Now in the 25th year of production, Cornell amplification is designed and hand-built by Denis Cornell from his Southend workshop. The product is 100% British, not assembled elsewhere and badged “Made in the UK” simply because they screwed on the handle in jolly old Blighty.
Denis is a highly respected engineer and has been involved in the music trade for probably much longer than he cares to remember, including work at Sound City and Vox in the golden age of British amplification.
Amplifiers are hand-wired and constructed without the need for printed circuit boards, using high-quality components to the most exacting standards. Printed circuit boards are often used in mass-produced amplifiers, including many popular “boutique valve” brands. PCB’s affect the tone of an amp due to their inherent capacitance and can also introduce problematic maintenance issues. There are few boutique amplifiers on the market which are truly point-to-point hand-wired without the use of PCBs.
Cornell cabinet work is solid ply or pine with coverings, grille cloth and hardware are all applied and fitted by hand. Leather handles are produced by a local leatherworker. Custom or bespoke coverings are available to order.
Leading artists using Cornell include Eric Clapton, Hank Marvin, Albert Lee, Wilko Johnson, Robin Trower, Andy Fairweather Low and in better times Gary Moore. Denis has designed bespoke amplification for some of these players.
To celebrate 25 years of Cornell Amplification there is a limited edition run of both the Romany & Plexi 7, restricted worldwide to only 80 of each model.
Watch Lee Hodgson demonstrate the new Cornell Vintage Brown 10 here.
Located in Nottingham’s Lace Market, just off Hockley. We sell quality hard-to-find vintage & used guitars & gear. Stock includes a good range of Fender, Gretsch, Guild, Gibson & Trussart Guitars. Cornell valve amps, Effectrode pedals, Mastery Bridge, Bare Knuckle Pickups, Bigsby, strings & all the usual suspects. All guitars are fully guaranteed and set-up. Our instrument workshop covers all aspects of guitar repair on the premises.