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Art & Inspiration Reverb? Anyone recall?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Cosmo49, Mar 7, 2022.

  1. 52HardTop
    Joined: Jun 21, 2007
    Posts: 992


    Hah, Tommy James and the Shondels.
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  2. MO_JUNK
    Joined: Jan 22, 2006
    Posts: 1,156

    from Rolla, Mo.

    I think I bought mine at Western Auto(69-70).
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  3. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 7,507

    seb fontana
    from ct

    I bought one in '67 after a kid [Hah, I was a kid too!] at work said the girls just loved them. First girl I tried to impress told me to shut that fucking thing in the back off. :( Bout the worst money I ever spent.
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  4. CAHotRodBoy
    Joined: Apr 22, 2005
    Posts: 441


    Factory reverb in my '64 2+2.

  5. I have a early/mid 60's Motorola Vibrasonic unit my uncle gave me, it's a single knob unit.

    Mine looks similar
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  6. Check this out:
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  7. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 2,749

    from norcal

    I blow my harp thru a Princeton reverb…..
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  8. primed34
    Joined: Feb 3, 2007
    Posts: 1,276


    When I got my '55 Chevrolet in 1970 it had reverb in the trunk. Took it out when I put a 8 track in the car. Still got the car and the reverb.
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  9. Classical Gas on a Reverb... Classic!
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  10. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 31,263


    I read though this on my phone while waiting for my wife to get out of the beauty shop this afternoon an it brought back a memory of my dad and the 62 Pontiac Catalina he bought while I was in the Army. He totaled it 4 days after I got back from Nam and almost totaled himself. One of the pieces on that little Catalina 4 door was the reverb that was in it. there was a box for the reverb back under the package tray and his tool box that he had carried in every car he ever owned until then smashed the reverb. He had the reverb in the trunk of the 68 Olds Delta 88 that he bought from the same salesman we got my 69 Cutlass through at a serous discount and that beat up tool box rode in the trunk of it.
    Back in 1963 when I first bought my 51 Merc I though I was king of the hill because I had wired in a fader switch for the rear speaker and put a cheap 6x9 in the package tray and could adjust/fade the sound front to rear.
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  11. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 8,996


    I bought one at a yard sale for a home stereo back in the 70’s. I thought it would do the speaker to speaker thing, but it just turned stereo into mono. Lol. The more I turned the dial the more irritating it was.
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  12. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 6,672

    from So Cal

    Like I said, it's really not a useful audio enhancement. :D :D
  13. A little { Story } I had one in my O.T. Vette in high school in 1970. I also had an 8 track with two large home type speakers with about 20 feet of speaker wire for each. It was a big hit at pep rallies, and foot ball games. But the school principal called me to his office one morning. He told me the only way I could play my music was to park on the visitors side of the field. lol The reverb would really echo if turned all the way up. But I thought it sounded pretty cool. Yeah it made every song sound like Crimson and Clover. lol
  14. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
    Posts: 2,787


    Twin Reverb
    With all the songs in the 60s full of reverb adding more would really sound werid.
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  15. I recall being in some car with factory reverb. It was cool but don't recall what car it was. The best sounding audio I ever heard in a car was a factory quadraphonic system I once had in an off topic Tbird. Remember those?
  16. aircoup
    Joined: Aug 13, 2009
    Posts: 927


    yep my 65 mustang had one and inna godda davida sounded reallly cool!!
  17. And for that special audio experience, try running over a railroad track with the reverb on. If you had one, you know what I’m talking about.
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  18. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
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    41 GMC K-18

    "Twin", is referring to the fact, that there are two speakers not just one !
  19. modagger
    Joined: Jul 2, 2013
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    And the choir sang a resounding Amen!
  20. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 40,135


    While in USMC avonics school one or first class projects assigned to us students was building a reverb unit using JUST wire. All it is is one circuit has normal length wire and the other circuit was a SPOOL of wire. Worked great. That is all it is one circuit has more resistance that the other so the sound comes out at different times. :)
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  21. flatmotor40
    Joined: Apr 14, 2010
    Posts: 586

    from georgia

    Had 1 in my 65 Chevelle ss I still have it in a box somewhere in my trailer stored out back need to dig around a little
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  22. Geno1949
    Joined: Nov 11, 2016
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    Back in 1960 a friend bought a California tail dragger (48 chev) and it had a reverb installed. Just abouyt the koolist damned thing I had ever heard.
  23. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 6,672

    from So Cal

    No! No it didn't. Stop saying that. Crimson and Clover by Tommy James and the Shondells is known for the "TREMELO" effect on the guitar. Tremelo is NOT the same thing as Reverb, two very different effects. Reverb is a time based effect, part of the signal, the "wet" part, is delayed a slight amount and added back in to the the dry signal. The difference in timing between the wet and the dry creates that effect. Tremelo is a repetitive change in the amplitude (volume) of the signal, it gets quieter and louder repeatedly.


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  24. dan c
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,371

    dan c

    i worked in the record industry in 1974 and quadriphonic was the big deal. not many records sounded that great on it, though; kinda like when mono records were "rechanneled" for stereo...
  25. alphabet soup
    Joined: Jan 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,775

    alphabet soup

    My aunt had a '64 Galaxy 500. It had one factory. It sounded really cool. But the neatest thing was, when you shut it off. It sounded like springs popping. Gene.
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  26. Sky Six
    Joined: Mar 15, 2018
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    Sky Six
    from Arizona

    Thanks for clearing up the difference...
    either way I'd rather listen to Dick Dale and the Deltones.
  27. Johnny99
    Joined: Nov 5, 2006
    Posts: 962


    Nephew's 65 Polara hardtop had AM radio with factory reverb. If you grew up in the Seattle area in the 60's/70's you will certainly remember the "KJR Seattle channel 95" radio jingle. All windows down on a nice summer evening AM cranked to distortion levels reverb ON. Fun times. Man, that old boat with a 413 would flat roll on the freeway!
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  28. 57chevymadman
    Joined: Sep 15, 2021
    Posts: 101


    Haha yeah! Old guitar amps do that when equipped with spring reverb if you bump into it
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  29. Chevy Gasser
    Joined: Jan 23, 2007
    Posts: 712

    Chevy Gasser

    I remember reverbs very well. Jump the railroad tracks......BoieeEEEeeng!
  30. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 3,754


    I put one in my ‘60 Pontiac way back then. My car had a three speaker system, one 6” in each door and a 6x9 in the package shelf and the reverb underneath. The single knob pulled out to turn on the reverb and rotated to increase or decrease the reverb effect. With just a touch of reverb added, it sounded pretty good for a factory radio.
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