Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Orange Tiny Terror Guitar Amplifier and PPC112 Cabinet

Good day, I hope you are all doing well!

Today we are looking at an Orange Tiny Terror guitar amplifier and matching speaker cabinet.

The Orange Music Electronic Company is a British amplifier manufacturer that has been around since 1968, and have maintained a steady following throughout the years.

Well, let’s start with the Tiny Terror head. It is not just a clever name; this thing is tiny for an all-tube head. It is not much bigger than a lunch pail, and ekes out a switchable 15 or 7 watts of class A power, using two 12AX7 preamp tubes, and two EL84 power tubes.

One of the things I like the most is that the controls are simple: gain, tone and volume. The Tiny Terror is not a knob farm. On the back there are 1/40-inch 8 ohm and 16 ohm speaker outputs.

Build quality (from China, not England) is very good, and the finish was laid nicely over the steel chassis. This amplifier comes with a padded carry bag, which is really a nice feature. I cannot count the number of times things have gotten scuffed up as they bang around in the back of my car.

I mated this amplifier up with the Orange PPC 112 cabinet, which is fantastic. My god, just look at how orange it is! The cab is built of 18mm plywood, and will hold together like a brick house. It is loaded with a 12-inch Celestion Vintage 30 speaker that can handle 60 watts at 16 ohms. The whole thing is not terribly heavy, coming in at around 36 pounds.

This combination of amp and cabinet is the king of crunchy overdrive, and with a Strat, the 60’s British sound is bronzed. The speaker performed well at all volume levels with no rattles.

And, unfortunately, that is about all it does for me. The thing that I do not like about this amp is that I will never get a decent clean tone out of it. With no gain it just sounds tinny, which is kind of a big deal in my book.

Anyway, should you go out looking for these, the MSRP of the Tiny Terror is $729, with a street price of $575, and the MSRP of the PPC112 cabinet is $459 with a street of of $369.


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