New Head...Rivera Rake Reverb....without reverb

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  1. vinni

    vinni Member

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    Hi,
    Just bought a used Rivera Rake reverb.
    The the best clean- and gainchannel I've ever heard except for Egnater probably.
    But....the reverb is not working.

    I read a review on HC with the same complaint.

    Someone knows the solution?

    Vinni
     
  2. stratzrus

    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Supporting Member

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    I'd call Paul directly at Rivera, he's a great guy to deal with.

    Not specific with Rivera's, but when I bought my BFDR and my Prosonic the reverb on both failed to work after shipping. I called Trace at Voodoo Amps and he said that it might just be a loose wire.

    I disassembled and re-assembled both units and now they work fine. The problem with the BFDR was the connector attached to the footpedal cable.

    stratzrus
     
  3. lanesmat

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    Make sure that the two RCA connection from the tank to the chassis is correct; they are color matched. Also, one of the preamp tubes (I believe its the second from last furthest from the input jack) might be bad.

    Good luck,
    Scott L.
     
  4. vinni

    vinni Member

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    Well I just cheked the connections. Also used a multimeter.
    No problems.....also checked the tube. No problems...but replaced it
    anyway.....still no reverb :(.

    Thanks anyway guys.....

    Vinni
     
  5. BobB

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    When you say "checked with multimeter" do you mean you checked the continuity of the reverb signal path. One common problem with reverb pans is one of the wires coming loose or undone, especially after shipping. Very rare but happened to me (on a SFDR) is the reverb transformer died. Sounds like you are handy, this can also be checked with a multimeter. One way or another... not a serious issue that can be fixed by a competent tech.

    BB
     
  6. vinni

    vinni Member

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    Hi,
    Thanks forthe reply,
    I did check inside the reverbpan.....everything seemed normal to me.
    Do you know how to check the transformers?

    Vinni
     
  7. Stormy

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    You might want to re-check your RCA jacks again.

    Even though they are connected, they may not be making contact. Try backing the jacks out a little and gently twisting the jacks while you are strumming the guitar (or have someone else strum). If this is your problem, eventually you'll make contact by working the the jacks back and forth and you'll hear reverb.

    This has happened to me a couple of times (Accutronics 3 spring reverb pan) and it was a pretty simple fix. For some reason, the jacks were just not making contact even though they were connected. Twisting the rca jacks and backing them off a little did the trick. Hope that's all the trouble you have.

    peace,
     
  8. riverastoasters

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    The solution will very likely be very simple. Check the connection between the amp and the reverb tank. If that's OK, then check the reverb tank. (It's easy if you have a couple amps). It could be a reverb tank that broke.

    Those are the two most common problems for reverb not working.
     
  9. vinni

    vinni Member

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    Thanks guys,

    I'll try it all.

    Vinni
     
  10. vinni

    vinni Member

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    Hi guys,

    A little late.....

    But the reverbpan itself was dead. Replaced it and oops....there it is!...
    REVERB.....:dude


    Thanks....

    Vinni
     
  11. Phil M

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    Glad that it's working, though that sucks that you had to replace it. I just made a post wondering where all the Rake Reverbs are. Those are great amps...
     
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    Yeah I was guessing that. Same thing happened once to a Knucklehead Reverb of mine.
     
  13. vinni

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    Uhm....did I mention that I have two Rake reverbs? :eek::BEER

    Vinni
     
  14. Phil M

    Phil M Member

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    Nice. I'd like to finally pick one up one of these days. I used to have a Jake and have been using a K-55 head for years now.
     
  15. 78tsubaki

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    Jakes really have amazing reverb. They use that premium Hammond 6 spring long pan verb. Surf is definately up.
     
  16. vinni

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    True....
    But I also have heard that the reverb can be noisy.
    Compared with other amps it is.
    But I will replace those leads with shielded leads (probably EA Lyric HG) very soon! I think this will help.


    Vinni
     
  17. riverastoasters

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    I've not noticed a noisy reverb on any of my Rakes/Jakes
     
  18. Phil M

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    Nor have I. Maybe your new pan needs another look?
     

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