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    Default Reverb Dwell Control ...

    I got a question that's been bugging me, since I never mess with the old style reverbs (Fender stand alones, or the Fender amp that has this feature in it)... what exactly does the dwell control on a reverb do? Is it a gain control for how hard the stage is driven ? What does it do sonically, most I've seen have dwell, tone,and level or mix (the *reverb control* as such... ie, the amount of reverb). What does it do exactly, does it have something to do with the volume of the reverb itself versus it's length of decay? Thanks.
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    Default Re: Reverb Dwell Control ...

    Bump ... Come on Lew, you gotta know this? You've used the old stand alone Fender Reverb Units haven't you? Anybody?
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    Default Re: Reverb Dwell Control ...

    From http://www.obsoleteelectronics.com/F...ender_tech.htm

    Reverb Driver Grid Resistor

    This helps set the input signal level to the reverb driver tube (a 12AT7). You can replace this fixed resistor with a potentiometer and have a "dwell" control like the stand alone reverb units did. You can also reduce this resistor's value to find a better reverb level for the way you play.

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    Default Re: Reverb Dwell Control ...

    Yeah, but what does it do to the sound? Is it kinda like setting a faster decay level to a reverb, but then turning up the mix so it sounds more like a small room, than a hall (referencing a digital reverb for example)?
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    Default Re: Reverb Dwell Control ...

    I've always thought of it as a 'sensitivity' knob, since it effects how dramatic the reverb is. The mix effects how much of it is mixed into the dry amp signal.
    Dwell is a nice feature for allowing a heavy handed player to NOT create a splattered reverb sound. Or, to give a richer reverb to a lighthanded player.
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    Default Re: Reverb Dwell Control ...

    the tone controls how bright the reverb sound is, the dwell control tailors the length and tonaly quality of the reverb and the mix blends the amount of effected signal into the direct sound.

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    Default Re: Reverb Dwell Control ...

    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy
    the tone controls how bright the reverb sound is, the dwell control tailors the length and tonaly quality of the reverb and the mix blends the amount of effected signal into the direct sound.
    Well, I knew what the tone did ...LOL . Then the single reverb control on the amp is just the amount mixed back in with the dry signal. The reverb gain then would be some preset amount. I remember the peavey valveverb, they had an actual dry/wet mix control so if one wanted they could have *just* they reverb sound without the direct ... Not really useful by itself other than for a special effect, but good for recording purposes, and live. Thanks guys, that's kinda what I thought , but didn't know, in short it can do a bit of what I thought as to emulating a *smaller room* (smaller pan in this case), very cool thanks.
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