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Re: Abbey Road Plate Reverbs

Postby Luke W » Mon May 17, 2021 1:47 pm

Zukan wrote:
Luke W wrote:It's yet another thing to add to my list of completely unnecessary things I'd like to build.

I'm still building my lightsaber. It's trying to incorporate usb-1, you know for warmth, that's holding me back.

Got to be FireWire, surely?

Put a hovercraft on the list as well for a modern take on jousting.
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Re: Abbey Road Plate Reverbs

Postby Sam Inglis » Mon May 17, 2021 5:04 pm

Zukan wrote:Hugh, are there any companies that still make plate verbs? Google's not helping here...

http://www.plutoplate.com

I have a feeling shipping from the States could be pricey, though.
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Re: Abbey Road Plate Reverbs

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon May 17, 2021 5:11 pm

Woo hoo!

And even better... "Output is mic level via class A transformers" :lol: :headbang:
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Re: Abbey Road Plate Reverbs

Postby Zukan » Mon May 17, 2021 6:04 pm

Sam Inglis wrote:
Zukan wrote:Hugh, are there any companies that still make plate verbs? Google's not helping here...

http://www.plutoplate.com

I have a feeling shipping from the States could be pricey, though.

Very cool. Thanks Sam.
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Re: Abbey Road Plate Reverbs

Postby Eddy Deegan » Mon May 17, 2021 6:51 pm

Luke W wrote:
Zukan wrote:
Luke W wrote:It's yet another thing to add to my list of completely unnecessary things I'd like to build.

Put a hovercraft on the list as well for a modern take on jousting.

A number of students at my secondary school built a hovercraft as an out of hours club activity mentored by one of the craft teachers (I think woodwork but memory fails).

After months of construction it was duly completed. A more impressive educational project I've never seen - it looked the part, had the requisite grills over the fans, two engines, a beautifully fabricated angular body and an impressive skirt.

It worked too. It could only take the weight of a single pupil at a time though. Sadly, only two people got to have a go. Despite a dozen acres of playing field to work with, the second would-be pilot lost control and diverted it at speed directly into the wall of the canteen/school hall building.

The ensuing damage to the craft was severe, a setback from which the project never recovered, but I'm sure stories of that event were told for years afterwards.

On the bright side the canteen wasn't damaged. Much as there are tales told across the land of dodgy school dinners ours were top notch. I really felt for the club members who never got a go though.

EDIT: It was 6th form, not secondary ... long time ago!
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Re: Abbey Road Plate Reverbs

Postby Eddy Deegan » Mon May 17, 2021 7:06 pm

Returning to the plate reverb theme, I've always liked the effect in certain contexts (not that I've ever used a real one) but I'm not certain that I'd want something that bulky and heavy to reckon with these days, even if it did sound better than the digital versions.

I may be missing out of course!
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Re: Abbey Road Plate Reverbs

Postby blinddrew » Mon May 17, 2021 8:46 pm

Not sure you'd get it up your stairs Eddy... ;)
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Re: Abbey Road Plate Reverbs

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon May 17, 2021 8:48 pm

I'd take the digital version quite happily. :D
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Re: Abbey Road Plate Reverbs

Postby Martin Walker » Mon May 17, 2021 11:57 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:Woo hoo!

And even better... "Output is mic level via class A transformers" :lol: :headbang:

I searched high and low on the site to find that gem, but failed - I suspect you're biased Hugh ;)


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Re: Abbey Road Plate Reverbs

Postby Tim Gillett » Tue May 18, 2021 4:19 am

In my 20's I made my own design plate reverb using a wooden frame and a tinned steel plate. It worked but sounded dreadful. Terrible harsh resonances. Then a few years later a friend lent me his Yamaha digital reverb box. There was no comparison. I thankfully turned my plate reverb into scrap wood and metal...

Around that time I saw at a government auction a couple of large AKG reverb units in their own wooden boxes but I think they used a high grade spring reverb system rather than a plate. Our national broadcaster had probably replaced them with the new digital reverbs.
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Re: Abbey Road Plate Reverbs

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue May 18, 2021 10:28 am

Martin Walker wrote:I searched high and low on the site to find that gem, but failed - I suspect you're biased Hugh ;)

Biased? How very dare you?! Best integrity money can buy here, I assure you... :lol:

It was on the Specifications page, second paragraph:

Plutoplate wrote:The Pluto Plate™ is designed with a larger plate than older models, which we found to attain a greater warmth. The plate is passive, allowing the engineer to choose their favorite driver-amp and pre-amp for the return. Output is mic level via class A transformers.
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