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Cornford Harlequin

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HARLEQUIN

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Amplifier type: Combo
Wattage: 6 Watts
Speaker: Celestion Vintage 30

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The Harlequin MK1 is the amp that started the Cornford story.

Launched in 1999 as the ultimate in recording studio tone, this versatile combo is still going strong a decade on. It's not hard to see why.

This 6 Watt combo sports all that's necessary to deliver your sound, without all the bells and whistles which are superfluous in the studio. Everything you need and nothing you don't.

No reverb or FX loops here, but the sweetest route from guitar to those killer tracks you have in your head.

Be it rock, blues, funk, jazz - clean, dirty, or somewhere in between - it's all a flick-of-the-switch away in the Cornford Harlequin.

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With a build quality of the highest order, this is a Class A point-to-point hand wired boutique amp to be proud of. Whether it's that unique Cornford sound, or it's unique stylish good looks, the Harlequin is a real head-turner.

Hi and lo inputs cater for all guitar pickup preferences.

From there on, it's delightful simplicity all the way. A preamp volume pot takes care of drive, whilst a master volume pot takes the output volume from whisper quiet, neighbour-friendly level to a roar which belies this combo's 6 Watt rating.

Tone shaping is powerful, but again, well controlled, with treble and bass pots taking care of their respective functions, whilst a two-position toggle switch sweeps the midrange focus. The myriad of tones available with different combinations of these three controls is quite staggering.

A single Celestion Vintage 30 speaker takes care of output duties, though this can be unplugged should you wish to feed an alternative 8 Ohm load.

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UK publication Guitarist Magazine awarded the Harlequin with the title "Amp of the Year up to £500" when it was launched in 1999.

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Guitar Player USA also gave the Harlequin its "Best in Class" Award.

Harlequin - Story

The idea behind this amp is to produce something that captures the rich, classic tones of amps from the past, whilst having the flexibility demanded by the modern player. All this without the incredibly high price tag normally associated with products of this quality.

Our amplifiers are hand built and will last a lifetime by employing traditional construction methods and using only the highest quality components. We use no PCBs of any sort and all our amps are totally hand wired throughout.

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The Harlequin was designed to be used in the studio, where it records superbly, and for home use, allowing you to produce a proper tone in your living room without being too loud. All of us involved in the company are guitarists and our amps are designed by ear, not oscilloscopes. We have always thought that guitarists have a better ear for great sounds than the archetypical electronics engineer. This approach has given us what we feel is a benchmark tone. And at just 6 Watts you can drive the output stage really hard.

HAVE FUN!!!

Harlequin - Specification

TYPE: All valve, single channel, single ended Class A combo with solid-state rectification. Covered in Custom-made ox-blood vinyl.
OUTPUT POWER: 6 Watts.
POWER VALVES: 1 x EL84.
PREAMP VALVES: 2 x 12AX7.
TOP PANEL:

From left to right:
Hi Input (this is a high impedance input so as to avoid loading passive guitar pick-ups. Treat this as the normal input); Lo Input (this is a lower impedance of - 6db sensitivity. This is the input to use should you want less gain. N.B: When both inputs are in use, they are both low sensitivity); Voice (the voice switch alters the frequency range over which the tone control operates); Volume (simultaneously controls the 1st and 2nd gain stages via a tandem pot); Bass (adjusts the low frequency response of the pre-amp); Treble (adjusts the high frequency response of the pre-amp); Master (adjusts the overall output level); Mains (power on / off switch).

BOTTOM PANEL: Speaker Output (designed to connect the amplifier to 4 or 8 ohm speaker load. NB: a resistive load or loudspeaker must always be connected before switching the amplifier on to play).
ACCESSORIES: No.
EFFECTS LOOP: No.
HARDWARE: All corners, screws, cup washers, handle fixings etc. nickel plated. 16 gauge fully welded, powder coated chassis. Leather handle. Black cloth grille piped in cream.
CONSTRUCTION: Totally handbuilt and point-to-point hand wired in the UK. No PCBs Of any sort.
TRANSFORMERS: Custom designed in house and hand wound.
SPEAKER(S): Single 12" Celestion Vintage 30, 8 ohm.
REVERB: No.
FOOTSWITCH: No.
CABINET: Solid pine with dove-tailed corners and ply baffle board permanently dadoed into cabinet.
DIMENSIONS: 600 mm (W) 450 mm (H) 250 mm (D).
WEIGHT: 21kg / 45lb.

 

   
 
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