Orange Amps

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  1. Sootio

    Sootio Well-Known Member

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    Another TH30 here. The thing Is a Swiss Army Knife. It'll get you around just about any situation. It actually makes a superb acoustic amp, thanks to the massive amount of clean bass available.
     
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    I've never tried my acoustic thru the thunder 30 but will have to give it a try and see how it sounds.
     
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    hey - nice to see you posting! where have you been hiding?
     
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    same, nice to see you back....if I recall you really like Orange amps...or am I confusing who likes what?
     
  5. thinkgreen

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    When I test drove my sg last year that was a whacking great big orange amp. Have to say I really liked it. It had some really cool tones. Even though I like the colour I don't think I could like with it for long bit that's not to say It wouldn't be a contender if I was looking for another amp, if o knew witch one it was lol
     
  6. Rozman62

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    Got me thinking about how my acoustic would sound through the Rocker 30 natural channel. Something new to try.
     
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  7. Sootio

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    My brother has an Epi Masterbilt Advanced Jumbo with Pure Western Mini pickups. Had my amp on 7 watts and it sounded so good (no preamp on the guitar), he ran out and bought a TH30 just for that purpose. That's an unsolicited testimonial.
     
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    Oh my. I've looked up some videos on the TH30 and now I seriously want it. I was going to go for a Dark Terror as my 'dream' amp (I have modest dreams :p) but I think I like the TH30 better and I reckon it's more versatile.

    Please can anyone who has one tell me what it's like on the 7W setting and low volumes? Like, TV volumes. Is it possible? I would only use a 1x12 cab probably, or the combo. If it's too loud, what would it be like with an attenuator?

    Note: I've only just discovered attenuators and have no idea how well they work, how they affect tone etc.
     
  9. Sootio

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    You can definitely tone them down if you wish. I used to think it was the loudest 7 watts ever, but I made a discovery. I turned the eq all the way off and it got much quieter...Still sounds awesome, mind you, but the volume went down. These things have biblical amounts of bass and treble. I think the amp is "voiced" and you just use the eq as needed, IMHO. I'm using a Joyo Ultimate Overdrive pedal, and with judicious use of the guitar volume knob, tv volume shouldn't be a problem. Oh yeah, If you turn up the bass and treble half way, it turns into a fire breathing dragon.
     
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    Anyone have experience with The OR 15 vs TH 30 I wanted a Th 30
    but doubt I would ever use the 30wt . So I went to check them out
    last sunday but they didnt have or 15 in stock .
    i would like to hear any pros cons . with both 0R 15 and th 30 I played thru the TH
    several times nice amp plenty headroom imo. several Th 30 demos on you tube
    but there are very few on he Or 15.
     
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    in the 7 watt position, the TH30 is very managable volume wise. If you want the full gain modern rock sound, that will still get pretty loud even at 7 watts but classic rock or blues tone is very reasonable in 7 watt mode. You can tame the volume even more just by subbing out the tube for a lower gain model. I love my thunder30 combo. If only orange had decent customer service, I'd say they are the best thing going. Their customer service is the pits however so I will always have a love/hate thing with them. Love the sound they make but hate the fact their customer service is so poor. By poor, I mean a call to their tech section may take a few weeks to get a response! Compare that to marshall vox or mesa who will respond usually within a day and in the case of mesa... you can actually talk to a tech directly during business hours.
     
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  12. frankd

    frankd Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Orf yeah bizz in todays world sucks seems Im in a constant battle with banks and merchants who just dont do things the fair square way anymore. I make A mistake I pay thats fair. They make A mistake I pay
    oh hell no LOL!!!!!. Well I can get the 15 head for 699. the 30 is 1199.
    almost half the price and I think the 15 would be just fine for me as
    I have a 15 and 20 wt tube amps I cant ever crank past 10 oclock anyway.
     
  13. Heket

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    Thanks Sootio and ORF. I think that TH30 would probably be borderline for me in terms of loudness, especially as I'm a high-gainer a lot of the time, but hey I can try. I just need to save up! It's going to be a long time before I am able to afford it if I use my "points mean prizes" system (1 hour of playing = £1 to spend on gear) so at least I should be able to at least play something good for my neighbours :D

    You know, I wish I hadn't have told my other half about that scheme. It'd take a lot less time for me to save the money than save the hours. Bah! My little Yammy THR5 is ok, but sometimes I feel the need for a little... more.

    Frank, I totally forgot about the OR15. I wonder what the gain is like on that? The TH30 attracted me because it can go all the way up to metal tones. I'll try to find some videos later.
     
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    See if this helps. Having only inherited my Altair Attenuator with my Marshall acquisition I have no experience with others. However, it was interesting to learn mine was the original.

    http://www.ultimateattenuator.com/ua_downloads/AttenuatorHistory.ppt
     
  15. Tony M

    Tony M Well-Known Member

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    I have an Altair too!
    It's in there with all the other old stuff.

    Actually, it wasn't the original original.
    To the best of my knowledge (*yawn*)
    the Altair was the first production model.

    The original original was a piece of NiChrome wire from an
    old toaster laying in a pyrex baking dish and hooked up to
    the speaker outputs on a Fender Blackface Bassman head.
    (Not sure if it was series or parallel with the speaker cabinet.)
    An engineer named Jerry Garszva (look him up -
    Grammy winner - Gaucho, Steely Dan)
    had the idea well over 40 years ago.
    He tried it.
    It worked.
    No patent.
    Oops.
     
  16. frankd

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    Some orange amps vids. Hekett unless you like CHUNK or death metal
    LOL I think the OR 15 will get it! its same circuit as dark terror just voiced
    different. Here is some orange stuff. all with chief designer Adain Elmsley
    I love this guy he is straight out Of spinal tap!
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5ofkJrD3Z8"]NAMM 2012: Orange Micro Terror, OR15H and more - YouTube[/ame]
    And same guy in 08 LOl looking more like bon scott
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrGO4lTcZYI[/ame]
     
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    Hmm interesting. My tastes don't go quite as extreme as death metal, although I do like classic heavy metal. My issue with amps that aren't typically high gain I have to push the gain up quite far, which of course pushes the volume up and I end up with something where the master volume can barely get past 1. My HT-1R I managed to to about 9 o'clock on the master, and that's 1 measly watt!

    I prefer the sound of the more 'vintage' Oranges I think, but I may just have to go with a Dark Terror. I'm guessing that as it starts out with a good amount of gain that it won't be as loud? Or is that not the case? is the dirt/volume ratio a fixed thing? I currently know very little about amps :dunno: (although I know an awful lot more than I knew last week!)
     
  18. Sootio

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    I don't use my TH30 for chunk or heavy metal, but the capability is there. I don't think the OR15 has massive amounts of headroom, but I haven't actually played one.
     
  19. jojo68

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    I've found you can get classic rock tones out of the new orange amps.
     
  20. zone47

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    Oranges are good for you. :) I went through a phase on time ...

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