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11/28/1999 7:55 PM
I would like to have a reverb effect, because my amp hasn't got one.  
It's a head, so there's no place to fit it inside.  
Wich would be the best choice for me?:  
An external unit? Which brand should I look for?  
Could it be mounted inside a loudspeaker's cab?  
Are there any acceptable "pedal effect" ones?  
11/28/1999 8:47 PM

You have a LOT of choices on reverb. I solved my BF Bassman/Bandmaster lack'o'verb by spotting a Reissue Fender Reverb Tank in the paper, and snagging it for $180. Obviously this won't happen often enough, but you CAN find stuff at a good price if you keep your eyes peeled. With NOS tubes replacing the Fender tubes that were in it, it adds warmth to ANYTHING....even if you have the Dwell and the Mixer all the way down. And it don't take much on the Dwell to get a nice, s-m-o-o-t-h reverb going....I set it about 2.  
Depending on what amp you have, you may have an amp-guru add a Reverb tank and circuit to it. Some of the guys in here could lead you down that path better than I.  
There's always stompboxes, and of course....Lexicon's and MidiVerbs. I ran through the Alesis before I got the comparison....Fender wins. I have even run vocals through the Fender to tape....way smooth.  
If it's for could set the amp and a couple mic's in the bathroom and experiment. For live...that obviously won't work, unless you are comfortable leaving your amp and mic's in a bathroom full of drunks. (Use the ladies room, if you do that....less splashback...;O)  
Basically, a stand-alone TUBE-driven, spring reverb unit would give you can use it with anything...and sounds great. A built-in TUBE-driven,spring reverb unit would be as good, with the proper installation, except you are more or less limited to that one amp.  
There MAY be stomp-boxes and rack units that will sound reasonable...maybe even good. You have to find out which ones do. Maybe others here know what ones of those would do the best.  
As you can probably tell, IF you can find a deal, I think the Fender is the ticket. Go play through different stuff, and see what is acceptable to you.  
I, also, prefer a touch of reverb on most everything, but just enough to fatten the tone a bit, not enough to do the surf thing, (although, there's nothing wrong with that if that is what you do).  
Good hunting,  
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11/28/1999 8:54 PM

Another thing I forgot...if you, or someone you know, is handy with electronics and tube-driven circuits, there are probably some kind of kits out there you could build as a stand-alone. I know you can get the Fender schematics, 'cause I already downloaded them. The consideration here is cost-of-parts and time involved vs. price of ready-made, and convenience of taking it home and plugging it in.  
That also goes for stompbox types.  
11/28/1999 10:53 PM

The Fender stand alone type, is it a RI?  
Where is it suposed to be plugged in? Just like any other external device?  
At the end of the chain, or inmediatly after the amp?  
On the other hand, for what #reference (or name, or model...) should I ask at a Fender reseller shop, for the stand alone type?  
Thanks for your help and opinions.  
11/28/1999 11:29 PM

You can find info on them in the Fender Amp Field Guide.  
I THOUGHT mine was a reissue, until I looked a little closer at the models in there. I THINK I may have an early 60's one. Light color, white knobs, etc. The Reissues I have seen all seem darker. Hmmm...I'll have to check it out. It was in such mint condition, I just assumed it was a Reissue.  
Anyway, I just plug SansAmp or TS9 into it, and it into amp. Mine is model 6G15.  
Off to do a Serial # search.  
11/28/1999 11:45 PM

Oh well,  
Got ahead of myself, and all worked's a reissue. Should have looked a little closer, I guess. What kind of amp are you running, JC?  
11/29/1999 12:25 AM

A '70's Orange Overdrive Series Two 120w.  
One of the latest models (if not the last one) at Orange of that period.  
Now, they're back again.  
I love this amp, and I'm thinking about buying or building a 2x12 cab to make it a bit more "portable".  
But I have been trying to get from Orange a schem and an output transformer for this amp with NO SUCCESS at all, not even an answer, for months now...  
note.: Hey! Orange Amplification!  
Did you hear me?
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