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Traynor Amps?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Telewolf, Oct 14, 2014.

  1. Telewolf

    Telewolf TDPRI Member

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    Anyone have experience and or thoughts on Traynor Amps?
     
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    I have a Bassmaster that I absolutely love. Circuit is very close to a Tweed Bassman. The irons on that thing are spectacular. If you're talking about the newer amps, I don't have much experience but I sing praises of the older ones all day long.
     
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    Don't own but have played and tinkered with new ycv40rw, Dark Horse head and old ygm-3.

    All sounded great, build quality/components on par if not better than most in their price range.

    General opinion, they are great amps.
     
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    Lovin' my old Bassmaster, great clean tones and beastly high volume sounds. Newer Traynor stuff I hear virtually nothing but high praise for.
     
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    I have a YBA 1mod1. Fantastic amp and my main player. It's a reissue of the Bassmaster with a couple more options like built in attenuator, push pull controls for series or parallel blending of the two channels.

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    I've had a YCV40T and still have a Darkhorse. They are a good amp and can be a steal used. I see YCV40s going for $300-350.
     
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    I'm very happy with my Dark Horse and like that it was manufactured a couple of hours drive away from me.
     
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    They are, I think, one of the few names from that era.....whos modern day offerings are not all, total, 3/16 as good (at best) as the older model, complete disappointments.
    I have several Pete Traynor amps...and also a YCV-20, YCV-40, and one of The Horse models.
    The 20 and 40 are both the WR model. Very attractive amps as well as well made.
    good luck
     
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    I have an Iron horse 40 w/15w and I love this amp. Nice big clean sound and the dirt channel is very nice and creamy. Not high gain like a Marshall. Good quality components and made in Canada. Good value in this amp.
     
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    I had a couple of 2x12 combos many years ago. I don't remember the model names but they were very similar to a Twin and around 100watts if I remember correctly. Loud but HEAVY. All valve of course and truly excellent roadworthy amps. Wish I still had them.
     
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    Tonemonkey Poster Extraordinaire

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    I have a '72 YGM-3 22W 1x12. Built like a tank, handwired with great reverb. Stock speakers are almost universally replaced ... I have a C.Rex in mine.

    I like how mine gets louder to 6, then turning it up anymore just nudges one into velvetty overdrive.
     
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    I've tried a few of their newer models and really liked them.

    I had a Traynor YCV40 Wine Red and loved it. It would be comparable to a Hot Rod Deluxe (which I have now) but sounds better all around except for the reverb which was OK but not as much on tap as the HRDx.

    A guy I play with has a blue Traynor YCV40 also really nice.

    I tried a YCS90 in store and really liked it. A really diversity in sounds dial in though it looks a little weird.

    Good amps and in Canada you can get great deals on them used.
     
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    Most of us Canadian old timers have experience with Pete Traynors amps, and think highly of them. Yorkville Sound still make a high quality product, and still do it North America. I have little experience with their newer amps but hear good things about them, good value for the money too ( in Canada at least).
     
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    I have a dark horse head, and use it a lot. It seems to do better with a bright speaker, especially on the low output setting. It does get a pretty good range of sounds and seems to be very high quality with a lot of options relative to other amps in a comparable price range.
     
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    I have a YBA-1 Mod 1 which is stellar. I have a one off transitional bassmaster combo again stellar. Made in Canada which is a bonus for me. Sound is great. I'd say if you're wanting "boutique" quality without the cost traynor is the way to go for sure.
     
  16. Telewolf

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    Thanks everyone for the responses thus far. I am probably looking at their new models when i get a chance.
     
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    if you can find one I really recommend the YBA-1 mod 1 they're a newer amp and sound fantastic.
     
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    I have a '75 YBA1-A, it's an amazing amp. I used to have two, and sold one, and kick myself to this day.
     
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    Love my YBA-1 Mod-1, can't say enough good things about it. If you have a Yorkville dealer near you they should be able to order you one.
     
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    They were a good amp back in the 70's. New ones don't seem that bad, just not that popular.
     
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