Price paid: C$ 600
Purchased from: Long and McQuade
Features: This is one of Traynor's YCS series 4x12 cabinets. It was made in Canada sometime during 2011. It is made from solid birch plywood, which undoubtedly helps it produce a strong tone. My cabinet is the slanted version, and features 4 Celestion G12-T75 speakers (there is also a model featuring Celestion Vintage 30's), allowing for up to 300watts of power handling in mono, or 150watts stereo. The back panel features 2 input jacks and a switch allowing the cab to be set to run either in stereo or in mono. In mono, the inputs allow for either 16ohm or 4ohm operation, while setting the cab to stereo allows for 8ohm operation.
Otherwise, the cabinet is finished in very nicely applied black tolex. The speaker cloth is a fairly generic, though tough feeling, tan cloth. The cab also features removable casters and recessed metal side handles. Finally, each corner has a painted metal guard on it - a very nice touch for those of us who gig. Overall, a fairly standard and well made guitar cabinet. // 8
Sound: I always use this cabinet with a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Roadster and a wide variety of guitars. The cab does a nice job of reproducing clean tones; it is definitely on the bright side, much brighter than a Mesa Boogie cabinet, but it is very clear sounding. It is able to handle quite a bit of volume before the speaker begins to break-up, which is quite nice for achieving true clean tones at high volumes. As you begin to add more gain, the cabinet retains its clarity and maintains excellent note separation. Again, it is definitely a brighter sounding cabinet, but it has a very nice punchy bottom end. I really like this cabinet because it is able to handle very low tones while remaining punchy without getting too boomy like some other cabs.
Overall, this cab is pretty good about accurately and transparently translating the signal from your amp into sounds. It is definitely a little brighter than most cabs, but this can be quite helpful when trying to cut through and unfriendly mix. It is also and extremely tight sounding cab - notes are loud and very punchy with no signs of flabbiness in the tone at all, particularly in the bottom end. It really is a very good cabinet, particularly if you find other cabinets too dark or boomy. // 9
Reliability & Durability: I have been gigging this cabinet regularly for about a year now, and it has been very good. The cabinet is very well assembled and still feels very solid. The tolex, though very well applied, is starting to tear and wear off in places, but it isn't peeling, which is very nice to see. The casters, though a little tinny looking, seem to be holding their own quite well.
Like most good quality cabinets, there is no reason that this one should give out from regular use. I have used mine quite hard and, other than worn tolex, there are no significant signs of wear on the cabinet. As long as you don't beat the crap out of it, this cab will last. // 9
Overall Impression: This is not my first 4x12 cabinet, but it is certainly the one that I have been the happiest with. It is a bit brighter than many other 4x12's I've tried, but not so much so that it sounds shrill or piercing. Additionally, it has a very tight and punchy response, which suits my playing style quite well. It is a nicely balanced sounding cabinet though, with the solid bottom end working well with the brighter top end to accurately reproduce the sound of your amp.
I have been very happy with this cabinet for the past year, and I would certainly buy another one if mine were to get stolen (the thief would have to be a beast to run off with this thing). The only real gripe I have with it is that it is a little on the heavy side - over 100lbs. Ultimately though, it is a great cabinet, though not for everybody - some guitarists, particularly those in a 1 guitar band, might find the cabinet too bright for their tastes. That being said, if you're in the market for a good quality cabinet, go check this one out. // 8