Advice for plate reverb electronics (how to power Vidsonix Ghost transducer)

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rdf

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Hey all, I have a homemade plate reverb that I just started driving with a Vidsonix Ghost transducer (first on the list here). I'm perfectly fine on my own regarding the plate's construction but the electronics is where I'm left scratching my head.

Specs:
- Frequency Response: 550 - 17KHz (depends on mounting surface)
- Impedance: 6.4 ohms@400Hz
- Max power: 50W max
- Resonant Frequency: 1KHz

The plate material is stainless steel if that's relevant. I'm currently powering it with a simple Behringer headphone amp, but the power supply is malfunctioning and I can't find a replacement so i'd like to try something more optimized for this particular transducer. I know my way around a soldering iron so a kit would be fine. I just don't know where to begin factoring in the impedance, max power, etc...

Any recommendations? This is one thought. Also, I am using simple piezo pickups to pick up the reverb if anyone has recommendations for how to amplify those. Currently just using one of my preamps.

And lastly, would this Radial Tank Driver (meant for spring reverbs) work for my plate with the Ghost and piezo set up?

Thanks all!
 

Whoops

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As for the speaker I would use a Class D power amp rated at 100w 8ohms from eBay or AliExpress. There’s already made units for cheap over there, there’s also kits in the same websites, but for the price I would prefer and already assembled unit.

As for the piezo pickups I would use a circuit with at least 5M to 10M input impedance. Google for “DIY Piezzo Circuit Buffer”, plenty of circuits and talk already outhere
 

Rob Flinn

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Use a generic power amp for the driver. Copy the ecoplate playback circuit for the piezos, it's simple & uses easy to get parts.
 
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