Amp A vs. amp B

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Phendyr_Loon, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. Phendyr_Loon


    Sep 4, 2010
    I'd like to make an informed decision on a perspective amp purchase and I'm wondering if someone with some experience with these two amps can give me some insight.

    The two amps in question are the Eden WT300 and the Orange TB 500. The Eden I already own, it's the Orange head which I'd like to gain some knowledge on. I read/watched some reviews on the these amps and it seems I could easily cop an old school tone from this amp which I'm very much into.

    How does the Eden WT sound compare to the Orange hybrid sound? My goal is to find an amp with a bit more grit in the gain knob as the Eden is very mild and polite for the type of music I'm now involved in.

    I'd like to accomplish this by the purchase of a new head, so before someone suggests a pre/DI, I'm not into putting stompboxes in my signal chain ATM.
  2. The Orange will do that for you (clean is not their best thing).
  3. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
    I agree. With those as your choices, I'd go with Orange.
  4. esa372


    Aug 7, 2010
    The Eden is far cleaner and punchier.

    I could not coax a clean vibe from the TerrorBass no matter what. Grit and grind seemed to be its thing.

    If you like what the TerrorBass does, you'll love the amp; if you want to get anything else out of it (i.e. clear and clean), you may get frustrated.
  5. Gearhead17

    Gearhead17 Supporting Member

    May 4, 2006
    Mount Prospect, IL
    Although you are against it, a possible cheaper route is an overdrive pedal and a blend pedal. You can use what you already have.

    The Orange TB500 is a very loud/distorted head, but my time with it resulted in a lot of frustration. It does a great overdrive tone right away and the volume knob seemed to be crazy sensitive to my Spector. The Eden has a great clean tone and for me, a lot easier to control (tone and volume).

    This is a great video showing what the TB500 can do tone wise. The bass player in it is not too good, but at least he admits it. The amp knobs did the same thing for me with an active bass.
  6. If you want both, then, as others have made plain, you're better off introducing distortion into an amp that can do clean when you want that.

    As far as A/B comparisons, here's what you want to do:
    Human beings have hideously bad memory for sound (as in, you have to compare within a couple seconds, or you are wasting your time), so, if you want to compare the sound of two amps, you want to take your Eden somewhere that has an Orange (such as Guitar Center), and set them up so that you can immediately switch between them. An A/B switch would be best, but if you can re-plug between them almost instantly, that can work too.