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150 LIMITED RUN | MADE IN USA | ALL VALVE

MK ULTRA – The Marcus King Signature Amp

Created in conjunction with guitar prodigy and Grammy Award-nominated singer–songwriter Marcus King, the MK Ultra is our first-ever amplifier designed with Orange USA and built in the USA. Using the highest-quality components available, including American-made custom Heyboer transformers, this hand-wired 30-watt all-valve guitar amplifier represents a marriage of classic American and British tonal sensibilities. Make no mistake though, this is not a copy of a previous design with slight modifications. This is a unique innovation that offers a new approach to the trademark Orange sound.

The MK Ultra features carefully tuned input circuitry that not only responds amazingly well to different volumes and tone settings on your guitar but also takes pedals extremely well and moulds them into the tone instead of sitting them on top. This is driven by a pair of 12AX7 preamp valves feeding into a power amp section consisting of two 6L6GC power valves that are cathode-biased. This choice of output valves is a first for Orange, bringing out all the harmonics and touch sensitivity that Marcus demands.

Although this is a unique artist signature model (only 150 made), players from many different genres will be able to dial in their own tones and sounds. From country to blues, classic rock to jazz fusion, and everything in between, the range of this simple three-knob design has to be heard to be believed.

TAILORED EQ FIT FOR A “KING”

This one-of-a-kind circuit design features EQ controls in different parts of the circuit that are totally independent. The specific ranges and frequencies of these controls were voiced for Marcus, making it impossible to dial in a bad sound.

The VOLUME control

The Volume knob on this amp is as much a tone control as the Sing and Deep controls due to the circuit design and how it interacts with the dynamics of your playing. With the MK Ultra being a cathode-biased amp, it is urgent, with a fast response time at low volume settings, making it a perfect partner for your pedal board. As you increase the volume control you will hear more saturation with the 6L6s starting to break up, giving you a spongy attack that will start to sing and make you want to play more and more. Even at full volume, you still have clear control via your guitar’s volume knob.

The SING (treble) control

This can also be described as a variation input bright control, bringing you the tone you need for the atmosphere you’re playing in. Adjust the sound to pair perfectly with your guitar.

The DEEP (bass) control

Think of this as more of an overall thickening to the sound. Start with it all the way down and, after finding the Volume and Sing levels you want, increase the Deep control until you find the thickness you want.

“For me to have a signature amp with Orange is just like a childhood dream that’s come true. It’s a uniquely crafted American amplifier by a British company for a uniquely crafted American Man”

Features:Preamp: 2 x 12AX7 (ECC83)
Power Amp: 2 x 6L6GC
Controls (right to left):Input, Sing (Treble), Volume, Deep (Bass), STBY (Warmup), Power
Output Power:30 Watts RMS
Speakers outputs:1× 4 OHM or 2 X 8 OHM / 1 x 8 or 2 x 16OHM / 1 x 16 OHM
Unboxed Dimensions (W x H x D):55cm x 27cm x 24cm (21.7″ x 10.6” x 9.5″)
Unboxed Weight:17.8 kg (39.2 lbs)

SWITCHABLE MASTER VOLUME CONTROLS – FX LOOP – CABSIM HEADPHONE OUTPUT

TERROR TONES AT THE TIP OF YOUR TOE…

For years, our Terror series amps have proven that the biggest sounds can come in the tiniest packages. Taking our pocket-sized powerhouse concept one step further, we’ve brought you the Terror Stamp. Packing all of the punch of the minuscule Micro Terror and Micro Dark amps into an even smaller pedal format, this Valve/Solid State hybrid amp brings 20 Watts of killer Orange tone right onto your pedalboard.

The Terror Stamp’s tiny footprint, 8/16 Ohm Speaker Output, fully-buffered FX Loop and CabSim headphone output integrate seamlessly with your other pedals, whether you’re rocking a loud stage, recording direct or practising into the early hours.

TERROR STAMP CABLE   NOW AVAILABLE

The Terror Stamp Cable is a 20ft speaker cable. Perfect for giving you extra range from your speaker cabinet when used on a pedal board.

