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Orange Amplifiers OR Series OR15H 15W Compact Tube Guitar Amp Head  

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The new Orange OR15H guitar amp takes its lead from the legendary graphics amps of the '70s, creating the classic Orange '70s tone is a new compact package using the latest technology and construction... Click To Read More About This Product

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The new Orange OR15H guitar amp takes its lead from the legendary graphics amps of the '70s, creating the classic Orange '70s tone is a new compact package using the latest technology and construction materials.

The OR15H offers an alternative specification for those looking for a 15 watt Class A guitar amp, still delivering the vintage Orange tone and for the first time offering the "Pics Only" styling in a smaller package with a wooden chassis, three band EQ and FX loop.

With incredible vintage tone and unmatched versatility, once heard you will be hooked on the OR15H for life.

Features
  • Single channel
  • 3 band EQ
  • 4 Stage Gain section
  • 3 - 12AX7 and 1 - 12AT7
  • 2 EL84 Powe
  • 15W
  • Tube-driven FX loop
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Orange AmplifiersOR Series OR15H 15W Compact Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.7

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • Excellent sound (12)
  • Portable (10)
  • Warm / comfy (8)
  • Good power output (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (11)
  • Performances (10)
  • Professional recording (9)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Updated Review. - Even better than expe

This is my second review and I'm bumping it up to 5 stars! This is a great light weight amp that on the dirty side can achieve superb Orange tones.

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This is my second review and I'm bumping it up to 5 stars! This is a great light weight amp that on the dirty side can achieve superb Orange tones.

I've been an engl and marshall fan for a long time. I have marshall (1977) JMP 1959 SLP, a 1980s JCM 800, and a new JVM 210. I like all 3. I also have both the Morse and Blackmore heads by Engl. I also have a Carvin X100 reissue and a Mesa rectoverb 25. All these amps are great.

I started with Orange a few months ago. I started with the CR120 and loved it. I moved to this OR15 and loved it. I then took the plunge and traded for a Rockerverb 2x12 combo and love that.

The rockerverb is a pro grade piece of kit. It really has the most intoxicating tones. It shines in both clean and dirty tones and can tackle any genre. I compared the OR15 to the rockerverb to see if I could get the same intoxicating hi gain tones. The short answer is yes.

The RV COMBO has two broken in V30s. I hooked the OR15 to a 1x12 with an EVH Greenback. I used a Gibson Les Paul STD for this evaluation. No pedals were used. I set the RV to my favorite hi gain tone and had an AB switch to compare tones from both amps. I set both amps to same volume with OR 15 in 15w mode. Right off the Or15 was much brighter than the RV. In maybe five minutes of tweaking the treble and mid settings first to about 3 and incrementally adjusting mids and highs I was able to get nearly identical tones. For a gig requiring a high gain rock setting, the two amps would be interchangeable. The RV had a slightly sweeter tone but unless you had both amps to an AB switch you would never know.

I tried the same experiment by hooking the OR 15 to a 4x12 with Celestion Greenbacks. I was able to get some great tones but could not get as close to the RV sound. I recommend an Orange 2x12 with V30s or similar cab for the OR15.

In comparing the different brands, I really like the Orange tone. Although all these amps have their own sound, I find the Orange RV, Mesa Rectoverb and Carvin X100 are the easiest to dial in killer tones and bring me total satisfaction. I really like the JVM, but like my other Marshall heads and Engl heads I am never ending tweaking looking for that sound I want.

The RV is a lot more amp with a clean channel, reverb and 50w RMS power. But for hi gain dirty tones, the OR 15 comes very close to matching RV50C! It's a great little amp that I plan to study some more.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Breathtaking Tones, but Unreliable Product.

When I first played this amp (albeit through a cheap guitar), the amp offered some amazing tones. The OR15 is extremely user friendly, due to its precise knobs and minimalist design. I...Read complete review

When I first played this amp (albeit through a cheap guitar), the amp offered some amazing tones. The OR15 is extremely user friendly, due to its precise knobs and minimalist design. I love this amp. It does not take very long to find a satisfying tone.

