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  • Any Traynor YBA-1 owners?

    I'm thinking about trading my 1974 Fender Twin Reverb and some dude offered me a Traynor YBA-1 with matching 2x15. Anybody use one of these? I hear that they are very similar to the old Bassman/Plexi. This is a very early one with 7027a and a tube rectifier.
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  • #2
    I don't know about these from personal use but I have a YSR-1 and it's fantastic.
    www.shoepedals.com

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    • #3
      I've owned a YBA-1 for about 10 years, and it is AWESOME! With a few caveats: I use it through 12 in Celestion g12h30 speakers, so I can't really comment on how it sounds through the original 15 in. Also, I ALWAYS use it with an attenuator these days. I have to get the volume up to about halfway on the Traynor to get a really good clean sound, and then i go a little further to get the breaking up, tube-driven sound I want. I was obsessed with getting Van Halen's brown sound when I was in high school, and I read this was Traynor's clone of the Fender Bassman, and like Marshall, Traynor used EL34 tubes, making it more a clone of the original plexi. And yes, it gets the plexi sounds, like AC/DC, or (when both volume knobs are all, it gets Van Halen). Without an attenuator, this is SUPER loud. Without the attenuator, I would have to just use one speaker for it to be practical in a live situation.



      Other big caveats: I refurbished and modded it with my dad who's done hobby electronics his whole life. We had to replace the big capacitors. If the model you're looking at has already had this done, you'll be in good shape. But if it still has the 40 year-old caps, you'll have to get them replaced. And if it's still got the two-prong power plug, you must get it grounded.



      Also, I searched the internet a lot and found all the little components to change to make it a more exact clone of the Marshall plexi. It's still awesome without the mods, but for amp forum folks, the mods really make the cake.



      I got it for $288 in 2002, and it's been the greatest gear investment of my life!
      My band!:
      www.steelphantoms.com/
      my stage stuff:
      fender jimmie vaughan strat, korg dt-10, ts-9, keeley rat, thoroughly modded big muff, 4ms tremulus lune, eventide timefactor running stereo to a traynor bassmaster (w hotplate) and a fender HRD. Everything ('cept the TimeFactor and dt-10) is modded, with much help from folks at Harmony Central. Thanks everybody!

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      • #4
        I've been interested in this amp as well...there's a guy locally selling one YBA-1A for $1095 with a 4x12 cabinet. Seems high.
        good transactions: themeanreds, OnWingsOfLead, bass_econo, PumpkinPieces, meganutt7, Used666, mrweems, scoogs, TravvyBear, joeya, wiz-ski, conky

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        • #5
          I've owned many yba1, and yba1a. A few things to remember are that the yba1a, while looking very similar, is a 90 watt version of the amp, yes, thats right 90 watts from 2 el34.. the voltages on these amps are extremely high, and as such they can eat tubes like crazy. they stay clean almost all the way to 10 and are some of the loudest, most powerful amps I've ever played. the yba1 is 45 watts, and has great plexi like breakup. Still a very loud amp, when it does break up, I feel that it has a slightly warmer, smooth breakup than marshalls. Hope this helps! good luck with the new amp.
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          Guitars:Peavey hp exp, Squier 51 (gfs liverpool in bridge Brass bottom in neck), Squier jazzmaster
          Amps: Traynor yba-1 modded for KT88, silverface fender bandmaster reverb, Silvertone 1474, 2x12 (WGS g12c), 2x12 (WGS vet30/reaper hp)
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          • #6
            I have a YBA-1 that I got from a forumite for around $460 (shipped). It sounds so good! I play it through this 2x12 cab. Bedroom volume is at 1 (not 1 o'clock). Band volume is at 3, and stays clean. Break-up starts at 4. I think the clean sound even at low volumes is great, as there is a lot of body to the notes. I've read that the speakers in the old Traynor cabinets weren't very good. So while it would look nice to have a matching cab, it may not be worth it for the sound.



            I wouldn't do a trade for you Twin. You're better off selling it separately (if you decide to get rid of it), then buying the head alone. I was seeing YBA-1 heads on Ebay going for between $500-600 earlier this year.



            This sig space for rent

            Good deals with: big Idiot, crowquill, DylanWilde, twanguero, big_cat, starmansam, christianatl, nd1377, gigant0r, cmog, SweetOblivion, GAS_KING, aussy, BHz_econo, light_years, WeStartToDrift, TheQuietWilds, seblo_15, loosegroove

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            • #7
              I have three of them, two modded, one stock. the circuit is very close to a plexi circuit and can be easily modded to be such. even stock they sound great.

