Tech 21 has built their business on pedals that provide direct to board or direct recording capabilities. The Oxford is part of their Character Series of pedals designed to emulate, in this case, Orange amps. I am not your typical electric player and my setup is not typical, so I can't really compare this pedal to an actual Orange amp. I can however review my perspective of how this pedal works for me. First of all, my setup is designed to take my guitar signal directly to the mixing board with no amp on stage. I use an auxiliary output to feed my personal monitor, which provides my connection my sound. My pedal chain is basically Guitar > SansAmp > Volume Pedal > Tuner > Modulation pedals (choirs, delay, reverb) > out to DI > then XLR to the mixer. This gives me a quiet, controllable stage volume with ample ability to control my tone. I actually use 2 SansAmp Character Series pedals. One is the Blonde, which I use for clean tones. The second is this Oxford, which I use for my crunch and distorted tones. I opted to go this route after trying to use an overdrive pedal with the Blonde to produce my distorted tones. I just couldn't get a good sweet spot with that configuration. I could have used the Blonde to give me distorted tones by itself, but I wanted to be able to switch quickly between clean and dirty tones, so I needed a second source to achieve that on the fly. Since the overdrive pedal in combination with the Blonde didn't give me sweat spot tone I was after, I decided a second Character Series pedal, used like a dirty channel of an amp, was worth exploring. When I want a distorted tone, I switch from the Blonde to the Oxford. I have them wired in series, so I could stack them and use them together, but I usually prefer to only have one active at a time. That's just a tone thing, since I haven't found a great benefit in tone by combining the two together. This doesn't mean you can't do that. It's just that I haven't made that a priority at this point. I may explore that more later. Comparing the two pedals, the Blonde and the Oxford, it is very obvious that the tone character (not the character knob) of each pedal is very different from each other. The Blonde does take you into the Fender tone zone and the Oxford does go in the Orange zone. I don't have enough experience with actual Fender and Orange amps to tell you how much these pedals represent the amp tones, but they are certainly in the ball park. The real strength of these pedals, as far as I am concerned, is their ability to provide really good tone that can be feed directly to your recording setup or live stage PA setup, without the need for actual amps. I can carry my guitar in one hand and my pedal board in the other and I am good to go. Very convenient. Tone wise, these pedals provide a broad range of tone shaping and tweaking within the realm of their targeted amp tone. The Oxford has a brighter overall tone, as you would expect from an Orange. I would say it excels at the Rock tones, where the Drive knob is turned up. It will clean up nicely, but I like the clean tones on the Blonde better. For me, the greatest tone challenge is finding that sweet spot where you get just the right amount of grit while maintaining clarity the notes, especially if your playing chords. My playing in not lead, but rather fills and accents based off of chords. If the tone is too dirty, the fills and accents can become a muddy wash. Not enough grit and they loose their dynamic punch. I have found that the Oxford gives me a better gritty tone than my old setup trying to use the overdrive pedal. I can't say that I have yet to nail down "my tone", but the Oxford is getting me there. I have been using this pedal for about a month, so I haven't mastered it yet, but it certainly has improved my tone.