Vox Amplifiers has introduced the TB35C1 and the TB35C2, two new amps created as part of their collaboration with top boutique amp maker Tony Bruno. Bruno is widely known for his unique and great sounding amps, of which he has personally hand-built more than a thousand of them. His amps have been ranked as some of the best in the world, so it’s no wonder the two he designed for Vox are getting great reviews. Bruno has been a friend to Vox for years, working with the company during the 90s on the AC30, the Night Train, and the Vox Custom Series.
In the past, Vox worked mainly on refining the British amp circuit, recreating that classic sound. However, the TB35C1 and C2 are distinctly American, something Bruno helped with. His hand-built prototypes captured the exact sound Vox wanted, and the final products are perfect for genres like country and blues. The two amps are designed to be user-friendly and include a number of different ways to customize your sound. These features include the Macho Switch, which boosts the mids and the gain. The Macro Switch aims at keeping the purity of your tone while giving your solos a little extra boost.
These two Vox/Bruno amps are all-tube amps and, besides the Macho Switch, also feature high quality reverb, a bass boost, and master volume bypass. They’re two great amps from a legendary amp designer and top quality amp company.
There are a number of newer amp companies out there that, while great, simply don’t have a history behind them. Sometimes this doesn’t matter, and sometimes it does. However, Vox Amps is not one of those. The company has a long and rich history of designing amps. It all began way back in 1917 when Thomas Walter Jennings was born. Jennings would later go on to co-found Vox Amps along with Dick Denney, whom he met in 1941. Both Jennings and Denney were amateur musicians, but they both also had an interest in electronics and in amps.
In 1944, Jennings opened up a second hand instrument store. While he mostly sold and traded accordions, he did deal in other instruments. His company flourished during the 40s, and at one point, he even created an electronic keyboard style instrument that he named the Univox. This unique instrument sold fairly well, and it helped Jennings fund The Jennings Organ Company. (more...)
To celebrate their 50th Anniversary, Vox has introduced a new line of hand-wired amplifiers called the Heritage Collection. This is no average reissue collection as Vox has pulled out all the stops fusing old with new and adding the EF86 preamp channel from 1958 along with the 1963 Top Boost channel together is a single amplifier. Here's a demo of the Ac15 just one of these great looking and sounding reissues:
Below is a great demo that will provide you with an excellent example of the range and versatility of these amps. If your looking for that classic, british tube style crunch, then your search is over as these amps really deliver the goods. (more...)