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Is cleanliness next to godliness in Orange’s new high-headroom, tremolo-equipped combo?

British guitar and bass amplification specialist Orange has widened the scope of its catalogue in recent years to include a range of stompboxes, an acoustic preamp and more besides.

Although the 30-watt, 1x12 TremLord 30 has all the trappings of the other rock in’ amplifier designs to come from the mind of Orange’s technical director Adrian Emsley, this is no Dual Dark or Thunder verb. You might even say it’s apples and Oranges…

This writer spent the early 2000s gigging with single and dual-channel Orange AD30s and although the rich chime of those amps delivered some of our absolute favourite live tones, there were drawbacks. Favouring the spread of an open-back 2x12 over the laser focus of a closed-back extension cabinet, the combo was our preferred choice, but dragging a 33.3kg beast up a pub staircase was no fun whatsoever. How we longed for a 1x12 version, preferably with spring reverb… but it never materialised. Fast-forward to 2019 and news of Orange’s latest launch piqued our interest, to say the least. An EL84 combo with a single 12-inch speaker, with spring reverb and a tube tremolo circuit that has two foot switchable speeds, the TremLord also features four power settings. Onboard attenuation has become a staple of modern Orange circuits and the ability to switch between 30-, 15-, two-or one-watt modes offers greater flexibility than our Oranges of old, which needed to push a fair bit of air before hitting their sweet spots.

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