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Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2003 9:10 am
by Hyena
Hi there I really need help here!!!!

I am stuck between two amps :)

I have gotten two ok deals on two different orange amps. This is my situation:

I live in Berlin germany. and i have a deal with a guy in sweden on a Orange Overdrive 120 from 1978! And here in germany i have a guy who have done a deal on a New retro50custom.

The thing is that if i buy the Overdrive i will have money left to buy my altime favurite guitar (gibson Firebird) and if i buy the retro. Then i have to save some months before i can get the firebird!

The thing is. Which amp do you guy think sound the best. ( i play hard rock ala Hellacopters and glucifere)

Is it not better to get the New amp. Then you are sure that nothing is wrong. Hmmmm

Please let me know what you think about my situation!!

I really need help here!!!



Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2003 11:57 am
by Jeppe Scaramangas
Hi man.
The 1978 is probably this model:

Ive been really dying to hear the retro 50. It kinda seems like it would be the best new orange amp offered now.
Very much like the vintage non-master OR 80 but point to point wiring and as you said, it´s new.

The overdrive is probably a very cool amp. I know for myself that i colud have a lot more use of and OD Orange cuz my 1973 OR120 is so go-go-gadget loud, and it sounds best at high volumes.
But bare in mind. I bought mine for 750 euros and still had to recap it and retube it at an amp-technician. Ended up paying over 500 for everything that had to be done. Though it works nicely now it did turn out to be a really expensive investment. Still Im a sucker for old stuff so I pretty glad I got it. Its just what i need at the moment.

You should try to find out more on this bbs. ... =forum&f=4
all of these guys really know their stuff and they can help you out alot.

Good luck with your quest and let us know everything about how it turns out.

Big Pics OR 120 from 1973
Listen to indie music from Finland at:

Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2003 3:02 pm
by Hyena
Hello and thanks for your reply.

Yeah, that was my thought aswell

With a new amp i know what i get and cuz it´s here in berlin i can try it before i buy it. The Overdrive is in sweden and i have to buy it to try it.

I don´t know. I have heard that the old ones should sound way better but then again i have read that the retro should be very close to the old ones :-/

And i love the firebird :-)

Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2003 3:06 pm
by Hyena

ok, now i saw that you are the one who wrote in our guestbook :)))


I am from sweden / Malmö. Were from finnland are you???

Soooo cool.. :)

Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2003 4:36 am
by orangewhat
hey if you want to hear the retro50? go to the orange dealer links. pro guitars website in germany has sound clips of the retro50. and a lot of other orange amps

check it out

Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2003 9:56 am
by Jeppe Scaramangas
Hi Hyena.

I saw you posted a thread on the plexi palace Orange BBS, I put in an answer and here I am again.
I´m from Helsinki, och jag talar svenska jag med. By the way, we recorded our last ep in a studio called up'n'running in Hagsätra, Stockholm last fall, There are some soundclips on our website.
Altought Im not using an Orange on those. Its small old fender vibrochamps and tweeds, a Supro and a Selmer head with a Fender vibrotone rotating speaker cab. And lots of other cool stuff. Mellotron, wurlitzer, philichorda,Roland Juno-60 and a pumorgan.
The music is pretty psychedelic indie-retro but I do play Heavy stuff as well in other bands.

Knowing that, you probably understands why i would go with the Old one anyways, and you never know. It might be a jewel.

Big Pics OR 120 from 1973
Listen to indie music from Finland at:

Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2003 3:30 pm
by lix
The Firebird is a great axe but a brand new Retro 50?! IMHO, not much of a choice there. Why? Because you can always pick up Firebirds but Retro 50s are much, much harder to come by. Cop the amp, then get the axe later.

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2003 3:47 am
by ecto coolest
remember that retro 50s are orange's attempt to recapture the sound of old oranges...why pay twice as much for a reissue type amp when you can have a vintage one for half the price. i would get the old one and the guitar, just makes more sense.

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2003 6:07 pm
by Hyena
Hi there

I just wanted to tell you all that i am now a proud owner of a Orange OD120 and a Orange cabinet 4x12"... I paid the same price for Cabinet and amp as i wanted to pay for just the amp (Od 120) before. I got a great deal to say it mildly :-)))

Now i will go get my Firebird and still have money over for something nice :-))))

Hmmm, i think i will get this Boss RC 20 loop station thing. I am the only guitar player in my band it it could come in handy ;-)

Hmmm, I love to have problem spending money don´t you?


Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2003 8:49 pm
by lix
Congrats on the OD120 half-stack!

Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 10:02 pm
by Red Firebird

one more to play Firebird thru Orange. I'm a proud owner of OR80 Combo and it makes an heaven duo with my Red Firebird VII.
Welcome into the club!