Sound — 8
I originally purchased the Tiny Terror to be used with my strat or tele for classic Hendrix/Gilmour/Trower/Clapton tones. This amp loves single coil pickups. Dime the volume knob all the way, turn the tone to 1 o'clock, let the gain sit around 30 percent and you might just hear what your guitar was supposed to sound like all of these years. The tone coming from the Tiny Terror at this setting is brutally honest. All of the beautiful imperfections in an old strat's tone come singing through.
The Tiny Terror would not be a true Orange classic if it were not able to handle the full on British assault. Crank up the gain and bring the tone control down a bit, then prepare for a clear yet surprisingly gnarly gain. Depending on the speaker cabinet being used, the Tiny Terror can get a little brittle at these settings. However, through an Orange 2x12 or 4x12 cabinet I heard nothing about the amps tone that I wanted to change. Through a less beefy cabinet you might notice a lack of low end as well. I personally feel most people have too much low end in their tone these days anyway and this amp sounds great in a dual guitar band setting. The tones cuts through a Live mix great and never gets out of hand with the high frequencies when moving up the fretboard. This amp is often used as a part of a studio engineer's arsenal. However, I've used this amp several times in a Live setting with much satisfaction.
Overall Impression — 8
Low wattage tube amps are a huge trend right now among amp enthusiasts. Being able to hear power tube overdrive at reasonable volumes is an increasing demand. The Orange Tiny Terror does a great job of delivering an authentic Vintage British overdrive tone in a small affordable package. I have seen some press on this amp giving it negative feedback for its inability to fill a large club. In my experience, most clubs ask the guitar players to turn down on stage to make head room for the front of house mix anyway.
The amp loses points in the low-end factor, which is only a concern for heavier styles. With the gain fully cranked it seemed to be a little too biting (depending on the cabinet). Other than these two negatives, jamming on this amp has been a pleasure. It has beautifully brought out many subtleties and nuances of my guitars and my playing. I would definitely recommend checking one out!
Reliability & Durability — 10
The amp I had is a Chinese model and is less than a year old. I have given the amp a reasonable amount of abuse and never have any concerns with it operating at gig time. The chassis seems to be very sturdy and all of the pots and jacks are solid as well.
Features — 8
British amp company Orange needs no introduction these days. The current Vintage boom in guitar and amplifier manufacturing has been weighing in these guys' favor for the past few years, and hopefully for many years to come. Current and classic models include the AD30, Rockerverb, and Thunderverb, and Rocker 30. If you are unfamiliar with these amps you owe it to yourself to make it to the nearest Orange dealer or at least check some audio clips out online. For British crunch and growl there aren't many amps out there doing it better. Beautifully and simply designed, the affordable Tiny Terror is a suitable younger sibling to these British monsters.
As far as features are concerned the Tiny Terror takes the meat and potatoes approach. This amplifier's exterior consist of an input, a volume knob, tone knob, gain knob, two 8 ohm speaker outputs, and one 16 ohm speaker output. Oh yeah, I can't forget about the wattage Switch which takes the amp from 15 watts of class A power to 7 watts (you will hear about a 20 percent difference in volume but noticeably more gain).
The interior of the amp is just as simple. Equipped with 2 12ax7 preamp tubes and 2 EL84 power tubes, the Tiny Terror is about as simple as it gets. Don't let the absence of fancy buttons and knobs fool you. This little screamer is fully capable to rock!