The Goodmans 241H/1214/15 - 12" speaker, heavy magnet
Used in AC100 cabs in 1966
On the left, a cab in Italy accompanying AC100 serial no. 1534. Centre: a cab currently in the USA - note the quadripartite back, and the XLR connector on the lowest board. Right: a cab formerly in Italy, now in the UK. See below for further images of all three.
Apparently originally developed by Goodmans for Selmer. It has six flat spokes (each with a rib in low relief), a hexagonal bolt on its dust cap, and a label in loopy green script. The "H" in the model designation indicates the provision of a heavy magnet. The 241/115/15 is the light version of this driver, the diameter of its magnet visibly smaller than its big brother.
On the left, the Goodmans in view. Centre: a lower-power version. Right: an earlier Axiette 101 with a similar rib and spoke structure.
As the images below indicate, this species of Goodmans was originally produced for Selmer. Vox probably only used it when supplies of Celestion T1088s ran out.
First three pictures: Selmer Zodiacs and Thunderbirds. Last two: two Goodmans of a similar sort (though with only four spokes); and a 15" driver with a label in loopy green script. Images from Steve Russell and Tim Fletcher's fantastic Selmer site.
1) acquired in the US by its former owner in 1966.
Perhaps 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. 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.
2) acquired in Italy in the 1990s, accompanying AC100 serial no. 1534.
Chassis number 1918. A beautifully restored AC100 (restored by the amp's owner: Andrea Spallone - Guitar Repairs, Campobasso - Italy). Thanks to Andrea for the details. Of great interest is the cab with its set of Goodmans speakers and horns - see this page. The cab is certainly English as its baffle, back boards, and capacitors indicate. Note though that the metal handwheel (picture 13) has US-style incised letters. UK-made handwheels have letters in sunken relief.
This AC100 can be heard on tracks by Nancy Cardo and the New Nervous Tic - http://www.nancycardo.com. For a selection of tracks, click here.