A real British Made Company

Made in Worcester, England

 

It all started back in 1908........................

 

Read through these sections to find out a little more about what's been happening since then.

if you would like to know more then please arrange a visit to come and see today's factory..

2010 to 2020

An exciting future ahead for Coomber

 

 

New Leadership: Coomber has been purchased by the Current Managing Director Tony Bennett and his business coach Simon Williams. 

 

The acquisition of the electronics specialist allows Managing Director Tony Bennett, who has been with the business since 2001, to head up the crucial research, development and production departments and Simon Williams, who is also the managing director and founder of highly respected business coaching and training firm Arrivista, becomes chairman, providing Coomber with essential strategic and marketing direction.

 

New Products:

The New Dance Combo is under way, it aims to be launched ready for September release, a sneak preview will be shown at the prestigious National Association of Teachers of Dance Annual congress to be held in Cheltenham 20/21st August 2016.

 

 

In early 2016 Coomber launched its loudest product ever at the international Education BETT show in Excel London, it was very well received by all who had the opportunity to view and hear it, "the sexiest Coomber ever". The Performance Combo is the latest flagship model to lead the way for modular audio technology, simple to use powerful clean distortion free sound. 

 

In 2015 Coomber has also unveiled the market’s first ever range of bespoke sound amplifiers: the 44573 model manufactured to the customers' individual requirements.

 

Coomber products are and always have been designed and manufactured in Worcester, UK.

2000 to 2010

The millenium

Floods and Famine

 

In 2008 we were severly affected by the UK reccession which took a firm grip, causing reduced spending by our loyal customers, schools and colleges worldwide.

 

But we had plans to move forward, and we set about designing and building major projects: the 6100 and the new factory. 

 

   Floods 

Several times during this period the factory at Croft Road was affected by the rising water of the River Severn. The worst was 2001 when water entered the building causing damage to stock.

These pictures were taken during the freak summer floods, 22nd July 2007. We were cut off for several days until the water subsided and we could get in to clean up.

 

 

The End of Croft Road Factory

This is an aerial photo of our Croft Road factory, during the archaeological dig and demolition of the council yard at the rear of Croft Walk. The development was to make way for the Worcester Hive, a landmark Library and history centre located next to the University of Worcesters' Castle Street Campus that houses student accomodation and lecture rooms.

 

The Coomber product range included Cassette Tape Recorders, CD Players, CD Cassette Recorders, Multi-Sound Centres and a range of associated accessories.

 

 

What else was happening at that time?

 

Cars

Toyota Prius was introduced worlwide in 2000. Ford Escape, and the Honda Insight pushed further the concept of a hybrid car. Despite this, by December 2010 they accounted for less than 0.5% of the world cars.

Did you know that in the event of a breakdown in a hybrid car due to either power source technical failure or empty fuel, the other source can effectively drive the car and does not leave you grounded?

 

Audio World

On October 23, 2001 Steve Jobs forever changed the course of media and entertainment distribution when he unveiled his creation, the Apple Ipod. The design included a mechanical scroll wheel on the front and was available in 5GB or 10GB models. It could hold up to 1,000 songs.

Did you know that the law in France limits the volume of sound that is played by the players to 100 decibels? Therefore, in Europe, the iPod is marketed with an adjusted volume setting. Meanwhile, the iPod is sold in the United States with a louder volume setting.

   

The Music World

Live 8 was a string of benefit concerts that took place on 2 July 2005, in the G8 states and in South Africa. They were timed to precede the G8 conference and summit held at the Gleneagles Hotel in Auchterarder, Scotland from 6–8 July 2005; they also coincided with the 20th anniversary of Live Aid. More than 1,000 musicians performed at the concerts, which were broadcast on 182 television networks and 2,000 radio networks. Did you know that Live 8 was the biggest event in Hyde Park's history and biggest ticketed event ever in the UK?

 

 

World Events

The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C. area on September 11, 2001. 

Did you know that it took 99 days for the fires at Ground Zero to be extinguished completely? At 8.46am on 11 September the fires started as the first plane hit the North Tower. The remaining fires were eventually put out on 19 December.

 

 

 

 British Events

The Millennium Bridge between Bankside and the City in London gained notoriety because it was closed – albeit temporarily - on the very day it opened, June 10 2000. The bridge began to wobble somewhat worryingly when it was used by walkers on a Save the Children charity event marking its opening. After two days the bridge not only had the nickname ‘the wobbly bridge’, but also had to close while a solution was found. The closure lasted two years.

