Traynor YBA300 vs Ampeg SVT-CL

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Gord, Sep 10, 2018.

  1. Gord


    Jan 10, 2004
    BC, Canada
    Looking to get into the world of tube amps. I was just wondering which of these amps, both of which are available at my local Long and McQuade, is a nicer amp?

    Either one would be going into an NV610. I'm looking for something to rattle the house, while still cutting through, and bringing a bit of overdrive. I have a few pedals that could help with that in the case of the YBA300, which I heard is quite clean.

    Another thing to consider - the YBA300 is half the weight, and $800 cheaper. But, those issues don't seem as important if the SVT is that much more amazing.
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  2. Any popularity poll Ampeg vs whatever non Amercan is overwhelming skewed to Ampeg by the American influence on TB. Buy what you like.
  3. azfatboy


    May 11, 2016
    "skewed by American influence"?????

    Couldn't be that the SVT is better, and "better" or not, is the de facto bass rig against which everything else is compared? No, you're right--it must just be those crazy 'mericans........ :rolleyes:......
  4. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    I love my Traynor YBA-300. I am sure I would love the Ampeg if I had it. Sorry, I guess I am not much help.
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  5. craigie


    Nov 11, 2015
    I wonder if the Yba-300 is similar to the Yankees-200?

    If so, the yba-200 is a very mid scooped fender tone stack sound. I had to dine the mids just to get a usual amount of cut. The SVT on the other hand has the magic mid frequency control knob.
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  6. Had both. Both great, just different animals. I found I could get the YBA300 dirty with the right cab etc... If I was going for one of em now, with me being 54.... I'd probly go the YBA300 as it does sound great and is light.
    An SVT is an SVT. GREAT amp and popular for a reason.
    Iirc, the YBA300 has active EQ like the SVT. I only sold mine coz the Fender Super Bassman I bought has 2 channels and a superb overdrive.
    Come to think of it, why ain't THAT amp on your list? It's all an SVT is WITH a passive eq channel as well, which is all lush, gooey tubey goodness, AND 20lbs lighter than the SVT
  7. FronTowardEnemy

    FronTowardEnemy It is better to go unnoticed, than to suck Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    Chicago Illinois
    I’ve never tried the Traynor but I’ve played through an SVT / 810 rig and it is godly.

    If you have the option to try or buy a Fender Super Bassman, I would recommend that amp over both of your immediate choices. Like @rodl2005 said, more features and lighter than the SVT. Factoring in the weight, features, 2 channels, and a killer OD, I too opted for the SB over the SVT.

  8. Traynor is half the weight, almost half the price, cost less to retube, has more feature/technology, sounds great and is extremely powerful.

    Ampeg is written ampeg on it.

    You are Canadian, buy a Traynor
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  9. Hydron


    May 11, 2013
    Quebec, Canada
    I have a yba 200-2. And I Will probably sell it and buy the yba300. We recently added an other guitarist and I have to fight with 3 guitars now , extra headroom is always good. The value of that amp is great.

    You can buy some decent drive pedal and still have money in your pocket.

    Try to test the amps locally if possible.
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2018
  10. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Just stop it. It's not like we don't get Traynor in America.
  11. EatS1stBassist


    Apr 15, 2016
    So cal
  12. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    go try them both as well as the fender and ashdown if they have it. buy what you like.. not what we like
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  13. wmhill


    Aug 20, 2012
    upstate NY
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  14. GrapeBass


    Jun 10, 2004
    Graphic designer: Yorkville Sound
    both are good choices but you have to ask yourself... "am I gonna lug this thing around?"

    I am a bit prejudice as I work for Yorkville but my respect for Ampeg is great. Now if this matters, the Traynor is Canadian designed, it's made in Canada by a company that is privately owned and operated by it's original owner (Jack Long). Many of the people who work here have been here for many of the 54 years that we've been in business (I've been here for over 31 years).

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  15. onamission

    onamission Supporting Member

    Fender Super Bassman, SVT, or Traynor YBA-300, I'd be very happy with either. If I'm spending my money I'd buy the Traynor just due to economics.
  16. Madhouse27


    Sep 19, 2016
    I'm getting ready to sell the room to get a Fender Super Bassman 300.
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  17. BogeyBass

    BogeyBass Inactive

    Sep 14, 2010

    What's Ampeg? Never heard of it.

    I mean I've traveled with few SVTs.

    I had a backup SVT which came in handy
    A few times.
    Then I had a backup for the backup.
    Then I didn't have a backup for the backup for the backup.

    So I sold the backup. Then I sold the backup for the backup. Then I sold the main. Lol

    I don't miss it very much. Or them.
  18. Gizmot


    Mar 22, 2009
    Nashville area
    Back in the 70s, I had a couple of Traynor amps that I bought brand new. They always sounded great and were completely reliable.

    I would have no problems whatsoever buying another Traynor.
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  19. Drucifer

    Drucifer Not currently practicing Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2009
    Houston Heights, Texas
    Endorsements: your name could be here, Mr. Sadowsky!
    Any popularity poll Ampeg Traynor vs whatever non American Canadian is overwhelming skewed to Ampeg Traynor by the American Canadian influence on TB. Buy what you like.:)
  20. GrapeBass


    Jun 10, 2004
    Graphic designer: Yorkville Sound
    Funny part is I'm American (Brooklyn born & bred) and Ampeg ain't 'murkin no more, made elsewhere ;).

    Sayin' that, Ampeg is the defacto standard and deserves a lot of repect, they do have a mojo going (at least they used to). I, personally, never ride standards and always go for a more personal choice.

    For the $800.00 difference in price, I can buy a lot of (fill in blank ).
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