Advice on a possible vintage Traynor purchase

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  1. Mr. Crow

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    Howdy-

    I can pick-up a 1976 Traynor YGL-3 Mark 3 2x12 combo for $350. The guy says it's in very good shape, very little use over the years.

    It's a bit of a drive, about 1.5 hours, so I'm looking for some opinions.

    I know this SOB is heavy, as in 75 pounds heavy. I'm kind of on the fence, mostly about the weight but also having a 3 hour round trip in front of me.

    But if this amp gets some rave reviews here, and if some folks say it's a no-brainer for both the price and the quality, I'll start lifting some weights and just buy the thing.

    I'm not sure if I want to be talked into this or out of this.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. JoshuaTSP

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    I have the YGL-3a Mark III head.

    It sounds great. Kind of like a Twin that'll break up. I've used it for super clean to metal (with a pedal). The natural gain is suited for classic rock. I've been messing with the bright cap values.....trying to find the perfect mid boost type sound.

    It's heavy and build like a tank. The story is that Traynor would take out the tubes, and throw them off a building, put the tubes back in and play it again.

    I've never getting rid of mine. $350 is a decent price...especially if it's in good shape. It really is a no-brainer.
     
  3. doc

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    I almost started to laugh when I saw your post, because I've been emailing a guy about possibly buying my Traynor YBA-4 combo and thought for a second you might be him talking about MY amp! You were about to get an earful about what a steal it was!
    Seriously, most vintage Traynors are great amps. I have several others I'm keeping, so I'm not selling mine because its no good. They are not "feature packed", unless you consider killer tone a "feature". They stay fairly clean until pretty loud, and they can get LOUD. You have mentioned both one of the strengths and one of the problems in the same phrase - they are built like tanks, and are are therefore heavy and a pain to lug around. The speakers used with them weren't the best, and they usually tonally benefit from a swap, although they were servicable and usually not blown due to not being able to handle the amp.
    There's a website that goes into details on the models - google "velvet black". Most of them are something of a cross between Fender, Marshall, and Hiwatt. Mine is the combo version of a YBA-1, which is eerily similar in layout to a Marshall Plexi.
    Bottom line is they kick the crap out of anything of recent manufacture going for less than $1500, and give anything for ANY amount some serious competition.
    Hope that helps!
     
  4. Mr. Crow

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    Thanks for the input guys. I think I'm going to break out the barbells, get fit and just buy this amp.

    If I don't I have a feeling I'll regret it (maybe not so much my back).

    I see it's over 10 pounds heavier than my old Super Reverb, but I hope the tone will make up for it.
     
  5. JoshuaTSP

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    have the caps been replaced?
    What about tubes? Mine had the original Phillips tubes when I bought it.
     
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    I'm not sure. The guy said it was running real well, and that it was checked over by the store where he bought it many years ago.
     
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    Keep in mind that the caps may be original and potentially started to leak....they may need to be replaced? On the other hand they may be fine? Who knows?
     
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    I have a 2X12 YGL MK III and 2 heads. They're great amps! I've changed the MV to post PI and it's killer. I drove 3 hours round trip to get my combo too! The only weak point w/ the combo is speakers, IMO. I have a pair of Texas Heat in there now.
     
  9. Mr. Crow

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    How's your back holding up with the combo? Is it much worse than say a Twin Reverb as far as weight goes?

    I'll have to consider the Texas Heats. From everything I've read the speakers really do need changing.

    I'm not quite sure- I'm no tech- what the change of the MV to post PI does. Is this difficult for a tech, and does it help the sound very much that it would be worth paying someone to do?
     

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