Originally Posted by Paul in Colorado
As for Orange amps, they once were British, but they went under and trademarks and brands were sold. I guess Gibson ended up with them, and I'm pretty sure they are mostly made in Asia these days. At least the lower end stuff.
If anyone can fill in the blanks with more details, feel free.
It's here, if you want to read it. http://www.orangeamps.com/pedigree-history/
n the mid-1990s Cliff licensed the Orange trademark to the Gibson Corporation in America and reissues of 1970s’ Orange amp designs were soon back on the world stage; especially so after Oasis’s Noel Gallagher went Orange and used the amps to record their first two albums.
But Orange really began to blossom once again when it was back in Cliff’s hands in the late-1990s: the company came up with some new designs to mark its 30th anniversary: namely, the AD series of Class A combos. These amplifiers proved to be so popular, that the series was expanded to include 30 watt and 140 watt twin channel guitar heads and a 200-watt bass amp.
The Orange trademark was held by Gibson in the 90s. Cliff Cooper re-acquired the brand, and still owns it. Orange has a manufacturing plant in the USA that services the Americas, but the bulk of production (including all of the Orange valve amps) is in the UK and the Far East - mostly China. That chart is out of date...
I imagine that most purchasers of musical instruments and equipment purchase online these days. That doesn't bode well for physical stores.
The 'equipment' part of the above is significant. A High Street music shop might only sell a customer one guitar, but it could then probably depend on return custom for other stuff. That doesn't happen as much these days. How many of you buy strings in bulk from the shop in your town? How many buy from an e-store?