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Traynor Custom Valve 80 YCV80 80W All Tube 2x12 Combo Amp with Celestion Speakers   

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The Traynor Custom Valve YCV80 2x12 Combo Amp harnesses a complement of 4 - 5881 tubes in the power stage and 3 - 12AX7s in the preamp wedded to a pa...Read More

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The big daddy of Traynor's all-tube line.

The Traynor Custom Valve YCV80 2x12 Combo Amp harnesses a complement of 4 - 5881 tubes in the power stage and 3 - 12AX7s in the preamp wedded to a pair of 12" Celestion 70/80 speakers. Nothing matches the rich, creamy distortion and complex harmonics of all-tube output. The tonality and sheer output of the Traynor amp are awe-inspiring. A Scoop switch on the lead channel adds body while an Expander switch on the clean channel opens up a range of crystalline rhythm tones. Included footcontroller switches channels and activates boost. Traynor's DynaSound direct output gives the YCV80 combo the sound of a miked cab for studio work. Speaker simulation on the XLR direct and headphone outputs. A speaker defeat switch is handy for silent direct recording or practice. The parallel effects loop with separate trim pots offers greater effects control while a series effects loop gives you signal path flexibility. Vintage Traynor looks with the classic front-mounted logo on a rugged vinyl-clad plywood cab with chrome corners. The recessed rear control panel is easily accessed while staying out of harm's way. Traynor gives you a 2-year warranty with your YCV80 combo amp.

  • All tube design with 4 x 5881, 3 x 12AX7A Sovtek tubes
  • Dual 12" Celestion 70/80 speakers
  • Separate tone controls for clean and drive channels
  • Scoop switch on lead channel for heavy "boutique amp" lead sound
  • Expander switch on rhythm channel for unique variations of clean tone
  • Included footswitch switches channels and activates boost
  • DynaSound speaker-compensated XLR direct output
  • DynaSound compensated headphone output
  • Parallel effects loop with trim controls on input and output
  • Internal speaker defeat switch for silent practice or direct recording
  • DC-powered filament supply on preamp tubes for reduced hum
  • Autobalancing bias supply eliminates need for matched pairs of output tubes or bias adjustments
  • Long Accutronics reverb springs for authentic vintage sound
  • Fully regulated power supply for ultralow noise
  • Conservatively driven output for extended tube life
  • Additional loop-through serial effects loop
  • Plywood cab with vinyl covering
  • Vintage Traynor looks with rear-mounted control panel
  • 2-year transferable warranty

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Custom Valve 80 YCV80 80W All Tube 2x12 Combo Amp with Celestion Speakers

  • Type Tube Guitar Amplifier
  • Cabinet Program Power (Watts) 80
  • Cabinet Impedance (Ohms) 4
  • Minimum Impedance (Ohms) 2
  • Speaker Configuration - LF (Size/Power) 2 x 12 inch Celestion 70/80
  • Input Channels 2
  • Channel 1 - inputs 1/4 inch phone
  • Channel 1 - controls Gain, Volume,Treble, Mid, Bass
  • Channel 1 - switches Boost, Scoop
  • Channel 2 - inputs Shares Ch 1 input
  • Channel 2 - controls Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass
  • Channel 2 - switches Channel Select, Brightness, Expander
  • Channel Switching Yes
  • Line Out (type/configuration) Speaker Compensated XLR Balanced
  • Effects Volume Yes
  • Effects Loop/Location Yes/Rear
  • Effects Footswitch/Function Yes/Channel Select, Boost
  • Internal ReveEffects Accutronics Spring Reverb
  • External speaker/rear
  • Headphone Jack Yes
  • Other Features Standby Switch, Auto tube matching circuit, DC filaments on preamp tubes, Headphone jacks, Speaker defeat switch, Perforated Steel Grille
  • Dimensions: 26-1/2"W x 20"H x 9-1/2"W
  • 65 lbs.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Traynor Custom Vave 80

