Orange AD30 head - when was it made???

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Post by whiterabbit » Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:17 am

Hey there.

So I bought my Orange head privately and have NO IDEA when it was made.
It's an AD30 single channel.
Have searched the internet and cannot find anything.....

Help?! :oops:

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Post by Andy H. » Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:44 am

Hi whiterabbit, and welcome to the forum! :)

It should have a serial number on the back. The current system uses the last 4 digits to give you the month and year of production:

MMYY.


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Post by whiterabbit » Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:11 am

Oh yes...

Okay - well the serial number is
OR301+/72/100

It's at little hard to read but I'm pretty sure its this...

Cheers for your help!8)

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Post by bclaire » Fri Aug 01, 2008 2:10 am

Can you get a picture? That sounds weird...

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Post by Andy H. » Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:32 pm

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Joker</i>
<br /><blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by whiterabbit</i>
<br />Okay - well the serial number is
OR301+/72/100
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Looks like the same SN format as the ones bclaire owns:
http://forum.orangeamps.com/viewtopic.p ... laire+owns

which would suggest yours was made in January 2000.


<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by bclaire</i>
<br />Can you get a picture? That sounds weird...
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:?:
<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></font id="quote"></blockquote id="quote">Just 'cos you've got 001 doesn't mean we can all remember <i>our</i> own serial numbers you know Joker... [:p]


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Post by whiterabbit » Wed Aug 06, 2008 3:44 am

Well, turns out I COULD find some info on it...
Does anyone else have one?
There doesn't seem to be many made...
It'd be interesting to see how many are out there.



Year: 2001
Model: AD30 Head
Model Number: AD30H
Config: Head
Control Panel Layout: Master Vol - Gain - Bass - Mid - Treble
Cabinet: 55 x 24 x 24 cm
Weight: 30 kg
Speakers/Load: 8/16 Ohms
Speaker model: 2 x 12" Celestion Vintage 30's
Effects: None
Output: 30 Watts
Preamp tubes: 1.5 x 12AX7
Power tubes: 4 x EL84
Rectifier: GZ34 rectifier tube
Phase Inverter: Cathodyne type: 1/2 x 12ax7 ???
Circuit: schematic?
Chassis layout: (pcb number?)
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Post by whiterabbit » Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:49 pm

Mmm...
My orange head just died.
It smelt like the electrics inside were melting.
This is of course three days before I go on tour....

Any suggestions as to what this may be or how it can be fixed?
I had the tubes replaced 12 months ago and they still light up.
I really think its something internal.

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Post by Andy H. » Mon Aug 25, 2008 3:56 pm

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by whiterabbit</i>
<br />Mmm...
<b>My orange head just died.
It smelt like the electrics inside were melting.</b>
This is of course three days before I go on tour....

Any suggestions as to what this may be or how it can be fixed?
I had the tubes replaced 12 months ago and they still light up.
I really think its something internal.
<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></font id="quote"></blockquote id="quote">Sorry to hear it. Thats not much to go on though. From the sound of it though you need to find a good tech quickly - burning / melting smells are never great news so it probably isn't just a case of a duff valve Im afraid.

:?: Does your amp have a printed circuit board? Not seeing reverb on the specs you gave and I'm wondering if it isn't a Custom Shop built model. Either way it is a fairly simple amp design so a decent tech ought to be able to sort you out fairly quickly. Unless you've been very unlucky and had a major failure that is, eg a burnt out transformer. That is fairly unlikely though.

If you don't know a good valve amp tech you have left it a bit late. Phone round your local quality music shops and ask if they have someone you can speak to about an urgent repair on your Orange amp. And I'd strongly recommend you get them to fit at least a new matched set of decent quality power valves, and supply a couple of spares (also matched) to take on tour too. Do no harm to take a couple of known working preamp valves along too just in case...

Wishing you luck there, and with the tour! :)


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Post by whiterabbit » Wed Aug 27, 2008 1:22 am

Cheers Andy -

Yeah. I know an amp repairer/ guitar shop that specializes in Orange amps. So I'll take it there when I get back.
I've had to borrow a marshall head for the tour. Would've preferred my Orange but what can you do eh?

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Post by sesroh » Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:56 am

I have a single channel amp. I think my serial number tells me it was made in 03.
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