Big, Brawny, and British
There isn't a more unmistakable amplifier than Orange. The company's initial production, led by founder Cliff Cooper, ran through the 1960s and '70s. Since their start, Orange Musical Instrument Company introduced tube amplifiers having upwards of 120 watts of power, professional audio systems, and even early digital preamplifiers. Orange went through periods of hiatus and manufacturing in small numbers and by other manufacturers. In 1997, the company was again operated by Cooper, and Orange went on to be a major player in high gain amplifiers for metal and modern rock music.
Orange Amps Today
British manufacturing continues today for Orange with the Rockerverb range of heads and combos, and the AD-200 all-valve bass head. Cabinet ordered in the United States are build and shipped in Georgia. Lesser expensive tube heads and combos are manufactured in China, but their quality is certainly not sub-par to their British counterparts. In 2006, Orange introduced the first popular "Lunchbox" amp – the Tiny Terror, a 15W lightweight, small tube head. The company also worked in collaboration with iK Multimedia to allow Orange tone through software with AmpliTube Orange. The future of Orange amplifiers moves further onward, carrying a 50+ year legacy of rock, rawk, innovations, and explorations.