By Goldtop Sam

from Arlington, Tx

Very nice two channel all tube 80 watt Canadian made amp. Has super clean channel, and although very good does not quite have the top end sparkle or low end punch of my Fender Twin Amp, better distortion though. It has now become one of my main gigging amps, lighter than my Fender, too. And quiet. This is without a doubt one of quietest tube amps I've played through, even with some of my vintage analog pedals kicked in. I've had no problems with the Sovtek tubes, I'm not going to get into all that NOS tube business. Sovtek 5881s deliver a big round tone and a nice, compressed distortion when pushed and are the most reliable 6L6 dual beam tetrode bar none. To me, if it sounds good, leave it alone, and I get good comments on my tone, so I'm not dropping alot of dough on tubes. Speaker mute switch, XLR out, series and parallel fx loops, just chock full of useful features, not a big fan of the expander feature, though. Nicely done, Traynor.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



By Govanmaniac

from Athens

I own a Traynor Custom Valve 80 YCV80 80W All Tube 2x12 Combo Amp with Celestion Speakers for 2 years now. The amp is very well constructed! The clean channel is amazing. The distortion channels although acceptable, seemed to lack clarity and definition. The default pre amp tubes are Sovtek's 12AX7WA and the power amp tubes are Sovtek's 5881WXT. Here is my advice for a killer tone... I replaced the pre amp tubes with Tung Sol 12AX7 and power amp tubes with SED (Winged c) 6L6GC. You won't believe your ears... The sound was far better than I could even imagine... The amp sounds better than Mesa Boogie dual rectifier even than a MarkII after this replacement. Just go for it...Great amp!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Best of both worlds

By KraZ_JayZ

from Killeen, TX

After extensive research about which amp was right for me, I finally chose the YCV80. I immediately changed the speakers for Eminence Legends and retubed it with JJ 12AX7's and Svetlana 6L6GC's as I'd heard how poor the stock units performed. Once this was done this amp is an absolute marvel. I always dime the master volume to really get the tubes cooking, and because the reverb is tied to the master so you need to have it up to get full use of the reverb. First off, the clean channel is like nothing you've ever heard. People should use this clean as the industry standard because Fender's can be too sharp sometimes, but not this clean channel, it can be as bright or as warm as you need it to be. It's wonderful. Plus, the expander switch is really cool as it adds a sort of acoustic sparkle to your clean. Next, the dirty channel is everything from warm blues to marshall JCM800. Think Slash from Guns N' Roses. And if you use the scoop switch and engage the boost, Metallica-esque metal is all there. Harmonics on this amp are a thing to behold, and string dynamics are up there with the best and most expensive amps I've ever heard. Simply put, this amp is an excellent all around performer. It falls short in no category as far as I'm concerned. Oh, and IT IS VERY LOUD! It's built like a brick sh*thouse and Traynor's warranty is the best thing since sliced bread if you actually do manage to break it. Don't think, just buy it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Solid Amp With Major Potential

By The_MH-53_Rules

from Pennsylvania

This is a very good amp for the money. Tons of headroom on the clean channel but the dirty channel left me cold. Also, the amp really lacked low end and soul. I know this is an open back amp but still. The Celestion 70/80 speakers and Sovtek tubes were the cause. I swapped in a pair of Celestion Greenbacks and some vintage Sylvania 6L6GC power tubes(interchangeable with 5881's) and some vintage Sylvania 12AX7's pre-amp tubes and now this amp is a tone monster. The dirty channel is very Marshall like but what is really nice is the clean channel. Sweet and soulful with the channel volume at 5 and the master at 4. But when you dime the clean channel volume the harmonics are unreal. Real tube distortion. Spongy and singing. I use a 58 Les Paul reissue straight into the clean channel with a touch of reverb. No effects. None needed. This amp sounds that good now. Do yourself a favor and try it. You will not be disappointed. These two mods really wake this amp up. I guess they had to cheap out somewhere so speakers and tubes must have been where they did it. These mods were not too expensive (300.00 plus the price of the amp) but the return on investment is well worth the price. This is a long haul amp now. It is solidly built. The only other mod I would recommend is a fan for the back. The amp does tend to get hot after a set. The control panel gets hot to the touch. That's a common problem on amps of this design. For the price of the amp plus the mods, you are still getting a bargain. Most twins of this design are only 50 watts. This amp is conservatively rated at 80 watts. Bottom line, a really good amp that can be outstanding.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


