Anyone own/played an old traynor?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by nf1986, Nov 20, 2001.

  1. just wondering what other people think of this line of amps.:confused:
    Mine is i think a 1978 Mono Block 2
  2. SMASH

    SMASH Guest

    Jan 18, 2000
  3. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    I owned two Traynors in the past, one tube one solid state. Both were extremely reliable and had a good solid tone. Not the best amps in the world, but far from the worst.

    I actually do miss my Bassmate (the tube one) :( the only amp sale I've regretted.
  4. i'm glad to hear it, thanks for replying
    i got it for 400$ canadian with 2 single 15" cabinets
  5. SMASH

    SMASH Guest

    Jan 18, 2000
    Sounds like a good deal, if the 15s are decent cabs and portable. If so, you're all set for volume and versatility in bringing 1 cab or both depending on how loud you need to play. And assuming they're 8 ohm cabs, you can always add another cab 'cause the 'Block goes to 2 ohms no problem.

    Maybe add a Tech-21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI preamp in your chain and you're the man.

    Never get rid of that amp, but if you must then please let me know !!

    By the way, Nelson's a cool town. Does Blackfish still play up there? They're from Silverton. Killer band. If you ever wan't to play down here, or need bands to rock a gig up your way, don't hesitate to get in touch.
  6. i actually have no idea what the speakers can handle and what ohm they are, they were custom built cabinets and they sound good and thats as far as my knowledge leads me
    Thanks for your advice and if for some reason unknown to humanity i decided to get rid of my head, i'd be sure to give you a call

    I'm not sure if i've heard blackfish
    but if i do, now i'll recognize the name

    Do you come to nelson often?
  7. Ari Schor

    Ari Schor

    Mar 3, 2000
    my school has on with a tube head and 215's...i wanted to buy it off bass w/flats sounds amazing through it...:)
  8. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    The tube amps can sound ok. I once said to a visiting Canadian multi instrumentalist, that I had trouble getting tone out Traynor amps(they were of Canadian manufacture) and he said, "What Tone?"
  9. my amp seems to have tone to me...
    so you might be misinformed
    my amp is the nicest sounding amp that i've ever played through
  10. I have to think it one of lifes little ironies that as a young player I suffered through a multitude of Traynor gear only to find them (somehow) being revered as quality gear now a days. I am stumped guys...Pete Traynor made wickedly reliable and durable power monsters but tone....?! None to be had I can assure you. I too owned a Monoblock as well as various cabs. His stuff is tough as nails and damn affordable. Trouble will never break. I kept hoping mine would die so I could get something decent-sounding. It never did. Say's something I guess. As much as they kinda sucked tone wise allot of folks do hold a soft spot in their hearts for them as their first (in Canada at least) amps, at least I do. But tone?!
  11. natebass


    Sep 6, 2001
    Bremerton, WA
    I beg to differ in regards to Traynors having no tone. The first big amp that I had was an OLD Traynor (tube) with a single 18". I got it for free, and by far it is the best sounding combo I've ever heard. It ways a TON, but with the sound that I got out of it, I thought it was worth it.
  12. Long +McQuade didn't sell those types of Traynors where I lived......:p Only those funky SS ones.
    I saw Pete Traynor drop a YBA-1 off the roof of a building, replace the tubes and fire it up. Worked perfectly. Go figure.
  13. SMASH

    SMASH Guest

    Jan 18, 2000
    For slap or "modern" or whatever maybe it is useless, but it is damn keen if you like to rock.

    I have an Ashdown, SWR, and Monoblock II and use a variety of other borrowed gear at gigs and rehearsals but I don't feel (or hear anything) lacking when I use the "lowly" Monoblock II.

    NF1986 - I am seldom in Nelson. Ask around about Blackfish, I'm sure they've played your pubs plenty of times. Cheers!