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Robert W Wilson


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Palisade, Western Colorado
Post  Posted 26 Apr 2020 7:51 am    
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Digital reverb always sounds digital to me. How can you use reverb tanks as an external effect? Is it as simple as installing the tank(s) in a little box and plugging into the effects loop (NV112)?

Reverb tank characteristics are configured by the number of springs, length and gauge. Does anything else come into play?

Thanks
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Bill Hatcher

 

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Post  Posted 26 Apr 2020 8:27 am    
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no. you have to have an entire circuit to drive the tank. learn to like the digital reverb, unless you play surf music.
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Jack Hanson


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San Luis Valley, USA
Post  Posted 26 Apr 2020 9:39 am    
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If you can find a Van Amps Sole-Mate, they're analog and they sound fantastic. However, since they're no longer in production, they're a little spendy nowadays.
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Travis Wilson


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Johnson City, TX
Post  Posted 26 Apr 2020 10:05 am    
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Here’s a preamp designed for spring reverbs

https://www.benidub.com/index.php/home/spring-amp-ii/
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Len Amaral

 

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Post  Posted 26 Apr 2020 10:07 am    
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Reverb pedals have come a long way in the last few years and there are many good units to be had. I use a Caitalinbread Talisman plate reverb for steel guitar and the Topanga reverb for surf style (boingy drippy) for guitar.

If your a purist and want a separate reverb unit with a tank like the Fender or Fox stand alone reverb, they are wonderful but you are carrying another piece of gear.

BTW, I had a FOX vintage reverb and sorry I sold it. I should have left it in my studio and continue to enjoy it. I guess we all have a piece of gear we let get away and regret it later.
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Donny Hinson

 

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Post  Posted 26 Apr 2020 12:08 pm     Re: Stand alone reverb tank
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Robert W Wilson wrote:
Digital reverb always sounds digital to me.


They might...if you buy a cheap one.
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Godfrey Arthur


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Post  Posted 26 Apr 2020 12:23 pm    
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As mentioned above you need a preamp circuit. An amp that has reverb has the circuit.


The transformers on the tank have their own sound but it is important that the impedance of these xformers match the circuit. The older Accutronics tanks out of decades ago gear have a better sound than the newer Accutronics models which is why some are using other tanks made by different companies.


The go-to was the Fender.



Mojotone makes a kit.


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Steven Paris

 

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Post  Posted 26 Apr 2020 9:34 pm    
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The ReVisit reverb tanks are supposed to sound like the old Accutronics.
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Jan Dunn

 

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Post  Posted 6 May 2020 1:42 pm     Or you could go way over the top and get a second mortgage
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http://www.vintage47amps.com/Reverb


I have their old reverb unit which is a spring in a great looking box. Way cheaper too. Matches my tweed suitcase amp that didn't have reverb. BTW, a nice amp for lap steel.
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Jan Dunn

 

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Post  Posted 6 May 2020 1:50 pm     Duh
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Vintage 47???? Look familiar?

Wonder what its worth these days. I possibly could be persuaded to part with it.
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Johan Forsman


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Post  Posted 7 May 2020 1:14 am    
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I am about to order one of these: https://moodysounds.com/en/produkt/reverb-kit-tank/

Seems to be available through here as well: https://www.primofxllc.com/product-page/moody-sounds-bjf-reverb-kit-incl-reverb-tank
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Steven Paris

 

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Post  Posted 7 May 2020 1:38 am    
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Be sure to post back once you complete your reverb kit---it'll be interesting to see what your results are like!
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Lee Warren


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Post  Posted 7 May 2020 6:23 am    
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I believe there’s a stand alone spring reverb called ‘Surfy Bear‘, tho’ I’ve never tried one.
They seem to have a following in the surf music community.
I have no affiliation, but they look interesting.

https://www.surfyindustries.com/surfybear
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Steven Paris

 

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Post  Posted 7 May 2020 6:35 am    
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Lee Warren wrote:
.... a stand alone spring reverb called ‘Surfy Bear‘

$$450!!!
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post  Posted 7 May 2020 6:47 am    
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I had one of the original Fender stand alone reverbs that I would use along with a Fender bass amp.
A great sounding setup.
I traded them off for a Twin Reverb with JBLs.
I always wanted another Fender reverb so I picked up this reissue a few years ago.

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Lee Warren


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Post  Posted 7 May 2020 6:55 am    
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Steven Paris wrote:

$$450!!!


Not cheap, but neither are the Vintage 47 ones, or some the digital pedals. 😉
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Bill A. Moore


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Silver City, New Mexico, USA
Post  Posted 7 May 2020 7:27 am    
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Last year you could buy the Surfy Bear "kit" for around $70. Now they are no longer listed on their site!
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Johan Forsman


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Post  Posted 7 May 2020 1:46 pm    
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Steven Paris wrote:
Be sure to post back once you complete your reverb kit---it'll be interesting to see what your results are like!


Sure thing Steven!
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Ken Fox


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Nashville GA USA
Post  Posted 7 May 2020 3:36 pm     Reverb
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The kit at Mojotone is $725.00. Fully assembled $900,00
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Godfrey Arthur


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Post  Posted 7 May 2020 4:14 pm     Re: Reverb
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Ken Fox wrote:
The kit at Mojotone is $725.00. Fully assembled $900,00



Yup, stranger than fiction. Confused

This '63 going for USD$1.8K on fleabay:



This reissue going for USD$1.2k:


This '61 going for USD$3.5k:

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Erv Niehaus


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Post  Posted 8 May 2020 7:07 am    
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I guess that I should have held onto my original. Rolling Eyes
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Godfrey Arthur


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Post  Posted 8 May 2020 7:45 am    
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Erv Niehaus wrote:
I guess that I should have held onto my original. Rolling Eyes
Erv


I never had one Erv, always wanted one. Oh Well

Closest I came to an external Fender reverb was this thing.




Worked well for vocals.


Back then it was an Echorec if you were lucky to have one.

Italian steel



The Accutronics line of spring reverb came from Laurens Hammond, the Hammond organ company.

Laurens figured he had to put reverb in his organs since churches were being built acoustically dead to combat the reverb of the minister's voice getting washed out.

So Hammond put "space" into the organ using the spring tank solution.

Don Leslie followed suit by putting reverb in some models of his Leslies.

Fender got his reverb ideas from Hammond.



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Ken Fox


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Post  Posted 10 May 2020 3:46 pm    
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I’ve got 11 cabinets ready to cover. Been in the shop 3 years. Thing about finally building some more of these. Not a Fender circuit. Mine was a revised Premier 90 circuit that was reworked for more headroom and got rid of the hum that plagued the Premier 90.



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Lee Warren


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Post  Posted 11 May 2020 5:28 am    
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Yet another contender here:
https://www.amplifiedparts.com/products/effects-kit-mod-kits-wave-spring-reverb


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Steven Paris

 

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Post  Posted 11 May 2020 5:47 am    
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Lee Warren wrote:
Yet another contender here:
https://www.amplifiedparts.com/products/effects-kit-mod-kits-wave-spring-reverb

NO TONE CONTROL----ARRRGH!!!
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