Vox V815 "Band Master" Drum Machine (1967 - 1968)



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The Vox V815 Band Master featured a drum machine circuit originally designed for installation into Thomas home organs and repackaged for sale as a Vox product. It appeared in US Thomas Vox
catalogs in 1967 and 1968. It was described in the 1967 Thomas Vox product catalog as follows:"A marvel of electronic engineering from Vox. The Band Master combines 10 exciting percussions with 15 different rhythms. Percussion effects include Tamborine,
Bongo, Clave, Block, Bass Drum, Brush Cymbal, Snare Drum, Castanet, Crash Cymbal. Rhythm effects include Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Jazz Waltz, Fox Trot, Boogie, Swing, Rock, Watusi, Cha Cha, Rumba, Tango, Bolero, Bossa Nova. With the Band Master you can achieve almost limitless combinations of rhythms and percussion effects. The Band Master is controlled by preset tabs for percussion voices and push buttons for rhythms. An on/off pedal is provided for remote use."

The V815 Vox Band Master added an electronic rhythm generator to the tone generation circuitry and control panel from the Vox V829 Percussion King.

Unlike the V829 Percussion King, the V815 Band Master did not include the "Downbeat" and "Upbeat" foot pedals that allowed a musician to tap out a drum beat with their feet. However, the Band Master and Percussion King shared the ten control panel buttons that were used to manually trigger percussion sounds.

The V815 Band Master retailed for $395 in the 1967 Vox price list, including a single button remote foot switch, cover and stand. Adjusted for forty years of inflation, the Band Master would retail for over $2500 today.





North Coast Music offers a replacement logo for the Vox V815 Band Master.
Logos for the V815 Band Master


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