year, is due to leave the company in October.

Music Group, based in the Philippines, but with offices around the world, acquired Tannoy, a name synonymous with loudspeakers, in April 2015 from its former owner TC Group.


FunkyMonkey's picture

Manufacturing location

Will these be made in Scotland or China?

jjbomber's picture


The factory in Scotland has closed.

Sarah Jane Thomson's picture

Manufacturing location

I can confirm that the factory in Scotland has not closed. It is  operating as normal.

The GRF 90 speakers are being produced there. smiley

Best regards, Sarah Jane - Senior Specialist, Artist / Public Relations at MUSIC

Andy Clough's picture

Tannoy Scotland

Sarah Jane, if I can refer you to our earlier news story published in April: "The announcement was made to employees today, 29th April. Peter Sommer, senior vice-president Lifestyle & Home, said: 'Following an extensive evaluation of our operational and financial structure, we have taken the difficult decision to propose that the staff in our Tannoy manufacturing and office facility in Coatbridge are dismissed as redundant, which, if confirmed would see the facility closed.'”

Also,  in a subsequent article we wrote in May, you told us: "Uli Behringer [chairman of Music Group] is planning to keep manufacturing of the Prestige range in Europe, although not necessarily in the UK."

FunkyMonkey's picture

So is that a Yes? Scotland?

So is that a Yes? Scotland?