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Old 01-07-2018, 12:08 PM
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Any Traynor amp fans? Anyone not know who they are? I bought a YCV-50 blue combo amp about 7 years ago as my backup amp. It's fantastic, so much so that it's the one I play whenever I plug in now.

Traynor amps are made in Pickering, Canada (Toronto area). They have a 2 years, no question asked, 'fall off the truck' warranty. Their classic amps from the 60s and 70s are still relatively inexpensive compared to other amps from that period. Pete Traynor, the man behind it all, passed away nearly 2 years ago.

What's your Traynor story? Fan, or not? Ever played one? Ever heard of it?
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Old 01-07-2018, 12:16 PM
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They’re good solid amps. I’ve modded a few, mostly old P2P YBA heads, into Marshall-like amps (The YBA series circuit is very similar to old Fender Bassman amps and changing a couple of cap and resistor values revoices them very effectively).

The newer channel-switching ones with one or two speakers work well - a friend has one in which he’s swapped the stock speakers with a Legend and a CR, and it’s versatile from low to very high volume.
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My big muscle is a '73 Traynor TRM-1 Reverb Master.



It's a great, powerful 50 Watt amp based on two EL-34s and the last of the Traynor designs that was tested for sturdiness by being thrown out a second-story window. I've written up a little page about it, HERE. It sits on a 2x12" cabinet my father and I cut down from a 4x12" Leslie tone cabinet.

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My big muscle is a '73 Traynor TRM-1 Reverb Master.



It's a great, powerful 50 Watt amp based on two EL-34s and the last of the Traynor designs that was tested for sturdiness by being thrown out a second-story window. I've written up a little page about it, HERE. It sits on a 2x12" cabinet my father and I cut down from a 4x12" Leslie tone cabinet.

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I was hoping you'd chime in Bob. I remembered that you had a vintage Traynor. Looks like it's in great shape.
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I was hoping you'd chime in Bob. I remembered that you had a vintage Traynor. Looks like it's in great shape.
Thank you! It is. I did a few little things like changing out v1 for a vintage 12AX7 and cleaning the tube sockets and it is really great. With the brightness on it is somewhere between a Fender and a Vox and with it off it is more Marshall-esque.

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Pete Traynor the founder just died last year iirc and I thought it would put a spike in the price of these fine amps. They can be found for great prices and are fantastic amps. I think they are underrated gems ready for discovery.
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I have this amp. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTCDCNfsgDs

This video is a good representation of how it really sounds. Love it.

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I have this amp. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTCDCNfsgDs

This video is a good representation of how it really sounds. Love it.

TLJ
Hey TLJ, looks like a great acoustic amp. Are you in Canada or did you get that in the US (or elsewhere)? I've seen some nice Traynor acoustics at Long & McQuade (Canada).
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isn't this high for this amp?

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My friendly local Sam Ash had a Traynor YCV80 4x10" in near-mint condition, with all manuals/paperwork/accessories, for $399 several years ago...

Made the mistake of trying it...

Never thought I'd regret buying a '65 Super RI - no space in my music room/home office for a fourth high-power/big-cab combo so I couldn't buy it outright, would've taken a major bath on the Super if I sold/traded (I like 'em, but for some strange reason there's little demand around here)...

Some lucky picker is going to absolutely steal this one:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Tra...4GC-adType^PLA
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I have a YCV blue 50 watt. I REALLY would like to try the 15 watt version. I replaced the speaker and tubes. It gained a lot of personality after that.
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Hey TLJ, looks like a great acoustic amp. Are you in Canada or did you get that in the US (or elsewhere)? I've seen some nice Traynor acoustics at Long & McQuade (Canada).
I'm in the U.S. and I found it used in a local music store. I was a little hesitant because I am a newbie and had no experience with Traynor; but, it sure sounded good to me.

In addition to using it for acoustic guitars; it is most often used for an Ibanez AFJ 95 (hollow body). Sounds good with either.

No regrets except that I wish I played better.

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I'm in the U.S. and I found it used in a local music store. I was a little hesitant because I am a newbie and had no experience with Traynor; but, it sure sounded good to me.

In addition to using it for acoustic guitars; it is most often used for an Ibanez AFJ 95 (hollow body). Sounds good with either.

No regrets except that I wish I played better.

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. A little more time with your Ibanez and your Traynor and you're on your way.
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isn't this high for this amp?

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Hey Mike,
In Canada $625 CAD for that amp would probably be fair value for that combo (I know that the one listed is $US). I've seen the heads go for $500 CAD range (there's one in Ontario Kijiji for $600 CAD which I think is high and another in NB for $450) - and there's a combo up for $700 CAD, which I think may be a little high (that ad is still up from last Aug).

I've played the amp before. It can get high gain no problem. Don't know how the cleans are or the overdriven sounds and I don't remember if I liked the Brit/USA voicing switch.

It's a discontinued model but that doesn't mean anything.

Is it something you're looking at?
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Hey Mike,
In Canada $625 CAD for that amp would probably be fair value for that combo (I know that the one listed is $US). I've seen the heads go for $500 CAD range (there's one in Ontario Kijiji for $600 CAD which I think is high and another in NB for $450) - and there's a combo up for $700 CAD, which I think may be a little high (that ad is still up from last Aug).

I've played the amp before. It can get high gain no problem. Don't know how the cleans are or the overdriven sounds and I don't remember if I liked the Brit/USA voicing switch.

It's a discontinued model but that doesn't mean anything.

Is it something you're looking at?
dru: always looking! i've just heard good things about them and thought i might check it out if it is a good deal. but, it seems rather high.
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