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Traynor YCV40 Custom Valve Combo Amp

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The Traynor YCV40 Custom Valve Combo Amp has 3 Sovtek dual-triode 12AX7WAs cranking out rich overdrive from the preamp while a pair of beefy Sovtek 5...Click To Read More About This Product

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Flagship of the new generation of Traynor all-tube combos.

The Traynor YCV40 Custom Valve Combo Amp has 3 Sovtek dual-triode 12AX7WAs cranking out rich overdrive from the preamp while a pair of beefy Sovtek 5881WXT beam power tubes boost the signal up to 40 huge watts. This milky, dense signal blooms into truly magical sound when run through the heavy Celestion Red Label 12-inch speaker.

Dual channels, each with 3-band EQ plus Accutronics spring reverb. Effects loop with volume control, gain, and boost on channel 1; brightness on Channel 2; main presence control; and standby switch give the Traynor YCV40 truly professional flexibility. Footswitch included.

The auto-matching tube circuit that maintains bias balance as tubes age combined with the DC filaments on the preamp tubes ensures amazingly hum-free performance.

Rugged Traynor cab features great nouveau-retro looks, plywood construction, black vinyl covering, chromeplated corners, and easy-access rear-mounted control panel with chicken-head knobs. Traynor includes a 2-year transferable warranty with your YCV40 combo amp.

FEATURES
  • 3 Sovtek dual-triode 12AX7WAs
  • Sovtek 5881WXT beam power tubes
  • Celestion Red Label 12-inch speaker
  • Dual channels
  • Accutronics spring reverb
  • Effects loop with volume control
  • Gain and boost on channel 1
  • Brightness on Channel 2
  • Main presence control
  • Standby switch
  • Auto-matching tube circuit
  • DC filaments on the preamp tubes
  • Nouveau-retro looks
  • Rugged plywood construction
  • Rear-mounted control panel with chicken-head knobs
  • Footswitch included
  • 2-year transferable warranty

You can't go anywhere else to find this kind of all-tube power and quality for this price. Order today and be astounded.

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4.8

(based on 41 reviews)

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Tame the honk

I have been using this amp for a couple years now. When I first got it, I thought it sounded a bit "prickly", but hadn't turned it up yet. ...Read complete review

I have been using this amp for a couple years now. When I first got it, I thought it sounded a bit "prickly", but hadn't turned it up yet. After I turned it up, still "prickly". So I ordered a set of JJ 6L6GC to go in it and some of there 12AX7 pre tubes. Better, but not quite the smooth top end I wanted. I ordered a pair of JJ KT77 power tubes. NOW we're getting somewhere. Then I booted the (not so great - insert your own adjective here) speaker and installed an Eminence Gov'ner 8ohm. Now we're talking! Much smoother on the highs. Use the boost channel. It's noisy, but the only way to get decent bottom on the drive side. I run a Decimator pedal in the effects loop to kill the hiss. The clean - it's my fav of any amp I've used. The reverb - it's good for just a hint (the way I like it) but it doesn't surf. I should have spent the extra bucks and bought a good, quiet, brit flavored amp and saved the bucks on the tubes, speaker, and (maybe) the noise supressor. But it'll do. BTW, if you play country, the drive channel w/out the boost and maybe a little Blues Driver and - "sweet"! Spanky!

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Does this work properly?

Ok, this is the second review as my first where I gave it all 10's was not used.I used this amp over a year now and found it very limited, I put better...Read complete review

Ok, this is the second review as my first where I gave it all 10's was not used.I used this amp over a year now and found it very limited, I put better tubes, sounds horrible, better grade speakers, helped with the terrible BASS problem, but still this amp is too hifi ish' Seems it was designed around cheaper tubes... all better ones made it sound like a decent stereo with rattling bass...Dont get this amp on first impression, it will get on your nerves after a while 'cause it does sound different, but I think its a cheap design and was designed to fool your ears...IMHOIt's good for clean stuff period...the overdrive sounds like a clean overdrive...hard to explain.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Tame the honk

By Boogieboom

from South Carolina

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I have been using this amp for a couple years now. When I first got it, I thought it sounded a bit "prickly", but hadn't turned it up yet. After I turned it up, still "prickly". So I ordered a set of JJ 6L6GC to go in it and some of there 12AX7 pre tubes. Better, but not quite the smooth top end I wanted. I ordered a pair of JJ KT77 power tubes. NOW we're getting somewhere. Then I booted the (not so great - insert your own adjective here) speaker and installed an Eminence Gov'ner 8ohm. Now we're talking! Much smoother on the highs. Use the boost channel. It's noisy, but the only way to get decent bottom on the drive side. I run a Decimator pedal in the effects loop to kill the hiss. The clean - it's my fav of any amp I've used. The reverb - it's good for just a hint (the way I like it) but it doesn't surf. I should have spent the extra bucks and bought a good, quiet, brit flavored amp and saved the bucks on the tubes, speaker, and (maybe) the noise supressor. But it'll do. BTW, if you play country, the drive channel w/out the boost and maybe a little Blues Driver and - "sweet"! Spanky!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice light gigging amp.

