In 1958 Jennings Musical Instruments (JMI) was founded in Dartford, England by Tom Jennings and Dick Denney. Tom Jennings had had a musical instruments store in the Thirties, and had founded the Jennings Organ Company in the Fourties. This company built own organs and sold HAMMOND clones, for example the HAMMOND SOLOVOX, which got the name UNIVOX, from which probably the name VOX was taken later.
In 1958 the tube guitar amplifier AC15, which was designed by Dick Denney, was launched by JMI with the name VOX for the first time. Many guitars and amplifiers, for example like the legendary VOX AC30, folloewd. In the beginning of the sixties the name VOX was associated with the British BEAT music. Examples for this are bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals or The Dave Clark Five.
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The first VOX organ - the one manual solid state organ VOX CONTINENTAL - was introduced in 1962.
In the mid-sixties JMI signed a contract with the American THOMAS ORGAN COMPANY, which should have arranged the sale of VOX products in the United States. In spite of this, THOMAS produced own solid state amplifiers with the name VOX.
After VOX was sold several times in the beginning of the Seventies, it was finally bought by the ROSE-MORRIS Company. Since the mid-seventies the were no products sold anymore with the name VOX.
Some of the VOX organs were built under license by General Music in Italy. The technical design of the VOX organs changed a few times, which concerned for example the tone generators (transistor, IC) or the keyboards (wood, plastic).
The Jennings Organ Company built those organs:
VOX produced organs only from 1962 to the beginning of the Seventies. There were the following models:
Besides there were 13 key bass pedal units produced for the CONTINENTALS.
|Many thanks to Duane Wayne from the VOX Showroom for the information and the pictures.|
|Photo courtesy Gary Hahlbeck (Sonic Speakers) & Jim Rhoads (Rhoads Music).|
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