However, my beloved OR15 only lasted less than one month before it broke down and stopped working. I will definitely be exchanging this for a different amp.

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5.0

The Best Low Wattage Orange - Period!

By Mike of the North

from NB, Canada

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Orange Amplifiers OR Series OR15H 15W Compact Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    I've previously owned both the Tiny Terror and the Dark Terror, and neither holds a candle to the OR15. This amp is far more versatile and organic sounding that either of those. Tons of gain but with a more vintage flavour to it.

    I play metal, mostly the kind that would fall under the sludge/doom banner but I do play other styles as well and this amp handles all of them quite nicely. Loads of saturated organic gain on tap, in fact far more than I need in most applications. I don't see a lot of reviews that judge the OR15 as a metal amp but for the kinds of metal that I play it absolutely nails it.

    What I love the most about the OR15 is that it sounds equally great at both bedroom and rehearsal levels. For the most part I use it at home through a Mesa Recto 212 with Vintage 30's. I use the 7 watt setting with the volume at about 7:30 (quite low, I live in a townhouse) and the gain around 1-2 o'clock and in this setup it absolutely sings at a volume that won't annoy my neighbors. Not many tube amps that i've tried can sound great at this volume but the Orange absolutely nails it.

    Outside of my home setup, I have used the OR15 numerous times in practice fully cranked on the 15 watt power setting. At full band volume using the same Recto 212 in a small room competing with drums, bass and another guitar this amp has plenty of volume and doesn't struggle to keep up with larger watt amps. I have also used it in a much bigger room through a Randall 412 with V30's when my 100 watt head was in for repairs and it did struggle a bit in that setting, but it was enough to get me through the night without making the other guys turn down too much. On stage and properly mic'd I don't see any reason it wouldn't hold it's own against any other higher wattage rig - though I haven't tested this yet personally. I don't tour but if I did I wouldn't hesitate to bring the OR15 along as a backup.

    Most of my guitars are Gibson style (SG Standard, LP Studio, several LTD eclipses) and the

     
    5.0

    Pound for pound, best amp for the money!

    By Kuk

    from Kansas City,MO

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Not super pedal friendly

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Orange Amplifiers OR Series OR15H 15W Compact Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    I am a pro musician, I have recorded major label recordings and toured all over let me tell you this is by far the best amp for the money that I have ever played, I researched this amp for over two years before I pulled the trigger and so glad I did, this will be my main amp from here on out... the OR15 can do it all! The little monster is plenty loud for any gig out there.the tone is unbelievable and I don't care what king of music you play, this amp has a voice for it. I use the Orange OR15 with Orange PPC112's(2 cabs)Epiphone SG G400 and get plenty of low end and juicy thickness! I will say this, as with any and ALL tube amps that are new, you must break the tubes in a bit to get a good tone, and always warm the tubes before playing.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice little amp

    By Goobie Jones (Rose Wine)

    from Rome, NY

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Orange Amplifiers OR Series OR15H 15W Compact Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      This is a nice little amp that's easy on your back. You can get a merriade of tones and it is powerful enough to support a gig. Speaker/cabinet choice will determine its flexibility. You can go old school rock with a greenback loaded cab (open back for combo sound, closed for the classic stack) or something modern for todays in-your-face articulation. Effects loop adds extra dimension and possibilites plus it takes pedals well.
      I pair mine with an Orange PPC112. Played with the original CelestionV30 in it, Celestion G12M Greenback and currently a Peavey JSX 16 ohm which, to me, gives the mini stack girth. I play a Gibson Les Paul and utilize a Dunlop Wah, MXR Corbon Copy (in loop), MXR Script 90 and at times a Boss SD1 (to boost for leads v other guitarist with a dsl15 212 rig). My sound is an amalgam of Allman Bros/Thin Lizzy/Judas Priest and this head hits it in spades, plus you can get the tubes cooking at a gig without having the sound man complaining or front end unbalanced.
      In short the OR15 is what Marshall should have done. It is a reved up mini 2204/2203 beast in an orange skin.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      I got a bad one

