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Traynor DH15H DarkHorse

Tube Guitar Amp Head from Traynor .

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James...James...

Good, almost great

Traynor DH15H DarkHorsePublished on 02/19/12 at 20:25
As the world of "lunchbox" amps begins to get dangerously overcrowded, it's becoming harder to justify not owning at least one of them. A few years ago, amps like these were hard to find. Now they're everywhere and every manufacturer has one. Traynor's darkhorse lives up to its name though by looking different right out of the box. Seriously, you can see the transformers! That's something new. The internals are no surprises. 6V6 tubes. 15 watts. It has three tonestack settings: USA, brit, and pure. The pure is basically a bypass. I elected not to get the extension cab. Although I am used it in with a matchless 212 with greenbacks so i can't be too far off.

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As the world of "lunchbox" amps begins to get dangerously overcrowded, it's becoming harder to justify not owning at least one of them. A few years ago, amps like these were hard to find. Now they're everywhere and every manufacturer has one. Traynor's darkhorse lives up to its name though by looking different right out of the box. Seriously, you can see the transformers! That's something new. The internals are no surprises. 6V6 tubes. 15 watts. It has three tonestack settings: USA, brit, and pure. The pure is basically a bypass. I elected not to get the extension cab. Although I am used it in with a matchless 212 with greenbacks so i can't be too far off.

UTILIZATION

There's really not that much to the Darkhorse. It doesn't even have a gain knob. Just pure master volume amp tones. I will say though, for a tiny little thing this is built about as tough as any lunchbox amp I have played. The design gives you that vibe as well, that this is an amp that was designed with a military spec or something.

SOUNDS

The USA setting has kind of an overdriven fender tweed thing going on. But when you push it, there's some heavy overdrive to be had. Kind of Sounds like a Mesa Mark I in a way. Impressive. The Pure channel is really really loud, and is also probably the gainiest. It sounds best for strumming rock stuff and not much else. But still a sick channel. The brit channel is probably the most aggressive sounding. You can get a lot of gain out of it with some tweaking, probably even more than the Pure channel. It doesn't sound quite traditional enough for me though. I wish it sounded more marshally. Don't expect any super high gain out of this thing. It can get into led zeppelin territory. That's about it.

OVERALL OPINION

The midrange voicing is fixed, and for me that's kind of annoying so that's probably the only big gripe. It's surprisingly versatile. It can do blues to heavy rock and everything in between. Not metal though. Sorry. I would like to try it with some different speakers to see if I can get it to sound a bit different. The lack of a full eq is a real shame. I feel like as it stands, this is a really good amp, but a couple more features could make it great.
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fleaktobassfleaktobass

exelent and versatile

Traynor DH15H DarkHorsePublished on 07/04/12 at 08:09
(This content has been automatically translated from French)
no need to repeat the description of the head. Brief 2/15 watts, single channel, gain, master, treble bass. 3-position: brit / neutral / us. a standby position between 2 and 15 ohms watt.Sortie 1x16 and 2x 8 ohms. Simple but essential item bar.

UTILIZATION

We can no longer simple.Egalisation simple but reactive, not need manuel.Les possibilities are vast, thanks to its position brit / neutral / us.
- Postion in us that is the adjustment downwards: we get a very clear sound Crystal clear pure pulling as the guitar used of course, here is a bit of fender raproche but since the legalization once again has its importance you can walk to other places, the gain is pushed hither clean,...…
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no need to repeat the description of the head. Brief 2/15 watts, single channel, gain, master, treble bass. 3-position: brit / neutral / us. a standby position between 2 and 15 ohms watt.Sortie 1x16 and 2x 8 ohms. Simple but essential item bar.

