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Motorola Vibrasonic Reverb Hookup-How to???

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by tiptopdadddy, Jun 18, 2005.

  1. tiptopdadddy
    Joined: Apr 27, 2005
    Posts: 23

    from INDY

    I just wanted to ask if anybody here knew how to wire up a motorola vibrasonic reverb (pulled from a 57 chevy)--what the required dash control pieces are--it's a fader for the front-rear speakers and an on-of switch I think, nothing more, but I fried one reverb unit once and they're too hard to find to do it twice. I've tried to find a schematic online but no luck. Any help or advice would be appreciated.
    -Eazzee E
  2. I've got the Control unit for one of these along with it's wiring harness and the 5 pin connector. I'll check on it later today after I wake up. I'm typing this in my sleep. Zzzzzzzzzz....
  3. Chebby 409
    Joined: Dec 7, 2004
    Posts: 17

    Chebby 409
    from Illinois

    Tiptop, do you know the model # of the unit?
  4. MGBRingo
    Joined: Jan 5, 2006
    Posts: 1


    I have a brand new, still in the box, Vibrasonic with all the paper work and parts, including the optional in the dash switch. I can send you a copy of the wiring diagram if you want it.

  5. i hope you got a really long name, cause we dont accept MG's here! especially B's! (and td's are the worst) :D
  6. Hackerbilt
    Joined: Aug 13, 2001
    Posts: 6,253


    Howdy MGBRingo...Don't mind Fir cookie...he's been like that since the chigger infestation! ;):D

    Thats a cool offer to make...welcome aboard!!!
    You should make a little intro in the intro section so we can get to know you a little better...
  7. zippo
    Joined: Mar 30, 2006
    Posts: 22

    from ellis ks

    I have a motorola unit to.It is all in one unit with a knob on the front.I bought it on ebay.I am putting it in my 60 tbird.If you can help me my email is
  8. impala5
    Joined: May 14, 2008
    Posts: 2


  9. jimbo777
    Joined: Sep 10, 2008
    Posts: 1

    from phoenix

    can you please send me a copy of the Motorola reverb hookup also my email is
  10. Hackerbilt
    Joined: Aug 13, 2001
    Posts: 6,253


    MGBRingo.....Last Activity: 01-06-2006 12:45 PM

    Chances are NOT good on getting that wiring diagram...sorry.
  11. pete324rocket
    Joined: Nov 7, 2007
    Posts: 99


    I rebuilt an echo-mate reverb unit a few years back.Too bad you don't have a picture.The power wire(s) should be simple cuz they are bigger and hopefully fused.The others are maybe three or four wires depending if there is a common between them. One set goes from the output of the radio,the other set goes to a set of speakers.Something like that.
  12. moosecholok
    Joined: Apr 20, 2009
    Posts: 1


    Could you email the wiring diagram :) please....

    BIll at or if you want I can send you a self addressed envelope to send back to me. Either way! Oh, if anyone wants to buy it I am putting it on ebay for 30 bucks. Its a sears, stereophonic reverberator. I am pretty sure how to hook it up but a diagram would be better just in case. It worked when I took it out. BIll at 901-230-5016
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2009
  13. pete324rocket
    Joined: Nov 7, 2007
    Posts: 99


    Post a picture ,maybe I can help. My experience is with the motorola model I specified.
  14. Four years and still waiting..............................................
  15. lito_quiogue
    Joined: Jun 5, 2009
    Posts: 2


    I have too a motorola vibrasonic which i used in a 63 Corvair Monza. It comes with installation instructuion sheet. I want to sell it to any one interested.
  16. dabirdguy
    Joined: Jun 23, 2005
    Posts: 2,404

    Member Emeritus

    A reverb is basically a time delay echo system for cars used in the 60's.
    Essentially it has a set of springs that are attached from a speaker to a microhone. When the speaker makes a sound the springs repeat it into the microphone PLUS an echo. Very cool sound. They also went nuts when you went over a bump or a railroad track.

    Lito I would love to get a scanned copy of your instructions!

  17. DrJ
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 9,418


    And, ( to the best of my memory) they were made for Monaural radio.
    You will need two, one per channel, to work with a stereo radio.
  18. lwhit
    Joined: Jul 14, 2015
    Posts: 1


    What's one of these worth? I have one.
  19. 12amrider
    Joined: Dec 17, 2010
    Posts: 35

    from tacoma wa.

    be careful these things were built when radio's put out about 8-10 watts of power. if you are hooking up to an original low wattage radio you will be o.k. if you are hooking up to a newer high watt radio consult someone knowledgeable in electronics. I turned one into toast many years ago and a repairman said it was because I used a high watt radio. good luck
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  20. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 7,805

    seb fontana
    from ct

    A guy at work told me the chicks really dug the reverbs..So I get one and put a speaker in the rear...First chick that heard it told me to shut that f'in thing off...It broke but the rear speaker and fader switch still worked; liked that way better...
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  21. pete324rocket
    Joined: Nov 7, 2007
    Posts: 99


    I had to buy a bagful of power transistors to repair mine, they don't make them anymore cuz they were used in old Hammond or something organs, or if you can , the transistors are stupid expensive. A few bucks on your end will probably get you one,I can't see them going anywhere soon.
  22. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 5,257


    If these use the same parts as a Hammond organ transistors, you may be able to sell to guitar amp guys. Hammonds are being parted out to build tube amps for guitar players.
  23. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 12,326

    from Quincy, IL

    Seb.....I think your buddy at work may have meant his chick really dug a vibrator.........and possible a re-vibration after she recovered from the first round....... :D


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