VOX MULTI LINK SPEAKER CABINETS
Vox Sound Equipment Ltd and Vox Sound Ltd., 1969-1972
Click for a larger image. Page from the Vox Sound Equipment Limited brochure of early 1969, advertising the Multi-Link 1 and 2. Model 1 costs £113. Model 2 is £137.
The Multi I cabinet was was a simple 4 x 12" and had an impedance matching transformer built in (see below). Some units had closed backs, others open. The Multi II had 2 x 12" and 2 x 15", and as the catalogue notes was "best for low frequency work". Multi IIs were always closed back.
To aid stacking, Vox Sound Limited came up with the idea of providing little wells on the top surfaces for the feet of a surmounting unit to sit in. This idea was applied to Foundation Bass cabs in 1972, which were supplied without a chrome support for the amp. Vox Sound Equipment Limited cabs, had flat tops, however.
Page from the Vox Sound Limited catalogue of August 1970 advertising the Multi-Link I and II. The full catalogue is available here. The cabs were also illustrated in the Vox Sound Equipment Limited brochure of early 1969.
In some respects, the multi links were Vox's response to the Marshall stacks that were becoming a regular sight on stages around the world. Both Multi I and Multi II were exceptionally well constructed, but could be immensely heavy, especially those supplied with closed backs. Vox thoughtfully provided wheels recessed in the base so the units could simply be tipped back and pushed on flat surfaces.
Multi-Link I - 4x12
An early Vox Sound Equipment Multi I, complete with its speaker matching unit at back. These were often removed. Thanks to Cedric for the pictures.
Sold on ebay.uk some time ago. Devoid of speakers and matching unit. A good shot of the wheels recessed in the base, however.
Two cabs - old pictures. Note the VSEL Celestion Greenbacks in the first.
A nice cab - possibly early - with Celestions sprayed silver. Size of magnet indicates these are G12M (medium) rather than G12H (heavy). The stickers say JMI.
Impedance matching unit. The permutations of cabinet and impedance setting were listed on a plaque on the back of the multi link cabs (as in the pictures above).
Multi-Link II - 2x12 + 2x15"
A Vox Sound Equipment Ltd plate on the back - model designation ML 1C - serial number 002. Structurally much the same as the cab below. There are no wells on top for the feet of another cab, and no side handle recesses.
Reasonable condition. These are good solid cabs. Note that all the plastic parts - handles, corner protectors and foot wells - have "VOX" on them. The back panel screws look like modern replacements for the chrome originals - probably scavenged for another cab. There is a matching fourth Fane (a second 15" unit still in working order), but the Fanes are probably not the originals. One would expect to find Celestions with Vox labels. The Celestion currently in place was put in simply for testing purposes. The impedance matching unit is long gone.