Submitted January 11, 2011 by a customer from skattabrain.com
"Stoner Metal Head Of Doom!"
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I think it's great, maybe someday I'll sell my Peavey JSX and my new TH30 to fund an Orange Thunderverb.
I'm in love with this thing... I was sold on Tiny Terror, then I saw this. Into all sorts of styles but I wanted a decent stoner metal sound. This does it! Gain on tap and plenty to spare... if you think Orange is 70's sound rock amp company... well... they kinda are... but this captures that sound with modern gain.
Clean channel is sweet and warm and thinking of getting a decent distortion pedal for more dirt sounds... I usually stick to the amps dirty channel for my gain and not a distortion pedal, but the clean channel is so sweet.
Dirty channel... pure metal awesomess... you can dial it back for a more rock tone, but turn that gain knob and this thing turns into a beast. High on Fire, Mastodon... not a problem.
I was a but nervous of having to dial in eq with 1 knob... but after playing the Tiny Terror, I realized you don't need it! So on my TH30 it's no different, no matter where the dial is... it sounds great. Does the scooped eq, but I back that off a bit to get more punch out of it.
Power Switching - Before I bought this, I was set on getting a low watt amp so I could save my hearing while getting "that" sound... so I was pleased that this thing sounds great at 7, 15, and 30 watts.
30 watts is plenty... I was relieved... even if you play metal with a loud drummer. I can know play with a drummer and have my amp red lining and not set off car alarms. :)
Loses points on the FX loop - I think all effects loops should be switchable and standard issue! Not so here, which is a shame because it's a bit noisy... will have to get shorter cables I guess.
Ease of Use
Close your eyes and with the volume off turn the shape dial, no matter where it sits, it's sounds great.
Seems solid enough, but I'm timid to give an 8 because my first one arrived damage from shipment, zzounds cleared that up quick... new one seems solid... we'll see.
These are made in China btw... in case you missed that!
At the price, I would expect a better effects loop. Otherwise, good value.
Called orange a few weeks ago with questions regarding FX loop, they were quick to help. So far so good.
The Wow Factor
TH30 = Stoner Metal Heaven... price point so it's attainable as a second amp... had to have it!
Active Musician, Hobbyist
Metal... Doom and Stoner especially
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