Ade Emsley – Technical Director

The TH30 replaced the Rocker 30 and is also available as a 1×12 combo.

TH30 Head

With the TH30 we took the old Clean Channel from the original Rockerverb and re-voiced it slightly for the EL84s used in this. We also took the RV lead channel – which is four stage – and have married it with the Shape control of Channel B on the Thunderverb. We wanted as few control knobs as possible, that do as much as possible on a channel switching amp. It’s also got the half-power 2 tubes, full-power 4 tubes option that the Dual Terror has.

TH30 Combo

Ade Emsley – Technical Director

When the original Rockerverb was introduced in 2003, everyone really liked the Dirty Channel – especially its mid-range crunch – so we kept it the same for the Rockerverb MK II, which was available as a 50 watt and 100 watt head and 50 watt combo. But we decided to make the Clean Channel more versatile by adding a Middle control. The reverb was made more defined and controllable by adding a 12AT7 tube; also, the effects loop was even more transparent than in the MKI.

Rockerverb 100 MKII Head

The MK II ran on a pair of EL34s and had the same switch on the back that the old RV100 did, so you could run it on 6L6s, KT88s or KT66s. The RV50 MK II was available as a 1×12 combo, and also a 2×12, featuring a redesigned cab where the control knobs were at the front.

Rockerverb 50 Combo MKII 2×12


Isobaric Bass Speaker Technology – pioneered by Orange

The 2009 ‘Smart Power’ Bass Cabinet range continued the kind of cutting-edge bass cabinet design which began back in 1970 with the Parabola/Reflex 2×15. This bass cabinet was way ahead of its time and ahead of anything made by Orange’s competitors back then.

In 2009, the same applied to the ‘Smart Power’ range which used ‘Isobaric’ speaker cabinet construction [outlined below]. 2009 also saw the return of the legendary Orange 8×10” bass cabinet originally made in limited numbers in the early 1970s. The cabinet features four acoustically voiced compartments.

OBC810 with AD200B

Ade Emsley – Technical Director

Our three ‘Smart Power’ bass cabinets were ‘Isobaric’, which means there is a speaker behind a speaker, and this helps the front loudspeaker move air. The porting of the cabinet is adjusted accordingly, and the result is the projection of a 2×12 – but coming from a cabinet half the size.

Isobaric technology is based on mounting two loudspeakers behind each other within the cabinet. In practical terms, this increases the linearity in the speaker movement, which lowers the bass frequency handling, as well as boosting the output. We chose lightweight Neodineum loudspeakers for performance and portability.

Our three speaker cabinet models were the SP210 [600 watts], SP212 [600 watts,] and the SP410 [1200 watts,]. All had a dynamic and responsive tone and the trademark Tiny Terror compactness, with the SP210 coming in at a little over 30 centimetres square. Built in the UK using marine quality Baltic birch plywood, the ‘Smart Power’ cabs were all rated at 8 ohms.


SP212 in Black



Ade Emsley – Technical Director

Tiny Terror Hard Wired Edition

The Hard Wired Edition amplifier was completely point to point, hand wired and made in the UK. It was the standard Tiny Terror circuit, but featured carbon comp resistors, ‘mustard’ capacitors and high specification transformers. This gave the Hard Wired Edition a wider frequency response. The controls were the same as on the original, with the 7 watts or 15 watts output option, but the Hard Wired Edition weighed slightly less.

Tiny Terror Hard Wired Edition

Dual Terror

Dual Terror is an amp for stage and studio. It features two channels – the ‘Fat Channel’ and the ‘Tiny Terror Channel’. The Fat Channel is voiced warmer and has more bottom end, gain and crunch. The Tiny Terror Channel features the classic Tiny Terror voicing and tone. There is a choice of four outputs through each channel: 7 watts on two tubes; 15 watts on two tubes; 15 watts on four tubes or 30 watts on four tubes. It features a high specification transformer.

Dual Terror

Terror Bass 500 & 1000

The Terror Bass was slightly smaller than the famed Orange Tiny Terror, weighing around 5 kilograms. Terror Bass was available as a 500 watt or 1000 watt hybrid amplifier with a Class D solid state power section and the AD200B twin valve 12AX7 preamp section. The jack plug sockets on the side of the Terror Bass amplifier were an FX loop.

Terror Bass 500


White is the new Orange

Previously only available for artists’ special orders, White Finish had already been used by artists as diverse as Madonna, Monte Pittman and The View. There were so many enquiries and requests for this colour of Rexine (aka Tolex) that Orange decided to make it a Limited Edition option for all UK-made models in 2009.

Monte Pitman


Each White Finish amplifier had a metal Limited Edition 2009 badge affixed on top of the amplifier in front of the handle. The loudspeaker cabinet had the badge affixed on top of the cabinet at the front.