 

 

 

Coomber products are and always have been designed and manufactured in Worcester, UK.

1990 to 2000

The 90's

 

The Coomber product range included Cassette Tape Recorders, CD Players, CD Cassette Recorders, Multi-Sound Centres and a range of associated accessories. In the image above is the 1999 BOB, a prototype multimedia expander providing a line-out facility for PCs with a sound card.

 

 

What else was happening at that time?

 

Cars

The General Motors EV1 was the first mass-produced and purpose-designed electric vehicle of the modern era from a major automaker, and the first GM car designed to be an electric vehicle from the outset. Did you know that electric cars have been around for about 180 years? In 1828, Hungarian Anyos Jedlik made a model car that was propelled by an small electric engine. Electric cars fell out of favor around the 1920s, when improvements were made to the internal combustion engine and the highway infrastructure expanded.

 

Audio World

The MP3 format was given its name and its familiar ".mp3" file extension in 1995. The brand-new format was an efficient way for the encoding of high-quality digital audio using a highly efficient data-compression algorithm. In other words, it was a way to make CD-quality music files small enough to be stored in bulk on the average computer and transferred manageably across the Internet. Did you know that a typical song on a CD ranges from 30 to 60 MB? By converting the song to a MP3 file, the size decreases to about 3 MB. 

 

 

The Music World

According to a report by the British Psychological Society, music produced in the 1990s was the most depressing in the past 40 years. Researchers analysed four decades worth of pop hits in terms of their song structure. They found that "songs in minor-mode had increased" gradually from 1965 to 2009 with the 1990s being a decade where use of minor keys reached its peak. Think about REM "Loosing my religion", Jewel "Foolish Games" or Pearl Jam's "Jeremy".

 

 

 World Events

In 1991 the first web page was created. Tim Berners-Lee hosted the first website on a computer built by NeXT, the company Steve Jobs founded when he was exiled from Apple. Did you know that the very first Web server does still exist, and it recently got a tune-up.

 

 

  British Events

Dolly the sheep became a scientific sensation when her birth was announced in 1997. Dolly (5 July 1996 – 14 February 2003) was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell, using the process of nuclear transfer. She was cloned by Ian Wilmut, Keith Campbell and colleagues at the Roslin Institute and the biotechnology company PPL Therapeutics near Edinburgh in Scotland, the United Kingdom. Did you know that she died prematurely at the age of six? This ignited the debate over the health and life expectancy of cloned animals.

 

Coomber products are and always have been designed and manufactured in Worcester, UK.

1980 to 1990

The 80's

 

The Coomber product range included Cassette Tape Recorders, CD Players, CD Cassette Recorders, Multi-Sound Centres and a range of associated accessories. This was our 1989 AA Cassette Recorder. Click on the image to see it in more detail.

 

 

What else was happening at that time?

 

Cars

Porsche introduced the 959 sports car in 1986, the fastest car in the world back then, which had the ability to reach a top speed of more than 200 mph (320 km/h). Never before car manufacturers managed to exceed the 200 mph barrier. Did you know that the most expensive car in the world is a sports cars, the Bugatti Veyron super sport which is priced at $2,500,000?


 

Audio World

On October 1, 1982, the first commercial compact disc, Billy Joel's "52nd Street," was released in Japan. Did you know that the first compact discs could hold up to 74 minutes of music (the rumor was that the length of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony established that standard)? This longer length allowed composers to write longer works without worrying about side breaks -- where listeners would have to flip over a record or cassette.

 

 

 

The Music World

Michael Jackson was the definitive icon of the 1980s. His leather jacket, glove and Moonwalk dance were often imitated. Jackson's 1982 album Thriller became—and currently remains—the best-selling album of all time. According to various sources, It sold somewhere between 65 and 110 million copies worldwide.

     

 

 

 

 

World Events

The Berlin Wall was both the physical division between West Berlin and East Germany from 1961 to 1989 and the symbolic boundary between democracy and Communism during the Cold War. The Berlin Wall was a symbol of this hostility, a physical representation of what was called the Iron Curtain. 

Did you know that the west side of the Berlin wall was covered in graffiti while the East side was not?

 

British Events

Pope John Paul II's visit to the United Kingdom in 1982 was the first visit to that country by a reigning pope. Did you know that the itinerary for the visit was drafted 42 times before the Vatican finally approved it? However, John Paul's trip was nearly cancelled after Argentina's invasion of the Falkland Islands, and the subsequent war between Britain and Argentina just weeks before it was scheduled to take place.

