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Hi folks

I'm interested in a Traynor YCV40WR that's advertised locally. Apparently it was purchased new around 2010 and hasn't been used for the last three years. The asking price of $525 seems fairly reasonable to me although I'd hope it was in excellent condition.

But what about the tubes? How long do they last? Would it be obvious if they needed replacing? How would I tell? And what would a new set cost? I'm asking generally, but also because it may be relevant when negotiating!

Any help greatly appreciated :)
 

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The preamp tubes should last a long time most amps. When they give out it's pretty obvious from what I've seen. Very low and distorted sound output, or very microphonic.

Power tubes, in a healthy amp, pretty much just wear out slowly over time.

Ive got amps from the late 60s and early 70s with original tubes, but they say the new ones Dont last as long.
 

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The nice thing about those amps is they have an auto-biasing circuit, so it's plug and play for the power tubes, no need for a tech visit. If the amp was rarely used the tubes are likely just fine. Make sure you get the footswitch.
 

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The nice thing about those amps is they have an auto-biasing circuit, so it's plug and play for the power tubes, no need for a tech visit. If the amp was rarely used the tubes are likely just fine. Make sure you get the footswitch.
I think that is an 'auto-matching' but they still have a bias adjustment. At least the later ones.
 

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I think that is an 'auto-matching' but they still have a bias adjustment. At least the later ones.
Maybe my memory is faulty, I had my ycv40 more than 10 years ago. I'm sure there's a manual online somewhere.
 
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