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Orange Amplifiers Micro Crush PiX 3 Watt 9-Volt Mini Amp
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- Built-in tuner
- Overdrive function
- Headphone out
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|Item Dimensions||3.35 x 5.91 x 5.91 in||7.87 x 11.81 x 12.6 in||10.62 x 7.48 x 11.81 in||2.36 x 4.33 x 5.51 in||5.6 x 5.8 x 3.1 in||7.59 x 5.59 x 4.29 in|
|Item Weight||2 lbs||11.46 lbs||—||0.75 lb||0.95 lb||2.17 lbs|
No one likes a little showoff... oh who are we kidding - EVERYONE loves this little showoff. Check out the Orange CR3 mini combo amp. Smaller than a bag of actual oranges, this little amp's got way-huge tone. Just pop in a 9V and you're good to go. Pushing a 4" speaker with a mere three watts, the sound of the CR3 is still 100% Orange all the way. And unlike other so-called mini amps, the CR3's got a full set of controls, including volume, tone, and overdrive. There's even a tuner and a headphone output on the CR3. And to top it all off, the CR3 is made of the same wood, covered in the same surfacing, and features the same grille cloth found on most Orange amps. How cool is that!?
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Volume wise, Is a LOT louder than the marshal mini amp, which I also own, I normally used my Roland Cube 20w to practice, which I loved because it has a "power squeezer" feature which converted it to a 2w amp, which is loud enough for any practice session, specially at home. well, this micro crush is even louder than the cube @ 2w. So volume wise is perfect for practice, will not match to acoustic drums, but is pretty loud for solo practice or warmup.
sound wise, this is where this amp shines the most, the clean channel sound pretty good if you keep the guitar volume to 3/4 ( this is probably because I,m using Texas specials pickups which are pretty hot and shiny. But as long as I keep the guitar volume there, the clean channel is really clean, with a little tweed feel to it. If I crank the guitar volume on the clean channel, I get a little overdrive if I play hard.
The overdrive channel sounds amazingly good, really rich overdrive with a blues feel to it, lots of tone options with the tone know ( good to see a real tone control in such a small amp). I bought this amp because a friend has an orange tiny terror and I love it's overdrive, of course you can,t compare it to the Tiny terror's tube warmth, but the overdrive Tone I love from the tiny terror feels the same on the micro crush, I LOVE the sound of this amp, if you are into blues, funk or rock, this overdrive channel is worth every dime.
You should here video reviews of the sound, because I noticed several people critics this amp because they don't like the distortion, and is a matter of taste, if you don,t like the orange blues/rock sound you shouldn't be buying an orange, get a Marshall or Randall instead, but if you are into this type of sound, this amp is definitely a must.
Compared to other mini amps, well, there is no comparison, this is a real amp to scale, the other ones are toys. I own a Marshall, a couple non-branded and the orange micro crush. The only one I haven't tried is the fender, which I would like to try.
I'm also a recording engineer and have a small studio at home, this is a perfect amp for recording at the studio, just throw an sm57 in front of it and you can't tell the difference between this and some of it's big brothers.
Finally, the tuner, easy to use and accurate. What else can you ask for on a $60 amp!!. Hhhhooo, I almost forgot, is an ORANGE.
SWEET!. Is THAT. Good!.
So my final recommendation would be, listen to it on the Internet, if you like that kind of overdrive, go for it, don't even worry about the build quality, all issues are fixed. And volume wise you will be amazed.
I'm not in any way endorsing or begin sponsored by orange (I wish I was). I'm just a guitar player ( mostly blues, funk, rock driven), and a 10+ years recording engineer.
I guarantee you won't regret to buy it.
However, the input jack is prone to becoming loose. I did not drop this amp or damage it in any way, but sometimes I have to fidget with it for a bit to get it working. A definite drawback. But overall, I like it.
So just keep in mind you won't be able to have clean tones with this amp. But if you mainly play British sounding crunch and overdrive then you will be very pleased. The volume does NOT get loud in my opinion. A lot of people review the amp saying it gets loud but honesty it really doesn't unless the overdrive is on and the volume is all the way up. And still then it's not going to shake the house.
Visually it's awesome, capturing all the essence of it's bigger more expensive siblings. For punk or hard rock it will sound great. You just have to find the sweet spot. I found if the tone was turned all the way up it gets very tinny...you want it somewhere around 5 at most. Other than that it takes any bass completely away and sounds like a cheap computer speaker.
I actually ended up returning mine because it was too finnicky with the settings for me to get the tone I wanted. But for many people this is just the amp they need.
If I needed another small amp I would buy another one of these.