Hungarian band Tankcsapda is one not just the most popular heavy metal bands to come out of that country in several years, they’re actually one of the most popular Hungarian bands, period. Last year when they released their entire back catalog of albums (14 albums total) they maintained the top 14 spots on Hungary’s record sales charts for two straight weeks.

You read that correctly. They had the top 14 albums for two straight weeks. Entire ALBUMS!

This enthusiasm for Tankcsapda translates to their live shows. They play to huge audiences.


This is not a festival audience. This is their regular nightly audience


Gabor Sidlovics, guitarist in the band and Orange Ambassador, powers these venues with his multiple Orange amps and cabs. Here’s a picture of his rig during the band’s 2013 “ROCKMAFIA” tour. He uses (2) Thunderverb 200 heads.



Backstage, and as a B-rig for live shows in the case of extreme amp failures, he uses a scaled down set-up consisting of a Jim Root #4 Terror.



In addition to being super popular, and quite frankly writing awesome songs, the band also has their own beer in a collaboration with Soproni Brewing. Soproni is basically Heineken from Hungary. So to be clear, they have a beer collaboration with one of the biggest beer companies in the world, not just in Hungary. Here’s the label.



You may have noticed something about the shirt the singer is wearing. That’s right, folks. He wore the Orange Crest shirt. We’re on a freaking beer label!

You might be asking yourself why we’re so enthusiastic about this band’s accomplishments. Well, for one, they’re Orange Ambassadors, so clearly we have a vested interest here. But more importantly, Tankcsapda is just a great band. They blend this sort of old world anthem-style with modern rock and metal. Check out every video the band’s ever made here and you’ll get an idea of how they’ve evolved in the past 25 years.


When you boil a band down to it, it very rarely needs more than two musicians. The list of bands that slay with just two members is numerous. You’ve got The Black Keys, Death From Above 1979, Soft Cell

Ok, we’re kidding about Soft Cell. Hope we didn’t “taint” your opinion of this article.

Moving along…

Today we interview Mattias Noojd. Mattias hails from Gothenburg and is the guitarist and vocalist in the band Galvano. The band are a crushing audible assault mixing frantic drumming, wailing vocals and killer riffs.


Hi Mattias, nice to have you on board the blog! Let’s start with a simple one. Why Orange?

I used to own a OR120 a few years back and loved it, that dark and warm tone. Had to let it go though cause of financial reasons. I’d been missing it a lot and when I started looking at Orange amps again I decided on the Thunderverb 200 for it’s high gain and versatility. I needed something that could stand up against my Model T and I’m loving what the Thunderverb brings to the table. That thick low end and grit really completes my tone. Our band is really loud and that’s just how I like it, I want to feel those riffs, not just hear them.

The Thunderverb isn’t struggling in that department.

What amps are you currently running for your live setup?

My complete setup is a Thunderverb 200 and a -74 Sunn Model T that sits on 2 PPC412HP8 cabinets, I’m also using an Ampeg SVT 3 PRO that sits on an Ampeg 8×10 cabinet.

How about your recording set-up?

I usually use my live rig in the studio as well.

What is it about these amplifiers & cabinets that you like? Not only sonically but also any noticeable comments about how they handle life on the road.

Apart from what I’ve already mentioned I just love how the Orange cabinets sit right on the floor, that really brings out the low end. My cabinets are heavy as hell but it’s all worth it, they’re really solid.

How do you like to set the amp up? This doesn’t have to be exact settings, just what settings you have found work for you, a photo of the setting will also do!

I run my signal through all three amps. They are all are on most of the time.

The current Orange amps you are working on, are the tubes stock or do you have a preferred brand? If so, which?

It’s stock and my Thunderverb came with 6550’s. I might swap ‘em ouf for kt88’s though. I like those a lot.

Would you like to add/provide any additional information?

I’d just like to express my deep appreciation to Orange for taking interest in and supporting our band and me as a guitar player.


Go and check out Galvano, listen to their record, browse some pictures and buy a shirt! Till next time.



Why Orange?