      By Tony

      from Lancaster pa

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Warmth

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Orange Amplifiers OR Series OR15H 15W Compact Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          I hate to be the fly in the ointment but the one that I received had a bad gain knob potentiometer. Sent mine back and got the EVH 5150 LBX. I figured mexican made at fender plant would be better build quality than chinese. I do not under stand why you would do all the engineering and work then use a .30 cent pot???

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Hooked for life

          By Robear

          from Tulsa, OK

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Orange Amplifiers OR Series OR15H 15W Compact Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            One of the finest tone machines I've ever played through, and I have played/owned them all over 40 years. If a Marshall is a hot rodded Fender, then an Orange is a hot rodded VOX (I own more than one of all of them). I admittedly have been selling off my collection of large, high powered heads and combos as the trend over the last decade has been for MFR's to actually produce lower powered amps with the same great tone as their big brothers. I stumbled on the OR15 in a Big Chain Store and played it on a whim. I was blown away... so I found a deal on one and bought it. It's the whole VOX/Orange hot rod sound in a small gig worthy package. Think small clubs where you would use a Fender Deluxe, etc., and/or mic it up and play anywhere without the bulk & weight and w/o loosing your great tone.

            Speaker cabs do make a big difference with this head. I do not like it with my Bogner 2-12 open back only because it doesn't handle the crunch well. However, I have several cabs and all the 4-12's I have sound good to great ( each set up with either greenbacks or V-30's). However, I played it at GC through a Marshall 2-12 Vertical Slant cab and it sounded pretty good despite the chipboard fabrication and seventy-eighty's. So I ordered a new Carvin 2-12 Vertical Slant with V-30's (Made in San Diego with birch ply) and absolutely love it with the upper port removed.(2 tuneable ports on the Carvin upper & lower, or run it fully closed). Note on the Carvin with both ports fully closed only my humbucker guitars sounded good. With the top port open everything I own sounds good, fender single coils & P90's, etc.

            Excellent sound for 50's to 90's classic Rock. NOT a METAL AMP. Great for recording, mic it up and play anywhere. Ultimate set up a Fender Deluxe Reverb head and a tone bone switcher for that Fender Clean sound & light crunch, plus the OR15 and the Carvin 2-12 Slant for most everything else below Metal. I might not even lug a Marshall head around at all any more!

             
            3.0

            Breathtaking Tones, but Unreliable Product.

            By Nathan

            from Kokomo, IN

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Beautiful Aesthetics
            • Classic British Tones
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Orange Amplifiers OR Series OR15H 15W Compact Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            When I first played this amp (albeit through a cheap guitar), the amp offered some amazing tones. The OR15 is extremely user friendly, due to its precise knobs and minimalist design. I love this amp. It does not take very long to find a satisfying tone.

            However, my beloved OR15 only lasted less than one month before it broke down and stopped working. I will definitely be exchanging this for a different amp.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Amp

            By Gary In Detroit

            from Detroit, MI

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Orange Amplifiers OR Series OR15H 15W Compact Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                I'm keeping this with my ENGL Thunder 50 and Marshall JVM215c. I paired this up with the Orange PPC212OB. Has plenty of bass, unlike other reviews specified, I leave the bass dialed halfway. This amp shines with the gain dialed in 11-1 o'clock area, and delivers very good crunch, it gets muddy beyond that. I use a boost pedal on occasion when it needs it. Very articulate and sensitive to dynamics. I would consider this a very good crunch amp, not a high gain amp. If you are looking for a high gain amp, go with the ENGL Thunder 50. This amp is a keeper