The only amp you need

By Kennyray

from Florence, AL

This is one of the best amps on the market today. I have owned mine now for 3 years and it has never failed. I use it on gigs and in the studio. It will nail the Fender clean tone all the way to a Marshall gain. If you want to get the most out of it, run the master volume on "10" and adjust channel volumes to suit your stage volume. It really works the tubes and gets a nice full sound. If you need an amp to cover your "covers" this will fit the bill easy.


reliable tube amp

By musicman80-VTR7_

from Dallas, TX

I used to play in a few clubs and now I mostly lead out worship and record with this amp. I bought it 4 years ago and the only problem I've had with it is my Master volume knob goes in a complete circle now. Meaning if I turn the master vol. down to 0 it can click over to 12 on accident - BIG DIFFERENCE! Other than that this is a great tube amp. I like the celestion speaking that come with it and wouldn't recommend any upgrades to the amp itself. I dont' really use the on board distortion since I'm running a pair of TS-9s. It's a great amp that will last!


Good Deal

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

All of these Traynor YCV models (especially the WR) are well made amps for the money. Keep in mind this model is quite loud with lots of headroom. Unless you play a lot of outdoor gigs or some pretty large rooms you might be better off with one of their less powerful amps. But that is always a problem with all amp brands anyway. These 2x12's are voiced very bright in my opinion. You would be wise to make a speaker upgrade right away. Even just changing one of the two stock speakers makes a huge difference. Get one of the Eminence Patriot series that Musicians Friend sells and don't look back. Later on you can replace the other speaker and also go for a tube upgrade. These guys are HEAVY. If you play out a lot, invest in some good casters. These are good amps. You will own it for many years to come. Enjoy


Exelent sound and great handeling

By Soldiers Of Youths Army

from Ontario Canada

I love this amp! i have owned one for a couple of years now, and it was the best purchace i eaver made. It sounds amazing for clasic rock tones,and has more then enough drive and crunch for heavymetal. The only drawback i have found was right before the warenty ran out, something burnt out leaving everything running with the standby switch on and off. its easy to fix and only cost about fifty bucks after the warenty ran out. in five years this has only happened twice, i would still recomend this amp to any fellow musician.


Great used amp!

By Cadd99

from Livingston, NJ

I bought this amp used from a friend.When it came, I plugged it in, let it warm up, and was amazed when I really put it to use. I was very impressed with the wattage (80 watts) because I play a lot of clean stuff, and all that extra headroom really adds to the clean sounds.I only use the clean channel, and for overdriven sounds (I don't use distortion per se) I use a Fulldrive Fulltone 2. It gives me the exact sound I'm looking for - a Strokes-esque dirty/clean tone.The only downside about this amp, though, is how heavy it is. It's about 70 pounds, which takes a toll on your back if you're playing a lot of places and have to carry it a lot like I have to.I think the value on this amp is pretty good too, but it doesn't deserve a "10" in my opinion. It's about $100 more than a Fender Hot Rod Deville 2x12, but on the other hand, it does have an XLR direct/recording out, a second channel with independent tone controls, and a parallel effects loop, but I don't really put those to use myself. Another small downside - because this amp isn't so popular, and has dimensions that differ from most other combos, it's impossible to find an ATA case for it, so if you need one, you'll have to order a custom one.For the price I got it used, this amp was a steal, but if I had to buy I new one, I'd really evaluate this amp against a cheaper Fender tube amp.



By Doc Payton-UqRMY

from Phx, Az

OK..this is not your run of the mill amp. Sure it's only 2 channels but it's not how much you got but how you use it! I made a good deal on the amp and after spending 3 days with it, I am convinced that this is possibly the best deal I have come across in a long time.This amp has a awesome rectifier sound but you still have money in your wallet. The clean channel (channel 2) has some of the best features I have ever seen on a combo amp. The Expander button on the clean channel is unbelievable. This amp works great with humbuckers and single coil pickups and has a very chimey, shimmering sound to it. The gain channel (channel 1) rocks out to any and everything. With this amp you have a learning curve because there is so much to choose from. I believe that the tone controls are active electronics and you can actually hear them work and does wonders for shaping your tone. There is to much to list with this amp. The only thing I can say is try it for yourself. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. Remember, this is something alitte different so be patient and let your ear guide you along the sonic reverence this amp has to offer.

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