thanks to some valuable advice (mostly given privately off forum)...
there is a chance l may consider selling the AC50 - so if anyone IS
genuinely interested in it, feel free to ask!|
I've kinda resigned myself
to the fact that gigging it would not be the most sensible option
(however great it sounds!). Because it is so old, I don't think I could
rely on it anyway (although saying that I've no evidence that Vox amps
are any more unreliable that any other make --- any opinions on this?).
Perhaps because it is so old, lugging it around the pubs and clubs of
south England wouldn't be the kindest option... it may well deserve a
more kindly home... a retirement if you will! The poor amp has obviously
been putting in great service now for 45 years! Not bad eh?
If I do decide to sell,
the decision I now need to make, is whether to sell it 'as-is' or to
perform a small amount of restoration.
Internally it would seem
to be original... and I know it has been serviced at least twice: once
up in Denmark St in London (the so-called 'tin pan alley'!) in the late
80s/early 90s and again, more recently, by Eric Snowball (renowned Vox
expert) at his store in Maidstone, Kent (UK). Eric claimed it was
original internally but he altered the amp so it could use a modern
mains lead... previously it had the original circular mains socket that I
couldn't get a lead for for love nor money. I was told that even if I
could get hold of a suitable lead, it would have been illegal to plug
the damn thing in because of the dangerous voltages the amp gave out.
Whether this is a load of rubbish... I don't know. Anyway, the amp now
powers up fine and sounds great (bloody loud I have to say!).
Externally it does NOT
have the original cloth... which is one of the things I'm considering
replacing. It also has had a non-original handle added at some point in
its history because you can see the extra screw holes in the tolex!
However it now has a proper Vox handle... but a newer one, not the
original. It looks as if one of the corner protectors is new as well. I
guess I should take some photos to show everyone... especially anyone
interested in buying it.
I have been advised to
take the amp to another Vox expert (in addition to Eric Snowball) to
give it a once-over and second opinion. I'll do this in the coming
weeks... and I'll report back. Hopefully that way I will know what has
been done (if anything) to the all-important electronics. I also hope to
get an opinion on whether it is worth replacing the cloth or not.
If anyone has any
opinions, or really is interested in buying it, please let me know. You
can email me at: voxtalks(at)hop-house(dot)com
I also welcome comments
and opinion from anyone who says "hang on to it - don't sell!" because
there is a tiny part of me that still wants to keep it --- especially
since I've heard it 'in action' (a mate of mine played it the other day
and it sounded fabulous with his SG!). S0 maybe I don't need that
Cornford after all!...