Orange TH30 Head
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Orange TH30 Head

TH30 Head, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Orange in the TH series.

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yoTrakkz10/17/2011

yoTrakkz's review"nice and easy to use"

Orange TH30 Head
The effects loop on the Orange Thunder 30 is very transparent, which is nice. The amp seems a little more susceptible to hum from a dirty power source than other amps, so you may want to get a power conditioner. Otherwise, it's pretty quiet.

UTILIZATION

The clean channel starts to break up around 10 o'clock, depending on your guitar, which means that you can only go that loud for totally clean sounds. A bit of a bummer, but not a huge deal. As I said, I wish it had a presence control--it's not a bright amp and the treble control doesn't seem to boost much (though it can cut a lot if you need it to). Might also have preferred an amp with separate mid and bass controls, but that would have cost a good deal more. You can always add an EQ pedal if you want more control or brightness. The amp is very punchy and just overall such high quality that I would much rather put an EQ pedal on it than have bought a Mesa that comes with all those knobs. Generally, though, two tone controls is enough for me.


SOUNDS

The dirty channel packs all the tone you need into one knob. It's pretty incredible. Probably not the most flexible amp, but you can get all the gain you'd ever need and it can be either scooped or relatively flat or all mids, so there isn't much need for another knob, in my opinion. I also like dialing back the volume on the guitar a bit while on the dirty channel--kind of a gritty, lo-fi sound that I really dig.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall, it's a solid amp that sounds great. Not the most flexible, but if you're like me, the reason you like an amp like this is because it has so few knobs. The less you have to fuss with, the less you have to worry about. This amp is a keeper.
iamqman08/18/2011

iamqman's review"Black beauty"

Orange TH30 Head
Orange has been building high quality amps now since the 60's. they claim that they are the Marshall killer. They certainly do have a great tone to their amps and you don't have to get the thing modified. So maybe they are a Marshall killer but any company that uses another company to claim what they are is still only second fiddle.

This amp has two channels and a basic Eq sweeping control section. You get the basic setup like an old Fender amp. You will be be missing the middle control knob like you would see on many Fender amps. You also don't get a presence control knob which many amps do have to allow you to shape the tone depending on the room that you are in. This amp is the exact same amp as the orange tolex version but just in a cool looking black tolex covering. This makes a cool looking amp that will match other speaker cabs much better. Same features and tone as the other just a cosmetic change.

UTILIZATION

Features

Clean/Dirty channels
Switchable 7W, 15W, 30W outputs
Clean channel controls: Volume, Bass, Treble
Dirty channel controls: Volume, Shape, Gain
4 ECC83 preamp tubes
4 EL84 power amp tubes
ECC81 FX-loop tube

SOUNDS

The tone of this amp is very good. It defiantly has a vintage feel to it. You get the controls set up much like a vintage amp where they didn't have a midrange control knob a lot of times. So the clean channel does not have that but the gain channel has a shape knob that changes the midrange a little bit. So you don't really need it in the clean channel but the gain does make up for it. This amp is really a vintage style amp through and through. You get many of the features and the basic overall tone is very vintage feeling.

OVERALL OPINION

You can find these amps pretty easily online or in many shops where you would buy other similar products like Mesa Boogie or Marshall. These amps come in new right at around $1200, which is a great price for this kind of quality amplifier.

I would recommedn this to any player that needs a great sounding and high quality vintage style amp that is 30 watts and two channels. this is good players amp and will serve its owner quite well night after night of gigging. You get a solid tone and very usable front panel to dial in the perfect blend of channels.
iamqman07/28/2011

iamqman's review"Orange quality"

Orange TH30 Head
Orange has been building high quality amps now since the 60's. they claim that they are the Marshall killer. They certainly do have a great tone to their amps and you don't have to get the thing modified. So maybe they are a Marshall killer but any company that uses another company to claim what they are is still only second fiddle.

This amp has two channels and a basic Eq sweeping control section. You get the basic setup like an old Fender amp. You will be be missing the middle control knob like you would see on many Fender amps. You also don't get a presence control knob which many amps do have to allow you to shape the tone depending on the room that you are in.

