A great sounding, high quality Japanese stereo spring reverb - a Hawk HR-45 2 Channel Echo Unit for sale...
A great sounding, high quality Japanese stereo spring reverb – a Hawk HR-45 2 Channel Echo Unit for sale serviced and in great working order
We’ve landed a selection of Hawk spring reverbs, and the fine-looking HR-45 is a favourite; the first one here was promptly removed to the studio for ‘testing’ and still hasn’t been returned.
Sharing similar 70s Hi-Fi aesthetics with the HE-2150 & HE-2250, this stereo unit offers input controls for mic in, and also mic/line echo input. Moving along is the four-way Mode selector switch with a choice between Normal, Reverse, Split and Mono reverb settings – Reverse sadly does not offer a backwards reverb, but switches the wet signal to the opposite channel. The twin vu meters look great and work well, but are not backlit. There’s a pair of quarter inch jack inputs on the front and rear as well as a bunch of connections on RCA phonos that belie its hifi background.
It’s a very useful and good-sounding spring – whilst overall it has a more-appealing the sound than the Pioneer SR-202W, there is a strong argument for having more than one spring timbre at your disposal (this from someone who has over a dozen in the studio).
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 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!
We get various models of these vintage Japanese machines recently – read all about them in our Hawk/Mirano tape echo and spring reverb blog post.
Condition – Excellent overall condition, tested and working well, minor signs of age to the panel and knobs finish; comes with original box.
Price includes VAT at 20% (for sales in UK/EU) – buyers outside the EU please contact us for tax-free prices. VAT-free sales possible to businesses and individuals in the EU with a valid VAT Number.
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PUBLISHED: 21st Nov 2023
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