Traynor TC810 ... the Canadian fridge... Have you used one?

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  1. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    There are a few threads, but they are older.

    The stats on this Canuckian beast are pretty stout. Any thoughts from those who have used them?

    The obvious comparison would be the Ampeg. I gather the Traynor gets "lower and louder". It appears to have nice rails on back. Most of the reviews are pretty positive, but there really isn't a ton of info out there from end users.

    If it's a fridge from Canada I'm assuming it gets colder... :D

    What say you?
     
  2. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    Ice cold! ;)

    I've never used the 810, but Traynor is renowned for making bulletproof gear, and it's all Made In Canada as far as I know.
    I always had it in the back of my mind that it was ported, but looking at pics online just now it doesn't appear to be.
     
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  3. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    That is one thing that seems to ring true with almost any Traynor review... "built like a tank".
     
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  4. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast

    Aug 7, 2008
    I have some experience with the vintage YC-810, introduced in 1967. This predated the Ampeg 810. A guitar player in a band that I was in had one. Nice wall of sound. It was way heavy. Traynor used Marshland speakers which were a weak point.

    Some info here.
    http://www.0rigami.com/vb/yorkvillehistory.pdf

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  5. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny Inactive

    Nov 20, 2000
    Harrison Mills
    I haven't had the opportunity to try a TC810 but based on how great the TC cabs I have tried are (2x10, 1x12, 1x15) the 8x10 is probably very good. Don't know if I'd buy one without hearing it....but I might. Too bad you're not closer to the border to be able to buy in person from L&M who has a no questions return policy.
     
  6. jazzbass_5

    jazzbass_5

    Sep 1, 2007
    NY, Medina
    I say it holds better beer too.
     
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  7. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I'm asking because there is one near me used for sale. I would certainly try it out before buying. Thanks!
     
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  8. jazzbass_5

    jazzbass_5

    Sep 1, 2007
    NY, Medina
    I checked out the Specs, what a monster! Hope someone here has some feedback for you.
     
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  9. The TC-810 is a great cab, but big. I had mine for a couple of years then sold it when my son moved out of the house because it took the 2 of us to load and unload it into the SUV. Can't go wrong with Traynor gear.

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  10. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Interesting design with the low recessed handles. I gues that's so you can grab it low to slide it into a van or truck.
     
  11. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Oh, and while we're at it...

    Any idea what it's worth?
     
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  12. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    $1400 CAD brand new.
     
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  13. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    So $1080 USD new.
     
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  14. Gizmot

    Gizmot

    Mar 22, 2009
    Nashville area
    I played in a band back in the 70s and the lead guitar player had one of these cabinets with a YBA-3 tube head. It sounded pretty good and it was very loud.

    I have no experience for how this cabinet works for bass, but it was a very solid and reliable for guitar.

    I owned two Traynor amps back in the 70s and they were flawless. They sounded good and always worked.
     
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  15. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    The cab in question is a new production 8x10" bass cab.
     
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  16. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Around these parts, they are a hard sell at $500 CDN. You can get an Ampeg fridge in that price range. I have seen Traynors as low as $300. I know my one student couldn't get $500 for his although he paid about that for it. I have no idea what they would go for down South. Most people would rather have an Ampeg fridge but, honestly, I prefer the Traynor here. I do find the bottom end has a little better definition. They are a heavy cab though, around 140 lbs I think.
     
  17. tedious1

    tedious1

    Feb 14, 2014
    Yay! I can contribute properly instead of quoting two fingers for a change!

    Funny this came up, I just played through one on our mini tour a couple weeks ago.

    Of course, that's on stage, with monitor wash, and loud drummer, so this is hardly a clean room review...I also typically play with a pair of Ampeg SVT-210AV, stacked correctly...(vertical).

    Short version - I was pretty happy with it, once I dialed back the lows a touch and ramped the mids up about twice what I rolled off the lows. Tonally, it's like someone baked a bit of bedroom tone into an Ampeg 810e, hit the eq and you can get that cab to positively sing.

    Longer version - I've played a lot of Traynor stuff over the years, including a combo that was my first guitar amp, and another combo that was my first gigging bass amp. Their stuff feels bulletproof, well constructed, even after some 15 odd years of hard use, when I went to strip the bass combo for cleaning and re-purposing, the rat fur emphatically did not want to be separated from the cabinet.
     
  18. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Thanks! What kind of head were you using and what kind of tone do you usually strive for?
     
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  19. ruju

    ruju

    Dec 9, 2017
    Ontario,Canada
    Yeah probably around there..I bought mine for 650 cdn used and it’s great! I also have a 200watt 15” combo from 1996 that has worked flawless although really heavy, and an sb106 class d combo that sound amazing for home use.
     
  20. Mvilmany

    Mvilmany

    Mar 13, 2013
    Upstate NY
    These guys approve that cab!!!

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