Almost all amps I've ever owned with reverbs had the tank mounted horizontally on the bottom of the cabinet. Since the MAZ 8 combo has it mounted vertically on the side panel, I was wondering if it is the same tank as is used in the head cabinet, which is mounted horizontally. I know that the model number of a reverb tank indicates it's mounting orientation but I haven't bothered to take my tank out of the bag to see what it is. It is also a short tank so the orientation isn't as important as a long tank. I'm just curious.
Well how about a little Reverb Tank history lesson. The initial reverb tanks used by Fender in their mid sixties Blackface amps were solid silver Hammond 2 spring long tanks, these were the best. Then Accutronics purchased the design and made the gold finished tanks they were still OK but a few cost effective tweaks from the original Hammond. This went along for a while decent tubs. Then they sold to Morley, this was the being of the end of decent reverb tanks. Moreley cut every corner in production building the poorest quality tanks ever, this was in mid 1980. Finally the quality was so bad Morley sold to a South Korea company named Beldon. They struggled to improve the Morley abortion but never even reached the Accutronics level of quality.
So that brings us to today, Antique Electronics ( CE Electronics ) had a new revised tank developed under the MOD moniker . This new tank addressed all the mechanical discrepancies from years of milking the original Hammond design and trying to build it cheaper. So with the new MOD tank no longer are the wires attached to the RCA jacks braking from one jolt, the connectors are higher quality not the knife splice type, and they addressed the main assembly attachment and suspension. In the early days the small ( ball point pen type suspension springs ) had different points of attachment on the tub to deal with the effects of gravity on the main reverb spring assembly depending on the tanks orientation. MOD has incorporated a much heavier suspension attachment eliminating the need for moving the suspension springs.
MOD tanks are quite an improvement from the MORLEY / BELDON but still not to the quality of the old Hammond.
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