 

 

 

 

Coomber products are and always have been designed and manufactured in Worcester, UK.

 

1970 to 1980

The 70's

 

The Coomber product range included Cassette Tape Recorders, CD Players, CD Cassette Recorders, Multi-Sound Centres and a range of associated accessories.

The product above is the 1977 FM/VHF radio. Click on the image to see it in more detail.

 

 

   

What else was happening at that time?

 

Cars

The first-generation of Range Rover vehicle began production in 1970. Did you know that Range Rover is known to provide vehicles in the military capacity, especially for the British and the Australian armies? 

    

 

 

 Audio World

The 1970s brought Dolby’s noise reduction technology and a new International Standard in noise reproduction. The 1970s also marked the start of the digital revolution, with the first digital audio recorders being introduced by companies such as Denon (1972), Soundstream (1979) and Mitsubishi. In 1979, Sony introduced the Walkman portable audio cassette player, initially called the “Soundabout”. Did you know that Walkman was chosen as a name partly because of the popularity of Superman in 1979?

 

 

The Music World

In the 1970s ABBA were topping charts worldwide. But according to Rolling Stone magazine, Led Zeppelin was the biggest band of the1970s . Did you know that in 1973 Led Zeppelin lost $203,000 when a thief raided their safe deposit box in the hotel were they were staying? Rumours have always persisted that the crime was an inside job perpetrated by employees of the hotel. The NYPD continued to investigate but drew a blank. Whoever it was, they got away with it. 

 

 

 

World Events

The Munich Massacre was a terrorist attack during the 1972 Olympic Games. Eight Palestinian terrorists killed two members of the Israeli Olympic team and then took nine others hostage.

Did you know that  the massacre was aired live by TV crews and the terrorists were able to watch the police prepare their attack?   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

British Events

Conservative Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain's first female prime minister on 3rd May 1979. She came to power on the promise that the Conservatives would cut income tax, reduce public expenditure, make it easier for people to buy their own homes and curb the power of the unions. Did you know that the origins of the Oxford English Dictionary definition of the verb “to handbag” derives from Thatcher’s abrasive leadership style in cabinet meetings?

 

  

 

 

Coomber products are and always have been designed and manufactured in Worcester, UK.

1960 to 1970

The swinging 60's

 

During the 1960s James Coombers and his younger brother Edward Coomber joined their father in the Company and helped establish Coomber Electronic Equipment Limited as one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of specialist audio equipment to the educational market. Coomber now supply equipment to all the Education Authorities in the United Kingdom and also export worldwide.

 

 

The Coomber product range included Cassette Tape Recorders, Multi-Sound Centres and a range of associated accessories.

 In the image is our 1964 Record deck GAC/12W/4S. Click on the image to see it in more detail.

 

   

What else was happening at that time?

 

Cars

For the first time, the automobile industry offered consumers their choice of cars in different size classes: compact, mid-size and full-size. Ford decided to the first major restyling of the Mustang and so the Sporty "Pony Cars" made their popular debut. Did you know that the modern sports car almost died after the 1973 fuel crisis sparked stringent fuel and safety standards? It emerged from a 17-year hiatus with a new generation adhering to U.S. regulations.

 

Audio World

From basic pocket radios to entire portable turntables with built-in speakers, the domestic market went mobile. In 1965, Philips released the first compact cassette tape, which used a low-fidelity monophonic speaker and retailed at about $325 in today’s money.

Did you know that the longer the recording time, the thinner the ribbon of tape inside the shell, thus the less durable and more susceptible to damage?

 

The Music World

One of the biggest musical acts in history, the Beatles were formed in 1960 in Liverpool.

Did you know that for fifteen months in the early 1960s The Beatles were, in fact, a quintet? Stuart Sutcliffe, an abstract painter and art school buddy of John Lennon’s, was the original bassist for the band. Paul McCartney never thought Sutcliffe was talented enough. Although it was Sutcliffe and Lennon who named the band The Beatles, Sutcliffe eventually left the band in August 1961.

  

World Events

In 1969, as part of the Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the surface of the moon. Did you know that controversy still surrounds his famous quote? The broadcast did not have the "a" in "one small step for a man ... " He and NASA insisted static had obscured the "a," but after repeated playbacks, he admitted he may have dropped the letter. 

 

British Events

The 1966 FIFA World Cup, the eighth staging of the World Cup, was held in England from 11 to 30 July. England beat West Germany 4–2 in the final, winning the World Cup. With this victory England became the third host to win the tournament after Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 1934. Did you know that to this date it is the only major championship England has won?

