Orange Micro Terror Pros and Cons

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  1. rabbuhl

    rabbuhl Member

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    Checked out amps yesterday and found out about the Orange Micro Terror. I only saw it and did not get to play it. However, I checked out lots of Youtube videos and have a good idea about how it might sound.

    For me the pros are:
    - It would be easy to carry in my over-the-shoulder bag along with my small pedalboard and cables.
    - It is really affordable.
    - It would be loud enough to play with a drummer in a small club.
    - It would have a good overdriven sound.

    For me the cons are:
    - It might possibility lacks a really good clean tone
    - It might finding and buying a good 1x12 cabinet

    For comparison, I have been looking at these amps:
    - ZT Amplifiers The Lunchbox
    - Mesa Boogie Mark V 25 Head
    - Mesa Boogie Trans TA-15 Head
    - Egnater Tweaker 15 Head
    - Fender Super Champ Head
    - Fender Blues Junior
    - Fender Pro
     
  2. gdane4

    gdane4 Supporting Member

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    I had a micro terror as a backup for gigs. I now use the Quilter tone block. The micro terror didn't keep up with my drummer so well. We're not a very sophisticated band in terms of PA, mic, and monitors, so maybe if you mic'd it right and pushed it throught the FOH and monitors you'd do ok. Cleans were tough to get. I ended up using a lot of boost on the front end. Used it with single coils and humbuckers.

    Just my opinion. I only played a few practices and one gig with it. It is however, a very fun little amp for home.

    This is what you're talking about right "Micro" terror . . . sorry for the blurry pic.

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  3. rabbuhl

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    Yes, the Orange Micro Terror: 12AX7 tube preamp, 20W, 1.87lbs, and headphone jack.
     
  4. Astronaut FX

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    What need are you trying to fill? A small, portable backup head? If so, rather than the micro terror, maybe consider the tiny terror. Or perhaps an H&K Tubemeister 18. I see the Mark V:25 on your list as well. Another great option, but hard to think of that as a backup, great as your main rig.
     
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    The MT's tone can be cleaned up some with a 5751 tube in place of the 12AX7. Hard to beat for the price, but the TA-15 is much more versatile and better sounding.
     
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  6. MmcGrouty

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    For the price you won't find anything better. The cleans are a little dull, driven tones are nice. I find it more than loud enough to play with a band, especially through a 4x12. I think it's a great backup amp.
     
  7. rabbuhl

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    I should have mentioned my main gigging amp is a Mesa Boogie Maverick 1x12. I was looking at the Micro Terror not as a backup but rather as something to take to jam sessions and to practice.

    I agree for the price it will be difficult to find something better.
     
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    I had two for a stereo setup. Freakin fantastic amp for the price!!!
     
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  9. rabbuhl

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    I am just back from a store where I tried out a Micro Terror. It does have a pretty good clean sound and it is LOUD. I tried it through a Marshall 1/2 stack cabinet and then the 8" Orange speaker. It was almost too loud through the Marshall 1/2 stack cabinet. The 8" speaker was a good match and sounded better than I expected. I could see using the Micro Terror head and cabinet in a small bar. One thing I did not try was to see how it sounded with some pedals.
     
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  10. rabbuhl

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    I ended up getting a Micro Terror.

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    So many Micro Terror threads that I wasn't sure which one I should post in.

    So, I bought a Micro Terror as a back up in case my '74 Orange OR80 (heavy as all high hell) decides to blow a tube or something live. I tested out the Micro Terror at band practice the other day through a Marshall 1960A 4x12 cab. Sounds great. Really tiny. No complaints, and great value for the money.

    Takes my myriad pedals very well, too.

    Recommended!
     
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