Tag Strip build of a '63 Reverb Unit 6G15

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  1. dougsta

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    I've always wanted a Fender '63 Reverb Unit so it was time to build one.

    As I have a lot of tag strips I thought I do a point to point build based on them.

    Here's the DIYLC design completed:

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    Quite a simple build in the end.

    I used a long 2 spring tank 8Ω input like in the Fender Unit.

    I have a 10W SE OT from Primarywindings.com that is a good match:

    https://primarywindings.com/product/pwse10w5k0g/

    But I have it planned for a 6L6GC champ type build.. so then I remembered I have 6V6GT and OT from a 1950's radio OT, sounds good.

    Here's some sound clips of the final build.

    <iframe width="100%" height="300" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?ur...ow_reposts=false&show_teaser=true&visual=true"></iframe><div style="font-size: 10px; color: #cccccc;line-break: anywhere;word-break: normal;overflow: hidden;white-space: nowrap;text-overflow: ellipsis; font-family: Interstate,Lucida Grande,Lucida Sans Unicode,Lucida Sans,Garuda,Verdana,Tahoma,sans-serif;font-weight: 100;"><a href="" title="Dougie Tamson" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">Dougie Tamson</a> · <a href="" title="Reverb Test3" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">Reverb Test3</a></div>

    and here's a full mixdown demo - 3 tracks of a Strat -> 63 Reverb -> audio interface, no digital effects, all reverb from the 63 unit

    <iframe width="100%" height="300" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?ur...ow_reposts=false&show_teaser=true&visual=true"></iframe><div style="font-size: 10px; color: #cccccc;line-break: anywhere;word-break: normal;overflow: hidden;white-space: nowrap;text-overflow: ellipsis; font-family: Interstate,Lucida Grande,Lucida Sans Unicode,Lucida Sans,Garuda,Verdana,Tahoma,sans-serif;font-weight: 100;"><a href="" title="Dougie Tamson" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">Dougie Tamson</a> · <a href="" title="63 Reverb Build Test" target="_blank" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;">63 Reverb Build Test</a></div>


    Now I'm thinking of expanding it to include a proper pre-amp, only need to add 1 or 2 12ax7's

    Doug.
     
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  2. mountainhick

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    Very cool!

    Not sure why, but your soundcloud links were not visible to me in your post. They are when I hit reply and the message appeared in the write reply mode.



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    Thanks for fixing the links, very strange, that's the 1st time I've seen links disappearing.
     
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    When I put my '64 princeton reverb in the closet for safe keeping, the only thing that I really missed was the reverb. So I ended up building 3 from weber kits.

    Love the 6G15, best of luck with your build.
     
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    I was going over my '63 reverb build and decided to add an EF86 to the 1st pre-amp tube triode and then spotted a mistake with my layout.

    V1 pin 1 should only be connected to the 100k resistor, I had it also connected to the 0.01µF cap, the cap should be connected at the other end of the 100k where it also connects to the 10k resistor.


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    Here's the EF86 fitted (I had already drilled a hole and added spare socket to try an EL84/EL83 as the reverb driver)

    Nice set of old Mullards and an old USSR 6V6

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