UTILIZATION

Features

Clean/Dirty channels
Switchable 7W, 15W, 30W outputs
Clean channel controls: Volume, Bass, Treble
Dirty channel controls: Volume, Shape, Gain
4 ECC83 preamp tubes
4 EL84 power amp tubes
ECC81 FX-loop tube


SOUNDS

The tone of this amp is very good. It defiantly has a vintage feel to it. You get the controls set up much like a vintage amp where they didn't have a midrange control knob a lot of times. So the clean channel does not have that but the gain channel has a shape knob that changes the midrange a little bit. So you don't really need it in the clean channel but the gain does make up for it. This amp is really a vintage style amp through and through. You get many of the features and the basic overall tone is very vintage feeling.

OVERALL OPINION

You can find these amps pretty easily online or in many shops where you would buy other similar products like Mesa Boogie or Marshall. These amps come in new right at around $1200, which is a great price for this kind of quality amplifier.

I would recommedn this to any player that needs a great sounding and high quality vintage style amp that is 30 watts and two channels. this is good players amp and will serve its owner quite well night after night of gigging. You get a solid tone and very usable front panel to dial in the perfect blend of channels.
shaps11/23/2014

shaps's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" amp addictive"

Orange TH30 Head
I could optimize this amp by using a EHXAY7 in clean, the rest will be JJ tesla, demonic power is a 2x12 Celestion g12 heritage, using a NOVA SYSTEM in excellent effects loop. I do not use equalizer, while at midday the sound is. The variable power can play his studio to the average concert halls, without worry.

UTILIZATION

simple configuration for lazy like me, this Orange eat all the pedals without problem, as long as you place them. It also respect the sound of the guitar.

SOUNDS

The clear, which is the recipe (ax7ay7 in clean and split the gibson LP), to its monstrous distortion very easy to get, I walk all the records of old school rock. I love U2 play well also with delays, rev etc that standarts ZZ TOP. Contrary to some opinion, the TH30 is very versatile, especially associated with a good pair of Celestion greenback. The sound is more modern with V30 I liked least.

OVERALL OPINION

After years of VOX AC30, this transition ORANGE for 2 years, it turns very robust since used daily or ERfKE 40 concerts, just a change of control without bias .Of lamps more versatile than AC30, and cheaper, I do it again this choice because he never betrayed situation.
babadelh07/15/2014

babadelh's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good quality / price ratio"

Orange TH30 Head
I think a lot has already been said on this head. It has 30w lamp: 5 lamps for the preamp, 4 power.
In addition, this head has two channels (clean / dirty), an effects loop but no reverb and must be added to the footswitch.
Power is 30w but can be decreased to 15 and 7.5 w.
Clear channel amp has only 3 settings: volume, bass and treble. In channel "dirty" we still 3: gain, volume and shape. the shape is a kind of equalization of the poor ...
A line output would not have been refused but do not forget that the head only costs € 800.

UTILIZATION

Use of this amp is simple, very simple, too simple. Simply plug in and turn the knobs. Obtained a "good" very easily but I think the result is often impersonal and this is for me the biggest problem with this head!

I think this amp is best suited to beginners or people who have no desire to take the lead to get her a little more successful.

SOUNDS

The TH30 be pretty good at it why I buy. To rock, blues, metal it can go but if it is not versatile. However, the little he does, he does it very well!

Then the "clean" channel saturates very quickly which gives a very nice little crunch but it can cause problems for not having a clean sound.
Furthermore I very quickly abandoned the "dirty" channel for an overdrive pedal Maxon. It was too violent for me and the lack of adjustment here is really felt.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 3 years now. I bought it at the time because I could not make me better.
Its strong points are:
- The price / quality ratio.
- Its easy grip.
- A "good" its easy to get.

Its weaknesses are:
- His great lack of versatility.
- No line output, reverb and true EQ!

