Documents - the AC/30
Also the AC10, AC1/15, portable Vibravox, the new Vox Echo unit, and new guitars
The material gathered on this page relates principally to the Vox AC/30, released for sale in the summer of 1959. Also encompassed in the ads below are the portable Vibravox unit, various accessories, new guitars, and normally three other amplifiers, sometimes referenced solely in terms of price - the AC10 without vibrato (27 or 29 guineas), the AC10 *with* vibrato (39 guineas); and the AC1/15 (59 guineas). The AC/30, the top of the range, was initially offered in two forms in June 1959: *without* vibrato (62 guineas), and with (70 guineas). The version without vibrato does not seem to have been mentioned again however.
Material relating to organs, which were heavily advertised by Jennings - "The Jennings Organ Company" - in the late 1950s, will be incorporated selectively. A "documents" page for 1957 will be available soon. The page on 1958 can be found here.
Colin Hicks, brother of Tommy Steele and mentioned as a Vox user in September 1958, with AC1/15s in the film "Europa di notte", released in early 1959, the various sequences having been filmed in London, Paris, Rome, Vienna and Madrid, in 1958. This is probably the earliest appearance of Vox amplifiers on film.
Clip from the film
Below, some screengrabs from a performance by "The Vipers" at the international show "Europa macht Musik", broadcast from Berlin on New Year's Eve, 1959/1960 - see the IMDB and this listings page. The aspect ratio has been corrected. In view, perhaps two AC15s, though the one on the left does seem to be a touch larger (a single speaker AC/30?). "The Vipers" had been users of Vox amplifiers since September 1958 at the latest.
The sound quality in the clip below is excellent. The aspect ratio is stretched longitudinally however by a third.
Below, the adverts promoting amplifiers and amplifier accessories placed by JMI in "Accordion Times" magazine, 1959:
February 1959. The AC1/15 at 59 guineas.
June 1959. The first appearance of the AC/30, priced at 62 and 70 guineas.
Detail of the above.
Detail of the above.
December 1959. The superior sound of Jennings accordion amplifiers, the AC1/15 again pictured.
24th September 1959.
Melody Maker Magazine
During the course of 1959 Jennings placed relatively few adverts in "Melody Maker". All but two (not included here) appear in the last quarter of the year.
12th September 1959.
19th September 1959. First advert for the new Vox Echo unit.
26th September 1959.
3rd October 1959. Note that the blurb for the Echo unit now mentions "stunt effects". Also, the AC1/15 has become the AC15 (or AC/15).
10th October 1959.
17th October 1959. A slightly expanded version of the above - longer list of endorsing artists, more on the Electronica Oval-Basso, etc.
24th October 1959.
31st October 1959.
14th November 1959.
28th November 1959. An advert for Boosey and Hawkes showing Dave Goldberg with his AC15, its logo hidden, presumably deliberately, by the caption.
Banjo, Mandoline, and Guitar Magazine
March 1959. Repeated in April.
November 1959. Repeated in December.