Denis Cornell is arguably one of the UK’s best boutique amp builders and has made amplifiers for many occasions and famous users.
The Traveller is a 5-Watt tube amp based around a single ECC83 preamp and EL84 power amp valve. The amp has four output settings: 0.05, 0.25, 1.5 and 5 Watts. It’s fitted with a single 8″ Celestion speaker mounted into a solid cabinet finished in black Tolex with a basket weave speaker grill.
The Traveller 5 has two distinct settings, Clean and Mean. That means you can either go for a warm, clean sound for fingerpicking and chiming chords or a more aggressive, crunchy tone with a distinct midrange boost. Again, this makes this little combo appealing because it can deal with various situations.
The controls are super-simple: Volume, Gain, Tone and a 4-way output selector. That’s it. The only other control is the Clean/Mean switch. The Traveller 5 also has a rather handy pair of Hi-Lo balanced inputs and Extension Speaker output. All this adds up to a well-specified, handmade valve amp that seems suited to home and studio work.