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This week’s featured gear line is Traynor Amplifiers! A brand of bass amplifiers and guitar amplifiers, they are named for founder Peter Traynor, and began in 1963 with the Dynabass bass amplifier, a rental product. Traynor first became popular in Canada by providing less expensive versions of the circuits used in Marshall and Fender amplifiers of the time. The contemporary brand now produces a wide range of electric, acoustic, and bass guitar amps.

Peter Traynor was a music shop repairman for Long & McQuade who had been customizing amplifiers as a way to save costs for the business. Through experimentation and experience, Traynor developed a bass guitar amplifier that he called the Traynor Dynabass. By the end of 1963, Traynor was selling the Dynabass amps along with matching 15-inch speaker cabinets, as well as Traynor portable public address (PA) speakers. A business partnership then formed with Jack Long, of Long & McQuade, to sell those amps. This company was named Yorkville Sound, which would become a major manufacturer of audio amplifiers, loudspeakers, and related professional sound reinforcement equipment.

In 2000, Yorkville Sound reintroduced the Traynor brand with the YCV40 (Custom Valve) model. The brand now has a wide product range including DynaGain solid state guitar amplifiers, International amplifiers, Bass Master bass amplifiers, Keyboard amplifiers, and an acoustic guitar amplifier line.

Check below for a video presentation of the new Traynor amps at NAMM 2020! 

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