Auction for a rare Japanese stereo spring reverb. There is magic in these boxes - the circuit just eats up high signal and overloads so well...
Rare Japanese spring reverb. There is magic in these boxes – the circuit just eats up high signal and overloads so well. The ability to switch the input between three modes on this model (two mic and phono) allows you to quickly dial in different flavours of distortion.
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We’re big fans of all these Hawk spring reverbs; this HR-40 appears to be an earlier incarnation of the fine-looking stereo HR-45 (the first one we got was promptly removed to the studio for ‘testing’ and still hasn’t been returned).
Serviced and working well, but only on one channel; the other has unknown faults, but these are a pretty primitive design (which is why they sound so raw and wonderful) and we don’t think it can be fixed easily/economically.
With a definite 70s Hi-Fi aesthetic, albeit with a fairly business-like diagram across the front to explain the signal path, this stereo unit takes mic or line in via front jack sockets or line via phono on the rear. You then have various controls over the echo, including “reverse” which sadly does not offer a backwards reverb, but switches the wet signal to the opposite channel. Output is via phono on the rear.
It’s a useful and good-sounding spring; where things get really interesting is how this unit reacts to being overdriven – pure magic when a guitar is plugged into the mic input, but also very usable and extremely gnarly on a whole range of sources. The flexibility offered by being able to just drive the dry or reverb signal, or a combination of the two makes this a very creative tool: the overdriven reverb sound from this unit is highly-addictive! With the added phono option on the input and a different circuit the HR-40 sounds quite different to the HR-45 when pushed – it can get very crunchy and vicious indeed…
As we’re auctioning this there is no further warranty on this item.
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In very good cosmetic condition with a few scuffs and marks to the face. Please see photos or get in touch if you require more information on condition.
100v Japanese model. For customers on 220/240v supplies we will supply a high quality step-down transformer free of charge with your purchase - let us know if this is not required. On North American mains (115/120v supplies) this unit will run without a transformer (we run all our tests using 120v power); however, a step-down transformer is recommended for extended use. We do not recommend using cheap, generic Chinese mains transformers - please ask if you have any questions about powering this unit.
This auction item will have 20% VAT added to the final price for UK buyers. Buyers elsewhere may incur VAT or other local taxes on import.
Demo featuring a previous unit for sale. 808 is through the phono input, Dato Duo is through the mic input and a bit of spring added. no other effects units used!
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PUBLISHED: 21st Nov 2023
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