Early Days of Orange
CTI Pixy Mk V
Before Orange was Orange, founder Cliff Cooper produced gear under the name Cooper Technical Industries (CTI). One of the products bearing this moniker is 1966's Pixy MkV, a miniature transistor amplifier built on a tag board with an earpiece that sold for just under £2. The Mk V wasn't the fifth of anything, as Cooper recalls, "There weren't any earlier ones but I figured Mk V was a good starting point." He ran his very first ad in "Melody Maker" magazine.