UTILIZATION

We can no longer simple.Egalisation simple but reactive, not need manuel.Les possibilities are vast, thanks to its position brit / neutral / us.
- Postion in us that is the adjustment downwards: we get a very clear sound Crystal clear pure pulling as the guitar used of course, here is a bit of fender raproche but since the legalization once again has its importance you can walk to other places, the gain is pushed hither clean, already 2 WTT is beautiful, but at position 15 watts it's fabulous.
- In neutral (middle), the equalization of the cuts you just gain and master act, against the volume is superior to two other positions, clean I find here a lot, I'm even surprised , ideal for the downstream effect (recess since no effects loop) we get the sound of his pedals etc ... (not in my multi-effects)
- Position (brit) I find that here draws on old marshall crunch here more easily than the other 2 with the gain.

SOUNDS

generally this is not an amp that saturates much of it even, without distortion pedal overdrive / crunch gives a rather dirty (dirty but beautiful) not to be confused with naz! is typed as blues distortion. By accepting it perfectly against any pedal effect, and here we share in that réjoissante more versatility.
I play a bit of everything, from clean, a little pink floyd, blues rock, to his black sabbath, acdc, red hot chilli pepper, clash, the more muscular too. cash here all things well, and this by playing on the three positions.
My config: guitars: Strat us (Steve Lukather pickups), Fender Tele us (texas microphones), gibson flying v.
effects: phase90, maxon 881, Wampler triple weck, cmatmods brownie, mid audio crunch box, mxr carbon copy delay, reverb t-rex.
Office: Orange 2x12 v30, I used a 1x12 greenback also home vox.

wonderful! this is my config goes everywhere, sounds here! point

OVERALL OPINION

a general notice, I am very satisfied. it's not look to see, but here it's great, it takes no room, it's cheap (350 euros nine).
I had a lot of stuff, combos and heads, I tried too, I assure you that the look and pubs youtube here is not the sound réel.j ''ve read the negative opinion on this head I think there must be concern config'm electric, interference, can be in lamps (train transport) etc. ... because I had no desire, no breath has low volume, I am sorry for the unlucky user but you make some other points or otherwise guarantee the pir.
today it is he who dethroned to other amps I've owned, and after many trials in store with my instruments.
I have had in amps, the Peavey classic30 (superb after modif), line 6 sider valve (any error! Yuck!) Laboga caiman (ORMI quite the hp home and screaming distortion) but 850 euros nine! Fender Hot Rod 3, sublime but too powerful, has the highest volume distortion becomes typical blues. Vox nihtrain, not bad at all but typed and less polyvlent.
I tried mesa boogie transatlantic, 1000 euros spent, yeah, same with my pedals'm still win financially and versatility, h & k meister 18w tube cold-catching oeuil of connectors but it's not here giving SOUND.
blackstar ht at secour! lamps are in this thing? I have known transistor above and below, this is really the hoax, yuck!!
to summarize here, I said that I was no action at traynor and is no head for sale!! is not it??!! I met here playing with a musician who possesses a pro, a trio with drummer far from being maimed, and here goes largely in 15 watt and clean.
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Phil7292Phil7292

Nice box

Traynor DH15H DarkHorsePublished on 06/16/12 at 14:38
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15w lamp with as mode 2 watts
Regulation of tone very progressive, c is
No effect loop

UTILIZATION

Simple. Operating Instructions ok
Buzzzzzzz mode 15w 6V6
C is a design flaw found in this same analysis to other forums

SOUNDS

Power 2w in the sound is soft but no magnitude. Saturation-distortion happens very quickly, the sound remains clear only at very low power. This mode, 2w is of little use: used to play at 3 am wake up without mother.
15w in the direct mode (bypass the tone control) is more punchy. Its pretty Mediun-oriented acute, rather slamming but never aggressive. Against by the amp is not quiet at all, there's BUZZZ in 50hz. It's blowing, c is the defect known...…
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15w lamp with as mode 2 watts
Regulation of tone very progressive, c is
No effect loop

UTILIZATION

Simple. Operating Instructions ok
Buzzzzzzz mode 15w 6V6
C is a design flaw found in this same analysis to other forums

