The Kastam company is a bit of a mystery; I’ve done extensive research on the web, and couldn’t find any information about the company, and no other products except the 8-track units in the ESTECHO collection.
They might have been bought out in the early eighties by Guyatone, who rebranded the SS-102 and released it as the EM-808D. If you compare the inside of both units, you’ll see that they’re identical. For an in-depth description of this unit’s features, please visit the EM-808D page.
Technical Info / Service Notes
My Kastam SS-102 worked fine when I got it, but after a few hours of use I lost the delay signal. I opened the unit and quickly found the problem: the belt had broken, a relatively common occurence with these old machines. The rubber on the belt was very brittle and dry, so it was only a question of time before it would break.
I’ve installed a replacement belt, 33cm length, 1mm thickness. The Kastam now works perfectly.
|Manufacturer||Kastam Electronics Co. Ltd. (Yokohama, Japan)|
|Date||Possibly early 80s (the same unit was released by Guyatone in 1983, see below)|
|Transport type||8-track cartridge|
|Delay time||150 - 400 ms (from EM-808D catalog)|
|Outputs||High gain, Low gain|
|Wet output only||Yes, through the "from PA" input
|Tone control||Bass and treble for delay signal|
|Remote Control||Echo on/off footswitch jack|
|Related models||Also known as the Guyatone EM-808D, the Redson EC-25, Eiko SS-102 and probably others... There are a few other Kastam tape echo models I know of, such as the SS-100, SS-101 and SS-301.|