Sigh. I had a 1964 and traded it somewhere in Camden, and I continue to lick that particular wound mitchfit!
Now that I find I could afford if not justify the outlay required to heal that gash, I have to concede that I could never turn it up loud enough to derive any benefit from it here at hippie towers, and in any event- with a chronic "stuff" issue, cannot spare the real estate either.
OTOH, (and with my devil's advocate hat perched on at a jaunty angle), if this was something that of neccesity had to rely upon CAA release certification I would understand, but four large is more what the perceived market will be prepared to pay, rather than what it should cost, and the same goes for most if not all so-called "boutique" amps. Last year, my canny little sister purchased a brandy new tiny red VW hatch-back car for under 7K...
A while back I reported that I had bought an AC15C1X. Well after a couple of weeks it died on me. I liked the AC15C1X a lot. So I put it back to Andertons but decided to replace it with the hand-wired version AC15HW1X. This is quite a hike up in price but it is a superb sounding amp and definitely worth the extra cash. If you're in the market do give it a try.
Many moons ago I was in a band and the guitarist bought a used but immaculate AC30. I went with him to view it and after a bit of haggling he grudgingly paid £35 for it. How times change.I blame Brian May.
Post by Michael Messer on Dec 22, 2017 9:39:49 GMT
Good Lord, they're £3,750! You're right, Graeme, times have changed.
It's all personal choice and taste, but if I were spending that kind of money on a Vox amp, I would want a 1960s one.
Vox AC30 c.1964 Very good condition Copper top, black weave finish Original foot-switch Celestion blue speakers Speaker cloth looks like replacement One handle replaced Serviced professionally Gigged occasionally
NO CONNECTION WITH SELLER, just using it as an example.
Post by Michael Messer on Dec 22, 2017 17:16:42 GMT
Stevie, that was just the first one I turned up. But if I was really looking for an AC30, it would be an all-original 60s model.
I can understand Peter's decision to buy a new one, but it's just not for me.
I had one for a while in the early 80s, but I never got the sound I wanted from it and moved it on quite quickly. I went for a 1972 Mark 1 Mesa Boogie, same as the one in the photo. It was an amazing amp. I sold it in the early 90s when I got into small 6 watt Supro and Champ amps, which saved my ears and my back!
about 14 years ago, the AC30 bug due arose to the hand wired offering release.
before their limited head/2x12 cabinet [200 units] had dried up one could get both for about 1,900 american inflationary notes plus shipping.
as true for the original, the "L" shaped chassis retained massive amounts of heat. the cause for 3 or 4 progressively larger vent ports that had been issued for the OEM design.
then i heard of the "Winfield" 15/30 head and got it and a 2x12 cab for about $600 less. one needs to replace V1 in these for 12AT7 to get very close to the actual gain traits of the vox, due to a "Marshall-izing" of the circuit.
have been very happy with mine, but feel the 18 watt setting, [only 2xEL84, or 6BQ5] a cure for a problem that doesn't exist. very little volume change.
another step closer was achieved by switching to the russian/sovtek EL 84M, which was a more hi-fi variant.
the new cost has risen since then, but for those left of the atlantic, used can be scored for near the same price.
still,would love to get a vox, likely just mind games though.
I have owned this for 35 years. It is a very rare 1962 bass configuration fawn Vox AC30 amp and cab. It is all original except, unfortunately, the output transformer and the mid sixties silver Alnicos which I like to think were installed after an upcoming Liverpool beat combo blew out the original blue Alnicos. Mark