old traynors

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  1. grainman

    grainman Well-Known Member

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    I bring the traynor back to the rehearsing space...and it was a good move..nice open tones at any volumes !!...I own a late 70's mark III -ygl-3 with 2x 12¨man o war speakers .......I really dig the 2x12 with el-34s and mustard caps / tremolo and reverb in a combo form ...a twin killer....or on steroids...I had also a yba-1 with was made for the bass and sounded perfect with any guitars (the circuit was easy to mod for marshall territory)...anyone here experienced old traynors ...?
     
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    you really miss a great tube amp !! try it if you guys have the chance
     
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    Traynor is the best Canadian amp ever made. It was made to last forever.
     
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    I had a 1970 Bassmate head and a 1970 Bassmaster head and big time regret selling both. Both were unmodded and had some amazing deep clean tone. Built like tanks
     
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    yep build to last for sure..i saw this vid they drop a head from the roof of their shop down to the tarmac..man i couldnt beleive it....its in there somewhere
     
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    Thats a cool video, ya its around the 7-8 minute mark...efin crazy man :ca:
     
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    I used to have a YGM-2 combo. Great amp. Right now I am toying with the idea of grabbing another, I just can't decide whether to go for a head or a combo.
     
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    the combos are great but mine is pretty heavy..:drool: ...and dont forget to change the original speakers for better ones if you go for a traynor combo
     
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    Not necessary. The original Marsland speaker sounded great in my previous one.
     
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    I had a YGL-3 Mk.III for a long time.
    Loud, proud, clean headroom and pedal friendly.
    Sadly it was not back friendly (or arms and hands as time passed).
    So I let her go. Big mistake sound-wise. Looked for another one for ages...
    Ended up with my Marshall Club & Country 4145 - as loud and proud, and as bloody heavy.
    But for me, valves, heavy woodwork and old Celestions is a price worth paying, along with road-crew wages :cool:
     
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    you got her
     
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    if you like the way your marslands sounded wait till you upgrade for some better speakers youll do the same face as i did.....seriously bro its a must change
     
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    No, it isn't. I know more than one person who has changed speakers but has gone back to the original. Some people prefer other speakers, some people prefer the originals.
     
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    I never had luck with em.....for Pete to let them speaker in his amps they were probably good cones...but im not the only one who change for eminence man o wars in their ygl-3 ..a good match
     
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    My son has a YGL-3 he picked up for good price. We replaced the electrolytic caps, one 12AX7, threw a new quad of EL34's in it and replaced the speakers with a WGS ET65 and a VET30. That thing is knock your balls off loud. Pure Stevie Ray with a Strat.

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    I have a YBA-1 I recapped and did a few minor Plexi mods to. Vintage IEC Mullard 7025 V1 and Sylvania long plates in V2 & V3.

     
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    The Bassmate is such a cool sleeper that nobody knows about . IIRC , there was an EL-84 version and a 6v6 version
    I had a combo . It was a perfect plug straight in amp. Sadly ,I sold it when I got an even more obscure amp ,a Massie Lancer for $48
     
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    Yes those bassmates are awesome amps. I believe the earlier ones had 6v6s. I am always keeping an eye out for another head, I would grab another one in a heartbeat.
     
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    Every single time I hear an old YBA I want to buy one. I currently have an Orange AD30 and do not need another amp but damn, those Traynors were great. I could even see one making my Orange unnecessary, and the money I'd get from selling that would be nice!
     
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    Generally speaking , you can find Traynors for under 600 USD down here in the southeastern USA . Such a great well built bargain over any modern flavor o' the month amp
    Everytime I think I want another Chinese AC 30 , I think,man, I could find a Traynor for that money ,and REALLY have somethin
     
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    I picked mine up for $400 in the classified section of another forum. I spent another $56 on new filter caps, a couple of electrolytic & mica caps, a few resistors and 1m volume pots to do the Plexi mods which are really very minor component swaps. One of the volume pots is a pull type that adds a resistor to the cathode of V1 to change it's Bassman value to Plexi value for a gain bump. They have excellent Hammond transformers in them and the same mustard signal caps found in vintage Marshalls. My son's amp was loaded with it's original Philips labeled Mullards too. They're still the best vintage amp value out there.
     
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