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Old 5th June 2002
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Stereo EMT 140 Plate Q's

Does anybody here know of a resource for documentation/expert advise on making a good sounding EMT 140 sound even better? We just installed one that has been sitting in a closet for many years and would like to do some tweaking (plate tension, tubes, crusty electronics). As I said before it sounds pretty damn good, and I am feeling a bit timid about the thought of poking around without a reference.

thanks in advance,
chris
Old 5th June 2002
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It's all in how you tension the plate... there is a correct way to do it, but I'm ignorant of the proceedure... so the way I usually end up tuning them is to first go around the plate with a drum stick and kinda tune it like a snare drum... then run a vocal through the plate and while monitoring the reverb return tweeze the tensioning clips until I like the reverb trail.

It's not really the "right" way to do it, but so far it's worked pretty well for me.

Best of luck.
Old 5th June 2002
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Thanks...That should give me a good start (Ive never used one of these plates before). Also this method will keep me from releasing the "factory smoke" by messing with the electronics...At least for now...
Old 16th July 2009 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Fletcher ➡️
It's all in how you tension the plate... there is a correct way to do it, but I'm ignorant of the proceedure... so the way I usually end up tuning them is to first go around the plate with a drum stick and kinda tune it like a snare drum... then run a vocal through the plate and while monitoring the reverb return tweeze the tensioning clips until I like the reverb trail.

It's not really the "right" way to do it, but so far it's worked pretty well for me.

Best of luck.
Hmmmm sounds like it might be worth a shot... Anyone know a source for replacement springs? I can see snapping a few in the process.
Old 16th July 2009
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🎧 15 years
We upgraded our plate 140 with new electronics from Jim Cunningham .
One of the problems were the original tension clips which snapped very easily.
We actually ended up using very small shackles used normally for sailing but these worked really well.
Jim also sells a kit including a tension measure and this worked very well in getting the right tightness on the plate.
I presume hes still doing his electronic upgrades .
Heres his phone in the us. 8418318628.
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Originally Posted by philosi ➡️
Hmmmm sounds like it might be worth a shot... Anyone know a source for replacement springs? I can see snapping a few in the process.
JCC & Associates - Home of the Ecoplate and plate reverb parts
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