Product Type: Orange Amplifiers
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Orange Micro Crush
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Orange Micro Crush
Date: 13/06/10, updated on 17/11/10 (245 review reads)
Advantages: Small amp with a big voice
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.
Summary: Great value and features too
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