KEY FEATURES

IMPROVED DESIGN

The Terror Stamp is based on the Micro Dark with a few minor tweaks to the gain structure and the CabSim, with the added feature of being able to set up two volume levels and switch between them.

ALL-ANALOGUE HYBRID DESIGN

Typically-Orange simplicity, unmistakably-Orange tone. The Terror Stamp’s hybrid Valve/Solid State design gives you the best of both worlds. From crystal-clean to thundering high-gain, the ECC83 (12AX7)-based preamp has all the harmonics, dynamics and feel you’d expect, while the 20W Class AB Solid State power amp keeps things small, dependable and sounding great at any volume.

SWITCHABLE MASTER VOLUME

Footswitchable Master Volume controls give you the Terror Stamp’s full range of sounds at two different volumes. Jump right out of the mix for that all-important solo, without sacrificing your carefully crafted tone.

SHAPE CONTROL

Our exclusive Shape knob crams a whole load of character and control into a single dial. Turn anticlockwise for a mid-forward voicing or clockwise for a classic scoop.

BUFFERED EFFECTS LOOP

Just like our full-size amps, we’ve given you a fully-buffered, low-impedance FX Loop. Long cable runs? No Problem. True Bypass pedals? Great. The Terror Stamp fits right into your signal chain without ever compromising sound quality. Not only that, but connecting directly to the FX Return turns this little monster into a 20W power amp for whatever pedals, preamps or modellers you can throw at it – with a headphone output too!

CABSIM HEADPHONE OUTPUT

It wouldn’t be the perfect pedal amp without a headphone output. Our tried-and-tested, analogue CabSim circuit provides instant access to a very Orange-flavoured 4×12 speaker emulation. Just the thing for late-night practice with headphones, ‘silent’ recording or running direct to PA. The Headphone Output works simultaneously with the Speaker Output for maximum versatility.

The most portable 20 Watt amp ever, and it’s still class A/B so it sounds good.

“I was impressed with how the Terror Stamp condenses the appeal of Orange Amps into such a small, versatile package.”

Features:Valve preamp, foot-switchable master volume, buffered FX Loop, CabSim headphone output
Controls (Right to Left):Gain, Shape, Volume 2, Volume 1
Valves:PREAMP: 1 X 12AX7/ECC83
Output Power:20 Watts
Speaker Output:8-16 Ohms
Unboxed Dimensions (W x H x D):13.4 x 6.1 x 9.9cm (5.4 x 2.4 x 3.9 “)
Unboxed Weight:0.38Kg / 0.84lb

This thing is a beast! An absolute beast!

Editor’s Choice NAMM 2020 – April Edition

Does this cheap $200 amp suck? Nope. It kinda rocks!

Its size, sound and price make it a winner and likely one of the best NAMM 2020 releases.

I am genuinely impressed with the Terror Stamp

I think it’s brilliant.

This is a fantastic utility for miniature pedal boards and fly rig solutions.

If you want to have the smallest, volume packing solution for playing live or just have fun at home that’s a real good option right there.

Thanks to the analogue circuit design, the Terror Stamp feels every bit as great to play as you’d expect from an Orange amplifier.

Dutch review by Musicmaker.

There is no shortage of filth underfoot here

HAND WIRED PERFECTION

Our Custom Shop Series represents over forty years of craftsmanship, creating some of world’s very finest amps in limited numbers.

Combining a beautifully straightforward front panel, elegant construction and exquisite Blues-Rock tones, the Custom Shop 50 is the quintessential ‘player’s’ amp. Meticulously hand wired using premium grade components and heavy gauge copper wire, the internals are nothing short of a work of art.

Sonically, this single channel gem caters for those guitarists pursuing pure and unadulterated tonal refinement. Switching between 30 Watts Class A and 50 Watts Class A/B output alters the amp’s feel and response, with a wonderfully sensitive chime in Class A mode. In the Class A/B setting, the mids open up, for a more aggressive, full-bodied kick.

The EQ section is highly responsive, and interacts brilliantly with the Gain control, going from round and smooth, to bold and snarly. Our unique HF Drive control allows for fine tuning of the upper harmonics. As the HF Drive reaches 3 o’clock on the dial, it adds negative feedback at the output stage for a rich, thick overdrive which sails through any mix. A footswitchable EQ lift provides an awe-inspiring canvas for lead work, adding fullness and singing sustain. For classic British tone, it doesn’t get any better than the Custom Shop 50.

