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All-tube design and fully equipped
This North American built all-tube 200W bass amp head stays true to its vintage roots. The YBA200 is a fan-cooled 200W all-tube bass head powered by four Sovtek 6550WE power tubes amplifying the 2 Sovtek 12AX7A and one 12AU7 that make up the preamp section. In true Traynor tradition, there are no semiconductors in the signal path, glass epoxy circuit boards, solid plywood box construction, solid component selection and an all-metal chassis ensure years of unmatched reliability. Traynor covers the YBA200 with a 2-year unlimited warranty.
Basic controls you'd expect to see appear on the front panel of any high-end bass amp include input gain, master volume control and a 3-band master EQ section. You'll also see innovative new tone shaping features like Scoop, 'Range', and 'Resonance'.
The Scoop knob sweeps from a flat frequency response to a mid-frequency dip at 400 Hz and can be completely bypassed from a separate front panel on/off switch. The Range control shifts the overall tone shape and general tonal characteristics of the master EQ section of the amp.
The unique Resonance Control, when used with a high quality and responsive loudspeaker enclosure, like the Traynor YBX1510, allows the player to dial in the exact bass response desired. It's easy to get any sound from a tight and punchy tone to a looser, more 'vintage-tube' sound with the Traynor YBA200. The Resonance control actually controls the damping factor of the amplifier's output stage, and allows the player to take full advantage of the tone of the loudspeaker enclosure.
The use of toroidal transformers reduces the weight of the YBA200 to less than 41 pounds, much lighter than many other all-tube high-power bass amps in this class.
The YBA200 has high and low level 1/4-inch inputs, a 1" tuner output with a switchable mute function that mutes the entire rig and kills the DI output when tuning. The front panel mounted XLR D.I. output has a one-touch ground lift, a 20dB pad and is switchable pre or post EQ.
The Traynor Bass amps take their place among the vintage Traynor, with the familiar black vinyl covering and black metal corners, all plywood construction, and a classic front-mounted Traynor logo, just like on their guitar counterparts, the Traynor Custom Valve Series. And of course they come with Yorkville's famous 2-year (even if you break it!)* transferable warranty
* Warranty valid in Canada and USA only
As the desire for real tube tone continues to grow among bassists, Yorkville responds to the demand by re-introducing Canadian-made Traynor Tube Amplifiers!
Made famous in the 60's and 70's, Traynor Tube Amps were a hit among both professional and hobby bass players, and were known for their affordability and great tone. And, they were tough as nails!!
To relaunch the popular Traynor bass amplifier line is a fan-cooled 200-watt all-tube bass head, the YBA200. Powered by four Sovtek 6550WE power tubes amplifying the two Sovtek 12AX7A and one 12AU7 that make up the preamp section. In true Traynor tradition, there are no semiconductors in the signal path.
In addition to the famous Traynor 'Scoop' control, two unique tone-shaping controls appear on the YBA200, making it one of the most versatile bass amplifiers in its class.
The Range control shifts the overall tone shape and general tonal characteristics of the master EQ section of the amp. The completely new Resonance Control, when used with a high quality and responsive loudspeaker enclosure like the Traynor YBX1510, allows the player to dial in the exact bass response from their rig that they want to hear from their amplifier. It's easy to get any sound from a tight and punchy tone to a looser, more 'vintage-tube' sound with the Traynor YBA200. The Resonance control actually controls the damping factor of the amplifier's output stage, and allows the player to take full advantage of the tone of his loudspeaker enclosure.
The YBA200 has high and low level 1/4" inputs, a 1/4" tuner output with a switchable mute function that mutes the entire rig and kills the DI output when tuning. The front panel mounted XLR D.I. output has a one-touch ground lift, a 20dB pad and is switchable pre or post EQ.
To compliment the retro look and sound is the 400-watt Traynor YBX1510 bass enclosure, the perfect mate to the YBA200 bass head. The YBX1510 is loaded with a compression driver, a single 15-inch and two 10-inch speakers, custom designed by Eminence specifically for this cabinet. - Designed and tuned as a complete unit, the YBX1510 delivers more tone than any separate two-ten cabinet stacked with a single 15-inch box can provide. The YBX1510 has two separate ported chambers in its enclosure; each tuned to compliment each other while taking specific advantage of their individual component's strengths.
