One of the products presented at NAMM 2020 that intrigued me the most, was a guitar amplifier.
The Terror Stamp by Orange.
It features a hybrid Valve/Solid-State design, with a 12AX7 Valve-Based pre amp and a 20-watt Class A/B Solid-State power amp.
Input and outputs are placed on the back: an 8/16 Ohm speaker output, FX Loop buffered with low impedance and a headphone output with an analog CabSim circuit to emulate the sound of an Orange 4×12 cabinet suitable also for plugging directly into the mixer.
The controls are very simple, similar to the slightly bulkier Micro Terror and Micro Dark that preceded it.
This time we have 2 different volumes with full sound range selectable by a switch, a shape control that acts on the attenuation or emphasis of the mid frequencies and a gain control.
Thanks to its small size (6.1cm x 13.4cm x 9.9cm weight 0.38Kg) it easily fits into a common pedalboard, allowing you to perform live or in studio recording, leaving at home those bulky and heavy amplifiers that all of us have enjoyed loading and unloading from car to stage at least once in their lifetime.
Having not personally tested it yet, I am not able to say whether it is a worthy replacement for the good old 18-20Kg valve amp head, supported by an equally or heavier 4×10 or 4×12 cabinet. I must admit that the idea of making a single trip to unload the instruments and transport them from the car to the stage is very tempting.
Who knows if it will be surprising enough to make us turn a blind eye, in the name of practicality, when faced with the inevitable comparison with the valve sound of a much more imposing and heavy (to lift) traditional amp head?
I can’t wait to try it and give you an answer.