"I currently use the Traynor Dynabass 800H in conjunction with two 8x8" Traynor Cabinets. I just love the 8" speakers in those cabs. They are even tighter and punchier than 10" speakers, yet lose none of the bottom. Grady has pretty much the loudest stage volume of any band, yet thanks to my Traynor rig, I have no problem competing with Gordie Johnson in the volume department. And thanks to the tube overdrive I have no problem duplicating the sound on the CD's."
Big Ben has been playing bass for 35 years. He first came to national attention as a member of the popular alt rock band The Phantoms based in Toronto from 1986 through 1996. Big Ben also played in one of the earliest incarnations of Big Sugar in 1994.
In 2002, Jeff Healey asked Big Ben to join his touring band. Ben played in Jeff's band for two and a half years till he moved to Austin, Texas in 2004 to form Grady with Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar) and Chris "Whipper" Layton (Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble). Big Ben has also played bass with famed Austin alt rock pioneer Alejandro Escovedo culminating in an appearance at the Bonnaroo Festival in 2009.
"I have always used Traynor Amps" says Big Ben. "The first professional amplifier I ever bought was a Mono Block II back in 1979. One of my favorite amps of all was the original Mono Block B that I bought after seeing Prakash John using one. I own two Mono Block B's, one that I bought in 1984, the other I bought in 1990. I have never had a single problem with either one. With Jeff, I liked to run the Mono Block with two 8x10" cabs so that it was running at 2 Ohms and putting out about 600 watts. It sounded like a finely tuned sport car. Another of my favorites was the original Yorkville 2x10" cabinet with the port on the back. It would easily fit in the trunk of a taxi yet had way more bottom end than any 4x10" cab out there."