When using other brands we found that no other could match the clarity and presence that Orange have. Our guitar tones are now presented to the fullest and we can perform live with full confidence that we’re going to sound great, even in venue’s with bad acoustics/PA/sound systems. The gear is so convenient to travel with as well! Cabs and heads are a great size and we were amazed how much power they have. The first time we jammed with Orange we knew we wouldn’t turn back.

What amps/cabs are you using?

Both guitarists are using Dual Terror heads. They are small and deliver more power than a lot of the other big heavy heads we used to drag to shows. Also the two stage preamp makes it perfect for live and studio use. We use PPC212 open back cabs with the heads. The open back with Celestion vintage speakers make our live sound the biggest its ever been. And we were stoked that they came in black!

Our bassist uses the Terror bass 500. All we can really say is since we got this to our back line, our sound got heavy… really heavy. Biggest bass presence we’ve ever felt!

Do you remember the first time you saw an Orange amp?

Not exactly. To be totally honest it was just the continuing amount of bands that we seen live bringing Orange gear onto the stage and sounding amazing that made us take notice of the brand. A lot of those were UK artists and ones we massively respected too: Skindred and Architects, to name a couple.



Guitar tech for Joe Trohman of Fall Out Boy, Josh Newton, was once arrested for looking too intense in black and white

Guitar tech for Joe Trohman of Fall Out Boy, Josh Newton, was once arrested for looking too intense in black and white

I have very hazy memories of having danced danced to many of the songs off ‘From Under the Cork Tree” at the local rock club when I was a student. Now onto their fifth studio album, Fall Out Boy are in the upper echelons of music, selling out tours and touring the world over and over.

Currently keeping these wheels turning are two techs, Josh Newton and Brian Diaz. Josh has been a touring musician for over 20 years in bands such as The Damned Things and Every Time I Die, but only in the tech game for one year. Brian has been a tech for eleven years and has worked with some of the rock giants of our time (Guns N’ Roses, Anthrax, Primus, Brand New, Motion City Soundtrack, Sum 41)

 What’s a typical day life for you on tour?

Brian : The day usually starts with me waking up way too early for the backline to get loaded in, so I hang around, eat breakfast and watch the other departments build their rigs whether it’s lighting, video, whoever. Once I roll my gear in place I try to get started with changing strings as soon as I can while I wait for audio to be ready for us to soundcheck. It’s usually at this point that I’ll do any repairs or try to recreate any issues I may have experienced the show before. Usually it’s something pretty easy like a loose pot, or a bad cable that needs to be replaced. Sometimes it may involve re-tubing a head or something more involved. More days than not, there isn’t much to do other than restring and polish up the guitars. Show time is pretty much the same every day: line check, tape down setlists and cables, bring out the water and towels, and then wait for the band to show up to stage. Fall Out Boy tends to be pretty on time everyday. Other bands I have worked for are famously extremely tardy. End of the night it’s a race to get it all in the truck, take a shower and get back to the bus.

Josh: I usually start setting up at around 12pm or so. I get the backline up and running, tweak things here and there. After that I’ll restring the guitars and check the intonation and action. We line check around 3pm, then wait until show time. Post show we get out of there as quickly as possible then do it all again the next day.

 Favourite part of the job?

Brian: My favourite part of doing this is the times when you get recognized for the work you do. It makes the long hours that you put in which seem pointless actually worth it. That and the travel. I have always been a fan of exploring new places, and this has given me the opportunity to see the world and get paid for it.

Josh: Getting things to sound good and work correctly. I like the challenge off trying to get things exactly the same every day despite the different conditions.

What Orange Gear are Fall Out Boy using?

Brian: Right now Patrick Stump is using the Dark Terror at 15 watts. Normally this is dumped into a Palmer PGA-04 load box, since we have these elaborate stage sets where onstage backline doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. When we do use cabinets we are using whatever Orange 4x12s we can get our hands on. Just yesterday we got some black 2x12s that we are going to try out today.

Josh: [Joe Trohman] has used several. The Thunderverb 200, Rockerverb 100 or 50, and the Tiny Terror are the most used with us. Cabs are usually PPC412 or PPC212.


