Orange CR35LDX - High Gain and Overdrive Review Only
I purchased this amp for two reasons. 1) having a reliable back-up amp for my Marshall JTM30 and 2) to have the next size up from my 8 year old 20 watt orange. Let me first start out by saying that the purchased experience was a fabulous, problem-free affair, and the Fed Ex tracking/Sweetwater shipping was professional and the amp arrived on time as promised.
My Les Paul and I love to be saturated in Overdrive and Gain. and we have been pleasatly surprised by the tone of the CR35LDX. I didn't buy the amp for the onboard effects, or for the tuner (everything works just fine). I wanted Orange distortion without breaking my bank, and this is exactly a case of "what you see is what you get". If my older 20 watt Orange was staying afloat amidst the likes of 100 watt competition, this CR35LDX has lived up to its billing. The tone of this amp is classic "Sabbath", the distortion growls and crackles just like a larger tube Orange would, and the sustain "sustains" uninterrupted, with the saturation breaking up only after filling your ears with that muddy mid-ranged crunch Nirvana that if anyone knows what an Orange is all about, then you know this sound.
The speaker might be what's keeping me from giving this review a full 5 stars, but to it's credit it seems as though it took me only 3 - 4 hours to break in, and any unnatural crackle or creak has disappeared, only to be replaced with sheer snarl and bite. Will I eventually replace this speaker with a 10" Celestion? Yes I will, but for now, I'll put that project on the back burner, and take this 35 watt orange to practise, and be able to play with the big boys without having to eclipse dialing this past "5". This $239.00 rig sounds like it has another digit attached to it. There's a strong chance my Marshall might be my back-up now.