Best Spring Reverb Kit DIY?

theanalogdream

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I'd love to grab a spring reverb unit, but think it would be fun and informative to try build one myself! Can anyone recommend a great kit? I like the way it sits in the chain and the preamp effect it has.

Anyone build their own out there? If so, post your pics and advice!
 

PurpleJesus

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Re-Vibe sounds incredible. I wish a company would just build and sell them. A builder friend of mine put one together and it was amazing.
 

WhoJamFan

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I have a Bitmo kit that turned an Epiphone Valve Jr head into a tube spring reverb unit that sounds pretty good. Less than $200 for the head and kit and an hour to slap it together.
 

PurpleJesus

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Hey, PJ, who offers these kits? I tried Google to find Re-vibe and was getting Weber. Is it their kit? Thanks,

This is the one I played: https://www.thegearpage.net/board/i...y-bear-fet-reverb-unit.1493869/#post-18975950

Jubal81 is my buddy and a VERY talented builder, but the unit he built looks very different from what Weber has on their website. Anyway, he'd be the best person to PM and ask about it. For all I know he could've modded it further, but it was as good of a reverb as I've heard, and the harmonic (brown) setting on it was drool-worthy.
 

theanalogdream

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Thanks for the links!
I was hoping for a tube version, as I like the way it sits in front of the amp. Adds a cool presence and breakup.

Any other choices? Some say the fender reissues are great if you mod a few parts?
 

deadlands

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I built the Triode Electronics 6G15 kit. It's fantastic. It has really good parts and was a fairly easy build. You can get everything you need including the cabinet from them. I went with a custom blonde with oxblood cabinet from Beaver Bottoms, chassis from Mojotone and also got the reverb tank mounting springs and lock bar from darrenriley.com.

http://www.triodeelectronics.com/6g15reverbkit.html
http://www.beaverbottoms.com/Reverb Units.HTM

Here's some photos of my build before I installed the lackbar
reverb1.jpg

reverb3.jpg


reverb5.jpg
 

bealtown

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Get the Surf Bear for well under $100. Mount it in a toolbox and there you go with instant drip! I assembled mine in well under an hour.
The Surfy Bear, being a FET circuit, will accept any pan's impedance so you can experiment with different types of pans - 2 or 3 spring, long or short. The pan makes ALL the difference in reverb quality and character. I got a MOD pan first but then found some vintage Gibbs pans that nailed the vintage drip much more closely. Read SG101 threads about the Surfy Bear, thee are some 50 pp. there already.
 




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