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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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

Discover the majesty 80 Class-A watts will bring to your sound. Order today!

  • 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

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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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Best of both worlds

By KraZ_JayZ

from Killeen, TX

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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.

(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.

(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!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


It does every thing I need for blues/rock

By Brian-M8umi

from Charleston, SC

Clean channel is awesome with the expander and bright switches engaged while using my Les Paul. Drive channel has a lot of range from slightly breaking up to full on tube overdrive that smokes. This isn't a chugging metal head amp. It is similar to the Fender Twin that I tried out, but oh so much better. You can drive this thing at low enough volumes to play in the bedroom or studio, and kick the mule with all you need for small/medium-large venues. I researched this amp and played it extensively as well as many others, Mesa F-30, Twin, Crate VCfx 50, Peavey Classic 30, and so on.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Solid Amp With Major Potential

By The_MH-53_Rules

from Pennsylvania

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


80 all-tube watts AND Celestions at this price!?


from Seattle, WA (Looking for band)

I love this amp! It's one of the most versatile amps i have ever played. You can get anything from a sweet and mellow Jazz tone to Heavy Metal Crunch. It's great for shows, too. 80 tube watts is plenty to melt the paint right off your walls. Definitely a good bang for the buck.


The Tone I was looking for.

By EtherMace

from Richmond, VA

I went through a lot of amps looking for the tone that was my idea of good and there were some that were really good but it sounded like everybody else's tone. With this amp and my pedals I get a tone all my own and I still have money in my pocket.


All in one tone machine - LOUD

By CaptainPatch

from Sterling Heights, MI

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Great amp with many features that a home studio can take advantage of. This amp can get very loud and never loses its push of tone.Reverb is nicer than a Fender Twin in my opinion. It has crisp, but organic clean and has a very warm 60's blues growl in the gain channel. Perfect for old Fleetwood Mac, Clapton, BB King, you get the idea.Don't over do it though - this amp is not a metal amp, unless you call Black Sabbath and Ozzy, or AC/DC metal... For metal you need to disconnect the speakers and run into a closed marshall 4x12.The effects loop and daisy chain features are a big plus from this vintage sounding amp.Speaker bypass is perfect for home recording at night.This amp has it all except for point to point wirring. But who offers that today at this price?? Boutique maybe, but at several thousand.You will love this thing!


Can't beat it

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I just wrote a review for a Shecter C1 Classic that I bought at the same time I got this amp. I own Fenders, Marshalls,Peveys,and Carvins. I got this amp about a year ago. I'v played it hard for a year now and could'nt be more satisfied.Fender twins are not as good but cost twice as much. It's the best all tube amp out there for the price. I think I'm going to buy that Tranor Blue Fifty now, it's got to blow the Fender Hot Rod's away if it's anything like the 80. Plus it's cool because it's cool not to be in the crowd.


Totally bleepin Awsome Amp.

By Drew-VpeNo

from B.C. Canada

Before I bought this Amp I did extensive research. I was on a fixed budget and I wanted to get the most bang for my buck, who doesn't right? Any way I play hard core so bottom end was very important but would never be able to afford A big dollar triple rec. Mesa Boogie. I found this amp and fell in love with it. It has all the quality of the high dollar amps for a fraction of the price. And it totally rocks with awsome distortion. Was playing outside the other day with the band and I never got the volume over three. That's pretty strong. I cranked it up to 5 in the room the other day and almost had ear damage. The clean tones blow Fender away in my opinion. Buy the amp. You won't be sorry!!!!!



By Lithium Zero

from Norwich, Ny

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The best sounding amp for the money. This has great tone, great price and looks cool. It does clean and nasty very well. Not overly impressed with the sound when you cut the gain back, but it's still better than most. Great high gain sounds, though.


Pure tube tone for the Blues rocker!!

By Crazy fingers Magee

from Alabama

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I rented this amp for a show near my home town, and I was completely blown away by it's raw power and crisp warm clean tones. It is a remarkable amp with many great features that meet my needs as a soulfull musician. With the right looks, it is a unbelivable amp with soul enough to rock the stage. The distorted channel is deep and rich, and I WILL own this amp.


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.


Bang for your Buck!

By JellyBelly

from Ontario

This is a great amp, I've got the extension cab to go with it and it adds a lot of depth. You'd be hard pressed to find an amp that has this kind of tone for a better price. Not only that but you get the best of both worlds, Fender clean, and Marshall-like distortion. I've received many compliments about this amps tone when I'm out gigging. There are, of course, better amps out there, but not for the money.


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!



By karel

from holland

great sound, not a copy of another brand but your own sound! Loud and clear!


A step up into a new derection

By Jimmy-4IRdL

from Countryside, IL

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After 2 years of researching & trying many amps I had found the sound I want with this amp and I love it. And with this amp I have steped up my game not only with the sound itself but with recording as it has a hook up for that and if I want to burn the midnight oil I have headphones that also sound fantactic plugged into it. Now if I want to get into a band or form one I have the tool to help make that come about. As I know that I don't need the notoriety of a name like Marshall or a Mesa / Boogie or the price tag that comes along with names like that to make me look good. Just the right sound and enough power to be noticed and it sounds great at lower levels as well when I don't want to rattle my part of the world. the clean tube tone as well as the over drive is just what my 1977 Fender Stratocaster and I needed. Sometimes dreams do come true and happy endings and great beginnings. The best amp I have found in its class and price range bar none. Turn it up. :-)


Versatile, nice sounding amp.

By J.W. Wilson.

from Port Angeles, WA

Not a lot of use yet, but testing the amp was very inspiring, can't wait to use it live. Comparing it to the Fender DeVille, I think it is a lot more versatile, with better tone quality.


Traynor YVC80-2+12

By g5YwD9ANh

from Reseda, California L.A.

I Just Bought This Amp And It Does A FanTastic Job With The Versital Music I Play, Jazz-Fusion,Prog-Rock,Blues,ExPiermental-Improvised, It Does It All... I Love This Amp,YVC80. Ive Owend, Fender,Ampeg,Kustom,Acoutic,Saint George,Creat,Park. They All Sounded Good, But This Amp Does It All. I Love This Amp. So Far? YCV80 Thanks

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