Traynor Bassmaster, a good deal?

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  1. co-intelpro

    co-intelpro Member

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    I have the chance to buy an old Traynor Bassmaster YBA-1 from 1966 for $400 CAD, including shipping. This one has a very low serial number and a few knicks, but it has the Traynor script logo, 7025A tubes, and a 5AR4 Rectifier. IS this a good deal?
     
  2. Laroosco!

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    These amps kck serious ASS!!!!!!!
    Do it
     
  3. axpro

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    A tube rectified YBA-1? must be early, as all i have seen (and that is quite a few) haave been SS rectified. $400 canadian shipped sounds a little bit steep, but the price on these has been skyrocketing, i remember i bought my first yba-1 used in 97 or so for $200 canadian, but withthe prices i have seen of late, that is pretty much market (if it IS a tube rect'd... it is a good deal! very rare!) They make great chassis to put bassman and JCM800 circuits in, or in that very rare case, you canactually play it! I remember Trace at Voodoo used to mod a lot of these, and i am sure Mr. Fuchs has seen more than his fair share....

    I say go for it!
    :dude
     
  4. sundaypunch

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    Hell yes that's a good deal as long as nothing is messed up. It would be $500+ US on ebay.

    I have a '68 YBA-1 and it really is a Marshall in a super ugly package :D
     
  5. fakeox

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    Heluva deal! It shouldn't need mods, just a recap. Use it for a while before you do anything drastic.
     
  6. co-intelpro

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    Thanks guys, I think I'm gonna do it, but I'll be in the poor house. I just spent $500 CAD on 2 amps and a pedal. I bought a Silvertone Twin Twelve, a Symphonic Canadian amp with 2 6v6s, 5Y3 rec, and a 1x15, and finally an Ibanez AD80 in fantastic shape, and this was all for $500 Canadian! Unbeliveable deal!

    Well, another deal has come my way, I just can't pass it up! The tube rectified Bassmaster is rare, and the serial number on this thing is in the 500's...my wife is gonna kill me.
     
  7. cocheese

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    I spent $450 US for my 1966 Bassmaster. Great amp, period. It is WAY worth the money. Sounds as good if not better than some boutique amps I've played at 3-4x the cost. I gave my bro a 1968 model that he has been using on the road (a lot) and hasn't had a single problem with it. A serious vintage bargain, which is pretty rare these days.
     
  8. Tapp

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    I'd say go for it! Tube rectified YBA1's are hard to find these days. I bought one and converted it to a JTM45 with KT66's and all. Tone and bottom for days!

    If you get it, be sure you or a tech check to see if it has all of it's socket pins. Mine does not have pin 1 so I do not run EL34's in my amp. It was originally outfitted for 7027's which is a 6L6 variant.

    Tapp
     
  9. jonny guitar

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    Do it....you will not find a 66 for cheaper. I have owned 5 old Traynors from 68-73 and they were all great amps. A 66 with tube Rect. if the holy grail of Traynors.....you get to be a honorary Canadian with purchase too.
     
  10. axpro

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    :BITCH HOW EASY DO YOU THINK IT IS TO BECOME CANADIAN!!!!! BUY AN AMP?!?!?!?! LET ME TELL YOU FRIEND...


    YOU HAVE TO HAVE A TOQUE TOO!!!!
    :AOK and eat some bacon, the good kind... back bacon.... mmmmmmmm
    although side bacon is okay witha lttle maple syrup.... mmmm mapley bacon goodness <drooool>
     
  11. co-intelpro

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    Honourary Canadain?? I am Canadian!..I live in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for Christ's sake!! Ya, I am buying it, borrowed money and all!! I also own a '69, not rectifier tube, but it sounds awesome!!
     
  12. axpro

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    Amd I'll bet you own a toque and eat bacon!
     
  13. Jon Silberman

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    We've had many discussions here in the past on the venerable YBA-1. I have yet to meet someone who copped one and didn't like it. No doubt, the most sought-after ones are the earlier tube rectified ones but that may be a function of supply and demand (much fewer of the earlier ones were built) as much as tone. I own one of the later ones with the solid state rectifier and love it specifically because the circuitry yields a tone that is less "'authentic 60's Marshall" and more "Marshall meets HiWatt." But truly, either way, how can you go wrong?!

    Silberman faceplate optional. ;)

    [​IMG]
     
  14. co-intelpro

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    I do own a toque, and I do like bacon, but who doesn't? I think alot of people in the US own toques and eat bacon, and eat more bacon than myself and anyone else I know. The toques, by the way, are called beanies in the States (kinda like bunny hugs/ hoodies). They have them, but have a different name for them.

    I think what sets us apart are block heaters, low gun violence, excessive snow and cold, and vintage boutique-y amps that are cheap as borsch!
     
  15. GerryJ

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    Grady Johnson (Big Sugar) starts all his shows with 'Oh Canada' , and plays Traynors when he can (both old and new). He has been known to get an awesome tone plugging in a Garnet Herzog (the 'original' tube distortion unit - the 'american woman' tone) into an old Traynor Custom special (4-6ca7s) amp into 1 or 2 4x12 cabs....
    Traynor's old slogan back in the 60s was a play on the hydroelectric power shipped to the states: "Power from Canada!":D
     
  16. co-intelpro

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    I think his name is Gordy, and I think his recent band is called 'Grady'. Also, I think he usually uses a Garnet Herzog into SVT Bass amps, but I could be wrong. I think he started out using alot of Traynors though. BTW, The "Power from Canada" thing is pretty funny.
     
  17. BTO

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    I'm thinkin' a thread on a classic Canadian amp is a good time for my first post.;)

    Definately go for the Traynor, you won't be disappointed. I'm a Garnet man myself (hence my handle...I do have a Garnet BTO).

    I've noticed the popularity and price on these Canuck gems steadily going up in the last while. Best to grab them while the grabbing's good.:AOK
     
  18. jonny guitar

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    Hey there is a Garnet 3X12 on Vancouver's Craiglist for cheap...would look mighty nice with your BTO.
     
  19. GerryJ

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    You're correct on all accounts...I did see some pics on his website where he jammed at a small club in Austin with a new Traynor combo.
    But his big sugar rig was as you said, and he'd play a Gibson double neck 6 - 12 string SG, with huge strings, tuned down to C. Never saw 'em, but word was they were insanely loud :eek:
     
  20. co-intelpro

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    I love Garnet too, I have 2 Rebel heads (a rebel II and a rebel deluxe), a 2x12, a Gnome, a Rev II combo, and I just sold a Sessionman Vocal System Reverb head on ebay. I am looking for a BTO and a Herzog, got any spares lying around?
     

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