Practice amps, as the name suggests, are amps without all the frills. Designed to simply plug and play they should be functional, robust and deliver a good sound. That is exactly what the Orange Crush PIX CR12L practice amp delivers.
Orange is known, and has gained a well earned reputation, for their amps. Some might say that this is due to their rather distinctive look. But guitarists are a discerning breed and looks won’t last if you can’t deliver a quality sound and Orange can certainly claim that they have delivered on the sound front.
The Orange Music Electronic company was founded in 1968 by musician and electronics designer Clifford Cooper. Originally Cooper ran his business as a music shop selling band equipment. However, problems with obtaining stock forced Cooper to take the decision to design and build his own amps. In late autumn 1968 he commissioned Radio Craft, a Huddersfield based company, to build amps based on his designs. Thus the Orange legend was born and has gone from strength to strength ever since.
What about the Orange Crush PIX CR12L practice amp?
The Orange Crush PIX CR12L practice amp is the smaller practice amp in the Crush range of amps. Weighing in at 12 watts the Orange Crush PIX CR12L measures 29 cm x 30.5 cm x 17 cm and weighs 5.4 kg. The amp, as we have come to expect from anything Orange, looks pretty cool. It features the classic Orange design features of basket weave Tolex, woven speaker grille, beading and legendary hieroglyphs (PiX) and of course the Orange signature ‘picture frame’ edging.
The controls are situated on the top of the amp and feature low, middle and high tone controls, master volume, and overdrive as well as gain controls. There is a guitar input jack, earphone socket and on/off switch on the back of the amp. The Orange Crush PIX CR12L is powered by mains adapter making it a typical bedroom based practice amp.
Although the Orange Crush PIX CR12L looks pretty cool does it deliver on the sound front?
The sound itself comes from a great 6” 12 watt 8 ohm Crush Speaker which delivers a good punchy sound that can handle a reasonable volume quite comfortably. The amp performs well with a great clean tone which would benefit from a little bit of reverb to give it some depth. If you turn the volume up the clean tones start to distort a little but this is perhaps expected from an amp of this size. The overdrive is good and delivers some great distorted tones but it can get a little bit too distorted and harsh sounding if you get the balance between overdrive and gain wrong. Perhaps not a problem if you are into your thrash or metal but not so good if you want a warm overdrive sound for rock or blues.
In summary the Orange Crush PIX CR12L is a great looking little amp. It delivers a great sound but don’t expect anything too fancy. This is a good value practice amp with no frills and if you look at it in that way this is an amp which is well worth a look.
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