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Spring reverbs (vermona vs ekdahl)

Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:05 pm
by edfunction
Hi, I am looking at getting a nicely featured spring reverb in the near future.

I tried both the vermona retroverb lancet and ekdahl moisturizer (briefly) and find myself on the fence.
Does anyone have experience with both (or either).

I really liked the sound of both, the vermona has more features and is a little more sturdy for live.
The ekdahl may have some more flexibility with the springs being exposed ?? also super nice looking.

I am leaning to towards the vermona, just wanted to see if there are any caveats.
other recomendations?

all ideas appreciated!

Re: Spring reverbs (vermona vs ekdahl)

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:25 am
by BlackGnosis
Edkahl I think would be a more "fun" choice. everything's exposed and you have a few more options on adding sound into your setup, for a strait up9 instrument effect the Vermona isn't that bad of an idea, but I've never liked the idea of a "safe crash" on spring reverb, I was more of a "tap the corner of the amp" kind of musician when ever I used SpringRev on an amp. The vermona does offer a flat surface to stack stuff on... I guess what you intend to do with it is ultimately what will influence where you're going with it.

Since you're already desiring the vermona, Why not get it? :D

Re: Spring reverbs (vermona vs ekdahl)

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:59 am
by Stab Frenzy
A couple of other options for around the same price are the Doepfer A-199 module and a case and a couple of other utility modules. You could build up something with similar functionality as either of those two for a similar price but with a lot more functionality. If modular is something you're interested in at some point in the future that would be a good start, I have the 199 and really like it, I think I'm going to get another one so I can run them stereo.

Another option would be the Eventide Space. Not true spring reverb but the spring algorithm sounds very good to my ears and it can do a lot of other stuff as well.

Re: Spring reverbs (vermona vs ekdahl)

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:11 pm
by edfunction

Yes, I was at first thinking modular, but I got to thinking that a small self-contained verb/filter/vca fx box could be a nice way to go. Also, if/when I take the modular plunge I'd like to keep the system pretty small and probably wouldn't gig with it much. The reverb I would gig with though.

Both the Ekdahl and vermona would seem to integrate with a modular reasonably well, while leaving me more room for other modules in the case itself. I guess the Ekdahl has better interfacing possibilities.

A mini-case might be a good solution. It would probably add up to more $ than the vermona if I wanted to replicate the possibility (reverb-vcf-lfo-vca + case). More flexible of course and easily expandable.

The Ekdahl is definitely more fun being able to mess with the springs, tactile variation in the crash would be useful. A much lesser (but strangely compeling) point is that it looks very pretty. I try to back away from this as a factor but I'm only human.
The reason I lean towards the vermona is that I really like running chords and things through a filter and triggering the vcf/vca enevlope from a drum machine, good for making rhythmic variation in dubby stuff.

hmmm. Thanks for the advice guys, very useful! I guess I have some thinking to do. Some saving too ;)

Re: Spring reverbs (vermona vs ekdahl)

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:05 pm
by pflosi
Hey Dylan,

I can also vouch for the A199, it's awesome! Especially the patchable feedback path is pure ace (of course you could also patch that up if that input wasn't there, but it would need some additional mults and mixers).

Apart from the A199, I only have vintage units which might not be of interest for you... IMO both the Vermona and the Ekdahl look very nice!


Re: Spring reverbs (vermona vs ekdahl)

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:23 pm
by edfunction
Hey Flo!

Yeah the modular route is definitely an option I'm considering.
Vintage is also cool, but I like that The V and E do a lot of other useful stuff in a small footprint, something I consider for live work pretty useful.

At any rate I'll have to see what I'm left with after Christmas...