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Cornell Amplification Explorer 10 Head

$2,099.00

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A small, deceptively versatile tone monster that makes a great recording tool, the The The Explorer 10 is a single-ended class A valve amplifier. It is a lunchbox-style class A valve amplifier that's housed in a typically rugged grey steel case, with perforated cover and smart gold handle trims. It's a stylish... read more ›

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A small, deceptively versatile tone monster that makes a great recording tool, the The The Explorer 10 is a single-ended class A valve amplifier. It is a lunchbox-style class A valve amplifier that's housed in a typically rugged grey steel case, with perforated cover and smart gold handle trims.

It's a stylish little amp, and reassuringly heavy, too, with over-sized mains and output transformers under the hood. The electronics are hand-soldered onto a substantial circuit board, 4.8mm thick, that's arranged with printed tracks with turret and eyelet-style wiring – much like you might see in 1950s American amplifiers. You'll find the base for the Explorer's sole 6L6 power valve housed on the main board, with the two 12 preamp valve bases mounted on the chassis with hand-wired links.

As you might expect by now, the components are of the highest order, and audio geeks will be sent to their happy place upon witnessing the primo carbon comp resistors and flawless wiring. The Explorer 10's setup is simple. It has a single-channel preamp with volume, gain and tone rotary controls. There’s a Clean/Mean switch that adds a respectable mid-boost, and a four-way attenuator switch to control the Explorer 10’s output power from 10 watts down to a measly 1/8 watt.

It also broadens your single coil tone. On the rear of the amp you'll find a pair of speaker outputs and an impedance switch with a choice of 4 or 8 ohm loads, so you won't be lacking in cabinet options. Upon switching the amp on you are greeted with four blue LEDs lighting up the preamp valves. There is no standby; a smart thermistor solution delays the full current en route to the mains transformer until said thermistor has warmed up.

Although the Explorer 10 is a simple amplifier, there is plenty of variety on offer here. There's no shortage of brightness, but none of those ice-pick tones to set your teeth – and playing – on edge. Whether you are noodling some Montgomery lines on the LP's neck pickup or playing sharp, compressed country on the Strat, the Explorer's cleans are incredibly musical.

All Cornell products are hand-made and hand-wired in their workshop in Essex, England.

FEATURES

  • Switches: 2-position gain structure, Clean and Mean
  • Controls: Gain, tone, volume
  • Switches: Clean/Mean, attenuator

SPECIFICATIONS

  • 10W all tube
  • Preamp tubes: 2 x ECC83
  • Power tubes: 1 x 6L6
  • Built in attenuator with 4 power settings (10, 2.5, 0.25, 0.08 watts)
  • HI and LO inputs
  • Tone control
  • Equipped with Celestion 1 x 10" custom mod speaker
  • Dimensions: 350 x 180 x 165mm (W x D x H)
  • Weight: 7kg
  • Handmade in the UK
  • 1-year parts and support warranty through Signal Chain


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Cornell Amplification Explorer 10 Head

$2,099.00