Vox at the British Musical Instrument Industries Trade Fair, 1965

Pictures taken at the event and contemporary comments show that the Fair, in 1965, was still very mixed - classical instruments alongside folk, jazz, newer guitars and amplifiers, and the weird and wonderful. Emphasis and expressed interest naturally varies with the source. For "Crescendo" magazine, amplifiers, the electric guitar, and so on barely exist. For "Beat Instrumental" of course there is little else but. The short Pathe newsreel item gives the viewer a glimpse of the quirkier things at the event.

Further pages on subsequent years, 1966-1967, will be created in due course.

The page on the Vox showing at the BMI Fair, August 1964, .

The page on the Vox showing at the Frankfurt Trade Fair (Musikmesse), February 1965, .


23rd–27th August

A Vox flyer for the Show. At the foot of the list of main pages is the note: "Reprinted by kind permission of the Dartford District Chamber of Commerce, from their quarterly newsletter."

No pictures of the Vox stand at present, but below, Sir Malcolm Sargent opening the event. Sargent is reported in the London edition of The Guardian newspaper, 24th August 1965 (foot of this page), as saying that beat groups "were going further into the jungle...". His view of electronic music was not high.

Sir Malcolm Sargent opening the Show

A grab from the Pathe footage - the Arbiter stand and two others.

A detail of the Ludwig stand.

Snippets - as ever, click for larger images

"Melody Maker" magazine, 21st August, 1965. Pics of other pages from the "Trade Fair Special" of that issue to follow.

Above, "Beat Instrumental" magazine, October 1965, pp. 10-13. As in Melody Maker, one of the things picked out for special attention - the 150W PA amplifier. On the PA amplifiers, see the links .

"Crescendo" magazine, October 1965, p. 2. Unfortunately not a mention of Jennings.

The Manchester Guardian newspaper, 24th August, 1965.

The London Guardian newspaper, 24th August, 1965.