Traynor YBA-1 better than a Silver face Bassman?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by BassGreaser, Jul 14, 2004.

  1. BassGreaser


    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I've been reading some reviews about Traynor YBA-1's (1966-1970) , and most say that the heads are CLEAN, and very loud. I read one that a bassist said he ran his with a SWR 8x10, and was able to get show volume on number 2 with the head, and when he used his SS 400watt head he had to run it at 4 or 5. I would like to know what you vintage amp guys think about the Traynor YBA-1 vs. a Bassman 135. I have the option to pick with head i want. :meh:
  2. Hello BG... I have owned a number of Traynor amps over the years and they are solid and reliable, but I'm concerned about the review that you describe. The YBA-1 is ~40-50 watts (depending on the year), compared to the Fender which has more power. There's something to be said for the large (and heavy) transformers in the Traynor but at the end of the day the Bassman 135 will give you more headroom. I've seen reviews describe the tone of the Traynor as very similar to that of the original tweed Bassman and the power is similar.

    For reference, I've spotted YBA-1 heads locally for $350 CDN (~$250 USD).