The quality / taken ratio is very good, but I think this amp quickly becomes limited when you want to go further in the sound.
With the experience I do not have that choice. I orienterais over to a rack that best meets my expectations but this is not the same budget!
tarz200tdi02/11/2014

tarz200tdi's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"Excellent plug n play amp that combines true grit and true versatility"

Orange TH30 Head
Everything has already been said
a good place for both real channels, effects loop, but also the available powers (7.5, 15 or 30W) and the change of grains (and thus the potential it generates): The 15W obtained from 4-2 EL84 powered does not sound like the 15W obtained by dividing by two powerful but feeding 4 loupiottes power.
One point less for the perfect but stupidly optional footswitch
Clarification: I am original lamps not looked at what it was probably nitpicking but felt no need to change until now.

UTILIZATION

Plug'n'play:
His guitar is put in, it sounds!
However, the dirty is easier to understand immediately that clean: with Gain, Volume and shape adjustment playing on the mids was immediately full of sounds under your fingers without tweak. On the clean (a real Clean!), The interaction between bass and treble is a little thinner to understand, and will depend quite terribly your guitar ...
For the rest, in use in the apartment 7.5W all volumes 0.5/10, but for the power reserve, it is not the ideal use ... in fact the power section needs to be a minimum loaded ...
In the other direction, 30W are big watts, so no problem: for example, repeated on a fairly fatty register, drummer, bassist and another guitarist, I'm between 2 and 2.5 / 10 the volume of dirty, and 1.5 on the clean.
Small defect more annoying than really penalizing: a rather marked difference in volume between the two channels. A control knob equivalent volume on both channels, the Fart clean sheets when dirty is "normal" ... Think about it if like me your sounds clear, crunch and distortion are those of the amp.

SOUNDS

I walk in registers ranging from bluesy to metal guts hairy ...
Two shovels: a (good) Gibby faded SG 490 but with original covers (large positive impact on its incidentally) Schecter Blackjack ATX C1 and with active seymour patators but not that
a baffle: orange ppc 112 Celestion V30 Original
First observation: the amp is very respectful of the guitar that motorized. it is even possible to rediscover his guitars so it highlights the personality of each.
The clean is very good first: it is a real clean that you can push hard enough before it distorde (in 30w, and the Schecter falling by 10% micro volumes). The grain is English of course, but it is a harsh sound less dry than a Marshall ... Subject to grind both EQ knob accurately and taking the time to see their interactions, you can go from something quite nice jazzy ultra slamming thing ... I insist on both EQ knobs firstly because I never got something clean with extreme settings (I'm between 4 and 6/10 on both parameters), and secondly depending on the guitar setting is not the same (on the schecter it quickly becomes so dark bass grow quickly pass 5/10 on the gibby is a bit the reverse).
The dirty is more than good, it's a treat: with a personality very "orange", it will easily sound bluesy English dug up metal hairy with equal success. Headroom makes it all absolutely still remaining musical. it is (but it's a story of a critical taste), I got used depending on the desired register stroll the shape of 3/10 (blues, rock to slash etc) and 7 / 10 (heavy to metallica, through all sounds saturated rock and independent). I never go below 3/10 because it gets pretty dull, as I do not frequent the range from 7 to 9.5 which removes more than it brings into the mix. on the other hand to 10 of Rammstein or fear Factory is not bad!
Accuracy: the beast is completely pedal friendly (in my case in front RMC wah and chorus / flanger + analog delay in the loop).
Accuracy 2: a precaution I put the preamp section in the loop of a clamp noise, but it should be noted that this head is silent! leave it with pleasure feedback service game, but no buzz, hum, or other, despite levels therefore gain. Appreciated! I am using more than the noise clamp to calm the ardor of the SG.
Precision 3: I have long considered switching to a 2x12 cabinet (Orange PPC, NOS ...) but the ppc 112 jostled by the TH30 has largely forget about me!
Accuracy 4 with a Pod HD (or any other simultruc) in the effects loop to bypass the preamp, and the condition that the POD HD is properly used, it also works with the fire of God!

