I had the chance to mess around with my new Orange OR15H head today (run through a 2x12 cabinet loaded with Celestion Blues). It is a tremendous amp!
I haven't done any extreme scooped settings on it yet; just a little bump on the miss with everything else pretty much at noon and the gain anywhere from 9 o'clock to all the way up. I'm very much a vintage/classic tone sort of player, and the OR15H is definitely the gainiest amp I have (my other amps don't even have gain knobs). To my ears, it sounds a bit like someone modded an old Vox to make it grind harder (the EL84s and Celestion Blues probably enhance the Vox flavor somewhat).
Using my Strat, it has very nice detail and chime when run cleaner. Perhaps not as sweet and transcendent as my JMJ30 (a high-end boutique AC30 clone) in this area, but still nice enough to make me smile. It's definitely more raw and crunchier, even on low gain settings, but still in a nice way. It's not quite as responsive to volume knob adjustments as the JMJ30, but still very good.
Run hard, the OR15H waves an old school flag. It's fuzzier than what I consider modern gain sounds to be, but it could hang in nearly any sort of style that requires a lot of grind. There is still that whiff of stringy detail and chime that I love from my JMJ30 even with gain cranked, and I love the way it thickens up my Strat while still letting it be a Strat. The bridge pickup sounds especially killer, and all pickup settings retain their character very well.
I also have a Marshall Class 5 1x10 combo. The speaker setup means that it's not an apples to apples comparison (I haven't run the C5 through the 2x12 to really level the comparison), but to my ears, the C5 is creamier and smokier with a bit more a firmer feel and vocal-like mids. In this case, the OR15H is like a punk/hard rock singer; a bit more sneering, aggressive and loose while the C5 is kind of like a Sinatra-esque crooner with a bit of an edge; a little smoother and warmer but still able to put a little growl into things.
Eventually, I want to run the OR15H through a Celestion Heritage Greenback G12M that I've been saving for a project. But all in all, a really nice addition to the collection. It certainly brings a great rock 'n roll voice to the stable.
Awesome. Thx for sharing. Now I want to try one . I saw one in GC. Didn't try it. But, I'll keep a look out for one @ the NAMM show. How would you say it compares to the Tiny Terror?
The OR15H and Jim Root Terror are actually built on the exact same PC board, except the EQs are voiced a little differently, according to Orange. I haven't played through a Jim Root Terror and can't remember if I've ever heard one, so I don't know what the specific differences are.
I haven't had much experience with a run-of-the-mill Tiny Terror, but the most obvious differences are the EQ and the effects loop; OR15H gives the normal ranges their own controls and has a tube-driven effects loop while the TT has a single tone control and no loop (if I remember correctly). So in my mind, from a features standpoint, the OR15H is kind of like a "deluxe" Tiny Terror in that sense. It's also a bit more a throwback with the Pics Only layout.
Based on the limited experience I've had with a Tiny Terror, the OR15H has more range for sure. It can get and stay cleaner (relatively speaking) longer than the TT. Until you get to max gain settings, the OR15H has more of a vintage-y, bluesy thing going on than the TT and you can dial in a wider range with the bigger EQ section.
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