The YBX1510's two-ten section with the compression driver delivers clarity, definition and the majority of the bottom end, while the single 15-inch driver provides punch and low-mid presence. The compression driver has an L-pad volume control so as much or as little of the high frequency driver can be dialed in as required.
The Traynor Bass amps take their place among the vintage Traynor with the familiar black vinyl covering and black metal corners, all plywood construction, and a classic front-mounted Traynor logo, just like on their guitar counterparts, the Traynor Custom Valve Series. And of course they come with Yorkville's famous two-year (even if you break it!)* transferable warranty.
* Warranty valid in Canada and USA only
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YBA200 200W Bass Head
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I have owned and giged the original YBA-200 for over 2 years now. It is a great sounding amp with adequate power for large rooms. I rarely use the resonance feature because I like tight bass. The scoop on/off button is great if you need to slap, otherwise I keep the scoop turned off. I've used the DI in both recording and live situations. The DI sounds great. I take a small solid state bass head to gigs as a backup. I end up just leaving the backup head in the car as I've never had to use it. I'm looking for a vintage sound so I alternate using a P-bass, J-bass and a Ric with this amp. I use an SWR 2x10 cab alone for small gigs and add an SWR 1x15 for large gigs. This is my ideal bass amp head.
I rented this beast for a performance and used it with a Marshall 4x12 cab with my PODXT and BC Rich Warlock. This amp exceeded all possible expectations I could have had for my live sound. I just can't wait until I can afford to buy it!!!!
I would put this amp over the crap that Ampeg is putting out latley. I was in the market for a tube amp and I went to a few stores trying out what I could. I tried the SVT and the employee was kind enough to explain how they had 4 returned in the last month. He recomended this amp instead. Now, I'm not saying this will beat out a vintage SVT but I'll stand by this Traynor in comparison to anything being manufactured latley. I will admit that this is not nearly as loud as other solid states or even the SVT, however what it doesn't have in power it makes up in value and tone.
I bought this amp just to play my fretless Carvin XB75 through and the combo sound. It has the tone of amps that more than double it in price, but it's not a sound for everyone. I would highly recomend this amp to anyone who is looking for a great sounding bass amp. It's not the loudest amp I own, but by far the best sounding. I did upgrade the 12ax7's and 6550's to tung~sol reissues.
I own the original YBA200 with the 6550's and really like this amp. I play with a pro 410 cab or a single 15 and they both sound great. Sounds like it puts out more than 200 watts. I have gigged with it more than a year and highly recommend it.
I've used this and the higher-watt models by Traynor. They all sound great and put out a ton of real power. I really like the simplicity and versatility of the tone controls. Traynor quality has always been top-notch, and it's nice to see it still is. None of their amps have ever failed on me. When it comes time to change tubes, it's easy to do... four screws, a couple of minutes, you're done. If you need more power, check out the 800 watt version of this amp. Smokin!
I recently bought this head and it is simply amazing. I've been looking for an affordable professional sounding bass head and took a chance with this one, ordering it online. It's simply phenominal. It's the tone I've been looking for after having played a Hiwatt 200 watt tube rig. It's a little bright but I turned down the tweeter in my Aguilar cabinet and it sounds amazing. I have the model which needs no biasing when switching tubes and it has the 'Range' knob which allows for a smaller or wider bandwidth with the EQ settings. The newer ones don't have those features. It's super punchy, quick, warm, and a completely full sound. My bass guitar has a louder E string and the other strings get consicutively quieter and this thing just corrects the problems and all my notes ring with equal volume. Traynor is my new favorite company and this thing easily is the best bang for the buck. Smokes anything in its range. Sounds excellent with distortion too. I used it to record some clean guitar work and it sounded waaaay better than my Marshall for that!
I bought one of these after hearing great things about them. I was truly dissappointed. The first one that was delivered had badly biased tubes that would glow red-hot and have to be shutdown, I waited over a month for fresh tubes to be shipped from Canada, and then they decided to ship me a whole new unit instead.This new unit worked OK, but sounded terrible, weak, underpowered, absolutely horrible bass sound. Needless to say I returned this one as well. I ended up finding a 70's era MusicMan HD130 in a local store that was way more louder and richer sounding than the Traynor and saving myself $200.