05-01-2013 01:17 PM
I am wondering this a lot time ago and i want to find a solution. The reverb units from Fender are too expensive, and im kinda poor. I saw that with a Epiphone Valve Junior we can create a reverb unit. Can we do with other amps? For example like these:
I apreciate a answer to my question
05-02-2013 07:14 AM
I tried that with a Valve jr and didn't like it at all.
Would you tell us more about the Valve Jr./reverb project, please?
Was it a kit, or were you following instructions that you found?
What kind of reverb tank?
05-02-2013 07:38 AM
The Valve Junior that I had for a day I bought from Musician's Friend. It came from the factory with an option to be run as a reverb tank. IIRC the early ones people modded, later on there was a factory version like this.
What I didn't like is the sound of the unit. It was so bad I tried it for about 10 minutes, swapped out the tubes hoping that would make a difference. It didn't so I sent it back.
The unit I ended up with was the Carl Martin Headroom, which is like having two Fender Reverb Units. You can have two reverbs set up and toggle between them. The pedal has a real tank in it, so stepping on it can be weird, but I use a Hosa two button switch and a Y cable and this lets you do remote switching.
Seeing as how the CMHR is cheaper then one Fender tank, is easy to move and sounds great it was the option I settled on.
I wouldn't waste my money on buying (or buying and modding) a Valve Junior, as the Headroom is like $275 or something.
The one I had (I looked it up) is called the Valve Junior Hot Rod. It comes with a tank in it and can also be used as a reverb. It sounds nothing like a Fender Spring Reverb. I also tried the Boss FRU pedal. It blew the Valve Junior away and was about 90% what I wanted, but the extra 10% you get with the HR is totally worth it if you're after the real spring sound.
Here is a clip I made a while ago:
05-02-2013 02:06 PM
Well, i thought it was a cool thing to do DIY. But well, i think that the Headroom is kinda expensive, do you have other options more kinda low-cost? Like a Danelectro Sping King or something?
05-02-2013 02:15 PM
05-03-2013 08:42 AM
I would skip a real analog spring reverb... unless you have a big budget. Stick with a holy grail
05-03-2013 03:34 PM
05-03-2013 04:08 PM
I have not really tried the DigiTech reverb, but it generally gets good reviews from folks on the forum.
I really like the Malekko Spring. It's small and hardly takes up any pedalboard real estate, it's simple and uncomplicated and does a great spring reverb emulation, and it's not terribly expensive, and you can probably find it new for 100 Euros or less.
Another one I really like a lot is the SubDecay Spring Theory. It has a clever name, a nice spring verb emulation, and probably the best "room" reverb I've ever heard in pedal format. While it's a bit more expensive than the Malekko, it's also reasonably priced too, although if my currency converter is correct, it's going to be a bit above your 100 Euro budget cap.
05-03-2013 04:09 PM
For that price I would tell you to check out the Boss FRV-1. Like I said, I had one and it was pretty nice and close to a spring but someone like myself who was spoiled with a nice spring verb before trying it was kind of spoiled.
Here is a video:
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