By JB-wkmwP

from Sterling, IL

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Have played out every week-end with this amp for 2 years now. Pretty happy with it. The speaker is really not up to snuff tone-wise, but I've used it with a Marshall 4 X 10" cab (1965B) ever since I've purchased it.Most tube amps will sound pretty smooth starting with everything at 12:00, but the Traynor does need the bass rolled-off and the mid-range tweaked for your individual guitar. The tone controls seem to be a little more "active" than most amps. Once you find your settings, this amp will sing.Negatives: The speaker outputs are hard to access, the "chicken-beak" knobs turn way to easy during transit. (I carry a printout of my prefered setings with me), the fore-mentioned sensitivity of the tone controls, the two channels have a very different tonal center and the "boost" function is way over-the-top for practical use. (I set the lead channel for a similar tone and a slight volume boost for lead work).These short-comings are small compared to the pound-for-pound value, great tone, and durability of this amp.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great little TONE MONSTER

By Chris-E1eBi

from Spartanburg, SC

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Bought this amp after a year of testing other amps. Tried Marshall, Fender, Peavey & Crate tube amps in this same power rating, and nothing could compair with the range of tones the Traynor provided. This thing has a great clean channel, and an awsome drive channel that can cover so many different types of distortion. Very suprizing considering this is not a modeling amp, but it's all that great tube tone that rocks! The only thing I wish this amp has is a XLR direct out, since I use the 1/4" send as an effects loop. No big deal with a good mic in front of the cabinet, but the XLR would make the sounds guys a lot happier! An excellent amplifier at an unbelievable price for what your getting. You will not be dissappointed with this amp. It will "Part your Hair" if you crank it!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A steal.

By Boomer

from Minneapolis, MN

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I just picked this amp up used a few hours ago. Been testing it out with a Fender Tele Delux (HH). It sounds great. The boost function on the overdrive is a bit much, and causes it to get sort of muddy, but I'm sure you can tone it up with some good EQing.The clean is clean, and overall volume is nice and loud. Can't wait to try it in a band practice situation. It will definitely keep up, 40 tube watts and an extension cab would be plenty.Do yourself a favor, and get a Traynor over the Fender, Peavey or Marshall combos. It's so portable and doesn't break the back like some combos.This amp will not fail to impress you. Check it out!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing and Versatile Amp

By MetalHead75

from Ottawa, ON

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This amp is mainly a blues amp, and works GREAT for that purpose. But, with a single distortion pedal, this can be turned into a Hard Rock, Alternative or even a Metal purpose Amp, making it incredibly versatile. It can play pretty great at a low volume for a tube amp, but sounds amazing when it's louder. the EQ allows you to get the right tone for what you need, and this amp has always sounded great on the Crunch and Clean Channel. However, the clean channel works almost exclusively for blues, and doesn't do much for quiet passages or a clean part to a metal song. lastly, the Reverb on this amp only kicks in that nice reverb tone when it's set to past 9 O' clock(Quarter way) and sounds a lil' off past 3 O' clock(3 quarters way), this is caused simply by the way reverb sound is created. You can fix this easily with a Reverb pedal. This is an amazing buy, and can play great at gigs as a Pre-amp, I recommend it too any Blues Player or any player who can afford the set-up to make this amp into what they need.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Does this work properly?

By Jimsi777

from Miami Florida

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Ok, this is the second review as my first where I gave it all 10's was not used.I used this amp over a year now and found it very limited, I put better tubes, sounds horrible, better grade speakers, helped with the terrible BASS problem, but still this amp is too hifi ish' Seems it was designed around cheaper tubes... all better ones made it sound like a decent stereo with rattling bass...Dont get this amp on first impression, it will get on your nerves after a while 'cause it does sound different, but I think its a cheap design and was designed to fool your ears...IMHOIt's good for clean stuff period...the overdrive sounds like a clean overdrive...hard to explain.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome amp...only one downfall.

