BRITISH MADE TRANSFORMERS.
Orange’s original 1960-70’s “Pics Only” transformers were stick-wound, with every winding done on wax paper. They were a very robust design, which gave the original Orange’s their unique and loved sound. Most amplifier transformers are split into three sections but the original Orange “Pics Only” transformers were split into four sections. In 2006, Orange decided to revisit these designs and build a new set of transformers to recreate this sound.
Over a two year prototyping and testing phase, Orange decided on a custom British made hand-wired transformer design. All amplifiers over 50 Watts have an eight-section design, whereas amplifiers below 50 Watts have a five-section design.
These custom transformers, made to Orange’s own specification give our amps their signature sound. They are built to saturate earlier and smoothly, like the vintage transformers of the 50’s and 60’s.
DESIGNED AND MADE IN BRITAIN
From initial conception, through to production, Orange’s manufacturing is steeped in history. Hand-built in Britain with emphasis on usability and durability, the attention to build quality has stayed the same since the 1960’s. Our Technical Director Adrian Emsley designs our amps to be played and enjoyed for a lifetime, this is why his amplifier designs sit amongst of the most revered in the industry.
CLASSIC ORANGE STYLING
All our speaker cabinets feature basket weave vinyl, unique ‘picture frame’ edging design, woven speaker grille cloth and are finished in our legendary, tough Rexine livery vinyl dating back to 1968. The Basketweave material is tough and gives our cabinets their ‘thickened’ sound, that guitarists love.
BUILT TO LAST
Built with 18mm birch ply (excluding the PPC212V, which has 15mm birch ply) our speaker cabinets are built for a life on the road. The Orange PPC412 has become a staple of the touring band because of its solid build quality. From the cabinet wood through to the Celestion Vintage 30 speakers, these British made cabinets are built to be played, night after night.
The unique wooden skid runners fitted to the base allow for easier load-ins from the van to the venue. Instead of fitting plastic feet, or castors which can tend to rattle, we came up with the idea of tough wooden runners – called skids. The original idea was durability, but they also couple the cabinets to the stage for greater punch and low end response.