I built a Surfy Bear Reverb..

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I built a Surfy Bear Reverb..

Post by tribi9 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:55 pm

I built this today..

Reversed the polarity to use with a regular 9VDC..

Im still waiting for the tank but im pretty sure its wired properly... Well i, tested the board and it reads +9VDC

I fixed the pots so they don't look all wonky like in the pic

Not sure where ill put the tank yet.. :jacked:


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Re: I built a Surfy Bear Reverb..

Post by ludobag1 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:56 pm

have you try it ? ,i use it more than my 63 reissue cause of the weight and also now i have put a surfy trem in
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for the power supply normally it need 12 v but more important need 1 amp (if you power supply is not enought powerfull it will heat )
for trying 9v with less amp will work but not for long time use
where do you find the box you use ?

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Re: I built a Surfy Bear Reverb..

Post by rexter » Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:31 am

Looks cool tribi!

I really want to build one of these to use with my Vibro Champ and inbound 1481. Love small amps, but also love spring reverb.... ;)

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Re: I built a Surfy Bear Reverb..

Post by tribi9 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:10 am

Thx guys.

Ludobag, the box, is just a Hammond box I found at a local electronics store. I haven't tested it yet, the tank should be here at the end of the week.
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Re: I built a Surfy Bear Reverb..

Post by ludobag1 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:23 am

if you have a fender amp the tank will work,normally ,a deluxe reverb have the good tank for

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Re: I built a Surfy Bear Reverb..

Post by marqueemoon » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:21 am

With the right pedalboard it might be interesting to mount the tank under it. I guess you'd need to isolate it from some amount of vibration, but it would be fun to still be able to give it a kick for some dubby goodness.

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Re: I built a Surfy Bear Reverb..

Post by kdanie » Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:04 am

Looks great, I'm going to order the kit/tank/power supply from them as soon as I get closer to getting to the house in the woods.

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Re: I built a Surfy Bear Reverb..

Post by tribi9 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:23 am

Thx Kd. Its a fun build.

Ludobag the box is one like in the link below. It was a lot cheaper here though.. :unsure:

Marquemoon, I think you're onto something there, maybe a custom pedalboard is what this needs...


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Re: I built a Surfy Bear Reverb..

Post by mbene085 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:38 am

Always been curious about these. Be sure to post the final results once you have the tank!!

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Re: I built a Surfy Bear Reverb..

Post by MayTheFuzzBeWithYou » Sun Mar 04, 2018 3:47 pm

Subsribed!
Wanted to build one the whole autumn/winter!
But I had to earn my spurs in soldering first! And the power supply was some kind of a turnoff too for me.
Is the V.2. out yet?

Also wondered about the "mount it under my pedalboard" option - as I love those whiplash sounds my Vaporizer makes when I kick/punch it... what would it need to isolate some vibration? Should I hang it in there with another set of springs?

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Re: I built a Surfy Bear Reverb..

Post by parry » Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:38 pm

That looks great, Tribi!
I built one too. But mine sounds like ass, right now. I've not really had a chance to go back in and trouble-shoot it. :fp:
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Re: I built a Surfy Bear Reverb..

Post by tribi9 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:49 pm

Thx Parry.

Did yours ever work at all?
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Re: I built a Surfy Bear Reverb..

Post by parry » Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:14 pm

Does it work??
Well... kinda? But it looks great! :D

But yeah. I dunno. The signal is weaker than unity... and it's got this weird, low distortion sound when notes are struck.
I started wading through the 100-ish page thread on the surf forum, but my eyes crossed and I put away the soldering iron.
Nothing jumped out at me and it appears everything is wired correctly... I guess I'll just have to go back and start shortening wires or something?
Maybe it's my power supply? Maybe it's the RCA connectors?
I dunno. I'll get to it - I just hate trouble-shooting.
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Re: I built a Surfy Bear Reverb..

Post by PJazzmaster » Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:06 pm

I have one of their older (bigger) PCB's which I have sent to a friend a while back to complete this project for me (I have no time for such projects at the moment :( ) . It's been a couple of months already and I should receive the finished "pedal" soon, maybe even this week :)

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Re: I built a Surfy Bear Reverb..

Post by PJazzmaster » Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:09 am

I received mine today :) Easy to carry and great sounding (it can't beat my tube tank but it does beat any other reverb pedal that I have heard).

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