Cabinets, part 2b
A SMALL SAMPLE OF SURVIVING AC100 CABS
MARK 1: - late 1964
See this page for a pictures of Mark 1 cabs and trolleys used by 1960s bands.
MARK 2A: first half of 1965
These cabs have the rectangular Cannon XLR connector on the back panel.
Cab accompanying serial no. 306 (black panel). Perhaps the earliest surviving Mk2 cab. Note the rivets round the frames of the T1088s.
Around May 1965 (collection: Jim Elyea). Pictured with AC80/100 serial no. 380, which presumably accompanied it from the factory. Speaker terminals on the struts of the Celestions.
Serial no. 392. The speakers date from May 1965. Midax horns nos 14868 and 14911.
Cab accompanying AC100 serial no. 502 (owned by Michael Finger - see this page). Note that the wiring loom, speakers, and horns are just as they left the factory in June/July 1965.
Sold on ebay in 2014. The painted band name "Flesh Horn" nicely removed. Produced by GlaRev - see the "G-R" stencilled on the shelf. The double-pin corners on the front are new replacements. The original single-pin corners can still be seen on the back.
A beautiful rig - currently in Switzerland. The amp is from 1966, but the cab is earlier. Note that the terminals of the speakers are on the struts of the frames.
A cabinet accompanying a cathode biased amp. The speakers are replacements - terminals are on small boards between the struts. The re-wiring seems to have been done Super Beatle fashion, rather than in the JMI/English way.
Bags of character. Original speakers and horns in place. The numbers of the Midaxes are 13123 and 13388. Thanks to Billy for the pictures.
Cab accompanying amp serial no. 772. One of the speakers has the code 18HK = 18th August 1965. Midax serial no. 15910. Still the rectangular Cannon XLR.
MARK 2B: later 1965 - 1967
Round (doughnut shaped) Amphenol XLR connectors. In 1966 backboards are made of chipboard (particle board) rather than the Baltic plywood used for the rest of the cab.
Cab - from 1965? - with Super Beatle trolley and cover. Fully restored with Midax horns and grey T1088 speakers from '65. Pictures posted originally by the cab's owner (to whom thanks for permission to re-post here) on this beatgearcavern thread.
Sold on ebay.de, January 2011. A cab in excellent condition. Produced early 1965? Speaker terminals on the struts. Midax serial no. 15548.
A finely restored cab. New grille cloth and castors, all else original. Two speakers have date code 03JK, and the two others 06JK and 11HK. The Midaxes have serial nos 16598 and 17747. The back panels are particle board. Cab signed by "MAY" who worked on many 7-series cabs. Amphenol connector.
Sold in Florida in late 2011. Only one small photo available.
A cab in the process of being restored (collection: Mark Vaquer). Good cosmetic condition, crossover capacitors in place, but awaiting horns and speakers
1966: - interlude - Goodmans speakers and Celestion alnico T1088s
Probably an English-made cabinet for an early American solid state Super Beatle amp. Owned by Denis Girard. Note the hooded castors to the trolley, four-part back, and (English) Goodmans speakers - a species of the Audiom range - perhaps 1965 or early 66. Could this cabinet be a prototype? Note that the XLR plug is on the lowest back board, as were those of the cabinets used by the Beatles at Paris in June 1965.
Another cab with Goodmans speakers, accompanied by an AC100 from 1966 (three-line serial number plate, and internal guard plate around the EL34s). New cloth on the front of the cab, but otherwise in fine condition.
(1) rig owned by
Mike Kennedy; (2) ebay 2007; (3) flyer from 1966; (4 and 5) two shots
of a rig owned by
Orjan Jacobssen (Sweden).
Orjan notes on his Facebook page that: "It took me several years of searching before I got it all together. I found the amplifier in Sweden. The amp cabinet I bought in Texas from a German dealer. The Speaker Box came via Rick (of Music Ground), who found it in Italy with wrong speakers installed. I took a couple of twelves from one of my AC30s; another pair came from an AC30 originally from former Yugoslavia. The chrome trolley I bought in Chicago through e-bay". The trolley is from an American Super Beatle amp.
Probably an early American Super Beatle cab - note the solid birch baffle as JMI used (standard Super Beatle cabs had particle board) - in a Frankenstein trolley, part Super Beatle, part Series 90.
1966/1967 and transitional to the solid state Supreme cabinet
A handsome AC100 cab and trolley in company with an AC50. Of the amp, the owner notes: "I bought the AC50 secondhand from VOX at Dartford, it was in a wooden shack where they kept gear that had been out on loan to 'well known' bands. Ostensibly mine had been used by Chris Barbers Jazz band, but I can't prove it. Cost £35." The cab was purchase in 1973. Corner protectors have single pins, and the single-piece back-panel has a domed Amphenol XLR input socket. Three of the speakers are ceramic magnet G12s - T1225s (?) sprayed silver, with large silver and blue Vox stickers - precursors to the famous "green backs". The fourth is a Celestion G12 alnico. The wiring is standard Vox style for 7 series amps (1966). Probably produced close to the end of the AC100 run.
Another AC100 cab with a closed back (no images of the back I'm afraid). This accompanied an amp once owned by the bassist Andy Pyle, pictured at the foot of this page.
Perhaps from early 1967 - note style of logo used on JMI solid state amps - but perhaps an AC100 with a Supreme cab. For the original context of the second picture, click here.
Left and centre, an AC100 amp cover. On the right, a JMI price list from 1967. The amp cost £105, the cab and trolley £147, and the cover (for the amp), £1 13s 3d.
First image - backs of the Beatles' AC100s during the show in Paris in June 1965, "straight" XLR speaker cables in view. The other two are of an original mid 1965 XLR - Cannon connectors on the ends (for the rectangular sockets on amp and cab).
Amphenol XLR connectors - for cabs with the newer style "doughnut" socket.
Supreme cabinets (before the introduction of Goodmans Power Range speakers)
Probably from late 1967. The logo has "Solid State" in small letters below "VOX". Note that the ceramic Celestions are the same as those that appear in one of the AC100 cabs pictured above. The last image (just a thumbnail) shows Mick Jagger standing in front of Brian Jones's Supreme amp on stage before the opening of the 1967 concert in Warsaw (13th April '67). Although the pic is small, it is clear that the speakers are of the same type as in the cab pictured here. Infamously on that tour, at least one of the cabs caught fire - NOT the result of sheer volume as the urban myth has it, rather the failure of one of the power transistors in the Supreme amp (which having failed, let damaging voltage onto the speaker coil).
Vox Sound Ltd
Probably Vox Sound. A nicely bashed Supreme cabinet from early 1968 with old-style logo. The corner protectors have two pins, however. The speakers are Celestion alnico T1096s - 16ohms - from January of that year. The wiring has been redone.
Another earlyish Vox Sound Supreme cab - number 417, in fair condition - the trolley is missing at least one of its crossbars. Probably produced in 1968. Offered for sale on dba.dk in 2007. The speakers are 16ohm Celestion T1096s, as in an example further down on this page. At some stage the cab seems to have been in a later tilt-back trolley, as pictured in the 1969/1970 brochure - one can see the tell-tale signs on the side.