Price paid: $ 550
Purchased from: Seattle Store
Sound — 9
This is the make or break section for any amp, and for this amp especially because of it's lack of features. Personally, I love the tone coming out of this amp, which ranges from good cleans to great warm, thick crunch. The cleans are not Fender-like, but they are quite nice in their own right. This amp, by itself, will not get you into any modern metal territory, you'll definetly need pedals, but it gets "hard" rock, ie Sabbath, GN'R, Zeppelin and the like. I've tested it with a Strat, Telecaster, Les Paul and Ibanez with an H-S-H setup. You get some nice tones coming out from all these combinations. It is responsive to your guitar's tone knob, which I use to roll of the highs when they become too shrill. I've used it with both the Orange 1X12(Vintage 30) and a Marshall 1960A 4X12(G12-75W). To be honest, it sounds kind of "screamy" with just the 1X12, almost like the speaker is trying too hard to be heard. It sounds much better with more than one speaker (the 4X12, or both the 4X12 and Orange 1X12) The combination gives it a nice mix of lows and highs from the Marshall and Crunchy mids from the Vintage 30.
Overall Impression — 9
By the time you pair this with a decent Cab it's not super cheap and you do have some other nice options in the price and wattage range. The Fender Blues Jr. is cheaper and has nice cleans, but the Orange beats it for OD. The Vox AC15 or 30 have nice cleans as well as nice crunch but they are in the combo format and tonally I prefered the Terror. You could also go with a used Marshall head, but you're looking at way more wattage, and the need for an attenuator to maintain your hearing into your 30-40s. To be honest though, if it were stolen, I'd probably go the used Marshall route. If it had a second channel or more tone controlling knobs, it would be tougher to give up though. This amp is one of the best in the entry-level tube/valve and low wattage amps. In fact, I think that title would be between this and the Vox AC30. It's great for recording, those bedroom musicians out there and would probably satisfy many of the gigging musicians, Who'd be micing up there cabs anyway. If you don't have an image problem and can stand in front of this little baby on stage, you'll probably pleasantly surprise many in the audience. Best thing, like always, is to try it out in the shop, or if you're embarrassed to play in a music shop, see if you can rent it. Better to pay $20 than an amp that takes your money when you divorce it after the honeymoon stage. I'd give this amp a 10 vs it's direct competition but overall I'll give it a...
Reliability & Durability — 10
The outer casing is solid metal and it comes with a little carrying bag that everyone seems to like. it's not very heavy so you can move it around to gigs and practices quite easily. If you take care of it, you should be able to gig without a backup, but if you have one it's a good idea to bring it anyway. No problems so far, sounds as good as the day I bought it and I've heard good things about Orange's quality and tech support.
Features — 7
I purchased the Tiny Terror September 2007, but I beleive it is a 2006 model, made in Asia. This amp is as basic as you get in terms of features... Single channel, Class A tube/valve amp switchable from 7 to 15 watts with knobs for Volume, Gain and Tone. Outside of the tone knob, which functions in much the same manner as a guitar tone knob, there is no real way to tweak the amp's sound. For this you would need pedals (like an EQ for instance) which, fortunatly, the Tiny Terror reacts with quite well, though there is no effects loop. If you enjoy the amps tone, that's not going to be a huge problem, but if you don't really like the amp's tone to begin with, you're probably not going to be able to dial in what you're looking for. As for outputs, it can take 1 or 2 16ohm cabinets, or 1 8ohm cabinet.