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VOX Launches Heritage Collection Amplifiers

To commemorate its 50th anniversary, VOX Amplification (1957-2007) is launching its new Heritage Collection of hand wired combo amplifiers. The first two models, the AC15H1TV (pictured) and the limited edition AC15H1TVL (of which only 200 will be built), pay tribute to VOX’s first amplifier, the AC15.

The new amps offer an EF86 pentode valve circuit circa 1960 in the preamp channel combined with the 1963 Top Boost channel, which are then coupled with VOX’s modern tone shaping enhancements. The amplifiers promise natural overdrive, creamy distortion and a palette of tonal colors. Aesthetically, the amplifiers feature the vintage VOX “TV front” style cabinet, pre-1960 logo placement and a vintage cream vinyl covering for the AC15H1TV. The limited-run AC151TVL will feature an oiled hardwood cabinet.

Both 15-watt models feature two channels (Ch. 1-EF86, Ch. 2-Top Boost), each with two traditionally-wired inputs that have a 6dB difference in gain between them, a Celestion AlNiCo “Blue” 12-inch speaker and classic “chicken-head” style knobs. The tube complement is made up of one EF86, three ECC83/12AX7s, two EL84s and one EZ81 (rectifier).

The EF86 channel’s original Brilliance switch has been modified to now have three positions instead of two; a Bass Shift switch has been added to help preserve tightness while playing loud; and a switch that toggles between Pentode mode and Triode mode has been included so that both variations of original EF86 tone are available. Further, an O/P switch (triode/pentode) has been integrated into the power output amplifier stage, which enables the power to be cut in half (from 15-watts output to 7.5). The units also include treble and bass controls for the Top Boost channel and the global VOX Top Cut control.

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