SOUNDS

Power 2w in the sound is soft but no magnitude. Saturation-distortion happens very quickly, the sound remains clear only at very low power. This mode, 2w is of little use: used to play at 3 am wake up without mother.
15w in the direct mode (bypass the tone control) is more punchy. Its pretty Mediun-oriented acute, rather slamming but never aggressive. Against by the amp is not quiet at all, there's BUZZZ in 50hz. It's blowing, c is the defect known of this amp. Even at low 6v6 mode while the mode is 2w silent.
In short disappointing

OVERALL OPINION

The American in his 6v6 is interesting but it is important not to stop a second or s risk of hear buzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzz zzzzzzzzz z. Z
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maxindus15maxindus15

I love it!

Traynor DH15H DarkHorsePublished on 10/08/10 at 02:16
(This content has been automatically translated from French)
Canadian Manufacturing (yes!)

What type of amplification (lamp, transistor ,...)?
Lamps (2x 12AU7, 2x 12AX7 and 2x 6V6)

What is the power delivered?
6V6 mode: 15 watts - 12AU7 mode: 2 watts

What are the settings, effects?
3 selections: Brit (his English) / USA (the USA) / Pure (natural sound)
Gain, Bass, Treble & Master Volume
Selector for modes: 6v6/stand by/12AU7

What connection?
1 INPUT
1 x 16-ohm, 1 x 8-ohm or 2 x 16-ohm

This must be clear, I think;)

UTILIZATION

The configuration is simple?
Yes I found it simple (Gain, Bass, Treble & Master Volume)

Do you get a good sound easy?
Not being a pro sound and have never used high end equipment (mesa, orange ,...), I...…
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Canadian Manufacturing (yes!)

What type of amplification (lamp, transistor ,...)?
Lamps (2x 12AU7, 2x 12AX7 and 2x 6V6)

What is the power delivered?
6V6 mode: 15 watts - 12AU7 mode: 2 watts

What are the settings, effects?
3 selections: Brit (his English) / USA (the USA) / Pure (natural sound)
Gain, Bass, Treble & Master Volume
Selector for modes: 6v6/stand by/12AU7

What connection?
1 INPUT
1 x 16-ohm, 1 x 8-ohm or 2 x 16-ohm

This must be clear, I think;)

UTILIZATION

The configuration is simple?
Yes I found it simple (Gain, Bass, Treble & Master Volume)

Do you get a good sound easy?
Not being a pro sound and have never used high end equipment (mesa, orange ,...), I think we can have a good sound!

The manual is clear and sufficient?
Yes, two and a half pages of French + user setting.

SOUNDS

It fit your style of music?
Oh yes! (Blues, rock, a little heavy)

With what (s) guitar (s) / low (s) or effect (s) do you play?
Mex Start and Tele Standard, PRS SE single cut and Epiphone LP Standard Plus
Effects: Maxon OD-9, Vox whawha, Electro Harmonix Big Muff and ZOOM G7.1ut.
It accepts many effects. (I have not tested with the Zoom).

What kind of sound you get and with what settings ("crystalline", "fat ",....)? At first listen, I think it's a pretty versatile amp with channel "pure".
Pure: natural sound of the amp without distortion.
Brit's typical distortion English (I think ...).
USA: American sound of the amp - the distortion.

What are the sounds you prefer, you hate?
I love them all!

OVERALL OPINION

For how long have you been using it?
Since ... yesterday!

What thing do you like most/least about it?
What's more: the look / sound / features.
The - I have not yet found! I'm looking ...

Did you try many other models before getting this one?
VOX night train (good) and the Peavey ValveKing I have.

What is your opinion about the value for the price?
A 388 € Thomann, I think it's especially good that is manufactured in Canada (with Celine Dion ... ah, a caribou!). With a satchel +!

Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice? ...
Yes.
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  • Manufacturer: Traynor
  • Model: DH15H DarkHorse
  • Category: Tube Guitar Amp Heads
  • Added in our database on: 10/08/2010

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