What does "Proto" mean in a serial?

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What does "Proto" mean in a serial?

Post by MoKit » Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:51 pm

Chris here, new to the forum, been playing Orange for 2 years which also as long as I have played six string, anyways own 3 Orange amps, love them all. Most recent purchase is this mid 2010 TH30, love it, beautiful Chinese-built Orange, buttery overdriven awesomeness, or with the clean channel a smooth foundation to build upon.

So, the serial has me questioning. It is labeled "Proto•02•0610", what does proto mean? All the newer TH30's I have seen, the serial will say (only an example) "0234•1018" with no letters attached at all. So would this have any significance? I will link below a photo of the front and the back of the amp. Note, it also has the older style knobs, which I actually prefer.

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https://drive.google.com/open?id=1--Lg0 ... 6AjCl_ubVM

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MoKit
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Instagram: @ToKnowHope13
Guitar: Ibanez RG652kfxl
Rigs: TH30 + PPC212v
Micro Dark + PPC108
CR120c

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Re: What does "Proto" mean in a serial?

Post by bclaire » Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:59 pm

Cool find!

Looks like you have a prototype of the TH30 - not sure how it got out there, but there it is!

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Re: What does "Proto" mean in a serial?

Post by MoKit » Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:36 am

Thanks Billy,

I figured that's what it was, but I would hate assuming and get told different. So, if I remember my research right, the TH30 was released in 2010. Now I'm curious if the first batch was possibly in June? If so would this be possibly #02? Dude that would be sick. Either way I would love this amp, it is awesome.

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Guitar: Ibanez RG652kfxl
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Micro Dark + PPC108
CR120c

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Re: What does "Proto" mean in a serial?

Post by bclaire » Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:33 pm

The serial number would indicate the second prototype from June 2010... very cool, indeed!

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Re: What does "Proto" mean in a serial?

Post by steamboat » Sat Oct 27, 2018 4:40 pm

interesting, Is is hand wired or PCB?
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Re: What does "Proto" mean in a serial?

Post by MoKit » Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:02 pm

I need to crack it open and check. I will update this when I do!
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Guitar: Ibanez RG652kfxl
Rigs: TH30 + PPC212v
Micro Dark + PPC108
CR120c

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Re: What does "Proto" mean in a serial?

Post by MoKit » Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:03 pm

Cracked it open. It is PCB, board is dated 02-02-2010. Added internal pictures to the link I already shared.
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Guitar: Ibanez RG652kfxl
Rigs: TH30 + PPC212v
Micro Dark + PPC108
CR120c

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