A Sansui RA-500 Spring Reverb Amp – a fabulous dark and characterful spring reverb unit (with a very...
A Sansui RA-500 Spring Reverb Amp – a fabulous dark and characterful spring reverb unit (with a very colourful display which looks great in a darkened studio).
If you go in on the left input and out on the right output, you get a wet-only signal.
It is in good condition and very good working order.
Serviced, earthed and set up for 240v mains use.
Click on the photos for detail of the condition – usual minor signs of age but overall it looks good.
This unit has a darker sound that can work wonders in a mix.
If you want more information on which spring is best for you then check out our detailed spring reverb blog and “Springathon” demo (13 springs head-to-head). You can also see our full current stock of vintage studio signal processors here, but if you have any questions please get in touch as we have many years experience with these machines.
Spring reverbs are a great ‘secret weapon’ to have in the studio arsenal – not just for the ‘boingy’ effect as used by dub and reggae pioneers such as Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, but also for adding that unmistakable classic shimmery vibe to electric guitars. It’s a sound that lends itself well to modern production: the perfect treatment for overly-sterile digital delays and reverbs and it can be heard all over today’s music. Whether it’s cutting-edge dubstep from Rusko, or a top pop mix engineer like Tom Elmhirst (who used vintage spring reverb all over the last Adele album), the sound of springs is everywhere right now.
Try using a little tape delay before sending to a spring reverb, or use a digital/plug-in reverb and send the wet output from that to the spring to add character.
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