orkville Sound is a privately owned Canadian Company located near Toronto in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. Currently employing 265+ people, Yorkville designs and manufactures all of its products at the 150,000 square foot Pickering facility. Founded in 1963 in downtown Toronto, Yorkville was formed out of the back room of a music store called Long & McQuade. The repairman at that time (Peter Traynor) developed a Bass Guitar amplifier (the Traynor Dyna-Bass) that was rugged and could withstand rentals. Shortly thereafter, Jack Long started Yorkville Sound, a small company that soon had more than just bass amps. By the end of 1963 Yorkville was making P/A columns. After incorporating in 1965, Yorkville expanded its sales into the USA and soon after added a guitar amplifier (the YGA-1) and a P/A mixer (the YVM-1) to the line. Throughout the 1960's Yorkville continued to grow and become a serious force in North America for P/A and instrument amplification products.
In 1972 Yorkville expanded distribution into Europe with representation in the UK and Sweden. Growth continued in various phases through the 1970's and early 1980's, when the Yorkville design lab had an influx of new blood. In 1986, Yorkville introduced élite speaker cabinets and Audiopro mixing consoles which proved to be incredibly successful, pumping new life into the company. Since 1986 Yorkville has become even stronger. The addition of the Audiopro amplifier series in 1987, the continued growth and refinement of the élite series speaker systems, the addition of the TX-Series concert loudspeakers in 1996, and new up-to-date versions of the Audiopro powered mixers helped bring Yorkville to its present day prominence. The re-introduction of Traynor all-tube guitar and bass amps was witnessed in spring 2000, beginning with the Custom Valve40. Always ones to push the boundaries of modern loudspeaker technology, we introduced the Unity™ loudspeaker horn and cabinets in late 2003 as part of a two year joint development project with reknowned loudspeaker designer Tom Danley. This marked a significant leap forward in horn technology, arguably the first major advancement in horn development in the last 60 years.