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There’s a definite buzz about Orange amps these days - and we don’t mean an
earth loop! The veteran UK brand is hotter than it’s ever been and now there’s a
brand new model, the ‘pics only’ OR 15. So what does our equally veteran tone
purist Michael Casswell think of it?
There’s no mistaking the look of an Orange
amp - and there’s definitely no mistaking
the looks of this one! Innovative, right from
when the brand sprang to life in the 1970s,
one of Orange’s little design ‘quirks’ was the
series of amps with no words on them - just
pictures describing what the controls do.
Orange revived the style back in 2008 when
it reissued the OR 50 but as we all know, 50
Watts of valve power can be awfully loud.
Hence the OR 15 version we have here,
launched at last year’s NAMM show and just
becoming available now.
The OR 15 is a single channel, all valve, 15
Watt, class A micro amp. The ‘micro amp’
trend is sweeping through the industry and
every company is putting out their own
version of a low wattage small portable
practice-studio amp, but Orange was in there
right at the very start of the trend and clearly
has a lead over some of the competition.
If the layout is simple enough to rely on
pictures for guidance, so is actually driving
the OR 15. If you want it clean, you turn
down the gain and turn up the master
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volume. If you want filth, you turn up the
gain volume and maybe even the master
volume yet again, depending how loud you
want it. 15 Watts is more than loud enough
for home and studio use, but it will struggle
next to a drummer. I have found 30 or 40
Watts is the point in a band where you have
a bit of headroom to hold your own. If 15
Watts is too scary for you, then there is a
switch on the front to half power it to 7
Watts - something you are probably going to
want to do for practice at home unless you
own your own barn!
The OR 15 has three ECC83 pre amp
valves and two EL84 output valves - a
classic arrangement for the ‘British’ sound,
although in some ways that’s a misnomer in
this case as what this Orange is really good
at is allowing you to get the sound you make
with your guitar and playing style. There is
also a valve driven series effects loop which
is always good, because sometimes practice
at home can involve your pedals and getting
familiar with what you need on and off and
how you want them set, so that when you