OVERALL OPINION

Used in repeated weekly for 3 months, I am absolutely delighted.
I have long questioned between several models (orange dark terror or OR15 or jim root, DV Mark Little 40 etc) and I am very happy with my choice despite Chinese manufacturing, I have a much closer grain Thunderverb big brother that low-end orange sounding suddenly advantage as amplified preamp as well as real amps chunky.
The key now will be in the long term ... if it takes a long time, I have found "my" amp.
Michael_jaune12/29/2013

Michael_jaune's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" plug 'n play that sounds!"

Orange TH30 Head
Head delivered to choice 30, 15 or 7.5 watts for s' adapt to all situations. For settings, c is could not be more simple: two channels, one clean and one dirty. To clean the three knobs: volume, bass and treble. And the dirty, three knobs also: shape, gain and volume.

The amp has no effects or reverb c is sound crude declffrage. There also has to not switch over to it to buy more. Always annoying, I think.

UTILIZATION

The settings are extremely simple and a manual would serve nothing. You turn the knobs and it sounds live. Guitarists wanting a truly accurate equalization will be disappointed but the amp is not made for that. And even if it has only one setting on the dirty, the panel between the 0 (and his very British Open) and max (and compressed sound very hollow medium metal) of Boiton Shape and reserve monstrous gain the yield still versatile.

SOUNDS

I play this amp with a fender pawnshop 72 and EC50 ltd. And both say that c is the day and night. D its a very cool and perfect for flat metal with ltd, b have much warmer and round sound with the fender. The guitar amp great respect branch even with the gain at max. on the other hand it is clear on the amp is oriented rock, hard, blues, metal. Ca ca crunch quickly and sends severely when slap a big deal.

the proposed 30watts are becoming extremely powerful because it allows me to rehearse with a drummer really strong typing a meter from me.

OVERALL OPINION

I used the last 9months and c is a choice I would do eyes closed. Robust and well finished, the amp sounds better than a lot of other head sweats I've tried.
dorianguit08/27/2013

dorianguit's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Orange 30 th"

Orange TH30 Head
Any amp switchable lamp 30W/15W/7W
2 channels (clean / dirty)
FX loop
output 16 Ohm / 8 Ohm 2x
Made in China, which does not necessarily mean poorly constructed
Suitable for rock and all its variants (metal, punk, blues ect ...)

UTILIZATION

This is an amp plug 'was two settings for each channel (bass / treble for clean and gain / shape for the dirty)
The shape is what? a setting in some middle way. A 0 was a very bumpy his bluesy style and sound 10 is widened to the metal.
Whatever the setting, it will sound and a 5-minute chrono was the sound that seeks

If we wanted to quibble a bit you can find that there is not enough adjustment for guitarists require in sound (like me). I put a MXR 10-band EQ in the effects loop for power trim detail my sound.

SOUNDS

For the rock can not be happier. The sound is british, powerful, rich and bold. The greasy haired bearded rockers will be in heaven, I am one of those there (the beard and greasy hair less)
To play at home, we have plenty to do with 7W. For rehearsal and concerts, 15W and 30W modes will be busy.
Even recording it manages, it sticks to a SM57 and go! I even tried with other more expensive mics (CE300B, C414, TLM103 ...) but the SM57 wins.
Well, it was for the overdrive channel.

For the clean channel I will not be a big help since I do not care a bit, I just want it to be clean. But here it is a bit complicated, it certainly sounds very good no worries. But this channel crunchait too fast, whatever the guitar played (I have not THAT the scratch of nags). I changed the 12AX7 with a 12AU7 (which happens to be the same lamp with less gain) and there is nickel. I also said that all the lights are not that JJ sounds pretty good, so no Chinese lamps unbranded sounding board).

OVERALL OPINION

I've had a few months now, and I never get tired of her.
I love the plug 'side, the guys Orange is clearly designed for those who do not want to bother hours to resolve their sound.

I had a 100 before but Backstar HT 100W is too powerful, so I have never benefited from its optimally.
I try a Hiwatt T20, just the same type of sound a little dirty, very rock, it was difficult to choose between the two.
Also Tubemeister series Hughes and Kettner, the clean is really friendly, too modern distortion and look neon blue style Jacquie tunning does not really liked me.
Engl Gigmaster, this amp really not bad, but modern typed too bad ...
And Vox AC15, again very good but not big enough rock.