              I don't think the 2x15 would be anything desirable for guitar.

              I have vintage Fenders, Marshall, Hiwatts and Garnets and the Traynors are second to none.

              as far as whether it's a good trade for your Twin, hard to say. it the cab was more guitar appropriate, it would be a no brainer, but I think you'd still be wanting a better cab.



              great transactions with: pointblank73, duderanimous

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              • #8






                Quote Originally Posted by Prehistoricpain
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                I've owned many yba1, and yba1a. A few things to remember are that the yba1a, while looking very similar, is a 90 watt version of the amp, yes, thats right 90 watts from 2 el34.. the voltages on these amps are extremely high, and as such they can eat tubes like crazy. they stay clean almost all the way to 10 and are some of the loudest, most powerful amps I've ever played. the yba1 is 45 watts, and has great plexi like breakup. Still a very loud amp, when it does break up, I feel that it has a slightly warmer, smooth breakup than marshalls. Hope this helps! good luck with the new amp.




                Seconded.



                I went for the YBA-1A and couldnt be happier. My buddy Casey runs a YBA1 which is awesome in its own right but I wanted clean and mean. I run my 1A through a Vintage, Fane loaded Hiwatt 4123. So tight. So clean. So cummy.



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                • #9
                  YBA-1 rules. I run mine with the channels jumpered (and have a master volume installed where the old ground lift switch was)



                  Instant and beautiful natural amp overdrive.
                  Formerly known as BrianPhase90

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                  • #10
                    ^ how much did that cost you to have the master volume installed?
                    This sig space for rent

                    Good deals with: big Idiot, crowquill, DylanWilde, twanguero, big_cat, starmansam, christianatl, nd1377, gigant0r, cmog, SweetOblivion, GAS_KING, aussy, BHz_econo, light_years, WeStartToDrift, TheQuietWilds, seblo_15, loosegroove

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                    • #11
                      Came that way to me... I can't imagine it to be a difficult mod, though.
                      Formerly known as BrianPhase90

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                      • #12






                        Quote Originally Posted by BP90
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                        Came that way to me... I can't imagine it to be a difficult mod, though.




                        Doesn't look like I have a ground switch on my amp. I have a red circuit breaker button on the back. Could you take a picture of where your master volume is, or describe where it's at?
                        This sig space for rent

                        Good deals with: big Idiot, crowquill, DylanWilde, twanguero, big_cat, starmansam, christianatl, nd1377, gigant0r, cmog, SweetOblivion, GAS_KING, aussy, BHz_econo, light_years, WeStartToDrift, TheQuietWilds, seblo_15, loosegroove

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                        • #13
                          In the biggest guitar/drum/keys retail/repair shop in hipster zone Williamsburg, the amps section was packed with old Traynor heads for a couple years, but it seems like they've all dried up by now. And I'm seeing them on stage a lot around here. I predict the prices will continue to rise.
                          My band!:
                          www.steelphantoms.com/
                          my stage stuff:
                          fender jimmie vaughan strat, korg dt-10, ts-9, keeley rat, thoroughly modded big muff, 4ms tremulus lune, eventide timefactor running stereo to a traynor bassmaster (w hotplate) and a fender HRD. Everything ('cept the TimeFactor and dt-10) is modded, with much help from folks at Harmony Central. Thanks everybody!

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                          • #14






                            Quote Originally Posted by LSDis4me
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                            Doesn't look like I have a ground switch on my amp. I have a red circuit breaker button on the back. Could you take a picture of where your master volume is, or describe where it's at?




                            Nevermind, I found a site that has pictures of the front and backs of these, including this one with the master volume mod:







                            http://deanmarkleyvintageamps.weebly...ba-series.html





                            Didn't see anything about my version without the ground switch.
                            This sig space for rent

                            Good deals with: big Idiot, crowquill, DylanWilde, twanguero, big_cat, starmansam, christianatl, nd1377, gigant0r, cmog, SweetOblivion, GAS_KING, aussy, BHz_econo, light_years, WeStartToDrift, TheQuietWilds, seblo_15, loosegroove

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                            • #15
                              Are you saying that the mod would be different for your version?
                              Formerly known as BrianPhase90

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