 What is it about Orange amplifiers & cabinets that you like?

Brian: First and foremost it’s always about the tone. Before this Patrick was using (edit: someone else’s amplifier) that I had done a bit of modifying to so they were sounding just okay. We had these shows where I couldn’t get the amp to stop buzzing and I borrowed a Tiny Terror from Joe Trohman and it was game over. There was an immediate difference in the breadth of sound and the amount of crunch I was able to get out of it. Patrick liked it immediately and wanted to try the Dark Terror because he tends toward a more metal tone. I was into it immediately because of the size and the metal construction. They are so compact and so sturdy.

Josh:I’ve never had one go down on me. They’re built like tanks, specifically the cabs. Solid stuff. 

The current Orange amps you are working on, are the tubes the stock or do you have a preferred brand? If so, which?

Brian:I have been using the Dark Terrors stock and they sound great. I do hear from time to time about swapping out the V1 tube for a Tung Sol, but I haven’t got around to experimenting with that yet. We have a couple more heads coming to us for a second rig we are building, so maybe I’ll drop one in and check it out.

Josh: I usually swap out the tubes to JJ’s. Just a personal preference. With the Thunderverb 200’s, I swapped them out to use KT88s. Just a hair more beef with those monsters. 

Any stand out products from Orange which you would choose over all the rest?

Brian: I am a bassist so I have always been in love with the Orange bass lineup, particularly the AD200. I haven’t tried out the Terror Bass yet, but I’m thinking about checking that out. For the guitar gear, I really love the Thunderverb 200.

John: I’m a fan of the OR series.

Finally, the question to end all questions. Valve or solid state?

Brain:Valve is always going to win this round. I guess it comes from the time spent listening to bands that recorded with tube amps and hearing it live, but you just aren’t recreating the same sound with a solid state amplifier. My work with amps is fairly limited, but what I do have experience with is valve amps. If I had a solid state piece that went down I don’t think I’d be servicing it myself. I definitely have a better shot with a valve amp as I have a better understanding of them.

Josh: It depends. With guitars, tubes tend to be most pleasing to my ears, but bass can go either way. I’ve rarely had an issue with any of Orange’s products.

“Brian gets to travel the world thanks to music!” is what we would have captioned this if we were bored. But we’re not, so we’re captioning it “Why would Brian send us a picture of him surrounded by kangaroos?”

“Brian gets to travel the world thanks to music!” is what we would have captioned this if we were bored. But we’re not, so we’re captioning it “Why would Brian send us a picture of him surrounded by kangaroos?”

The Orange Micro Terror has been named Instrument Amplifier of the Year at The Music and Sound Retailer Awards 2013.



Everyone at Orange is delighted that the Micro Terror has been named Instrument Amplifier of the Year at The Music & Sound Retailer Awards. Our thanks go out to Music and Sound Retailer.

Pictured below is Orange Amplification’s Founder and CEO Cliff Cooper receiving the award from Dan Ferrisi, Editor of The Music & Sound Retailer.

The full list of winners in all categories can be found here:


Orange Amplification is delighted to be the headline sponsor of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards for the second consecutive year.

The 2013 awards promise to be even bigger & better, with more explosive live performances and heavy metal mayhem.

The Orange Amplification Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2013 takes place on the 17th June 2013 at the IndigO2 with Motörhead, one of the world’s most seminal rock bands headlining what will be their most intimate show in years. Motörhead states, “It’s awesome to be headlining our first ever award show. It’s an honour to play some kick ass rock’n’roll at the Golden Gods Awards.’

Orange Amps endorsees are set to dominate this year’s annual homage to metal with twelve of them nominated for awards. Bleed From Within and Bury Tomorrow are up for the Best New Band award, While She SleepsAsking Alexandria and Kvelertak compete for the Breakthrough award and Bring Me The Horizon look for votes as the Best UK Band. DeftonesStone Sour and Down are challenging each other for the Best International Band award, Clutch and Limp Bizkit are rivals for the Best Live Act award and Jason Newsted’s Return are going for the Metal As F**k award. With Orange Amps, the amp of choice for metal guitarists everywhere, these awards could be an orange ‘whitewash’. Vote for your favourite bands and be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets that money cannot buy.

