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VL0  (1980)
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The first VL0 prototype that Rusty Brutsche, Alan Owen and Jim Bornhorst took to England in Dec. 1980 to demonstrate the concept to Genesis and manager Tony Smith. Photo: Lewis Lee

First prototype to demonstrate the concept to Genesis
VL0 was taken from Showco in Dallas to the UK to demonstrate to Genesis, along with a prototype control desk.
The VL1 was ready to use on the Genesis Abacab tour in Barcelona in September 1981, just under a year later. 

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