KEY FEATURES:

Handwired, single channel: 

“Old School” Tonal purity.

50W Class A/B & 30W Class A modes:

Brighter & Sweeter in 30W. More ‘girth’/low mids in 50W

HF Drive Control:

Fine tune the upper mids and saturate the output valves. Works particularly at high volumes (negative feedback)

Footswitchable EQ Lift:

Providing an awe-inspiring canvas for lead work, adding fullness and a singing sustain.

FeaturesSingle channel hand wired head, 50W Class A/B and 30W Class A modes, footswitchable EQ defeat and HF Drive control.
Front Panel Controls (Right to Left) Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble, HF Drive, Master Volume
Rear Panel Controls50W Class A/B / 30W Class A switch
Valves2 x ECC83/12AX7 | 2 x EL34
Speaker Output Options1×16Ω, 1×8Ω or 2×16Ω
Dimensions (W x D x H)55×27x24cm (21.65×10.63×9.45in)
Weight18.55kg (40.9lb)

This level of care and workmanship is rare, but more importantly, it’s done so that your amp can outlast you and a lifetime of pro use.

The thick, juicy overdriven tones that this beast of a head kicks out are some of the most satisfying we’ve heard from any amp.

The CS 50 stands proudly and resolutely unique, and for that we like it a lot. In fact, we might just love it.

stars

It sounds, in a word, Orange: big, loud and solid, with a strong, oaky ‘clonk’ in the midrange and plenty of clarity at the top.
gandb score

The first thing you’ll notice about the CS50 when you see one is the bulletproof construction and and superb build quality.

The detail and pick response is nothing short of astounding and makes you play better as you listen much more to your sound and the way it is interpreted by the amplifier.

I LOVED working with this amp.

ALL ANALOGUE | INSPIRED FROM OUR ROCKERVERB Mk2 | FOUR STAGES OF GAIN

Solid State Never Sounded So Good

The Crush Pro Series marks our first foray into the realm of high powered, stage-ready solid state amplifiers. Taking its inspiration from the twin channel circuit in our prestigious Rockerverb series, the Crush Pro range has been developed using high grade solid state components. At Orange we have embraced this analogue technology and honed it to the point of perfection. The result is amplifiers that deliver the warm, rich tonal characteristics that have been our hallmark from the very beginning, coupled with extraordinary levels of versatility and construction to match.

For those who prefer a head and cab setup, the Crush Pro head 120 takes the same features and 120 Watt output stage as the Crush Pro 120 combo and puts it in a lightweight head format. A range of speaker cabinets can be connected via the two parallel speaker outputs (min. 8Ω load), but our personal favourites are our own CRPRO412 cab for its potent midrange or our PPC212OB for its unrivalled chime.

The Clean channel is a vintage-inspired design, with plenty of sparkle. As the volume control increases, the amp begins to break up into bluesy crunch at higher settings with musical, touch sensitive overdrive. The overall output volume can then be reduced to ‘bedroom levels’ with global master volume. The Dirty channel takes its roots from the Rockerverb, with four stages of gain covering a wide range of driven tones. Even at the limit, the Dirty channel remains tight and focused with sustain for days! Complete with professional details like a super transparent, fully buffered effects loop, footswitchable digital reverb (hall/spring/plate), and more than enough power for practically any venue, the Crush Pro 120 will always perform, wherever your music takes you.

ALL ANALOGUE SIGNAL PATH

Our commitment to analogue amplifier circuitry in a digital age ensures that the Crush Pro 120 head possess the lively feel and responsiveness that Orange is famous for, inspiring guitarists to play their instruments, not the technology.

TWIN CHANNEL, HIGH GAIN PREAMP DESIGN

Our high-gain preamp design puts a truly inspiring range of complex tones in the hands of the player. High quality, low noise components provide four stages of gain with exceptional richness and clarity. The result is amps that deliver everything from blissful cleans, to classic Bluesy Orange crunch all the way through to full-bodied, ultra high gain Metal distortion. Clean and Dirty channels can be switched on the amp’s top panel or remotely using the optional footswitch.

