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Old 11-12-2012, 11:54 AM   #1
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Traynor YCV50B and Peavy Valve King 112?

I'm looking to buy my first tube amp, and at the Traynor YCV50B is the one I have my eye on most, along with the Peavy Valve King 112.

How does it sound? Anyone have experience with it?

I'm looking for a good gain, for Pop Punk / Alternative rock / Garage rock / Punk type stuff. Stuff like Blink182, Green Day, Fall out boy, Anti-flag etc.

Which of those do you think would suit me more? anyone here got experience with either? or any similar priced amps I might prefer?
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:58 AM   #2
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the DSL401 is also an option.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:26 PM   #3
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the traynor.

hands down the winner over the other two options.


or you could provide the info we need in the sticky and see if something else would work.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:46 PM   #4
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Sweet, I do like the look of the Traynor, actually just worried that it doesn't have the bite, or that kick that I'll need.

I live in south west wales uk,

My price range is really I'm trying not to go over 500

I'm willing to go used
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:51 PM   #5
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you could always grab an overdrive pedal if you felt it needed a bit more crunch. but it's got a decent amount on it's own.

having a OD pedal with a tube amp is like having fries with a burger.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:55 PM   #6
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How is the distortion on tap? for pop punk tones with a nice bite?
I'm not so loaded atm:p
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:55 PM   #7
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I put fries on my burger too.
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:05 PM   #8
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dsl15 head and a cab would be a good alternative perhaps?

What about the Dark Terror or Jim Root Terror?
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dsl15 head and a cab would be a good alternative perhaps?

What about the Dark Terror or Jim Root Terror?


I doubt a head and cab will fit my budget
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Next time you come up, meet me in New Brunswick for a fat sandwich at Rutgers...
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:21 PM   #11
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you probably don't want one of the new "dsl" amps. try one if you can, but i found them to be pretty bad all around when i played one recently.

an orange tiny or dark terror may work as well. def try those if possible as well as the traynor.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:25 PM   #12
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I doubt trying any of these is a possibility, to my disappointment..
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:28 PM   #13
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So, what do you think of the valve king?
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:38 PM   #14
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As a Valveking owner, I'd advise you to go for the Traynor, or perhaps a used Jet City JCA50 112.

The VK doesn't sound nearly as good out of the box as the Traynor, not to mention that the Traynor comes with a Vintage 30 speaker whereas the VK's stock speaker is awful.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:43 PM   #15
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The Traynor is definitely beginning to stand out. My only problem is if I get it online it's like 570 due to VAT.
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It'll be worth the extra 70 over the vk probably. I've not played the tray or but did own the vk.. I think you need a Brit voiced amp for those bands and the traynor is prob your best bet..

Are you buying this for gigging or home use?
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the traynor.

hands down the winner over the other two options.


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you could always grab an overdrive pedal if you felt it needed a bit more crunch. but it's got a decent amount on it's own.

having a OD pedal with a tube amp is like having fries with a burger.


+1

considering you'd be buying the traynor from thomann, you can pick up a joyo vintage overdrive at the same time, it's a tubescreamer clone for under 25. Hard to go wrong, and would still come in under your 500 budget.

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The Traynor is definitely beginning to stand out. My only problem is if I get it online it's like 570 due to VAT.


what? thomann prices include VAT.

So that's why you think it's over budget. No worries, before i discovered the internet i was hazy about customs charges etc. too.

The thomann price is the price you pay- granted your credit card might screw you over slightly on the exchange rate, which might add a tenner or something like that to it. And you'll need to get an EU adaptor (or just another kettle lead), which shouldn't cost much.

but yeah, pretty much the thomann price is the price you pay. Germany is within the EU- there should be no other VAT/customs charges, as thomann already charges you the correct rate of VAT.

thomann has good prices on jet city stuff, which might also be worth a look (but the traynor is probably better- but i'd prefer the jet city stuff to the valveking).

as i said in your other thread, gak has killer prices on the genz benz stuff at the minute (i presume because it's been discontinued), but a lot of the best stuff has already gone. EDIT: that just reminded me- some of it has come back into stock:

http://www.gak.co.uk/en/genz-benz-b...-bp30-212/76733 i haven't tried that, but that really is silly money for it- the speakers alone are worth the guts of 400 at retail prices.

http://www.gak.co.uk/en/genz-benz-el-diablo-100-c/76784 a little over budget, but still a really good deal. EDIT: holy crap that thing is 42kg, that's heavy as all get-out. They also do the head version at 400... and the harley benton plywood 2x12 cab with v30s is 150 on thomann, so that way of doing it might also be worth considering, if you think you'd like the el-diablo.

only concern is- for what you want, the el diablo may be too modern-sounding, while the black pearl might not be modern-sounding enough I'd say either is probably a better amp than even the traynor, though.
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