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Originally posted by knet94 knet94 wrote:

I'm pretty sure it was me that bought the majority of those boxes. I had the 3 bullet boxes. Unfortunately all of the bullets were blown and I ended putting APT80s in them. I recently put the empty cabs up on eBay and only got .99p for them. To cap it all the guy paid me by PayPal and then came and collected them.
I've still got the 2 double 1" horn cabs but sold the horns a while back. Also got the 3  x 9" horns. I believe a couple of the ATC 9" drivers are still working.

That's two of my bucket systems I've missed there was two stacks of this A.S.S. Q system on ebay that sold for about 400 quid that I missed too Cry


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote freevox Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 November 2017 at 1:41am
good evening everyone ! I recently bought on ebay uk a small amplifier MEGA (London) AV60, someone in this forum would he have information on this one ??? I want to restore it to repackage it and give it back its original look, a catalog picture would be welcome cars my amp has been slightly tinkered (painting, handles, grid ...) thank you in advance, all information is very precious, good evening !!!!
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This thread is wonderful, makes me feel all nostalgic for them times and I weren't even born! We need to find a way to capture more stories like this. You could almost be forgiven for thinking there just a few people in the scene as everyone seems to have known and worked with eachother at different cmpanies. And I love that companies were building boxes for eachother. That sorta thing doesn't happen anymore.
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Originally posted by SamV SamV wrote:

This thread is wonderful, makes me feel all nostalgic for them times and I weren't even born! We need to find a way to capture more stories like this. You could almost be forgiven for thinking there just a few people in the scene as everyone seems to have known and worked with eachother at different cmpanies. And I love that companies were building boxes for eachother. That sorta thing doesn't happen anymore.


Back in the 70's and 80's it was a very small specialist market, more like a "cottage industry". So a small core of people was responsible for a lot of its early development.

There were a few specialised woodworking companies that acquired experience and expertise in building speaker boxes (the builders on here will know that a learning curve is involved) and everyone used them.

ASS and Mega were probably the major suppliers in the 70's.  ASS started when Tony Rossell took over Heathpoint Acoustics who had done some of Dave Martin's first production runs.

In the 70's there were very few hire companies. Major bands would usually have their own PA systems big enough to do the venues on the University and Town Hall circuit. This made sense because a sudden sales and royalty windfall from a hit record would be better used for investment in their business than distributed as income and heavily taxed at the end of the year. Some of these later formed the basis of well-known hire companies, such as Brit Row and ML Execs.

Typically a system would be ordered when a band had "made it", or after a hire company had landed a large tour and needed more boxes. Therefore cabinets were made in batches and consequently the work was very sporadic and unpredictable. So the woodworkers developed their own lines of standard empty box products to even out the workload. Obviously these had to be different from their customers' proprietary designs.
This eventually led to their bringing out complete systems but this could be a bit awkward as they might end up competing against their major customers for whom they were making boxes.

It also worked the other way around, for example SSE started out as a hire company in Nottingham and set up their own woodworking shop originally to make their own hire stock. This led to their building boxes for Turbosound (in the early days), Eastmill, and probably others.

Some manufacturers, mainly in the MI market where there was a more steady flow of production, had their own woodworking shops. Ohm Amplification in Knutsford offered their spare capacity to other manufacturers, for example they were making  a lot of CX cabinets for Martin on their CNC machine in the late 1980's.

A few smaller cabinet builders flourished for a while, for example Airstream in Leicester and Pan Precision in mid-Wales.





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On the subject of box builders, what happened to APS Roadbox in Horsham?
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http://www.aps-roadbox.co.uk/contact.html

I do believe they down sized a bit recently.


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I tried that number a year ago and woke an old man up.

Not sure it's still current, will try later
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Originally posted by nickyburnell nickyburnell wrote:

I tried that number a year ago and woke an old man up.

Not sure it's still current, will try later but news page says 2010
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I used to come to Kew Bridge to buy 4560 s around 1975 from a PA company I worked at in Willesden and then later I moved up to Rochdale and still came down to buy 4560s in 77 78    I now have a vintage gear museum and have two pairs of Mega 4560s and a pair of 2 x 12 ATC mega mids I bought out CM Vintage and started CHvintage audio.com would be good to chat Chris Hewitt
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