overview of the vampower story
Although Vampower began round
the years 68-69 , the origins of Vampower actually started
with an amp maker named Dave Roffey who first designed the Triumph
(Johnson) 100w valve head.
Frank Taylor of Lewisham South Eastern Entertainments became interested
in the head and asked Dave Roffey to make some up for his new amp company.
The company was first named Vamp, then a few months later became Vampower.
Marc Bolan became involved because S.E Entertainments was his local
shop. He was supplied with Vampower gear and Marc’s fame was
of course linked with the early success of Vampower.
The Vampower models were- MK1a 100 watt Multi-Amp (with partridge transformers),
Mk1b ( c core transformers), 100w pa head, 200 watt bass head, then
- known as the Audio Pack and then the Mk3 Jak Pak range.
They also made various speaker combinations which you can see in the
catalogue listed on this website. Smaller vamps were the Vamp 15 watt
EL 84 model and some rare 100 w combo models.
Dave Roffey left Vampower in mid 1973 and the company folded not long
after round late 73. His interview is a fascinating insight into a
legendary British amp company. Like so many of the glam bands at the
time - Vampower briefly shone brightly - then disappeared.
photograph © Gary Clarke used by kind permission www.redferns.com