The Goodmans 241H/1214/8 - 12" speaker, heavy magnet

Used in a small batch of AC100 cabs in 1966

"Naomi and the Boys", Singapore, 1966, with three AC100s, the amp section on the left in its cover. The speakers in the cab on the left are Goodmans 241s - note the spokes with the rib down the centre.

It appears that Vox used Goodmans speakers primarily in cabs destined for export in 1966, the ones pictured above to Singapore, others to Italy and the USA.

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.

The model number of the speaker gives its main characteristics: "241" is the type of frame; "H" denotes "heavy magnet"; 1214 is the type of cone; and 8 (or 15) denotes the impedance.

Vox only used Goodmans drivers in AC50 and AC100 cabs for a short time in 1966 - perhaps supplies of Fanes and Celestions, which were the norm, had run out.

The Goodmans 241

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 241/115/8 is the light version of this driver, the diameter of its magnet visibly smaller than its big brother.

First three pictures: Selmer Zodiacs and Thunderbirds. Four and five: two Goodmans of a similar sort (though with only four spokes); last, a 15" driver with a label in loopy green script. Images from Steve Russell and Tim Fletcher's .

Left, a lower-power version. Right: an earlier Axiette 101 with a similar rib and spoke structure.


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. The cabinet has a four-part back (no other example has yet surfaced) and there are hooded castors on the trolley. The baffle is birch ply. 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 nicely 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 . 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 generally - note the qualification - have letters in sunken relief. The ones accomanying these Goodmans cabs are evidently exceptions (as below and above).

3) formerly in Italy, now in the UK.


4) An AC50 speaker cabinet currently in Germany.

A couple of Goodmans 241s in an AC50 cab, the lefthand unit with a later style of magnet cover and a label designed for a Celestion T1088 applied.