Limited production of these unique handbuilt rack reverb/distortion units, based on the classic Grampian Type 636 circuit. Bespoke redesign; hand-built featuring vintage and original components to faithfully replicate the authentic sound of the original but with improved low end, lower noise and mic pre direct out.
The Soundgas Type 636 brings the hallowed Grampian Type 636 Spring Reverb design into the 21st century; an authentic future studio classic.
Hand-built in limited numbers from vintage parts, this unit features all the hairy sonic goodness of the originals with less noise and more low end in a convenient and reliable rackmount unit.
AUTUMN/FALL PRODUCTION 2020: preorders open for the final ten units – order via this listing or email to pay a £1k deposit.
We have secured enough vintage components for another ten units which will be our final build of 2020 with no further production planned.
Photos on this listing are now of the full production prototype – this is what you will receive. Sexy as hell, frankly.
The Soundgas Type 636 Spring Reverb brings the hallowed Grampian Type 636 into the 21st century. Whether you seek the ultimate dub reverb, the meatiest distortion, or achingly beautiful organic textures, the Type 636 has it by the truckload.
These units are hand-built to order in very limited numbers using many vintage/original parts for an authentic sound.
The design is as faithful to the original as possible and delivers all the hairy sonic joy of the originals. Dr Huw’s 21st century re-imagining does not mean corners cut – far from it – the attention to detail evokes a bygone era when gear was hand-built with care. The circuit boards have been lovingly crafted and deliver all the wild tones and textures with none of the extraneous noise and hiss of a neglected original. Wherever possible, we are using period correct parts for absolute authenticity.
The Soundgas Type 636 is a Grampian with less noise, more low end and greater reliability, designed with the benefit of hindsight and decades of experience with the originals. We’ve taken the best from various eras of 636s and brought them together with a studio sensibility – accentuating exactly the flaws and foibles of the design that are so beloved of today’s users. Individual Grampian 636s all have unique sonic signatures due to age and construction and each hand-built Soundgas Type 636 will be a unique piece. We keep two Grampians in the Soundgas Studio because they have quite distinct characters (one has an original Gibbs tank, the other a later Accutronics tank, but the circuit designs are quite different also).
A true studio classic designed and built with love and attention to detail for today’s musicians and producers.
PREORDER INFORMATION: Preorders are open for this build – you can either pay a £1000 deposit or in full – please email if you wish to pay a deposit.
Very limited production – handbuilt using original reconditioned Gibbs tanks for authentic sound.
Serial numbers will be allocated on preorder sequentially. If at any time you wish to cancel your preorder, please advise us by email and we’ll issue a full refund and allocate the machine to the first customer on the waiting list.
For sales in UK/EU the price will include 20% VAT. If you have an EU VAT number (outside the UK) you can enter it at check out to have VAT removed.
Switchable voltage for use anywhere in the world - it will be set up ready for you to use before we ship.
First demo is the final production prototype in action. The others show the evolution of the look and sound – there’s the test unit missing the face-plate, plus some earlier initial test-firings of the prototype (built into an old Binson face-plate!).
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The production prototype of the Soundgas Type 636 is finally finished. . Now we can assemble the first ten units (all sold on preorder). After that we’ll build the next ten - over half of which are also sold. . If you want to secure one of the final units, head over to our website (see link in our story now). . I just spent a happy afternoon putting it through its paces: check our Instagram Live feed for more sounds now...
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I love the smell of germanium in the morning... . Our very own Fuzz Apocalypse, the Soundgas Type 636, is based on the Grampian Spring Reverb used and abused by Lee Scratch Perry and Pete Townshend. . Dr Huw and his team set out to improve on the original: more controllable distortion, less noise, and a bigger low end. From the sound of the 21 units so far released into the wild, and now residing in some very interesting places, it’s clear they succeeded. . The final run of these handbuilt units featuring carefully selected and restored vintage components is nearly complete. . By the time we’re done, 35 Soundgas Type 636s will have been made. . There are four left to preorder on the site now. . We’re aiming for delivery if the final units in April, assuming Covid-19 precautions don’t get in the way. . At present we remain open for business, but operating at a reduced capacity to protect our staff.
For much more detail about the Grampian Type 636 – history, original documentation and schematics head to our main Grampian page now.
Video from the Q&A session we did on the Grampian and Soundgas Type 636 units, plus an update on the Soundgas 636 build. Also Jane Weaver!
PUBLISHED: 29th Oct 2019
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Directory of original Grampian documentation we have, including tech specs, schematics and articles, to view and download.
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