Vox Continental Power Supply

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Vox Continental Power Supply

Postby what_noise? » Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:04 pm

Just picked up a couple of Vox Continentals. After bringing them home I realised one is a 110v machine. Not realiseing this I tryed it out when I bought it for a few mins and it worked fine just had a little hum. Is there anyway to determine if it has been converted to 240 already? looks stock inside. Would seem strange to convert it to 240 and leave the american plug on it.... Would it of blown straight away in 240v power if it was 110v?
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Re: Vox Continental Power Supply

Postby jkhuri44 » Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:36 pm

i bought a pedal from canada ebay which had a US plug on it, but was 240 v...i dont know why, but it exists, so there's a 50 50 chance the amp is ok.
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Re: Vox Continental Power Supply

Postby Hookemeister » Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:26 pm

Hi Oliver

Do not try and power it up again until you determine whether it's 240v or 110v

Some versions had a voltage selector switch on them, to right of the output jack. If yours doesn't have a voltage selector then it should have a fuse holder.

Would seem strange to convert it to 240 and leave the american plug on it....


Are you referring to the plug that would plug into a power point or the power socket on the back of the organ.

A lot of international touring bands from that period of time had a 110 volt model for touring the USA.

If you've got a multlmeter you could check the DC resistance of the power transformer primary winding and see if it matches the other unit that's wired for 240V.

Unless you've got a technical background then it's probably best to get a tech to look at it.

The hum could be due to the filter caps drying out, another good reason to get a tech to have a look.

Lastly if you can get a hold of a 240v to 110v stepdown transformer then you could plug it into that, switch it on and if it doesn't fire up it's probably already been converted to 240v.

One other possibility is that the original linear power supply has been replaced with a switchmode power supply which will run on either voltage.

This is a classic organ from the 60's so that means it could be up to 50 years old. If it's in good physical condition then I'd spend a bit of money on it, take it to a tech, get it checked out and have the power supply recapped.

Then I'd sit down at it, and play The Animals, House of the Rising Sun, or the Doors version of Light My Fire and dream I was back in the 60's... when things were oh so groovy!

Good luck with it.

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Re: Vox Continental Power Supply

Postby what_noise? » Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:43 pm

After getting a 110v converter I ran It and it seems to work but found some of the keys dont work on different settings and it sounds a bit off so I'm going to send it off to a tech to get it sorted.

Does anyone know of one in Perth that has any experience with things like this and not just guitar amps?
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