John Harrison, the founder of A Brown Soun and creator of the Tone Tubby Hempcone speaker, died at his home on Monday, June 25. He was 59.
In addition to his innovative thinking and adventurous designs, John was well known and loved for his wildly creative personality and overflowing enthusiasm for new ideas.
A memorial service for Harrison is planned, but no details are available at this time.
Harrison is best known as the creator of the Tone Tubby speaker. The use of hemp paper to create speaker cones is "one of the most significant developments to occur in the history of speaker manufacturing," according to The Tonequest Report (January 2003). Tone Tubby speakers have been used by Carlos Santana, Steve Kimock, Billy Gibbons, Ronnie Montrose, Kirk Hammett, Mark Karan, and many others.
Harrison moved to California from Atlanta, Georgia, in 1973. His shop, A Brown Soun, became known as the ultimate boutique speaker reconing and reconditioning facility. The Tone Tubby brand was created in 2000 and has introduced several new models for guitar and bass as well as speakers for home and car audio.
In 2008, Harrison was joined by a partner in Tone Tubby, Thom Brown, who was previously the manager of The Enterprise Studio in LA for over 21 years. With Thom Brown on board to oversee development, manufacturing and sales, Harrison was able to spend more time on the road promoting the product line.
Harrison is survived by his son, Joey.