Sound — 8
When you consider that all this amp has, is volume, tone and gain controls, the tonal juice that one can squeeze (hey, Orange... Squeeze... Juice... How could I resist?) out of the amp is pretty decent. I play mostly alternative rock with it, think bands like Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro or Weezer, but I can push it into playing pop punk and hardcore, like Set Your Goals, Four Year Strong or even The Fall Of Troy, but any heavier, and the TT starts to fall down. Cleans are not a speciality of this amp, as they tend to break up at gig volume, even in 15 watt mode. Crunch is what this amp does, and to be perfectly honest, that's good enough to make up for lack of clean headroom in my eyes. The gain, when pushed above 7, starts to get a little fizzy, but if you set it at just over noon, and boost with an overdrive pedal, you can get higher gain tones, without the fizz. An EQ pedal would work brilliantly too, I use the MXR 10 Band, to give myself a little more to work with, when tone sculpting. If you use the volume control on your guitar to clean up, and an overdrive pedal to boost it a little further, you can get a smooth Switch between 3 tones (gritty cleans, crunch and deeper crunch), which suits me down to the ground. I use the amp with a MIM Fender Telecaster, all stock, and plug it into an Orange PPC 2x12 Open Backed Cabinet, with Celestion V30 speakers, and it sounds great to me.
Overall Impression — 8
I have deliberately been a bit reserved when scoring this amp, as it has very few features, and is definately specialised to various degrees and styles of crunch. However, it crunches so well, that this outweighs the lack of clean headroom and minimal features, for most, including me. I have been playing around 7/8 years, and I think I have found the perfect amp, for the style of music that I'm hoping to create in the future, and if stolen, I would definately consider buying another one, or even upgrading to a higher spec Orange, such as a Rocker 30, or even a Rockerverb 50. When buying the amp, I decided to reject the Vox Night Train and the Jet City JCA 20h, and I feel that I made the right decision. However, If it had an effects loop, I would be a bit happier, because I prefer the sound of an EQ pedal in the loop, but as I rarely use effects, it doesn't matter too much. I can imagine this being a deal breaker for others though. As a recap, this is a no frills, no bells and whistles amp, but it excels so well at the crunchy, clean break up tone, that I don't really care about what I'm 'missing out on', not having sterile cleans, or scooped, high gain tone, but if that's what you want, this amp isnt for you. However, if you want a nice, crunchy rhythm tone, and that's it, then this is a strong contender, and should be considered by anyone looking for a fun, little tube amp, for crunch and maybe more.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I have gigged it a few times, since purchasing it, and it has stood up perfectly well. Some argue that 15 watts isnt enough to gig with; I beg to differ. I have gigged a medium sized venue, with the 7 watt mode, so anyone telling you that it is too small to gig, is crazy. Its loud as hell, and really fills up a room, when used with a nice 2x12 or 4x12 cabinet, and cranked up. Tube amps sound better cranked anyway, so I see little point in gigging with a 100 watt amp, and keeping it on 1/2 volume. I got the amp second hand from a seller on eBay, and he had it retubed, with the same tubes it came stock with (JJs), so I'm not expecting it to run into any problems anytime soon.
Features — 7
The Orange Tiny Terror is a portable, no frills, all-tube amplifier, with just enough features to A). Get the job done and B). Give you a fairly decent variation in tone. Made in China (unlike many of the flagship models of the company, which are made in England), the Orange Tiny Terror is essentially a single channel rock machine, with only 3 controls (Gain, Volume and Tone), to save time and effort in dialling in tones, with surprising variation. Combine this, with the switchable wattage (7 watt to 15 watt), and you have an amp, perfect for recording, practice with a band, and small to medium gigs. I can't rate this any higher than a 7, because of the limited features, but what it does have, suits me well, and would suit countless others, who yearn for great tube tone, and a rock 'n' roll simplicity.