Grado Labs, inc. was founded in 1953 in Brooklyn USA
Grado Labs Founded
After working for Tiffany as a watchmaker, Joseph Grado starts his own phono cartridge company, Grado Labs, Inc., in his Brooklyn kitchen
Joseph Grado sells the first Grado cartridge to Leonard Radio (far side of the street in the center of this picture)
Joseph Grado moves his operation around the corner into the Grado family fruit store
Joe Grado is awarded patents for the first Stereo Moving Coil Cartridge
Grado introduces in Dustat Record Cleaner. Introduction of the Lab Series of Phono Cartridges, Speakers, Tonearm, and Turntable
The Cartridge is King
Grado decides to stop making everything except phono cartridges
Introduction of the B series cartridges
Joseph's nephew John joins the company as head floor sweeper.
John Grado’s audio education begins under Uncle Joe's patient tutelage.
Grado introduces their “F” series of phono cartridges. John Grado’s speaker design education
begins with Uncle Joe
John Grado finishes school and becomes a full time employee of Grado Labs
John Steps Up
John Grado is handed responsibility of all Grado production and expands production to 10,000 cartridges per week
Grado introduces their “G” series of phono cartridges
Wood Tone Arm
Joseph Grado introduces his Signature tonearm. People still ask for it even though it was discontinued in
Grado introduces their “M” series of phono cartridges
John Grado is handed full responsibilities for all the daily operations of Grado Labs
Grado introduces the “X” series of phono cartridge
John Grado’s headphone design education begins with Uncle Joe.
Joe Grado introduces his Signature line of headphones
John Becomes Owner
John Grado becomes President and owner of Grado Laboratories Inc.
Grado Labs introduces the SR100, SR200 and SR300 model headphones
More SR Headphones
Grado introduce the SR125, SR225 and SR325 headphones
Grado introduces SR80 headphone
Grado introduces SR80 headphone
Grado introduces the groundbreaking SR60 headphone
Grado introduces their Prestige Series of Phono cartridges
Grado introduces their wooden RS1 headphone
Grado introduces their wooden RS2 headphone
Grado introduces their wooden Reference Series of phono cartridges, and the the RA1 series of headphone amps
Grado introduces their PH1 phono amplifier, and the SR40 headphone
Grado introduces their wooden Statement Series of phono cartridges
Grado introduces their Gold SR325i in honor of their 50th anniversary
Grado introduces the mahogany GS1000 headphone
Grado release the Grado i Series lineup.
Grado Gets Social
Grado takes it’s first steps to become social with their fans, creates Facebook and Twitter page. Jonathan Grado appointed to handle social media.
The cat is listening to Dr. Dre!
Grado releases the flagship chrome-plated PS1000
Grado introduces their first in-ear models: iGi and GR8
Grado introduces GR10 in-ear models
Grado introduces PS500 headphones
Grado for Bushmills
Grado makes limited edition headphones out of Bushmills’ Whiskey Barrels. Sold out the first day
Jonathan Grado has his first day at the office, marking the third generation of the Grado family business.
Mashable names Grado one of the top 8 social small businesses in America
Grado introduces the Grado e Series line of
Founder Joseph Grado passes away.
Joseph Grado, founder of Grado Labs and inventor of the stereo moving coil phono cartridge, passed away this morning at the age of 90. In the early 1950s, Joseph began using the skills he gained as a master watchmaker to start crafting phono cartridges on his kitchen table in Brooklyn, New York. He went on to clear out the Grado family fruit store around the corner and in 1953, Grado Laboratories was born.
Joseph guided Grado Labs until 1990 when he handed the torch to his nephew, John Grado, and our headphone era began. For the next 25 years he enjoyed living in South Carolina, building and tinkering with anything to do with audio.