Traynor Bassmaster VS. Fender Bassman

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  1. ancient

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    Is there any point in owning both... Which do you prefer, and why?
     
  2. AL30

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    Which Fender Bassman are you referring to? There's a big difference between a 5F6 and an AB165.


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  3. ancient

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    I guess the Black Face or Silver Face with BF circuit.
     
  4. AL30

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    I'd say yes... for both circuits. The YBA-1 is closer to the older bassman amps (5F6 etc) but there certainly are differences.

    If I had a choice I'm not sure which I would take. I love the bassman - BF and SF circuits as well as the '59 circuit (I own a couple bassman amps). I don't own a YBA-1 but I do have a few Traynors and they have their place as well and are easily as durable as an old Fender. You can't go wrong with either one.

    I would certainly take the older Traynor over any new Fender.

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  5. drbob1

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    I don't think there's a problem getting tubes to make a BF Bassman OR a YBA-1 sound good (modern or vintage, 6L6s, EL34s and 12AX7s aren't running out any time soon). The YBA-1 has EL34s, which tend to give a smoother distortion to my ears, but bigger iron which makes for more clean overhead. They are different, and since the YBA-1 can be modded into a Plexi with little effort (and no big loss to the collectable community) I'd recommend owning both!
     
  6. bosstone

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    I think the only Bassman that compares to the YBA-1 Traynor is the #864. Earlier Bassman sound much different and later Bassman don't sound nearly as good as the 864's. I would have either in a minute. I have had both.
     
  7. Clutch21286

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    You can't go wrong either way. They are both exceptional amps.
     

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