Best Reverb Tanks

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  1. markesquire

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    My PRRI reverb tank is having issues (short decay, weak effect, noise).

    But when I read about replacements, all I hear is that Accutronics and Mod are both not very high quality.

    Is there really not a boutique, studio quality reverb tank that would be quiet and have a nice long decay?
     
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    Fender brand reverb tanks sound the best to me, by far. None of the rest - Accutronics, Mod, Belton - sound like Fender reverb.
     
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    I have a MOD in my 6G15 clone. I'm very happy with it. Good luck.
     
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    got a mod in my blues jr. sounds awesome.
     
  5. J. Bonkosky

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    I have used a few MOD tanks. They sound very similar to the old Accutronics tanks and seem to be built just as well.
     
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    I prefer the Sherman tank ...

    They are expensive...

    And get poor gas mileage ...

    But the sound is awesome ....
     
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    MOD.
     
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    You can park them literally ANYWHERE.
     
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    What makes you think it's the pan and not the cable, connectors or something else in the circuit?

    No, as far as I know there are only three manufacturers or places where pans are made:

    Accutronics (owned by Belton) in Korea.

    Belton (in China?).

    Kdindustrial, a Chinese factory that seems to make all the rest: Mod, Ruby, Revisit, TAD, Belton(?) etc.
    All of these are based on the Belton model not the Accutronics model.
    Even after a lot of investigation and sending both sellers as the factory some e-mails, I still haven't been able to find out if these are all the same pans and are simply rebranded or if they only look the same but are made to (very) slightly different specs for each of the sellers or distributors. Specs being magnet gauss, coil wire gauge, number of turns, impedance etc.

    As for the noise:
    The output transducer is a single coil. Just like in guitars it's somewhat noisy by default. Keep it away from transformers and other sources of EMI. Using shielded cables and potentially a shielded box helps a lot.

    As for the decay time:
    All the pans vary a lot amongst themselves. Especially the decay time.
     
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    Personally I like the Belton branded tanks. As far as I know they are made in Korea.
     
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    I replaced the original tank in my twin reverb with a MOD 4AB3C1B reverb tank. It has a really nice sound to it, and compares really well to the original tank in my vintage pro reverb and '65 super reverb reissue amps. it has a bit of a longer decay time than a typical reverb tank.
     
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    Had an MIA Accutronics in my 6G15 that sounded a little on the weak side so I replaced it with a MOD. I was happy with the MOD.
     
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    I don't know which is the best tank but I do know which tank has the best product label ever printed. I just scored an OC #56, I'm pretty excited to hear it.

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    Would Baldwin (organs) and Sunn (PA & guitar amps) use anything crappy?

    I paid 20 bucks for a Sunn Alpha 4 powered PA mixer just to get mine.

    The little beastie actually sounds ok with a guitar plugged straight into it, too. But the tank is going into my work-in-progress Hammond conversion. If I get this right it might end up as good as your Princeton Reverb!

    Driven by an op-amp in the PA it even sounded warm & luscious, it figures to sound pretty good once I get the right driver circuit together in a tube amp.
     
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    Look, the second shift workers had to have something to do, too, right?
     
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