Every one of the forty heads is identified by a girls name and not a serial number, and each name was chosen only after the tonal character, playability and response had been checked out.
Ade Emsley – Technical Director
40th Anniversary Custom Shop
The 40th Anniversary series was introduced in 2008 as a limited edition of forty non-master volume 50 watt heads with a 30 watt Class A switch built in. Each amplifier has been uniquely voiced by the Custom Shop so that some are very close to the original Pics Only, whilst others sound quite different.
Every one of the forty heads is identified by a girls name and not a serial number, and each name was chosen only after the tonal character, playability and response had been checked out. Amongst the first to be shipped worldwide were Sally and Edith (to Germany), Michelle (Canada), Christina (Spain), Judy (Holland), Lina and Mia (France), Betty (Norway), Jennifer and Isabelle (USA), Roberta (Italy), and Diana (England).
The uniqueness of each of these hand wired, point to point, collectors amplifiers has been confirmed with a photograph of the underside of the chassis, recorded and authorised by the Custom Shop.
40th Anniversary PPC412-LTD
The 40th Anniversary Limited Edition cabinet is fitted with four 16 ohm Celestion ‘Anniversary Edition’ speakers incorporating a baffle centre post just like the original Orange 4×12 cabs. Our 1968-2008 logo design is on a name-plate secured to the bottom right of the front grille cloth.
40th Anniversary OR50
The OR50 is a single channel production model which gives more than just a nod to the 1970s Pics Only. We have retained the best classic Orange design features and incorporated today’s more advanced features. The OR50’s construction is similar to early Orange amps – it is a mixture of point to point and PCB. We have also tried to make it as vintage as possible when the footswitchable master is either turned up to 10 or defeated, it then gives a considerable amount of overdrive when it is attenuated. This is because of the dual function HF Drive control.