I JUST PICKED UP A TRAYNOR TS-120B WITH MATCHING 4* 10 CABNET. IT,S IN UNBELIVEABLEY EXCELLENT CONDITION AND SOUNDS BEAUTIFUL. DON,T THINK IT WAS EVER USED VERY MUCH , EVEN THE TWO INPUT JACKS ARE REALLY TIGHT, THE CAB HAS A COUPLE SMALL DINGS, BUT OTUERWISE ITS ALMOST NEW LOOKING. ILL POST PICS SOON. HAS ANYONE EVER HAD ONE ORE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS.
I've had the combo version of this series in the past. Solid as heck. The combo that I had came from factory with a single 15 black widow. It was way louder than the rating of 25 watts. I packed it everywhere! You'll have a cool vintage rig for sure! Nice pick up!
I've had one ever since they came out in the early eighties. Think I got mine '81 or '82.
The TS120B is a 1x15 bass combo but in 1981 Traynor initially released the TS120BH (head only) and the TS410 4x10 extension cabinet.
Mine is the TS120B combo. The TS410 cab originally was rated 140Watts @ 4 ohms and had either Eminence or RCF speakers.
The OEM speakers in mine are RCF 15". I don't know when the TS Series was discontinued.
The amp output is rated at 80W @ 8 ohms / 120 Watts @ 4 ohms (1% THD). But it sounds like it has much more power than the rated power.
This is due to a great extent to the TS120B's unique preamp design. The front-end of the preamp uses a JFET design and sounds very
tube-like when you crank up the volume control. The signal then feeds into a 3-band comp circuit. Think Traynor calls it a Tri-Comp Network
design and it works great. The design smooths out nasty sounding distortion caused by the square-edged clipping waveforms typically
produced by solid state transistor designs.
I still use mine at small clubs and such and usually set the volume control about 3/4 of the way open (3:00 o'clock) and the master volume is set
where ever it needs to be for me to hear myself with the drums. You get nice rich harmonics as you crank it up and I have yet to hear any
buzzy fuzztone kind of sound when cranked up.
The TS120B is voiced with emphasis from the mid-bass and up (bright) so if you like lots of bottom end don't feel guilty if you end up pushing
the Bass tone control and 50Hz-100Hz graphic EQ sliders up a bit. Or you can achieve similar results by turning down the Treble and HF EQ
controls and then bringing up the overall volume to compensate. I've never heard the TS410 cab so I don't know what to expect from it.
The Tone/Graphic EQ controls are very effective so you won't have to go crazy with them.
I did have to send the amp back to the factory a year or two ago to get repaired and the internals refurbished. Mike Holman at Yorkville worked
on the amp himself. The design requires matched components so off-the-shelf replacement components are not reliable. That ain't bad for an amp
working reliably for over 30 years.
^ awesome post!
I have a TS-50B, TS-200, PM-300, Mono Block II.
solid state Traynor goodies that I bought for a total of about $450.00.
I love these amps, I'd imagine the TS-120B is also a great amp, good score.
Nice find, i picked up a TS120-B back in the early 80's, so i'm guessing mine was relatively new, but only paid $150 for it. The building manager where i rehearsed at was cleaning out the basement filled with old gear and i bought it with the cabinet which was just an empty shell with 2 x 15" holes in it. I dropped 2 EV's in there with the tube amp Traynor head and it sounds awesome. This head has got alot kick with a variety of features: On the back it has a Balanced Line out, 2 speaker outputs, a foot switch for more boost and a external EQ. The front has Master, Gain, 6-band EQ, Hi-Lo output with a boost switch with oldschool tubes. It's really well rounded out for any situation. I feel lucky to have obtained this head and used it ever since. During the 90's i did have it repaired as i think one of the tubes blew out and a couple cosmetic things needed replaced, but it has been faithful ever since...Enjoy yours!
I had the combo (1-15) with a matching 1-15 extension cab. Was my gig rig for 5+ years until I got my first AMP 420.
Decent amp, not that powerful (75 watts into 8 ohms, 120 watts into 4 ohms) but rugged and I never had issues with it.
BTW it's not a tube amp, not sure what Jbass4me has been smoking.
BTW it's not a tube amp, not sure what Jbass4me has been smoking.[/quote]
My bad, maybe i need to smoke.......been dry for a while:rollno:....There's four what i thought looked like the ends of tubes..but further inspection after i took off back panel, looks like some fuses or capacitor of some sort:D. There are some "tubular" looking things inside, but it's been almost 30yrs since i had this thing apart!....Not much to it actually on the inside!....But what a sound i get!
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