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Traynor YBA-2 Bassmate 2x El84

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jerryjg, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. jerryjg


    Aug 20, 2006
    Well I have this nice restored little early 70's tube 'Bassmate' model Traynor Yba-2 . I put a heavy Duty EV Force 15 All purpose
    musical Instrument speaker (200 Watts or thereabouts).

    I bought it as a guitar amp - small, for practice. It sounds
    good, but I really don't need it as I have a different amp for that now.

    How is this amp for Bass? Like, can it do 'Coffee Shop' acoustic sets with , like, a Fender BASS?

    Obviously I'm not looking to rock arenas with Death Metal .

    What is the extent of this little amps capabilities?

    Are these amps good Bass practice amp?

    Am trying to find a reason top keep it( besides that the market is pretty tanked right now).
  2. jerryjg


    Aug 20, 2006
    one bump before this goes off the main page.
  3. Well I tried a little research and found schematics/info that were dual octal base tubes. Didn't see the EL84/6BQ5 9 pin. If it indeed is EL84 expect about 17 watts (bedroom practice amp with bass guitar). If it is EL34 octals 75 to 95 watts and would be enough for small to medium jams with enough speaker area.
  4. jerryjg


    Aug 20, 2006
    Mine is 2x El84 combo. Should be right at around 17 watts, as you said. It does have some Big Iron for its size though. Pretty old Hammond Transformers.
    It does sound very good with bass..I just tried it..in fact, sounds better with Bass than Guitar IMO. It does have one very stout EV Force 15 speaker, which is fairly loud and efficient and the cabinet is very solid ( solid wood).
    I wonder if something like this could keep up with an acoustic set - Acoustic guitar & vocal ( through small PA), and small low volume percussion player?.
  5. MisterEd


    Jul 28, 2013
    Do not expect to much from a tiny combo amp, feeling very good today!, so, I'll give you a good advise: remove the speaker (it's a good one) and send her to me, I will dispose her properly:). Cheers... Ed
  6. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    If the cabinet is open backed you will damage the EV driver. Closed back you could be OK but the amp will not get very loud before breakup.
  7. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    One of these was my first bass amp! It couldn't go very loud without breaking up, certainly not drummer level. It's been used for jazz guitar ever since I sold it!
  8. emblymouse

    emblymouse Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    Lakland Artist Endorser
    My buddy has one which I've borrowed. Marginal volume + tone for bass. Then I nabbed a head only and gigged it with my Bag End S15's with a hot pbass. It kicked ass, nothing like the combo. It was at it's max but it held up with a rock drummer outdoors.