View Full Version : boutique Reverb with RV-5 versatility
04-20-2011, 07:49 PM
so i love my Boss RV-5 digital Reverb (and also my Boss RV-3 Digital Reverb/Delay) but i' m wondering now: is there a pedal out there with the versatility of the Boss RV's but with better tone and mojo. i' m really loving the Skreddy Echo demos i've heard. if possible the more details the better, i' m looking for post-rock grade reverb here.
04-20-2011, 08:05 PM
Well first, the Skeddy Echo is just that, an echo (delay), not reverb. The Dr. Scientist RRR is a great versatile reverb that is boutique and same with the Strymon Blue Sky. They both have multiple reverb types. There's also the Eventide Space, which is big and super overkill for most people. But remember, even the "boutique" reverbs are only made by boutique brands and are not hand wired the way most boutique pedals are. I've owned both of these pedals and also the WET reverb (doesn't have multiple reverb types) which is considered by many to have the best sound. However, I'm among the many other people here who have traded in those pedals for the cheaper but best sounding and infinitel versatile TC Electronic Hall of Fame. Digital reverbs are never really "handmade", so it's up to you if you consider the HoF "boutique" but it's just as well made as the rest. Many of us have nothing but hand built pedals on our boards yet we love the new TC Tone Print pedals. They're extremely versatile, great sounding, and pretty well made. I would definitel recommend it. I prefer it to the $300 Strymon BSR and others prefer it to the $500 Space. Save your money and get the best (arguably) sound. It is more versatile than any of the others with the Tone Pront feature and it has already killed the RV-5 for many people because the one great thing about the RV-5 is it's modulated reverb and there is now a Tone Print for a similar sound that TC made at TGP's request for a rough eqivelant.
04-21-2011, 12:49 AM
I like the bluesky.
04-21-2011, 01:01 AM
Here's a little tip- hunt down a Boss RRV 10 on eBay- the old half rack thingys- it has the RV 5 chip with a load more features and it totally rocks. I discussed this little box of magic with Joe Bonamassa no less and he was all over them.
£40 on eBay if you are lucky.
The RRV-10 is a tricked out RV-2. I doubt it has the same chip or algorithms as the RV-5, introduced 12 years later...
04-21-2011, 01:43 AM
so i love my Boss RV-5 digital Reverb (and also my Boss RV-3 Digital Reverb/Delay) but i' m wondering now: is there a pedal out there with the versatility of the Boss RV's but with better tone and mojo. i' m really loving the Skreddy Echo demos i've heard. if possible the more details the better, i' m looking for post-rock grade reverb here.Mojo is in the eye of the beholder. For me, hype and price-hiking do not create mojo. If something seems like it's just another "it" pedal for an elitist bandwagon, I'm not going to be interested.
That said, the current "it" reverb has justified that status to me. The algorithms are among the best ever, it's compact, and it's only $150.
It's the TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb.
I'd keep my RV-5 for Modulate Mode if I were you, but the Hall of Fame can do all else. Versatility, great tone, value... mojo.
04-21-2011, 01:55 AM
Give the new TC HOF a go or get a Lexicon rack.
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