Launched in 1963 in the basement of the original Long & McQuade Music Store,
Yorkville Sound began custom manufacturing innovative Pete Traynor designed loudspeaker columns, small mixers, bass and guitar amplifiers specifically to support Long & McQuade’s fledgling rental business.
“Fifty years. It seems to have gone by so quickly,” says Yorkville Sound founder Jack
Long. “When we began we really didn’t know what to expect but looking back I would have to say that it has been a lot of fun. I love the music business and the people in it and I would like to do this for at least another fifty years.”
Ultra-rugged user-friendly product specifically created to suit customer demand was essential to Pete Traynor’s vision. His Traynor branded product quickly built a reputation for unmatched reliability in the field.
Since its humble beginning, Yorkville Sound has grown steadily over these five decades - moving first from the original basement workshop to its initial factory location on Dundas Street in downtown Toronto. From there it moved to a larger space in Scarborough Ontario in the early ‘80s before moving to its current 150,000 square foot facility in Pickering Ontario in the ‘90s.
Along with its core manufacturing business that still employs over 200 people at the Pickering factory, Yorkville Sound has built a strong resale division with brands like Apex Electronics Microphones and Applied Research & Technology (ART) branded signal processing.
Yorkville Sound also enjoys an extremely successful distribution business, distributing Gibson and Epiphone Guitars, Gallien Krueger bass amplifiers, Mapex Drums, Beyerdynamic Microphones and select Line 6 product for Canada, as well as Hughes & Kettner Guitar amplifiers for North America.
Yorkville will be marking their 50th Anniversary with select limited edition product reissues and special scheduled dealer events throughout 2013.
About Yorkville –
Yorkville Sound has been a manufacturer of PA systems and loudspeakers, Traynor instrument amplifiers, installed audio systems and accessories since its inception in 1963. The company now employs over 200 people in a 150,000 sq ft facility in Pickering Ontario, Canada (a suburb of Toronto).
In addition to its manufacturing capability, Yorkville Sound is an importer and distributor of microphones, cables, stands and accessories under the Apex brand as well as studio effects, signal processors, microphone preamps and accessories under the brand name Applied Research & Technology (ART) originally based in Rochester New York. Yorkville Sound is also the exclusive distributor of Hughes & Kettner Amplifiers for North America; Epiphone Guitars, Gibson Guitars, Beyerdynamic Microphones & Headphones, Mapex Drums, Los Cabos Drumsticks, Select Line 6 Products, Rotosound Strings, Dean Markley Strings as well as Gallien-Krueger amplifiers for Canada.