NAD Traynor Ycs50

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  1. RiverDog

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    I got the Traynor bug within the last few months. I'm not sure how these amps have flown below my radar all this time but I'm now a major fan. After looking up mentions of the Traynor brand on AGF, I noticed @SamIV had a YCS50 for sale and we were able to work something out. The amp arrived Friday and it has totally lived up to my expectations and more. Killer cleans, gnarly dirt, and everything in between. I recently had neck surgery so I don't play for more than a few minutes at a time but I'm looking forward to spending lots of time with this baby.

    Working with Sam has been a real pleasure, as well. He's good people!

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    FP bump
     
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    Glad you are enjoying it. Crank it.
     

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    Congrats! Vintage Traynor have always been some of my favorite amps.
     
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    I always like Traynors. HNAD!!
     
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    I have one of those too... jam a TubeScreamer in front of that dirt channel with the gain at 30-40%.... it's good for the soul, that.

    ETA: I don't have a ton of amp experience, but this amp is a true chameleon. There are so many tonal options, it can do just about anything you need it to pretty damn convincingly.
     
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  8. RiverDog

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    Thanks dudes!

    @Milkman I tend to suffer from option paralysis when there are so many controls. So you find the expander, scoop, and all the other voicing options useful? Or do you just dial up a bit of grit, ignore the voicing stuff and rawk?
     
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    Well, I semi-systematically worked my way through until I found something I liked, then left it there and just rock along.

    I should mention that I’m not one of these guys chasing “the tone”. I just want something that’s makes me smile. The thing I like about the many voicing of this amp is that I don’t know what I don’t know, so this lets me explore a bit.

    I think a Line 6 Helix is in my near future; not so I can replace a bunch of amps, but so I can experiment with a bunch of reasonable facsimilies that i’ll Know what I truly prefer. Plus, you know, effects.
     
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    I never used the expander. Supposed to emulate an acoustic tone. I was not real fond of it. The scoop is just that, a midrange scoop. I found that takes out the Marsall scent out of it. But no position is wrong. It is up to your tastes. The cleans are great and the drive channel is very smooth. The British and American switch I used often. It is very good with taking pedals in the 15 watt mode with your overdrive or distortion pedal of choice. Lots of variance there instead of just the drive channel.

    I have around 8 to 10 overdrive pedals. Could have worse habits. It is up to you to tailor your sound. Some like straight into the amp, but not me. This amp is very flexible enabling you to experiment a little. Hard to get a bad sound out it. It will be with you for a while. Very well built amp. Even the cabinet. You will figure it out.
     
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    Thanks dudes. There's certainly no shortage of great tones here. Traynor FTW!
     

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