This is perhaps the best rival to the Space Echo series. It features everything that can be found in the RE-201, but also “sound on sound” and more flexible routing of the delayed signal. The fidelity of my unit is comparable to a 201, perhaps a bit brighter sounding.
The tape transport on my unit is extremely stable, as a result the delay has very limited wow and flutter. I didn’t have to change the drive belt, it was still in good shape. The reverb uses two springs that span almost the whole width of the unit. The tone knob is really strong: at max treble, bass frequencies are completely cut out. You can shape the delay tone very aggressively if you want to.
– Each head has an on/off button for playback and feedback
– spring reverb and “swell reverb” setting
– sound on sound (plural and single pass)
– effect selector (reverb only, mix, delay only)
– unusual transport: two pinch rollers around the capstan
Technical Info / Service Notes
My unit was working great when I purchased it, except for a burned light bulb for the VU meter (12v) and a loose output jack. Turns out the jack’s plastic casing was broken in three, disabling proper contact with the cable tip. A quick replacement solved the problem.
Also, when I opened the unit I found that some electrical wires were resting against one of the reverb springs (they are not encased in a tank, see below), hampering its movement. After I moved these out of the way the reverb sound improved.
|Date||Probably late 70s
|Transport type||Free running tape loop, dual pinch rollers
|Head selection||Each head can be turned on/off for playback (just one repeat) and feedback|
|Delay time||100ms - 800ms (from owner's manual)|
|Inputs||Mic x 2, Instrument|
|Outputs||Output (mix), PA out (wet only)|
|Wet output only|
|Pinch roller||Disengages from capstan when unit is off|
|Tone control||Bass/mid/treble switch at input stage and 1 tone knob for delay signal|
|Remote Control||4 jacks: echo on/off, reverb on/off, sound on sound on/off, sound on sound plural/single|
|Related models||Identical to the Multivox MX-312 sold in North America. Almost identical to the Evans SE-820.|