Vox at the Frankfurt Trade Fair, 1963
1963 was the first year in which Jennings attended the show, as the page below records. Presumably, as at Russell Hotel Fair in August 1962, new transistor equipment (the Continental organ, T60 bass amplifier) was shown alongside the AC30 and so on. In terms of "public unveilings", Frankfurt '63 provided an opportunity for the first showing of JMI's "General Public Address Equipment". Towards the end of the year the company joined the "Association of Public Address Engineers" as further designs were developed - details on the pages here.
A full-page advert in a British music trade journal, January 1963 - ie. the month before Frankfurt. Clockwise from top left: a Vox-branded Reslo ribbon mic; a Jennings-branded Meazzi drum echo unit; a Line Source speaker cabinet in beige vinyl; a white Phantom bass guitar; and AC30 Twin; and a Jennings D2 organ.
"Music Trades Review", January 1963.
Tom reported that "considerable interest was shown in the products exhibited and Jennings were well satisfied with the results". This sounds slightly lukewarm, the bad weather reported at the head of the piece evidently keeping numbers of dealers away.
"Record Retaile and Music Industry News", 7th March, 1963.
Below, pictures from the Fair printed in "Music Trades Review" in March 1963. MTR was fairly traditionalist in its outlook though, concentrating mainly on the showing of British pianos and organs. It was quite revolutionary in the eyes of many of the magazine's contributors that musical groups should be led by instrumentalists rather than drummers.
An old fashioned picture page from a tightly bound volume, "Music Trades Review", March 1963, mostly piano makers and merchants, though the Rose Morris stand (drums and banjos) is featured.
It may be possible to get a better shot of this picture. It at least gives an idea of the space alloted to exhibitors. Rose Morris was a big player in the British musical instrument scene in 1963, as it was also in later years.
The short piece on the Rose Morris stand pictured above.