NAD Traynor Ycs50

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  1. Milkman

    Milkman Well-Known Member

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    I picked up this baby last night, after doing quite a bit of research and test driving. Paid $400 for it; a Traynor YCS50:

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    You can read all about it's features and specs here if it pleases you.

    I had a chance to let it run a little last night, head to head with a JVM 205 and it held it's own and then some. The switchable 50W/15W output is nice; I was able to get some nice, hard-driven tone without melting any faces.

    I don't think my Line6 Spider IV is going to get much work anymore.
     
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    I like me some Traynors! Celestion too!
     

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    EL34's make for great sounding amp. I bet I could rock that bad boy. Congrats on a killer amp and thanks for posting I had not looked at any the latest offerings from Traynor. I have some vintage Traynor amps that are amazing but none have drive channels.
     
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    I have that exact amp. It sounds much larger than it is. Quite Marshall-ish, but just a bit different. Cleans are good as well. It sounds much larger and better than my Peavey Classic 30, but I would not say better than my Peavey Valveking Micro II head or Fender Princeton, just different.

    It has more ins and outs than I know what to do with. It has presence and resonance with defeatable controls, parallel and loop sends and returns with level controls, brit and USA voicing switch, modern and mid scoop voicing, nice sounding accutronics spring reverb loaded with a Celestion Vintage 30 and other features I am sure I am forgetting. It is really set up for a professional musician which
    I am not. Only time I use it these days is with my Valveking in stereo, and this combo sounds quite good. Mine is like new and never left my house. I even still have the box for it. I would probably let it go if someone offered me the right trade or price. Most days I use my Valveking and would be happy with just that these days due to the volume level I play at and it has a nice headphone out. The Traynor has a direct out as well. It is a feature laden amp that sounds great and will sound much larger than it looks, but I am not doing it justice these days. Needs to be on stage somewhere. The OP got a great price on his. New they go for around $950.
     
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    It definitely has a lot of bells and whistles! I haven't had a chance to play with them all yet, and I'll probably never need/use some of them, but we'll see. The reverb is really good to my ears though.

    I paid $400 CAD for it... that's about $1.27 US (actually $307 today).
     
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    HNAD! The local GC has the 100 watt head version with matching cab but they've got it priced just out of my comfort zone so Ive never tried it. If it's as good as the other Traynor combos I've played then it's probably very nice.
     
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    HNAD to a fellow Ottawan!

    I like the Traynor amps a lot, especially this bad, bad boy.
     
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    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    Every Canadian Guitar player needs a traynor. Particularly me.
    I also need a Godin. Ok I don't really need either. But gassin' for sure.

    HNUTAD
     
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    I live in Louisiana, have three Godin's and one Traynor amp. Might be another Godin on the way as well. Maybe I need to move a tad northward and become better with the French language.
     
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    I own a YCV50B, all tube 12" combo. Love this thing!
    Congrats!
     
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    Almost three years in, and I just wanna revive this old post to let everyone know that I've been jamming with a full band with the Traynor lately and I am loving it!! So are the other guys - I don't think there is a better bang for the buck mid-power (?) amp than this thing. Not to my ears anyway.

    I did replace the V30 with an Eminence Governor though, mostly because the V30 had incorrect impedance for the amp when I got it.

    I hope to run the direct out to my powered PA speaker tonight to see how it sounds before running it straight to FOH at any stadium gigs that may come my way.
     
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    I picked up the head this spring. Overall it's incredible. I have been playing my Amelia a bit more, but that isn't anything against the Tractor.
     

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