2009 LTD Edition Badge

Rockerverb 100 and PPC412 Ltd Edition Half Stack

Crush PiX combos now also featured the legendary Orange hieroglyphs

2008-9 saw the introduction of FOUR new Crush PIX guitar models: the 35 watt CR35LDX, the CR20LDX, the CR20L, and the CR12L. They were the same size respectively as the original CRUSH series CR30R, CR15 and CR10, but had extra output. All except the CR12L featured an Auxiliary Input for MP3/CD. The DX models also featured a built-in guitar tuner and 16 Digital FX Programs, giving a wide range of reverb, delay, chorus, flanger and vibrato presets.

Crush 35LDX

Crush 35LDX


Plus, there were three CRUSH PIX bass models – the CR25BX and the CR50BXT  – which respectively were the same size as the original CRUSH CR20B and CR35B, but with extra output. Thirdly, the 100 watt CR100BXT [not shown] featured a 15” loudspeaker. All three bass combos feature an Auxiliary Input for MP3/CD, and the CR50BXT and CR100BXT had a built-in guitar tuner.

Crush Pix 50BXT

Crush 50 BXT Top


Ade Emsley – Technical Director

Tiny Terror Combo

The design of the Tiny Terror combo is similar to the classic OR80 combo, in that you see the entire front panel on top of the cabinet. The combo is fitted with a 12” Celestion G12 H30 speaker, and its dimensions are the same as the AD15/12.

Tiny Terror Combo



This combo-sized cabinet features an open-back design for guitarists who want to make a head sound like a combo. It is fitted with a pair of Celestion ‘Vintage 30’ speakers and has the same dimensions as an AD30/Rockerverb 50 combo.

PPC212 Open Back

AD5 Combo

This was the third version of the AD5 based on the Custom Shop 1999 edition, but made with a PCB. This combo’s loudspeaker was a newly developed 10” known as the ‘Celestion 40’. This speaker is pretty close to their ‘Greenback 10’, and having tested all other possible options, we decided that this was the best one for the AD5.

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

40th Anniversary – Roxanne

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

40th Anniversary half stack

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

OR50 40th Anniversary


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.



The Thunderverb could be used as a bass amp or lead amp or both combined.

Thunderverb 200

Ade Emsley – Technical Director

The thinking behind the Thunderverb was to create an amp for guitarists who wanted to use a lot of preamp distortion – they didn’t want to work the power amp very hard. There is a breed of seriously heavy guitarists who use a 1×15 and a 4×12 – and maybe a 7-string guitar. They need power and preamp distortion and lots of end response. The Thunderverb is the amp we made for them.

Unlike the Rockerverb, with its two stage Clean Channel and a four stage Dirty Channel, the Thunderverb had two three-stage channels so you could get clean sound or overdrive out of each of them. This was the first amp that had the Shape control on Channel B – one way you get all mid-range and no bass and treble – and the other way you get the exact opposite. We launched the Thunderverb in the summer of 2006. This amp could be used as a bass amp or lead amp or both combined – the bass is clean right down to 30Hz. Another useful feature is that, should a valve go down, this amplifier automatically switched to the 100 watt mode and would see the guitarist through the rest of the gig. The Thunderverb also had a 100 watt setting which switches off two pairs of tubes and gives a great sound when the amp is cranked. We use that same preamp on a 50 watt amp powered by two EL34s – the Thunderverb 50 was launched in 2007.

Over 10,000 Tiny Terrors were sold in the very first year of production. It has become the guitarists’ ‘must have’ and a studio industry standard.

Ade Emsley – Technical Director

The concept of the Tiny Terror is an amp you can carry anywhere. You turn up to play at a gig and there are three bands playing. You turn up with your Tiny Terror in its gig bag and your guitar. Before the gig you’ve sorted out the use of a mate’s 4×12 in one of the other bands. Plug in with the volume on ten and the gain on about six and suddenly you’re into 1980s AC/DC territory.

Check out the band’s ‘Let There Be Rock’ video and you’ll see Angus playing an Orange Pics Only. The way we’ve used the tubes means that the Tiny Terror has a unique channel with only three controls – gain, volume and tone. But it gives you everything from clean to pretty ridiculous…. but still very much Orange in its mid-range punch. Plus there’s the 7 watt switch to give even more choice and studio versatility.

The original and still the best

Damon Waller – Former MD

After the Rockerverb and Rocker 30 we had lots of guitarists saying how much they loved the AD15 and why don’t we make another 15 watt amp. We thought there was no point in going backwards so we came up with the concept of the Tiny Terror. Instead of doing another combo we made a small, portable head. Although we decided to aim for a lower price bracket, in no way did this mean that we were going to compromise on quality. So we had the idea of a small head, but lose the bulky amp sleeve which adds cost and weight to the product. Instead, we would supply a quality padded gig bag tailored to fit the amplifier. So that’s how the concept came together. Worldwide sales were way ahead of even our best projections during the first year of its launch.

Gig Bag