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Traynor Custom Valve 40

We’re in an age of modeling. Not runway-waif modeling, digital-sound modeling. A broadening range of amps and pedals from the likes of Sans Amp and Line 6 promise multiple classic-amp sounds in one package.

An interesting by-product of this modeling gear is the gradual reappearance of the real amps and pedals on which the emulators are based. A real amplifier worth investigating: the Traynor Custom Valve 40, a two-channel combo amp that offers no modeling bells and whistles, but plenty of simple, straightforward power and tonal beauty. It’s a compact, proudly all-tube amp with one 12-inch Celestion speaker, in an easily toteable but surprisingly potent package, suitable for most club and recording occasions.

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