BUFFERED EFFECTS LOOP

For players who love their pedals, the Crush Pro 120 head has a fully buffered, low impedance loop allowing for any number of effects and cables to be patched between the amp’s input and output sections without sacrificing tone. Our attention to detail here means your pedal arsenal will perform to its absolute peak.

DIGITAL REVERB

With the option of Spring, Plate and Hall Settings, the reverb in the Crush Pro 120 head is an all-new digital module which adds a warm 3D spaciousness to your sound. Ranging from a subtle shimmer to lengthy ethereal trails, the circuit features an analogue ‘dry through’, ensuring your guitar’s tone maintains its integrity as the reverb is blended in.

YOU CAN RUN ONE OF THREE CAB CONFIGURATIONS ON THE CRUSH PRO 120 HEAD:

– One 16 ohm cab connected to one of the speaker outputs.
– Two 16 ohm cabs connected to both speaker outputs, or daisy-chained together to one of the speaker outputs.
– One 8 ohm cab connected to one of the speaker outputs.
It’s better to not daisy-chain, in case the first cable or cab in the chain were to fail during a performance; then you’d lose all your sound. Running a separate cable to each cab insures at least one cab will still be going if a speaker cable or cab fails during a performance. Use the Orange FS2 to switch reverb on and off and change channels.

Features:Two-channel guitar amp head, Fully Buffered Effects Loop, Footswitchable Digital Reverb (Footswitch Sold Separately).
Controls (Right to Left):Clean Channel: volume, bass and treble.
Dirty Channel: volume, bass, middle, treble and gain.
Global: volume and reverb.
Finish Options:Orange or Black basketweave vinyl
Output Power:120 Watts RMS
Speaker Output Options:MINIMUM 8 OHM: 1 X 16 OHM, 2 X 16 OHM, 1 X 8 OHM
Unboxed Dimensions (W x H x D):(W) 55 X (H) 23 X (D) 25CM / 21.65 X 9.06 X 9.6”
Unboxed Weight:14.4KG / 31.75 LB

The Crush Pro sounds big and powerful in the room, with more than enough punch for stage use in typical pub and club gigging scenarios.

Be prepared to consign your negative preconceptions to the same scrapheap as the stiff and unmusical transistor amps of decades past; Orange has proven that there absolutely is a place for solid-state technology in today’s amp market, especially when it punches this far above its weight, sonically.

100 WATTS | IMPROVED JFET PREAMP | CLASS A/B POWER AMP

SUPER CRUSH 100

Building on the huge success of our Crush Pro solid state amplifiers, the Super Crush 100 takes this now-classic recipe and goes a step further in the search for valve-like tone. Though equipped with all the same features as the original amp, the Super Crush 100 is a completely new design, proving that a lot of small improvements can make a BIG difference – and there’s a CabSim balanced output too!

With its single-ended, 2-channel JFET preamp design and 100 Watt Class A/B power amp, the Super Crush 100 mimics the huge, rich and responsive tone of our flagship Rockerverb amps in solid state. From clean to heavy high gain, there’s no shortage of Orange mojo. Touch-sensitive dynamics and lush harmonic overtones sing out of this amp with such authority and musicality that you’d swear there were valves inside!

AUTHENTIC ANALOGUE TONE

From input to output, the Super Crush 100 uses high-quality analogue circuitry to deliver all the immediacy, definition and character that you would expect from any of our top-of-the-range valve amps. It’s solid state done right.

HIGH GAIN, HIGH VERSATILITY

Two completely independent, all-analogue preamp channels give you instant access to a whole spectrum of warm, valve-like tones. From high-headroom clean to high-gain metal, every sound you could ever need is dialled in with ease, thanks to a versatile circuit and intuitively simple control layout.

The Dirty Channel boasts four cascading stages of proper Orange gain, along with a passive 3-band EQ. Just like its all-valve stablemates, the Super Crush 100’s Dirty Channel can hammer out punishing heavy tones and also clean right up, whether you’re riding the guitar volume knob or the amp’s wide-ranging gain control.

