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lincolnbluelincolnblue Frets: 69
I'm going to be on the look out for a new reverb. I want something with presents and ideally a display for easily seeing what preset/patch I'm using. I guess like the Strymon Big Sky but my budget will be nearer £150-200 (need to shift some pedals first)

Any recommendations ?
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  • GavRichListGavRichList Frets: 4426
    You might be able to find a second hand Eventide Space for around the top end of your budget. They’re absolutely great. 
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  • HeartfeltdawnHeartfeltdawn Frets: 11473
    If you find a Space for under £200, snap the seller's hand off immediately. Preowned ones are hitting £400 on Ebay. 

    For your budget, Line 6 M9 should be your first port of call.  
    Clarity over quantity.  
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  • GavRichListGavRichList Frets: 4426
    If you find a Space for under £200, snap the seller's hand off immediately. Preowned ones are hitting £400 on Ebay. 

    For your budget, Line 6 M9 should be your first port of call.  
    Couldn’t remember if mine went for a little over two or three... now you’ve said it, it was probably three
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  • antifashantifash Frets: 597
    You’re not gonna find a Space at £200! £300, yes. 
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  • WazmeisterWazmeister Frets: 3912
    Im a Big Sky owner and Ive tried several times to find a smaller, cheaper alternative... and there isnt one, imho !

    The closest was the Digitech Polara, which is great value new and used.

    Other reverbs with less flexibility but still sound and react well include;

    - Talisman 
    - Neunaber Wet
    - TC HOF
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  • TheMarlinTheMarlin Frets: 1377
    edited January 8
    I hated the Polara. Absolutely loved the MXR M300.  Saving for an Eventide Space.  Using a HOF 2 for the time being, mostly due to space issues.....but also enjoying the TonePrint and MASH features. 
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  • It's unlikely my budget will increase so a display isn't vital.  Any suggestions of reverbs with presets without a display?
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  • GavRichListGavRichList Frets: 4426
    I would have thought the MXR one was worth a look 
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  • I would have thought the MXR one was worth a look 
    I didn't know that had presets. I could do with being able to, with one press, go for say a shimmer to a hall
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  • GavRichListGavRichList Frets: 4426
    I would have thought the MXR one was worth a look 
    I didn't know that had presets. I could do with being able to, with one press, go for say a shimmer to a hall
    I might be wrong but I thought it did - remember being impressed when the first load of demos came out 
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  • english_bobenglish_bob Frets: 2319
    edited January 8

    For your budget, Line 6 M9 should be your first port of call.  
    M5 has all the same sounds, less fussy power requirements (although it still needs isolation), smaller footprint and a much lower price tag- shouldn't be more than about £70 used.

    Preset switching is potentially a little more difficult than the M9- the standard mode requires you to press both footswitches, then scroll through presets to the one you want and double-press again to select it, but there is an alternative mode that allows you to stay in the menu mode and have each preset come on automatically as you scroll to it. 


    Neunaber WET with their EXP footswitch should work, but even used would be at the top end of your budget.

    Don't talk politics and don't throw stones. Your royal highnesses.

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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 16961
    TC Electronic T2 - I have one and it sounds great - the Tone Print feature is awesome as is the tweakability via an app:

    http://www.tcelectronic.com/t2-reverb/

    The Hall of Fame is pretty good as well:

    http://www.tcelectronic.com/hall-of-fame-reverb/


    Neunaber Immerse is awesome:

    https://neunaber.net/collections/pedals/products/immerse



    My pump-action drivel gun is smoking hot today!
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  • GavRichListGavRichList Frets: 4426
    edited January 8
    I would have thought the MXR one was worth a look 
    I didn't know that had presets. I could do with being able to, with one press, go for say a shimmer to a hall
    I might be wrong but I thought it did - remember being impressed when the first load of demos came out 
    I am wrong. As you were. 

    Mr Black Supermoon eclipse would get my vote. Supermoons sound so very good. 
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  • I would have thought the MXR one was worth a look 
    I didn't know that had presets. I could do with being able to, with one press, go for say a shimmer to a hall
    I might be wrong but I thought it did - remember being impressed when the first load of demos came out 
    I am wrong. As you were. 

    Mr Black Supermoon eclipse would get my vote. Supermoons sound so very good. 

    The MXR Reverb does have 6 reverb types you switch between by pushing the tone dial, but no presets.
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 7193
    GFI Specular Tempus - okay it's over budget but it ticks some of the other boxes and if you could use it to replace a delay as well it might make more sense. Unlikely to find one used at present I guess. 
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  • I would have thought the MXR one was worth a look 
    I didn't know that had presets. I could do with being able to, with one press, go for say a shimmer to a hall
    I might be wrong but I thought it did - remember being impressed when the first load of demos came out 
    I am wrong. As you were. 

    Mr Black Supermoon eclipse would get my vote. Supermoons sound so very good. 

    The MXR Reverb does have 6 reverb types you switch between by pushing the tone dial, but no presets.

    It's a great sounding pedal but not quite what I ideally want. Really want something like Boss RV500, Big sky etc if possible - even If I have to wait a bit
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  • Flanging_FredFlanging_Fred Frets: 1635
    Do you need stereo?  If not the old Source Audio dimension reverb was pretty good but only has a couple of presets.
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  • HeartfeltdawnHeartfeltdawn Frets: 11473

    For your budget, Line 6 M9 should be your first port of call.  
    M5 has all the same sounds, less fussy power requirements (although it still needs isolation), smaller footprint and a much lower price tag- shouldn't be more than about £70 used.

