VOX FOUNDATION BASS AMPLIFIERS
VOX SOUND LTD
mid 1970 - 1972
In late 1969, "Vox Sound Equipment Limited" (VSEL), the successor to Jennings Musical Industries, folded. The business was saved, however, first by Corinthian Securities; then a consortium headed by John Birch and George Stow, who had been active in the electronics industry since the mid sixties. With support from the Schroeder Bank, the "Birch-Stolec" group took Vox on, and in 1970 "Vox Sound Limited" (VSL) emerged. For further details, see this page.
The first "Vox Sound Limited" Foundation Bass amps were made at the West Street factory in Erith (late 1969 to early 1971).
In 1971 operations were moved to the Birch-Stolec factory on the Ponswood Industrical Estate at St Leonard's-on-Sea (a mile or so from Hastings). Late amps often have "Birch-Stolec" inspection stamps on the preamp and power amp chassis.
Vignettes of the factory from the Vox catalogue of 1971. For others, see this page.
In the VSL period (from late 1970) transformers were supplied by "Lemark", owned along with "Twickenham Transformers" by "Stolec", and based in Haywards Heath.
Foundation Basses remained in production until 1972. VSL went on for around a year thereafter, and then folded.
The easiest way to spot a VSL amp, control panel and serial number plate aside, is the silver (rather than gold) string round the box.
Below, a register of surviving amps. As ever, if anyone knows of Foundation Basses that have not yet been included on this page, do let me know.
Serial number 2432 - currently in France (?)
Serial number 2587 - currently in Germany
An excellent rig. Sold on ebay some time ago.
Serial number 2656 - currently in Japan
Note the VSEL speaker in the cab.
Serial number 2682 - currently in the UK
Good general condition. Some diamonds (expertly and painstakingly) removed from grille cloth panel.
Serial number 2725 - currently in the UK
Missing one control knob, but otherwise fine.
Serial number 2756 - currently in the UK
Serial number 2759 - currently in the UK?
Good condition - a really nice example of a late-run amp.
Serial number 2774 - currently in the USA
Unusually for a VSL amp, the logo has "Solid State" underneath VOX. Of particular interest too is the top of the cab with its inset wells for the feet of the amp. The idea for these is likely to have come from the stackable multi-link cabs - one pictured below - with wells for the feet of the cab on top of it. At this point, towards the end of production, the chrome support for the amp was evidently being phased out.T Thanks to Mark for the pics.
Serial number 2796 - currently in the UK
A nice Foundation Bass amp with a Dynamic Bass cab (complete with its chrome frame). Thanks to Pete for the pictures.
Serial number 2813 - currently in the UK
Condition so-so. Stencilled on the back panel "Sharp Practice".
Serial number 2827 - currently in the UK
A nice set - probably one of the last to have been produced. Note the use of the horizontal logo on the cab (normal for late Vox Sound). The speaker is a Fane.
Serial number unknown
Late-style Vox Sound Ltd cab with logo top left and port in back. The amp is VSEL and has "Solid State" in its logo, so probably a serial number in the 2200s or 2300s.