 

 

Coomber products are and always have been designed and manufactured in Worcester, UK.

 

1950 to 1960

The 50's

Our Heritage

 

The Coomber product range included Radios,

Record players and Baffle speakers and a range of associated accessories.

 

The product above is a 210/VC Baffle Speaker which was developed to push sound both forwards and backwards rather than just forwards like conventionally boxed speakers. Click on the image to see it in more detail.

  

What else was happening at that time?

 

 

Cars

The Chevrolet Corvette becomes the first car to have an all-fiberglass body in 1953. One year earlier car seat belts are introduced for the first time.

Did you know that seat belts will increase your chance of surviving a crash by 50 percent?

 

 

 

 Audio World

In the 50s the popularity of stereophonic sound was solidified by the adoption of stereo by the Hollywood movie industry, as well as the advent of FM radio. It was the time when in people's homes radios were on all day humming away the only source of broadcast entertainment, the BBC radio channel.

Did you know that an AM wave is as long as a football field?

 

 

 

 

The Music World 

Rock and roll emerged in the mid 50’s with Elvis Presley as the leading figure. Rumour has it that Elvis used to wore a cross, a star of David, and other religious symbols around his neck, explaining “I don’t want to miss out on heaven due to a technicality.” 

Did you know that when Elvis received a guitar for his eleventh birthday, he was disappointed? He was hoping for a bike.

   

 

 

 

World Events

The clash between communism and capitalism dominated the 50s. The space race was part of the conflict and it began with the launch of the first artificial Earth satellite. Sputnik 1 was launched by the Soviet Union on October 4th, 1957. It was visible all around the Earth and its radio pulses detectable.

Did you know that Sputnik was only 23 inches in diameter but weighed about 184 pounds?

 

 

 

 British Events

Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on 2 June, 1953 in Westminster Abbey. Her Majesty was the thirty-ninth Sovereign to be crowned at Westminster Abbey. The Queen succeeded to the Throne on the 6th February, 1952 on the death of King George VI.

Did you know that she was in Kenya at the time and became the first Sovereign in over 200 years to accede while abroad? 

 

 

 

 

Coomber products are and always have been designed and manufactured in Worcester, UK.

 

1900 to 1940

The Early Years

 

The history of Coomber Audio, Worcester

Our Heritage

Coomber & Son was a family business founded in 1908.

The Company offered equipment and advice to local individuals and commercial users and educational establishments. 

The Coomber product range included crystal radios and Baffle speakers.

 

 

 What else was happening at that time?

 

CARS

The first real mass produced car rolled off the production line at the Piquette Plant in Detroit on September 27, 1908.

Tin Lizzie as it was also Known, set 1908 as the historic year that the automobile came into popular usage.

 

Audio World

Columbia Phonograph Company in 1908  licensed from Thomas B Lambert a superior technology for producing recorded audio material. The Edison-Bell company in Europe had separately licensed the same technology and were able to market Edison's titles in both wax (popular series) and celluloid (indestructible series). Lambert was able to license the process because the patent was not owned by the now defunct Lambert Company, but by Lambert himself. Edison had introduced wax cylinders that played for nominally 4 minutes

 

The Music World 

Elgars Symphony No. 1 was first performed by the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Hans Richter in Manchester, England, on 3 December 1908.

Sir Edward William Elgar is very important to us at coomber putting Worcesters music talent on the map, Edward Elgar was born in the small village of Lower Broadheath, just a few miles away from us, on the west side of Worcester. Elgar received a musical upbringing so by the age of eight, he was taking piano and violin lessons, and his father, who tuned the pianos at many grand houses in Worcestershire, would sometimes take him along, giving him the chance to display his skill to important local figures.

Elgar has been described as the first composer to take the gramophone seriously. Between 1914 and 1925, he conducted a series of acoustic recordings of his works. The introduction of the microphone in 1925 made far more accurate sound reproduction possible, and Elgar made new recordings of most of his major orchestral works and excerpts fromThe Dream of Gerontius

 

World Events

Tunguska event was caused by an asteroid or a comet that heated so rapidly upon plunging into the atmosphere that it blew up some five miles above the surface with an explosive force of 10 to 15 megatons.

 

British Events

1908 Summer Olympics were held at White City London, The UK won 56 Gold, 51 Silver and 39 Bronze medals, we even changed the length of the marathon from 25 miles to 26miles and 384 yards so that the King could see the finish.

 

 

Coomber products are and always have been designed and manufactured in Worcester, UK.