Cornford Mk50h arrived yesterday!!!
Well, impulse buy number xxxxxxx, oh who cares anymore at this point.....
Always wanted one and found one used at a decent price so I jumped and got a Cornford Mk50h. I was torn between that one and their 35 watter, the Hellcat, and discussions with a few dealers and a lot of listening, we wound up agreeing on the Mk50 with some THD Yellowjackets to pull the wattage down and make it class A. All of their amps are point to point, hand built deals, quality is astounding.
(Disclaimer: Yes new gear always sounds good, right?...but this is different).
Holy crap does this thing sound good. I've owned what I considered to be great sounding amps in the past, but I have to say that first impressions are that these guys operate on another level altogether. It definitely has its own thing going on, and it's all good. What little time I've spent, this is a plug a play affair...you can't set this thing wrong. The eq is less sensitive than most amps I've owned, offering minor adjustments. The fundamental "Cornford tone" is available at all times and remains the focal point no matter what you do...this is a good thing, believe me. It's an amp that seems to focus around the character of the mid-range tonal spectrum, and uses the low end and highs to accentuate that fundamental tone. The highs are really really really really smooth and warm, it's almost eerie how they sort of bloom, not even a hint of harshness even when dimed. I was convinced that I needed to switch out the bridge pickup on my PRS hollowbody spruce due its brightness, but after playing it through this amp, it's going to stay. There is a lot of low end available as well, but it doesn't compete with the mids, again sort of weird how well everything works together.
The most shocking thing about it is the sensitivity when using guitar volume and touch when playing. Now all tube amps are capable of this to a degree....but again, this is just different, hard to explain.
I will say that it is a very unforgiving amp which is good in that it will force me to get my act together and quit being so sloppy with dampening and control.
Feels like Christmas
Last edited by Gresh; 06-27-2006 at 10:31 AM.