Orange celebrates 40 with a Queen''s Honor and two new heads.

Orange founder Cliff Cooper receives the award from the Queen
London, England (January 12, 2008) -- Orange amps has received the highest honor bestowed on a company by Her Majesty the Queen, the Queen''s Award for Enterprise and International Trade -- a fitting acknowledgment of excellence as the company celebrates its 40th anniversary. The award recognizes companies that have been "able to demonstrate substantial growth in overseas earnings and commercial success, to levels that are outstanding for the goods or services concerned and for the size of the applicant''s operations."

It''s shaping up to be a busy year for Orange -- the company turned lots of heads at NAMM with the OR-50 and is currently fielding tons of requests for more info about their 40th Anniversary OR40 amps, a series of 40 plexi-fronted one-offs with unique circuits and tones. The buzz continues to grow, even though, or perhaps because, full details on how to score one of these babies have yet to be released. Here''s what we do know, so far:

40th Anniversary Custom Shop Model
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40th Anniversary Custom Shop
  • Limited to 40 pieces
  • Each amp has its own unique circuit
  • Point-to-point handwired
  • No wacky numbers -- each amp will be named after a girl
  • Plexi-Glass front panel with pic labels instead of words 
  • First one (with black front panel) played by Jimmy Page at Zeppelin Reunion
  • Plexi-Glass front panel
  • Single channel
  • Patent-applied eight section output transformers
  • Updated version of HF Drive controle
  • Footswitchable Master Volume

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