Anyway, I would do this if it was 1000x choice, it suits me perfectly and sounds like hell.
anjer8606/03/2013

anjer86's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Fine"

Orange TH30 Head
Amp head lamps 30-15-7 watts, 2 channels 3 buttons each 15 kg.
Light enough while imposing and beautiful, the Orange TH30 is a great amp stylish.

UTILIZATION

The configuration is the simplest possible. The clean channel has three buttons: bass / treble / volume not need more. The distortion channel has three buttons: volume / shape / gain, but it seems this is the Shape button that makes the magic amp. There is obviously no need for manual, this amp has no complex option / useless, his philosophy is to go straight to the point. We directly obtain a sound worthy of a CD by putting all the buttons at noon.
The volume of the clean channel is higher than the distortion channel, but this is not a problem from my point of view.

SOUNDS

I play modern punk rock and is well suited to this style of music. Warning: this is the most modern and Orange who has the most to gain all amp brand.
Its clean channel is super clean view lens, stunning. Its channel distortion is ultra modern, it looks like a tube screamer is integrated inside. One could also compare the three buttons Volume / Shape / Gain the three buttons on a Tube Screamer pedal Balance / Tone / Overdrive. The sound is very defined, very easy to play and brilliant. However it does not look that "full" of Orange Rockerverb, ie it does not crash all the frequencies in a mix, but I suspect this feature to make it not quite pierce the mix live.
For solo use in his apartment or to accompany a CD, it is perfect, you can play a whole afternoon without ever getting tired of the ease of play, his aggressive sweetness, mordants mute extremely flattering and his solo shiny and manageable.
With him, I can not plug my Tube Screamer (Do I have to put before my Dual Rectifier and my Mini Rectifier).

OVERALL OPINION

I bought an Orange Rockerverb to compare and I returned the Rockerverb after some testing (and training records). I prefer TH30 without a shadow of a doubt. Do not be fooled by its low price, it is currently the best Orange head that I tested. However I've never used live, so I'm not able to speak, but 30 watts is very powerful. At worst, there is the TH100 is the same as the TH30 more powerful and heavier.
redg_6305/13/2013

redg_63's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent head"

Orange TH30 Head
Do not dwell on this point.
CF previous opinions.
To this point I put 7 ...

UTILIZATION

Nothing could be simpler.
A manual? ... No interest
The simplest to use amp. Plug & play and it sounds ... It only takes love pretty typical grain.
I utulise on a PPC 212 cab of the same brand
To this point I put 9!

SOUNDS

This amp is well suited to the style of music that I play in groups: the big rock 70's punchy ...
Clear Channel: Treble, Bass, Volume.
It should be noted that this channel delivers more volume than the Dirty and knobs aspen and bass interact. However it is very easy to find a good clear sound.
Dirty channel: Volume, Shape, Gain.
This is a Hi-gain channel ... Reserve huge gain!
All at noon .... Sounds of thunder. when I plug my Gibson Les Paul R7.
The shape to 13H for my SG Std or my TV
The gain 13H and 15H in Shape for my strat (texas special pickups)
In the loop with a small unobtrusive reverb is perfect ...
I utiliste a TS808 to boost a little momentum and MXR boost (in the loop) to increase the volume on my solos.
To this point I put 8!

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for about 9 months.
Only downside: the footswitch (optional) is very fragile.
I had Marshall, of Mesa.
I tried to head Orange AD30. Unconverted try ....
The day I heard sound for the first time was a revelation to me, I literally fell in love with the dirty channel and I immediately put my gear on sale to the fund.
The quality report (sound) / price is excellent.

Pros: sound - weight for height - look
Cons: Tolex quite fragile and because of the color scores a lot during transport. (Invest in a bag ... not like me ...) - optional footswitch and fragile.
I highly recommend this little head very well done to all guitarists who like me do not like to spend hours searching for a sound (See Mesa) ... And what a sound!!.
Of course, reverb, footswitch provided was welcome but a head lamp all at this price and especially of this quality .....
I would do this choice without hesitation.
Let's Rock!