The Vox Kensington Bass Amp - V124, V1241
The Kensington was a 22 watt RMS, 45 watt peak bass amplifier with one 15" speaker made by Oxford in Chicago IL.
Like the Vox Essex Bass amp, the Kensington Bass control panel was mounted in the top of the cabinet and quite simple. The V124 Kensington control panel had a Volume and Tone-X control, dual 1/4" inputs, power switch, indicator lamp, and a line reverse switch. Several months after the introduction of the V124 Kensington, a revised V1241 version was introduced. The newer version added a "G-Tuner" feature to provide a reference tone for tuning a bass guitar.
Tone-X was a tone control that replaced the normal bass and treble control. Tone-X was a sweepable EQ control that offered about a 6 db boost from approximately 50 hz (control counter clockwise) to 300 hz (control clockwise).
An egg shaped Tone-X foot switch was an included accessory with the Kensington Bass amp. When the foot switch was actuated, the Tone-X effect was effectively set to the maximum (or "10") setting, overriding the position set on the rotary Tone -X control. The foot switch plugged into a recessed jack mounted in the upper rear back panel.
The Kensington had a simple "U" shaped cart chrome plated trolley cart with two wheels in the rear. One would tilt the amp back while holding the handle to roll the amp. A previous owner removed the trolley from the amplifier shown at left.
In my opinon, this amp is not really capable of providng enough distortion free output to use with a band.
The 1968 US Vox price list indicated that the retail price for the Kensington Bass amp with the accessory foot switch, cover, and rolling trolley stand was $260.00. Adjusting the 1968 retail price of the V1241 Kensington Bass Amp for inflation to the 2010 value of the dollar, this amp would retail for $1585.00 today.
My thanks to Les Haynie of Blue Moon Music in Fayetteville AR for allowing to to take photos of the Kensington amp in his inventory for the Vox Showroom.
Photos and editorial content courtesy Gary Hahlbeck, North Coast Music
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