Here we have a valve (tube) Binson Echorec 2 model T7E disc echo from the sixties in very good cosmetic condition and excellent working order.
It has just had a total rebuild/restoration with our Binson specialist and is in superb working order.
It works brilliantly and sounds fantastic – whoever buys this will be getting a great machine in top operational condition which should give many years good service.
The T7E Echorec 2 is one of the finest machines Binson produced and this is an excellent example.
It has been converted to ¼” jack inputs/outputs and the mains socket is now an earthed IEC socket to comply with modern safety requirements. There’s some damage to the clear plexiglass cover that protects the disc and heads, but it’s still operational. Otherwise there are the usual marks, scratches and oxidation to the painted finish. The front fascia is in superb condition and all the knobs are original and undamaged. An extra input/output have been added on the side and there’s a small cut-out on the same side-panel from some previous modification.
The motor starts well and the disc spins smoothly and quietly (some machines can require a nudge to get started if they’ve not been used for many months). It will go into gentle self-oscillation if required (this can be adjusted via the internal trimpot) and is capable of all sorts of cosmic noises – Binsons do tend to encourage experimental noise-mongering. The repeats are not hifi – this is after all 50 year-old technology – if you want perfect repeats, buy a digital delay. It sounds fantastic and inspires creativity when you play through it – being a good quality valve unit, it also sounds wonderful as a pre-amp.
These machines need regular use and maintenance to remain in good working order.
There are currently no operational issues with this unit at all, but please be aware that these units require looking after and that regular maintenance is the key to keeping this in good working order.
Please be aware that it is a vintage unit and may not take kindly to being shipped. It will be well-packed, but if it’s not behaving as it should on receipt, please get in touch. Please be aware that to own a machine such as this, you must be prepared to have it regularly checked over and maintained by a competent technician: it should withstand being shipped, but some calibration may be necessary.
We guarantee that this machine will not disappoint – our buyers have the added protection of dealing with an established business – see our website for further details.
This description is relevant to this machine only: T7E serial number 8786.
Switchable voltage for use anywhere in the world - it will be set up ready for you to use before we ship.
Binson Echorecs have been our obsession for many years. They are amazingly engineered machines: where a tape echo’s input sound is recorded to tape, on a Binson it is recorded onto a circular spinning disc which has replay heads positioned around it.
Every Echorec we sell is the product of an accumulation of hundreds of hours spent dismantling, rebuilding, tweaking and listening to them. The distance between a “good” Binson and a truly “great” one may only be short in terms of functioning (how many people tell us they’ve got a Binson from somewhere that is “90% there…”); but in our experience they can be a world apart in terms of the time, patience and experience required to get to that ultimate goal.
To find out more about these machines – the history, how they work, and what we do to make them sing – head to our Binson pages now:
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