Recently grabbed hold of some all tubey goodness! It's been about 15 years since I let go of my old SVT II Pro. Been rocking a GK 1001 RB-II since then.

I've been looking at a couple of different options - a tube pre & power amp tandem, the MB Fusion, and primarily the SVT 3 Pro - until I came across a local CL ad. It was for a Traynor YBA 200-2, for $400. A quick check at the GC used inventory had them at $600-$650. GAS was kicking in hard, I wanted this thing bad.

I emailed him about any trade interests. I ended up trading away a JamHub TourBus. I'd had it for more than 3 years and never used it, was still in the plastic, in the box. It was part of the grand prize from a D'Addario sweeps.

So, I just got a sweet tube amp, and it didn't cost me a thing. The previous owner changed one of the preamp tubes from a 12AX7 to a 12AT7, and I did the other. Got nice headroom and some breakup toward the top of the gain.

I did a comparison with my GK. I've had them plugged into my SWR Workingman's Tower 8x10, with the tweeter rolled off. Played through a passive sunburst tort-wearing P with 3 year old flats, tone wide open. My goal was to make the GK sound like the Traynor, with the Traynor's gain at 1:00 and all eq's set at 12:00. With the GK set at - Input 1:00, Contour and Presence at 7:00, Treble and High Mid at 12:00, Low Mid at 2:00, Bass at 11:00, Boost at 9:30, all buttons out - I hit the tone right on, but the GK is still more defined.

This thing has a naturally sweet tone - fat, warm, and rich. The eq controls are cut only, and their effects are rather mild. It has some scooping options, but otherwise doesn't have a really wide tonal palette. I think it has a great natural tone and have been playing with the eq's at 12:00. Thoroughly digging my new tube amp!
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