Paul - it's hard to see where to take this conversation. As it appears to me, the majority of people involved in this thread are owners of amps bearing a 'Cornford' badge, and they're all interested in what happened in the past (whether it's really our business or not), but also what might happen going forward.
It's clear that some of us have amps that you & Martin made (and signed) in Whitstable, and others of us have amps that were made 'post fire' - and we're not all 100% clear about how long you/Martin were still active in amp production after May 2009, or whether these amps (the recently purchased ones) are in actual fact from Straight Edge, without your involvement.
On top of that, there are clearly points of difference between your statements, and the one made by SE.
As none of us knows anyone involved personally (to the best of my knowledge), we have little choice but to take a side, generally based on the continuing need to speculate in order to fill in the gaps. Some will side with you, some with SE, and others remain on the fence. It's always going to remain that way, as long as conflicting accounts exist. Bear in mind that most of what you've posted on the matter so far amounts to brief responses or reactions to other posts, rather than your full account of what occurred.
Most forum members will probably back off at this point, since SE's statement refers to monitoring the forum with a view to issuing legal proceedings for libel/slander...and that alone tends to give more credence to what SE have said in the absence of any other comprehensive information from yourself.
A couple of things I'm still curious about:-
1. You stated earlier that you lost all of your accumulated amp making kit in the SE fire. That statement alone would seem to indicate that you did have a working relationship with SE, prior to the fire happening. Was this just Cornford employees making amps in an SE facility, or were SE people already involved in production? You stated that you'd not authorised any other company to make Cornford amps on your behalf, yet it does appear that manufacturing was being carried out in an SE facility when the fire happened...could you clarify?
2. The second grey area is around the video of Martin demoing the 'Phoenix' prototype amp, with Lee Anderton, in June 2010 (this is still available on YouTube). While you're not on camera, it's mentioned that you're also there at Andertons on that day...
I'm curious that this happened a full year after the SE fire - it indicates that you & Martin were still working on new stuff (although clearly this ultimately didn't launch). However, I'd like to know who was making the hand-wired amps and Roadhouse series at that stage? I.e. you're still actively involved (as is Martin) in prototyping & pre-marketing a new model, but the existing range at the time was still being made somewhere, a full year after the fire... Did you have your own facility again, and if not, were SE making your amps (as per their claim)? Can you clarify?
3. Lastly, it's a matter of public record that the business 'Cornford Amplification Ltd', its trademark, and the appointment of Ian Wilson (of SE) as director ALL occurred on 5th Nov 2008 (verified by Companies House online etc etc). Yet SE state that they don't own Cornford, and that it was done to protect the brand on your behalf, and that you had discussed it at NAMM.
You've said again that you found out several months later. I'm not sure why, if they did discuss it with you, that it wasn't done in your name? Undisclosed personal reason perhaps?
Either way, since (as above) you were prototyping the 'Phoenix' in June 2010, some 20 months after the registration etc occurred, it again suggests that you and Martin were still proactively pursuing new developments for the brand at a time when SE (as per their statement, and pending your answer to Q2) were making the existing amps, effectively with Ian Wilson 'owning' the Cornford brand name & trademark, and director of the company. Again I'm asking for clarification because, as of recent posts, there seems to be such a discrepancy between your & SE's account of the situation.
I apologise for being so direct. Some would say it's none of our business, but then again you have offered to share your account of what's happened...
If, for whatever (legal/personal?) reason, the past is 'off topic', maybe I can also ask about the future?
Both you & Wally have made statements that the Cornford range is NOT discontinued? However, all we as customers know is that Andertons have been the only retailer selling Cornford-branded amps for quite some time (even Wally couldn't get any), and that they were getting them from SE, who are no longer manufacturing.
We also know that Martin Kidd (who we know is at least reading this forum, if not posting) is currently developing a new amp range called 'Victory'. Guthrie Govan has been using the prototypes, as has Rob 'Chappers' Chapman....and we know Andertons are involved in the process (they work heavily with Chappers, and they delivered Martin's prototypes to Guthrie etc etc). We can speculate on who might manufacture these amps...
With this in mind, and also given that 'Cornford Amplification Ltd' as a company and trademark is currently still registered to Ian Wilson, what can be said about the future of the brand?
If, as has been stated, it has not been discontinued, when might we expect to see new stock? Who will be manufacturing? Do you have an ongoing working relationship with Martin Kidd?
I'm sorry to even have to ask, Paul - but the reality is that there has not been any positive news from any camp in quite some time now. You still have loyal support here, and while we'd like to know the full story about the past, we'd LOVE to hear something positive about the future...