    Preset switching is potentially a little more difficult than the M9- the standard mode requires you to press both footswitches, then scroll through presets to the one you want and double-press again to select it, but there is an alternative mode that allows you to stay in the menu mode and have each preset come on automatically as you scroll to it. 


    Neunaber WET with their EXP footswitch should work, but even used would be at the top end of your budget.
    I'd discounted the M5 in my head because having just one sound at a time is a restriction that would bug me and I'd move it on very quickly so I could have more more more at once :D Both of the M9's I've had were under £150. 

    It's still rather mad that this year will be the 10th anniversary of the M13 (M9 came out a year after). Still one of the best bits of digital guitar kit ever in terms of user interface. 


    Clarity over quantity.  
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  • Do you need stereo?  If not the old Source Audio dimension reverb was pretty good but only has a couple of presets.
    No need for stereo really
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  • For your budget, Line 6 M9 should be your first port of call.  
    M5 has all the same sounds, less fussy power requirements (although it still needs isolation), smaller footprint and a much lower price tag- shouldn't be more than about £70 used.

    Preset switching is potentially a little more difficult than the M9- the standard mode requires you to press both footswitches, then scroll through presets to the one you want and double-press again to select it, but there is an alternative mode that allows you to stay in the menu mode and have each preset come on automatically as you scroll to it. 


    Neunaber WET with their EXP footswitch should work, but even used would be at the top end of your budget.
    I'd discounted the M5 in my head because having just one sound at a time is a restriction that would bug me and I'd move it on very quickly so I could have more more more at once :D Both of the M9's I've had were under £150. 

    It's still rather mad that this year will be the 10th anniversary of the M13 (M9 came out a year after). Still one of the best bits of digital guitar kit ever in terms of user interface. 


    The m9 is rather big though isn't it?  I have other effects covered do only need reverb
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  • english_bobenglish_bob Frets: 2319
    I'd discounted the M5 in my head because having just one sound at a time is a restriction that would bug me and I'd move it on very quickly so I could have more more more at once :D Both of the M9's I've had were under £150. 

    It's still rather mad that this year will be the 10th anniversary of the M13 (M9 came out a year after). Still one of the best bits of digital guitar kit ever in terms of user interface. 

    Depends how you'd use it I guess- if the OP only wants it for one effect anyway...

    To be fair, when the range came out I couldn't work out why anyone would want the M5, but that's the one that ended up working for me.

    Don't talk politics and don't throw stones. Your royal highnesses.

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  • HeartfeltdawnHeartfeltdawn Frets: 11473
    As the OP is covered elsewhere, M5 it is then :)
    Clarity over quantity.  
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  • If you can use the m5 so that I can scroll through presets easily then that's a real contender.  I assume the reverbs are good as it does shimmer?
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  • english_bobenglish_bob Frets: 2319
    If you can use the m5 so that I can scroll through presets easily then that's a real contender.  I assume the reverbs are good as it does shimmer?
    The firmware is 10 years old, so I doubt it's quite as good as you'd get from a newer, more expensive pedal, but the functionality is going to be difficult to get from anything else for the price. 

    The preset scrolling thing is best understood from the manual, which is online. 

    Don't talk politics and don't throw stones. Your royal highnesses.

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  • RaymondLinRaymondLin Frets: 3615
    I just looked at the price of the BigSky….holy crap, it's £100 more today than when I bought it, what the hell.
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  • TheMarlinTheMarlin Frets: 1377
    £vs$
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  • RaymondLinRaymondLin Frets: 3615
    I think my board has gone up in price by about 20%...
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  • TeetonetalTeetonetal Frets: 5968
    Toys not on offer
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  • I would have thought the MXR one was worth a look 
    I didn't know that had presets. I could do with being able to, with one press, go for say a shimmer to a hall
    I might be wrong but I thought it did - remember being impressed when the first load of demos came out 
    I am wrong. As you were. 

    Mr Black Supermoon eclipse would get my vote. Supermoons sound so very good. 

    The MXR Reverb does have 6 reverb types you switch between by pushing the tone dial, but no presets.

    It's a great sounding pedal but not quite what I ideally want. Really want something like Boss RV500, Big sky etc if possible - even If I have to wait a bit

    Well I have been round the houses with reverb pedals, but now absolutely settled on the Big Sky, it's my favourite reverb pedal by a country mile, worth the saving up and the wait.
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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 3821
    TheMarlin said:
    £vs$


    No

    Pound is $1.35 at the moment.  Was around $1.45 two years ago.  That's a drop of 7% against the dollar.  Doesn't explain a 20% price rise.

    I think it's partly the importers/distributors/retailers using Brexit as an excuse to jack up prices.

    There might also be some issues with the cost of components inside.  I know computer memory has gone up a lot in price (and I think that is worldwide).  I've been told that is down to the use of scarce elements.  Given all the digital technology inside Strymon stuff, it's possible that the components they use have gone up.

    Whatever the reason, it's not fundamentally a £ vs $ thing.

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