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New BBC documentary-Vox Amps

greeny

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Saw this on BBC three a few night ago. It doesn't go into a great deal of detail but definitely worth watching for anyone interested in Amps, guitars and obviously Vox.

There's a few nice contributions from Brian May, as well of bits of info from The shadows, Justin Haywood and a few Beatles stories.
 

zzmoore

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VOX is a real sad story.
Musicians were not the only ones that got screwed over back then.
Best
 

Stu Cats

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Thanks for the links, OP. I just watched the pair. What a sad story for Vox. How could they not have known that their own cash was being syphoned?
 

MadFrank

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Great link! A very interesting documentary. From a TGP perspective, it's amusing to poke a few holes in some of the facts - Vox invented the Fuzz pedal (?), for example, but overall it was very informative, fun and quite affectionate towards the old warhorse.
 

bradinnm

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Thanks for posting this I really enjoyed it.

There is a section in part 1 that reminds me of the ice cream analogy I used to teach my wife about guitar amps.

Vanilla = Fender
Chocolate = Marshall
Strawberry = Vox (Strawberry Fields anyone?)

Now when she hears a tune and I ask what kind of guitar amp tone is that? She can get pretty close most of the time.

:phones
 

GT100

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I like how they tested the amp for reliability.
Unfortunately they forgot to insure adequate ventilation of the power tubes....

Lloyd
 

blownirocz

Suppoutin' Memba Sinss Dem Oud Dayz...
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Very cool! Thanks for the link OP.

Seems so strange that a company that was doing that well would need to involve an outside investor (especially one that was not in the music industry) to ramp up their operations. Did the concept of using banks for capital infusion not exist then, I wonder? It would also be interesting to know why Jennings settled on this company that eventually sucked them dry. Seems a somewhat random choice to me, but I'm sure there must have been some connection from the war.
 

teemuk

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Well, it was an interesting but kinda dissapointing documentary. Gives you an impression that several decades of history could be summed to just a single product, the AC30. It's kinda dissapointing thought and completely belittles the work several Vox designers did along the years. Vox was way more than just AC30.

...Not to mention, while they obsessively focus on AC30 alone they still completely forgot to mention all the various revisions and development phases even that amp went through during the entire history of Vox. For example, the amp first appeared as a single-speaker, tweed covered combo, and why didn't anyone mention things like top boost units?

So yeah, despite presenting some interesting tidbits of history and footage the documentary was overall sort of a failure, IMO.
 

DLebs

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Well, it was an interesting but kinda dissapointing documentary. Gives you an impression that several decades of history could be summed to just a single product, the AC30. It's kinda dissapointing thought and completely belittles the work several Vox designers did along the years. Vox was way more than just AC30.

...Not to mention, while they obsessively focus on AC30 alone they still completely forgot to mention all the various revisions and development phases even that amp went through during the entire history of Vox. For example, the amp first appeared as a single-speaker, tweed covered combo, and why didn't anyone mention things like top boost units?

So yeah, despite presenting some interesting tidbits of history and footage the documentary was overall sort of a failure, IMO.
I think for the average non-guitar playing person who is interested in music it's good. The AC30 is far and away the icon of Vox, from a guitarists perspective I can see where you're coming from though.
 




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