By Koop1445

from KC, MO

I LOVE this amp! Great tone, great features....except for the footswitch....It can be a little tricky to control. First, the amp's "clean channel is channel 2...then you click the footswitch button number 1 to go to channel 1 which is dirty then you click button 2 to go to a "boost" of channel 1 which is the "3rd channel". The bad part is, if you want to go to channel 2, you must click on channel 1 then click channel 2...you cannot go directly to 2 unless you have it on 2, then click on button 1 to go back to clean...now next time you click on 1 it will automatically be on 2...BUT if you accidentally click on 2 while on the clean channel, it will turn "channel 3" on/off without you knowing until you click on one again....this explanation is probably just as confusing as experiencing it! Other than that, it's the best amp I've ever owned!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Boutique Tone

By We were morethanever

from Florence, AL

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Without a doubt, the Pete Traynor YCV40 is the best value on the market today. Every desirable tone you could think of is inside this amp. High-end guitar/amp shops in Nashville put these amps in the same room as Bogners, Bad Cats, etc. Does that tell you anything?

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Under-appreciated Amp

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have owned this amp for a few months know and I am impressed with what sounds I can get out of this amp. I am very picky and my tastes change a lot and so far I have been able to please my ear every time I play it. I recently installed NOS 12at7 is the 1st and 2nd tubes to lower the gain and I like this too. Stock speaker is good enough to use but any speaker would sound good. The 2 channels have separate EQs so this a true 2 channel amp. The clean sounds like the hot rod deluxe and the over drive is similar to the old Mesa crunch.

 
5.0

Great value

By Telepicker-Pakyf

from Kent England

I have 2 Fender Twins (Blackface & The Twin) but use this extensively on stage, usually miked. The sound is comparable to any Fender at considerably less money. I use a B Bender Tele and a '52 reissue. Both sound awesome thru this. James Burton / Roy Nicholls clean!!

 
4.0

great rockabilly tone and killer power amp

By captain 1817

from indiana

the chassis rattles a bit, but, it can be fixed. THe power amp and speaker are killer if you use a weparate preamp.

 
5.0

kick ass

By Brook Zaback

from Kingston, Ont.

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this is the most reliable amp i could have right now

 
5.0

great amp

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

it's the perfect rock amp. chili peppers clean, ac/dc crunch and audioslave grind can easily be attained

(0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

bleh..

By ssisbetterthantube

from New Brunswick, CAN

I have owned this amp for a while now, and I am very dissapointed. I use a Epi Les Paul with stock pickups, and I guess they just dont mix or something. But on the neck pickup it is overly muddy, and you can't tweak controls to make it sound any clearer. Distortion channel does not meet expectations, very muddy and deep. One thing I cannot complain about is the reverb, it is very eerie and nice. But I would have to say, spend your money on a different/better amp. I've sold mine already and now I own a Marshall MG100HDFX Half Stack and I am AMAZED with this amp. I think because of my experience with the Traynor tube amp, I will always stick with solidstate amps. I know im minority with this opinion but solidstates sound 10 million times better than tube. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT BUY THIS AMP!

 
5.0

I love this thang

By RisnShine7

from Alabama

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I bought mine used about 2 yrs ago. I have never owned anything better. I have owned fenders and marshalls and this one beats them all for the price. The sound is awesome and if I want to get other sounds I just use a pedals. I am very pleased.

 
5.0

None Better!

By Macdaddy28

from Holland, MI

This amp sounds better than any Marshall, Fender, Peavey, or Hartke I have ever played. This amp is the measuring stick for all others.

 
5.0

My best sounding amp

By ryan lamb

from Brevard, NC

adjust the eq's (they are separate for each channel, which is nice) and find your own great tone. i got mine on ebay for $*** and it is well worth what musicians friend offers for it brand new. comes with the boost for the lead channel which can make it sound muddy if the bass is up too high, but please don't dog this amp until you've put higher quality tubes in it. without better quality the sound is still one of a kind and can help you find your tone with much ease.

 
5.0

Great Tube Tone! You can hear the difference!

By Ap.Rhys

from Parkersburg, WV

I've heard the modeling amps and they do not have the clarity and definition of this amp. It's like the difference between hearing a guitar live and hearing one on the radio. Great Tube Tone! It's virtually hum free making it a great recording amplifier. I compaired it to a Line 6, and a Marshall AVT 50.

 
5.0

Sweet !!!

By Keith Franx

from Quincy, IL

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I've had this amp for about a year now and I must say, it never sounded that great. The lead tone was alright but channel two was always really muddy. I liked everything else about the amp and didn't want to give up yet, so I got the best tubes I could find (EH and Tesla) and now I'm a believer. The clean channel is rich and punchy and the lead channel screams a tonal rainbow.

 
5.0

Great Value!

By Rhythmking

from Annapolis, MD

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I've owned my YCV40 for over 3 years, and gigged with it extensively. It's bulletproof design and reliability are superb. I retubed it a year ago with Svetlana power tubes and EH12ax7's which helped the tone a bit. The clear channel is to die for, and the overdrive does the Marshall Plexi thing quite well. My only gripe is it's tendency to "splat" at high volumes, and I've just ordered a Weber Blue Dog replacement speaker to remedy that. For the $, it's hard to go wrong with this amp.

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