NAMM 2011: Orange TH100 head

Orange th100 head

Orange th100 head

Orange Amps has announced a new high-powered head version of its popular TH30 combo/head, the TH100.

TG gave the original TH30C combo a five-star review and a Best Buy award, so it will be interesting to see if the new amp can live up to its smaller (but older) sibling's formidable reputation.

'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' appears to be the ethos here, though, and Orange has opted use the same controls and preamps that featured in the TH30. Another feature it will share with the smaller model will be the ability to switch to half power, meaning that you can reduce the volume of the unit, without compromising the valves' sound.

Where the heads will differ is in the choice of valves: the TH30 uses four ECC83 valves, four EL84 valves and one EL81 valve, whereas the TH100 uses four EL34 valves, four 12AX7 preamp valves and a 12AT7 valve.

Other Orange gear on show at NAMM 2011 includes the Terror Bass Combo and the OPC all-in-one computer amplifier speaker.

Keep checking the TG site for more NAMM 2011 guitar news and for more details of Orange products head to the Orange Amps website.

Matthew Parker

Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.