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great amp, but don't buy it ONLINE from guitar center

                By murat

                from san jose, ca

                Comments about Orange Amplifiers OR Series OR15H 15W Compact Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                I have been comparing and test driving this amp with many others. It is really great for the price and delivers great tones.
                However, never ever order ONLINE from guitar center. I ordered the item for in store pick up san jose (GCW50164235). Received a call stating they only have a demo model but they can order it from another store. I received the package which was shipped from another guitar center store but the item was an open box amp, with missing knobs and many marks and tears on the body. Brought it back to the store at San Jose, and waiting or replacement.
                On the phone customer service clearly discouraged me from online shopping from their web site and told me to visit the store to check inventory.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Workhorse with class and distinction!

                By Jonesy

                from Millewaukeeeeee

                Comments about Orange Amplifiers OR Series OR15H 15W Compact Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                I like this amp so much, I made an account here just to review it!

                I see Orange as the red headed middle step child of classic amp brands, and this head has the attitude to prove it! There are so many tones, overdrive/crunch to nearly clean, that can be coaxed from this thing, it's like having an all tube analog modeler of classic amp tones, no exaggerating at all. More gain than any vintage design, yet set up right, you'd swear it was a vintage single channel amp of some kind, cranked and it sounds like a hot rodded vintage amp modded out by a master amp tech from the golden days.

                As vintage flavored as this amp can get, it's not a reissue, and this is really it's biggest advantage. Without the constraints of trying to nail a very particular sound that other brands have built their reputation on, Orange is free to design and release amps that just work for the needs of modern players. This amp sounds really good with modern production tubes which, in a classic reissue circuit, can often leave a lot to be desired if you've ever played a classic amp design with old glass in it. This makes this amp a really incredible value for someone looking for vintage tones, but adds the versatility of a more modern amp with tons of gain on tap.

                The gain structure is flat out brilliant. Set the master up high, and the gain lower for some very vintage crunch and lead tones, set the master low and the gain high for modded vintage amp singing lead and heavy crunch riffs. This thing covers the Beatles to Zep, Steely Dan to the Ramones, it's nuts. With some experimentation, you can set it up to go from clean(ish) to crunch/lead by using just your volume and tone controls, or go from crunch to searing lead sounds. Pro players back in the day loved amps that could do this if you read some gear interviews, and many a classic amp was modded to achieve it, here you get it right out of the box without even having to change out the tubes! Amazing!

                You may find you don't even need that old od box you're used to using once you get a handle on how your volume/tone controls on your guitar can work in tandem with the gain structure of this amp. The fx loop is really good too! Perhaps this bit is even the secret to the amps incredible control over preamp and power amp distortion, as the tube buffered fx loop is always in the circuit, it gives great control over the preamp and power amp gain sound. Add your modulation and echo here and you won't be disappointed! High gain settings may not work so great with reverb in the loop, but I honestly think reverb rarely sounds good in high gain amps myself, unless all the gain is in the preamp, which is a sound I'm rarely fond of, but in this thing it actually sounds ok!

                The 7 watt mode and very well designed preamp gain allow you to get great tones at low volumes but adding an attenuator will give you all the vintage tones you could need at any volume. It's really great that you don't absolutely need one for good low volume sounds though!

                I really could write all day about this head, it's so great! If you have some old glass, pop it in and the amp sounds even more authentically vintage but honestly, you don't even need it to massively enjoy this amp!

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Micro Terror on Steriods

                By JEFFERY

                from Metro Detroit

                Site Member

                Comments about Orange Amplifiers OR Series OR15H 15W Compact Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                I've using the Orange Micro Terror since November 2014 through a Orange 1x12 sealed cab and it sounded pretty loud. The OR 15 is louder and I can manipulate the tone a little more with the high/middle/ low frequency knobs that the Micro Terror lacked. These are the only two heads I can compare but this was worth the money.

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