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The Orange Micro Crush. If you have ever used an orange amp you will know the great tones they can produce. This amp lives up to it's bigger brothers tone qualaties, just on a smaller scale.
The sound quality is actually really good, i mean the amp is only 3W so what can you expect? It does sound like it's being pushed to it's max after a certain points, but it's stil amazing for what it does. I use this amp for all my practice pretty much, as it sounds great and is portable to any room i so wish.
It runs of either a 9V battery, which doesn't last very long do i would recommend the second option of a 9V a.c adapter. The case is made of wood and is made exactly like any orange amp, with quality materials, even the grill cloth, which is a nice touch.
Now the sounds you can get out of it are actually fairly wide considering it only has one tone control, going from a really crunchy, thick sound to a slighty thinner but still sparkling clean sound. Ot also has a volume knob, which does go fairly high for the size. i normally have it on around 12 o'clock at that's fine for practice alone.
Other features include an overdrive button, which sounds amazing and i use this pretty much all the time, better than alot of pedals ive had and is a nice feature meaning you don't need a pedalboard to practice of the cuff and switch to a clean and dirty channel. It also includes a tuner, which is very accurate and again means that nothing else is needed to practice on your own.
At £30 this amp is way better than anything else on the market, and you i would recommend to anyone, as long as your not competing with a drummer, it should be fine for home practice.
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~ Tell me all about it! ~
The first thing you notice about Orange amplifiers is their colour. Yep they aren't called Orange Amps for nothing. One thing for sure is that they are not the sort of amps that sit quietly in the corner feeling sorry for themselves, these little devils are just begging to be plugged in and switched on.
So apart from the quirky orange case what can they do? The Micro Orange Crush is a mini practice amp, with a 4 inch orange designed speaker. It looks just like the bigger Orange amps and comes the the signature Orange designed, basket weave Tolex case. It has a woven speaker grille and the signature picture frame edging. The amp has both a clean channel and overdrive capabilities too and its comes with a handy integrated chromatic guitar tuner.
As funky as these Orange amps are its not just about how great they look, its about how they sound. Once you have plugged your guitar into one of these little gems you will be amazed at how good they are. Obviously they are made as a portable practice amp only, so you don't expect all that much in the first place , but once you try the Micro Crush its easy to see and hear why Orange have such a good reputation. The Micro Crush is a super little amp, thats 100% Orange through and through!
~ What features does it have? ~
Features of the amp are: The handy built in tuner which is a useful addition, the overdrive function, volume adjustment control switch, tone adjustment control switch and head phone out. The amp is able to run on 9 volt battery power but on the back panel there is an input for an optional 9 volt adaptor and a headphone socket. The chromatic tuner is a handy thing to have and is easy to use. There are a series of LEDS in red and green which light up. The red lights if you are higher or lower than the target note, the green lights when you're in tune, its as simple as that.
~What about the sound?~
Sound quality for the size of the amplifier is very good over all, it certainly is better then many practice mini amps on the market. The sound doesn't break up, even at the upper reaches of its volume control, unlike so many other small practice amps. The fact that it has both clean and overdrive capability means its more versatile than some rival mini amps as very often they come with just a clean channel. I feel that the fact that this one can cope with distortion too, makes it great value for money.
~Who might it suit?~
This is a good amp for children who are just starting out playing guitar, it gives them just the right amount of sound, with limited control, which isn't too complicated for them to set up and use. Its also good for older kids to have in their rooms to practice with as its not too loud and its small and portable too. We loved this little amp so much that when looking for something larger, the first amps we thought of checking out were from Orange.
~ Price and rating? ~
The Micro Crush is a small and perfectly formed 5 star amp which will suit a young guitarist or a more experienced guitarist who wants a small and easily portable practice amp. I feel that for its £30 or so price tag you really can't go wrong with it. The Micro Crush is widely available at this price and best advice would be to shop around if you find it on sale for much more than £30 to £35. For those wanting a little more power and refinement I would suggest you look into what else Orange have in their existing product range.
What a fantastic little thing this is. I really can't get over how wonderful it is. Portable guitar amp that runs off a single 9V battery and costs £30, genius.
I decided to buy it purely on the gimmicky level and I thought it would be a cool thing to have around. But I've come to respect this thing much more than a gadget or gimmick.
It looks brilliant, it captures that trademark look and feel of the bigger and more expensive orange amps. It's built sturdily and has survived numerous bashings off the floor.
The Amps features an over drive button. Single tone dial and volume dial. Also a built in tuner with LED's and not to mention a very handy 3.5mm headphone jack. Also a DC input if you want to plug it into mains power. Although the AC plug adapter isn't included.
The Amp sounds great when clean giving a sort of tweed sound. When over drive is pressed it becomes load and gives a good sort of crunchy drive. The over drive isn't amazing, but it makes the amp pretty darn loud, and gives you enough distortion to play most metal.
The built in tuner works wonders. The extra LED for #'s makes it super easy to tune your guitar into different tunings. The tuner in this amp is one of the easiest I have ever used.
The battery life is excellent and I would have to say it gives you at least 15-20+ hours of playing. The amp starts to sound a bit cruddy when the battery is low so you'll find yourself changing the battery before its runs completely flat.
I've found I'm using this little thing more than my 15W practice amp. Just because I can sit it up on my desk or take it outside and play away. It really is an absolutely brilliant product from orange.