The Clean Channel is a bright, vintage-flavoured, two-stage design. There’s plenty of headroom, keeping your clean tones shimmering and clear at any level, with the option of cranking the volume up into fat, bluesy crunch.

100 WATTS OF SOLID STATE MOJO

Solid state doesn’t have to be lifeless. We’ve proven that before with our Crush Pro range and we’re proving it all over again. The Super Crush 100 uses the tried and tested 100 Watt Class A/B power amp from our Pedal Baby 100 to deliver all the dynamics, presence and feel of a big valve amp. Filling big stages is not a problem thanks to massive headroom, fantastic articulation and relentless punch.

DIRECT AND TO-THE-POINT

The Super Crush 100 features a balanced XLR output with our CabSim speaker emulation technology. Mimicking the sound of a 2×12 cab, this no-nonsense, all-analogue filter gives you instant access to a great D.I. guitar tone, straight into the P.A. or recording interface. The Cab Back switch selects between the sound of an open or closed back cab, homing in on your perfect direct sound quicker than you can say “I don’t need a mic”.

BUILT-IN REVERB AND FULLY-BUFFERED FX LOOP

An on-board digital reverb module provides a lush, spring reverb ambience, adding a deep and shimmering finishing touch to your sound. Prefer your own pedals? The fully-buffered, ultra-transparent, series FX Loop takes care of all your effects needs, accommodating even the most outlandish signal chains without ever compromising your carefully-crafted tone.

YOU CAN RUN ONE OF THREE CAB CONFIGURATIONS WITH THE SUPER CRUSH 100 HEAD:

– One 16 ohm cab connected to the one of the speaker outputs.

– Two 16 ohm cabs connected to both speaker outputs, or daisy-chained together from one of the speaker outputs.

– One 8 ohm cab connected to one of the speaker outputs.

NOTE: It’s better to not daisy-chain, in case the first cable or cab in the chain were to fail during a performance; then you’d lose all your sound. Running a separate cable to each cab ensures at least one cab will still be going if a speaker cable or cab fails during a performance.

The Super Crush 100 uses single ended, Class A circuitry in the preamp section, producing a more musical overdrive, along with less noise.

“Super Crush… it’s the diet Rockerverb, sounds great! and costs much less”

Two completely independent, all-analogue preamp channels give instant access to a whole spectrum of warm, valve-like tones. From high-headroom clean to high-gain metal, every sound ever needed is dialled in with ease, thanks to a versatile circuit and intuitive simple control layout.

The lively 100-watt class A/B power amp is derived from the Orange Pedal Baby 100, which earned our Editor’s Choice Award when we reviewed it in 2019.

Who needs valves with this beast around.

Taking the now classic Crush Pro and moving it a big step further toward a more valve-like tone.

The Super Crush 100 series introduces features sounding more like the upper line valve amps that Orange made world-famous.

The amp’s two channels are completely independent, and offer high headroom – perfect for high-gain tones and as a pedal platform.

The Super Crush 100 effectively mimics the huge, rich and responsive tone of the Orange flagship Rockerverb amps.

Orange Amplification has extended Orange Crush family with the all-new Super Crush 100 head and combo.

It provides masses of authority and musicality which will have guitarists swearing there are valves inside!

The completely new design is more than just an upgrade. It delivers all the immediacy, definition and character expected from any of Orange’s top-of-the-range valve amps.

The Super Crush 100 features a balanced XLR output with Orange’s CabSim speaker emulation technology giving instant access to great D.I. guitar tone, straight into the P.A. or recording interface.

Features2 Channel (footswitchable) Amp Head | All-analogue, single-ended preamp | 100W Class A/B power amp | Built-in digital Reverb (footswitchable) | FX Loop | Balanced XLR out with CabSim
Output Power100 Watts @ 8 Ohms, 70 Watts @ 16 Ohms
ControlsMaster Volume, Reverb, Dirty Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Dirty Gain, Treble, Bass, Clean Volume
Output Impedance8 Ohms Minimum
Unboxed Dimensions (H X W X D) 23cm x 55cm x 25cm ( 9.06″ x 21.65″ x 9.6″)
Unboxed Weight11.2Kg, 24.6lb

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