#1
Ok guys - I'm somewhat unhappy with my Traynor YCV40 right now. The clean just isn't clean enough for me in all honesty. It may have something to do with the tubes, one is a Mesa and one is a Groove Tube. I bought it used off eBay and still have been too lazy to swap out the tubes for some JJ's or Svetlana's. It's got a V30 in it.

But anyway, the clean doesn't feel like it's as clean as I want it. Not only that, I think it breaks up too early. One thing I really want to know is this; will changing the tubes effect how early it breaks up and the tone that much?

If it won't then I think I'm going to try and sell the Traynor and buy a Silverface Twin Reverb. Pristine cleans - 100watts(or is it 85? I know the reissue is 85w) so it won't break up too early. But I want to know this: with a good OD pedal, does this amp do rock really well? I seem to remember hearing that, but I can't recall if it's true or not. I can't think of any bands right now, but I'm going for a more modern tone. I don't do/want anything high gain.

The reason I'm even considering this is because at the given moment I'll be able to pick one up for maybe 500-550 if I'm lucky. And I paid about 450 for my traynor. So...opinions guys?
Gear:
Fender USA Standard Strat
1972 Aria "Lawsuit" Les Paul

Marshall JCM 900 Dual Reverb w/Randall cab
Traynor YCV40

Effects: (working on it..)
EHX Holy Grail Reverb
BOSS DD-6
Dunlop Crybaby Wah
1978 MXR Dist.+
#2
I would say at that price I would do it for sure. I'm not an expert on this amp so basically I'm just giving you a bump.

The thing that caught my attention though was the two power tubes you have. It was my understanding that power tubes need to be 'matched' so having 2 differnet manufacturers seems odd. Maybe they were biased that way on purpose and are 'matched'.

Anyone?
#3
Some power tubes are going to break up earlier than others. You may just need to re-tube the Traynor. Silver faced "master volume" amps sell in that range all the time, but are about the least desirable twin of the "twins". (If it's not a master volume amp it's a good deal.) Some people like the cleans and drive it with pedals, they take pedals well. It's not a great deal really as better fenders show up in or near that range. It could just be the tubes in your traynor though, that's a good amp too. I'd research the type of tubes that have later break up for more headroom. I'm going the other direction with break up so I can't rec something, lol.
Last edited by gregs1020 at Mar 9, 2009,