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Our story - The Carlsbro tone returns

In 1959 a music revolution swept across the UK and Stuart Mercer founded Carlsbro Sound. Bands including The Rolling Stones, Herman’s Hermits and The Beatles made history by using a spectacular and very specific ‘British Tone’ created by Stuart and his Carlsbro sound team. Stuart may have passed away in 1996, but his influence and passion for clarity and quality of sound, lives on. Britain continues to lead the world through music and BishopSound has great pleasure in bringing back that uniquely British tone, as pioneered by Carlsbro.

After a lifetime in music, our very own Andrew Bishop (who made his first speaker cabinet in 1972) rescued Carlsbro on 1st January 2001. Andrew was supported by the existing Carlsbro team including John Roberts (Head of Sales).

During the global financial crisis of 2008/2009 the iconic Carlsbro brand was taken over by a Chinese firm; and at that time, the unique British tone was lost.

On 19th October 2012 a handful of British Carlsbro engineers and supporters gathered together with one purpose, to bring back ‘The Spirit of 1959’ and rediscover that wonderful tone and sound made famous by `Carlsbro in the late fifties. Bolstered by support and encouragement from his customers and loyal followers of the Carlsbro brand Andrew was bolstered by the support of his customers to put his name on this reinvigorated product range and BishopSound Ltd was formed in 2016.

Customers from all over the world were eager to explore the resurgence of the quality and sound they knew and loved, recreated with care by many of the same British engineers.


We are very proud to design our unique products here in Yorkshire. We now sell in 23 countries and  and ship all around the world. Our promise is to deliver an unrivalled sound quality and world-class customer service.

What Our Customers Are Saying

I have had several dealings with BishopSound and particularly Andrew in the past and can only say that they are THE best around. Andrew is polite and attentive in all correspondence and dealings. Their products are second to none in quality and price. Thanks BishopSound, I'll be dealing with you again in the near future.


Fantastic personal service and assistance with understanding my purchased products. Any questions I had, no matter how simple were duly answered.

Ricky Atwal

After spending months looking for the right sound I came across BishopSound. I phoned Andy who was very helpful and invited me down to where he operated ,which to me makes all the difference. The speakers I brought are quality, brilliant sound, light and easy to store and on top of that Andy has stayed in touch. I differently recommend BisopSound - a brilliant family fun business that go the extra mile.

Harry Knoxx

Great products and great customer service - you deal with Andrew directly and you don't get that from many companies in this day and age! Will be back when it's time to upgrade the sound systems!

Adam Jones

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