Submitted January 19, 2020 by Jim S in Ettrick, WI
"Enough power for a full band."
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I play in an original hard rock band with songs that range from punk to metal. For the past 8 years I have used a Blackheart BH100H Hot Head amp which is heavy in both sound and weight. Lugging that back and forth to gigs and up and down flights of stairs was just getting too much. It was time to downsize but I was not willing to compromise power, headroom, versatility or, most importantly, volume. I play in a very loud band with a hard hitting drummer and my other guitarist uses a multi-amp setup. I bought the Orange Pedal Baby because it's A/B powered and won't lose much in wattage going from an 8 ohm to a 16 ohm cabinet. This thing can get seriously loud and has no issue making your ears ring. I haven't had the volume past 1 o'clock yet. I pair it with my Mooer Black Knight preamp pedal and don't have to worry about tweaking the mix on the preamp as I turn up the volume on the Pedal Baby due to its beautiful neutral voicing. With its small form factor and low weight, it easily fits onto a pedal board making it perfect for carrying virtually anywhere. The only negatives I could really say about this power amp would be lack of a mute switch and it comes with a very short power cord.
The base sound is neutral clean. Adding a good preamp is pretty much a necessity.
Having the bass and treble controls on the unit allow you to further tweak your sound based on what type of cabinet you are using.
Ease of Use
Plug and play at its simplest.
The chassis is solid and the input connections are nice and stable.
At $399, you can grab any preamp or modeler for far less than a traditional gig ready amplifier without compromising anything.
No issues to report.
The Wow Factor
A solid state power amp that reacts like a tube amp. I didn't think such a beast existed until now.
15 years professionally
Hard Rock, Punk, Metal
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