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audioforge



Joined: 14 Jan 2002
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2002 9:22 pm    Post subject: great british spring Reply with quote

hi. who knows a company called GBS and does spring reverb? i ffound a web annonce at 225Euros.can t find any information on the web about gbs.maybe someone here can help.thanks audioforge.
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interruptor



Joined: 04 Sep 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2002 1:51 am    Post subject: great british spring Reply with quote

Indeed there is not a lot of info on the net about this one. What I found follows below:

click here for a pic

- stereo
- made out of grey water pipe, length 110 cm
- 2 XLR inputs
- 2 XLR outputs


"In the case of the famous "Great British Spring", the case was literaly a piece of grey water pipe like you get in household drainage systems. If you aint seen one, you didn't spend any time in cheap 8 track studios in the early 80's."

"Even the Great British Spring (GBS) was noisy and 'twanged' mercilessly when fed percussive material"

From a feature about Indie Pop producer Mark Wallis:
"The additional bit of gear that Wallis carts along is a Great British Spring reverb, which sometimes raises a few eyebrows. 'It looks like a big piece of drainpipe, and people think I bring in a bazooka or something. I like spring reverb and plate reverb. I find that it gives a kind of colouration that's unrepeatable with any digital reverb I've worked with. When I add some Great British Spring reverb to a track, people will quickly say, 'that's really loud, turn it down'. Yet if I do the same thing with a really nice digital reverb it seems to get lost in the track, and you end up adding yet more reverb. But with spring and plate, it's coming out really loud and really clear. At the end of mixing a track, the reverb from the Great British Spring often ends up being pure distortion, but that colouration beneath the track is awesome, it sounds fantastic. I've not yet heard a digital effect that works in the same way, really enhancing the sound. The other thing I like about plate and spring reverbs is that they're mono. This means that you can choose whether you pan your effect behind the source signal or put it to the other side. Most digital reverbs give these big stereo outputs, and I don't like that."
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Gargantuan Sound



Joined: 08 Sep 2003
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2003 4:21 pm    Post subject: great british spring Reply with quote

The GBS is a great unit and probably worth 200 Euros. Go and get one. The BBC sound FX department used 3 of them!
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w.apps



Joined: 28 Sep 2003
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2003 4:52 pm    Post subject: great british spring Reply with quote

Great British Spring Reverb Unit (GBS) for sale. This is a stereo unit with accompanying XLR leads. A unique sound unobtainable with digital equipment. £130
LONDON UK

email: w.apps@btinternet.com
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moog_t.



Joined: 22 Dec 2003
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2003 12:18 pm    Post subject: great british spring Reply with quote

Just got a GBS off eBay in Germany, 100 plus 20 shipping. Was in excellent shape with all the cables included.

//moog_t.
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Spud44



Joined: 29 Jan 2004
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2004 7:01 pm    Post subject: great british spring Reply with quote

There's one on ebay now (Jan 28 2004)
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Looter



Joined: 13 Mar 2001
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2004 6:28 pm    Post subject: great british spring Reply with quote

Spud: What's the auction titled? I searched all over ebay but couldnt find it.
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jonny giles



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2004 1:43 pm    Post subject: great british spring Reply with quote

I hve just bought a GB reverb but it dosen't have a power supply. What type of power voltage does it take and what type of connector do I need? Any help would be great.
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Michael Zimmerling



Joined: 14 Feb 2004
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2004 11:23 pm    Post subject: great british spring Reply with quote

Want to buy GB spring, anybody ?
Please email me:
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SureShot



Joined: 17 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 5:09 pm    Post subject: great british spring Reply with quote

i just bought one and i must say i'm VERY happy with mine.
it's the version with a trs jack for stereo input and trs jack for stereo output. The power supply(wall wart) uses a three pin DIN connector and the power supply is 30v. i don't know if it supplies +30v, 0v, -30v (3 pins) or just +30, 0v.

coz it's stereo you can loop the left output to the right input for a mono longer reverb. but then again the reverb is already pretty long.

mine has a very tiny hum if i open up my aux returns too much but nothing to worry about in normal use. The XLR version will probably perform better because it's balanced.

it complements the Convolution reverbs i've been using nicely (ir-1 or Sir with "fokke van de saane" tube spring reverb ir (when dubbing))

if anyone knows what Ohm-age the reverb tank has please post it cos i'm thinking of modding mine so i can switch tanks...

bless

Thomas Hopman
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Jürg Baier



Joined: 26 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2004 8:38 am    Post subject: great british spring Reply with quote

Hi!
I still have one GBS on stock: www.musikbaier.ch -> "Oldies & Raritäten".
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Tony Morris



Joined: 12 Apr 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2005 6:58 pm    Post subject: great british spring Reply with quote

I have an unused Great British Spring for sale (uncompleted export order). No power supply, but still in manufacturer's packaaging. Believed to be balanced (has XLR Inputs & Outputs.

Anyone interested?
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polimorfos



Joined: 03 Nov 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2005 4:21 am    Post subject: great british spring Reply with quote

Just got one of these at a garage sale. I almost lost it when I looked inside this cardboard box that had "tube reverb" :-) written on the outside.

Sounds fantastic......
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Daniel O.



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2005 6:03 pm    Post subject: great british spring Reply with quote

Looking for a balanced XLR great british spring reverb. If anyone has one to sell, email me with your price at j.stclair1@ntlworld.com

Thanks
Daniel O.
j.stclair1@ntlworld.com
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Phill Atkins



Joined: 04 May 2006
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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2006 3:04 pm    Post subject: great british spring Reply with quote

Hi. Does anyone out there know how the wiring goes on the XLR plugs for a GBS? I wanted to get some longer leads and bought standard XLR - Jack leads and they won't work. The spring works fine with the old leads and the new leads work fine with a mic, so the conclusion must be that they need wiring up differently.
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Frenzy



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 2:16 pm    Post subject: great british spring Reply with quote

I have a rare black GBS, XLR in and out.
The power supply is missing, does anyone know the right voltage - I was told 25V DC.

How do I post pictures here?
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interruptor



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 2:31 pm    Post subject: great british spring Reply with quote

regarding pics: see this
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Frenzy



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 5:18 pm    Post subject: great british spring Reply with quote

here the top of the black Great British Spring reverb GBS01
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atlastop



Joined: 22 May 2011
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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 7:52 am    Post subject: Free Impulse response files of the GBS reverb Reply with quote

I just recently borrowed my bandmates Great British Spring reverb. So I decided to record some impulse responses.

Go here to download em-
http://atlastop.com/great-british-spring-reverb

(and a great freeware convolution reverb to use these impulses http://www.knufinke.de/sir/sir1.html )

Of course the real spring reverb sounds 'bigger', but the impulses get towards the general tone.
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JahNice



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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greetings atlastop & THANK YOU for sharing these IRs!

One

Yiannis
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