This is not so much a "Special" but it is something special. Unfortunately Focal has stopped producing the extraordinary Utopia 13" bass drivers used in the Monument series. As is also normal with companies, they did not make this known until they were very short on stock. I was fortunate enough to find 4 drivers held at dealers and snatch them to fill the pair of Grand Monuments that were under construction at the time. There are no more available. There will be ongoing service and repair, but no new drivers. Several people have been planning to get such a speaker when the time is right, so one customer with a recording studio in Sydney jumped to get one of the last 2 pair, as he wants to have the best mastering speaker of any recording studio in the World.
These are the last pair available. I would desperately like to keep them for myself, but I unfortunately cannot justify having something this (relatively) expensive that I cannot sell. I was in the same boat with my beloved Audio Aero La Source CD Player, that went to China after an offer difficult to refuse.
So this is not a discounted price, but it is the normal Grand Monument Elite price for the final pair.
It is extremely difficult to photograph a high gloss speaker as it is like trying to photograph a mirror. These photos do not do it justice, as the deep, rich luster is gone if there are no reflections. These are a stunning looking pair of speakers.
Grand Monument Reference Elite - $24,290
Gloss finish - $1500
Extra cost (at my cost) of the Santos Pallisander veneer - $600