What is the best stompbox reverb?

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  1. blood5150

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    Im looking for something that will sound good with gain and have a good clean sound as well...

    Let me know what you guys think. True bypass is a plus as well...
     
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    Well, I have previously owned a Holy Grail and a Digiverb and I now play through a T-Rex Room-mate and the T-Rex slays the aforementioned...
     
  3. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    FWIW, "this slays that" isn't helpful w/o an explanation why the player believes so. Not intending to be ungrateful for your post - to the contrary, it's interesting, I just wish you'd have included some supporting info. so we could actually use it. :BEER

    This issue's been discussed here literally 175 times before (see below Search results) with much useful info. and many helpful reviews to consider:

    (quick 'n' easy Search function results, in Effects section, for threads with "reverb" in the titles):
    http://www.thegearpage.net/board/search.php?searchid=5787395
     
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    yeah, i have to completely DISagree with that statement. While i don't like the Holy Grail personally, lots of folks really do...and honestly, i really think the T-Rex is mostly a gimmick with that tube in there. I mean, it sounds fine, but it's not great for anything other than subtle verb.

    If you want a great all in one, the Verbzilla's are under $100 used and well worth it. Some of the others are fine too, but i think the verbzilla is the best all around rite now...
     
  5. blood5150

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    I looked at the verbzilla on MF... does anyone know if its true bypass?

    it doesnt say on the web site, my guess it that it isnt...
     
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    can the verbzilla do springy fenderverb?
     
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    I'm coming across as a Tech 21 shill these days, but I genuinely like the sound of the Boost R.V.B., and it has a ton of tweakability.
     
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    Hope the new Digitech w/ the Lexicon chip will be good... Anyone know the street date for those new boxes?
     
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    I am down to the Nova vs. the RRR.... these seem like the best from the research I've done.

    But I may just go the cheap route and get a Boss RV3
     
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    I have tried the digitech digiverb, the boss rv-5, and the holy grail

    I still have the digiverb and the rv-5 is on my board...the holy hiss lasted one night and I got rid of that noisy mess...its more of a gimmick reverb...where as my other two came close to the built in reverb on my drri
     
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    I went from a Holy Grail to the Dr. Scientist Radical Red Reverberator and I am very happy with it. The T-Rex looked interesting, but its more expensive and can't be run off of a standard power supply. The RRR doesn't have a "spring" setting, but that hasn't stopped me from loving this pedal.
     
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    I prefer the boss rv-5... but I don't really like amp-y spring reverb. had a fender and sold it... i much prefer the sound of hall reverbs and studio plate sounds... much more musical and useful to me. Also nice and simple once they're dialed in.
     
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    I like the Holy Grail. Works for me.
     
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    I've said it too many times so...shorter version.

    I know many like and use the HG well, but I absolutely hated (really...hated) everything about it. The size, the necessity for own power, the non-control of the reverb tail, the non control of tone, etc.
    Amend that, I liked it for the first two minutes I used one, and then it started grating on me.

    After much searching, I found the EBS Dynaverb. I A/B'ed it with the built in reverb on my HR DeVille, and preferred it (honest). Even though it has all kinds of verb it doesn't have "spring" but with just a minute of tweaking I got it to sound to my ears the same (but nicer..but same type) as the one in the HR DV. I have used mine for years, it EVEN handles my Prosonic's HOT effects loop, which no other I have could. It takes 9 vdc, normal power center neg, has a reverb TONE control, several types of reverb each with it's own submodes...mix control. It is Boss width and length, but about half boss height.

    I never had a problem with mine, but recently heard two others that said they did, so I can only say, used mine for years regularly, and not a problem ever, and I think it sounds GREAT.
     
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    I agree with the EBS Dynaverb.
     
  18. Jon Silberman

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    There is no good reason I can see for a reverb pedal costing $250 and if it does, it had BETTER be the best!
     
  19. StompBoxBlues

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    I don't know where you do your shopping...but..

    People pay 250 dollars for a 10 component fuzz. People pay 250 dollars, happily, for a vibe. A reverb is a pretty complex piece of equipment, compared...even though in a real reverb unit is is just a driver and some springs, to dublicate it takes a lot of engineering (to do it well).

    Ever notice how few boutiquers build reverb pedals? There is a reason for that. That said, the Digitech is relatively inexpensive, but it kind of like a nice toy compared with the EBS.

    Just my opinion.
     
  20. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    I don't know where I do my shopping anymore either! :eek:

    Seriously, SBB, of course I dig what you're saying and I own some expensive boutique gear m'self. However, as I just posted in another thread, I like my <$100 Guyatone Micro-Compressor better than the boutique alternative which I bought primarily because of the hype, right here in this section of this forum. Yes, I "trusted" the prevailing wisdom and then returned it a few days later because it was no better for my needs than the cheapie little mass-produced item I had on my board all along.

    I really do try to "listen with my ears" when it comes to pedals. I will pay more when I have do but absolutely won't when I don't. Boss, Marshall, Line 6, DigiTech, EH, they can all build reverb pedals for $100-$150, so we know for a fact it can be done. And each of these "bargain basement" pedals has its "endorsers" here, too!

    BTW, personally, having tried the DigiTech, I didn't care for it. I know others like it, that's cool, we're not robots looking for identical tones! But it's not what I want to hear when I listen to a reverb pedal.

    FWIW, tonewise, I'm 100% satisfied with current my EH Holy Grail. It's that I've had enough with the noise and whine. That's why I'm back in the reverb pedal market now. Were I to read a review that said, "This particular pedal sounds just like the EH Holy Grail but it's small and silent," I'd probably buy it.
     

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