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At the shop we have a pre-owned Cornford Carrera Valve Combo Amplifier. Cornford stopped manufacturing amps some years ago so this is now a collector’s item.
Condition on this amplifier is very good; it has some scrapes and marks on the outer tolex but is structurally sound and functions perfectly. Comes with a cover (as photo'd).
Cornford Amplification, the UK-based maker of high-quality guitar amplifiers has launched a companion to their acclaimed Harlequin 6-Watt, class-A recording amplifier. Their new Carrera model adds a number of features, including a mid-range EQ control, a front-panel send/return effects loop, standby switch and a spring reverb. Most interesting of all, however, is the inclusion of two different types of output tube, one eight-pin type (such as the 6L6 and EL34) and one nine-pin (6V6, EL84), with the user able to switch between them to get different sound characteristics.
The Carrera ships with an EL84 (the same as the Harlequin's single output tube) and a 6L6 on board, offering 5 Watts and 8 Watts respectively, but you can swap these for, say, a 6V6 (like a Fender Deluxe) and an EL34 (typical of most Marshalls), greatly enhancing the amp's versatility in the studio.
You can also swap any of the Carrera's three 12AX7 preamp valves for a lower gain 12AT7 or 12AU7 to further fine-tune the amp's gain structure to your own requirements.
Although there have been previous amp designs that can accommodate a range of different output valve types (notably the THD models), there's nothing like being able to do it at the flick of a switch to encourage creative experimentation.
In action, the amp sounds every bit as sweet as the Harlequin, but with more scope to lift or de-emphasise mid-range without sacrificing overall drive level. Switching to a different output valve type really does change the vocabulary of the amp, with a 6L6 in particular giving a warmer and bigger sound, especially on cleaner or right-on-the-edge sounds.
Please note: We are selling this on a commission sale for a customer so cannot accept part exchanges or interest free finance on it. Please contact the shop for more information.