‘Orange Amps are an integral part of the new hard rock and heavy metal scene’ commented Damon Waller, Managing Director, ‘being here championing the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, which are designed to celebrate metal’s real success stories, shows that Orange Amps care and will be setting the tone for years to come.’

To find out more about the Orange gear and their artists nominated for this year’s awards visit For more about the Golden Gods awards, vote for your favourite bands and be in with a chance to win free tickets go to



Orange are pleased to announce the appointment of Parsons Music as the exclusive distributor for all Orange Products in China and Hong Kong.

Please visit for further information.

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Guitarist, song writer, producer and band director, Sean Z has been busy of late. Following a successful tour of North America, the Vancouver based guitarist is currently touring Singapore and Malaysia with Wanting, a rising star in China.

Wanting Qu (also known as Qu Wanting; Chinese 曲婉婷) (October 10, 1983 in Harbin, Heilongjiang) is a Chinese-Canadian pianist, singer and songwriter based in Vancouver. In 2009, she became the first Chinese artist to be signed to the Nettwerk label; she is managed by Terry McBride. Her first album, Everything In The World (jointly released with Universal Music China in 2012) went platinum in China within its first week on sale, and her singles You Exist in My Song and Drenched were used in the soundtrack for the Hong Kong film Love in the Buff. Qu was raised in Harbin, but came to Canada at 16 to study.

Vancouver-based singer-songwriter, Wanting, releases her first full-length studio album, Everything In The World, on Nettwerk Records. Wanting, a self-taught musician with a voice similar to that of Chantal Kreviazuk, Anna Nalick, and Christina Perri, has been recognized in the early stages of her career. Having already sound-tracked the upcoming Chinese film Love in the Buff, appeared on a Mercedes Benz sampler, and amassed combined views of millions on Chinese YouTube, she is an artist to be on the lookout for. Wanting’s piano-swept music has won a following because her compositions pop musings that plumb emotion & resonate universally. The lilting first single “Life Is Like a Song” is a reflection on life s ebbs and flows and the cascading song “Drenched,” is about surrendering oneself to love. Meanwhile, “You Exist in My Song,” sung in Mandarin, is about old friends alive in one’s thoughts.

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Orange Amps have been busy posting photographs of Days 1 -4 of this year’s Winter NAMM on their Facebook page.

Click HERE for some great images of our newest products, Artist signing events and maybe even see a surprise visitor or two to Orange Amps always popular stand.

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Orange Amplification are proud to launch at NAMM a pioneering new technology to match, test and grade valves – the Orange DIVO VT1000 Valve Tester. This ground breaking new product will help every guitarist, rental company, valve amp manufacturer, guitar tech and guitar / hi-fi store across the planet.

The compact and extremely easy to use VT1000 is a fully automatic valve tester, which performs a wide range of tests quickly and accurately. The benefits of using the VT1000 are clear and wide reaching; users can quickly and simply match and test valves, plus receive a reliable health check as to whether their valves are good, bad or worn.

Orange Amps developed the world’s first fully automatic, portable, digital valve tester, the VT1000, to make it easy to test amp valves. Until now testing valves with little or no knowledge of valve theory was difficult, expensive and often unreliable. This new product will test all popular power and pre-amp valves. Its ease of use will appeal to all valve users whether amateur, professional or in the music retail trade.

The unit has one octal and two nine pin valve sockets for different valve types; simply insert the valve to be tested into the correct socket, select the valve type from the list on the unit and press ‘START’ to test. The results are displayed clearly and concisely using LEDs and will test for a wide range of fault conditions, which could easily cause damage to other components. The simplicity of operation belies what is going on ‘inside the box’, where a CPU controlled testing system is in operation, allowing full control over all inter-electrode switching and measurement operations.

The VT1000 really opens the door to everyone to have an extremely simple, portable, reliable, inexpensive and safe way to test valves.

To take a look at the new VT1000 and all the other Orange Amps and products go to Orange Music Booth 4890 Hall C.