Stunning valve (tube) Binson Echorec Baby. Modded with super slow varispeed motor and wet only output.
This Baby is now sold but another is available for preorder with estimated 2 month lead time
Many of our Echorecs sell on pre-order. If you don’t see what you need get in touch now.
One of two Binsons we are making available for preorder. Given the amount of work and parts required to get them to our standard these are likely to be the only Soundgas Binsons produced for some time.
UPDATE Oct 2022: This Echorec has now been rebuilt and is in the process of being run and calibrated. Shipping will be around 1 month from purchase.
Stunning valve (tube) Binson Echorec Baby for preorder: with super slow varispeed motor and wet only output. We love the Baby – a much less complex machine than the Echorec 2, but with its own sonic character. Traditionally less-desired because of its smaller drum and shorter delay times, but this is now no longer an issue with our varispeed mod which allows much longer delay times.
Will be supplied overhauled and working flawlessly with our super slow varispeed and wet-only modifications. All Soundgas Binson restorations are completed in house by our senior echo tech Max Dawson and come with 12 months’ warranty (UK/EU/USA/Canada only) plus lifetime tech support for our customers. Supplied complete with our Binson manual and an original case in excellent order; Tony is on hand to answer your Binson questions prior to ordering, or in the future.
The Super-Slow Varispeed Motor offers the full functionality of a standard Binson but with the advantage of being able to tempo match the repeats. Binsons have fixed-speed motors which will run fast in the USA (unless they are specific export models) due to the different mains frequency, which is something Pink Floyd discovered on the eve of their first US tour. The tempo of their songs was determined by the Echorecs’ repeat patterns so their tech spent a sleepless night moving all the heads to compensate. In addition to allowing tempo-matching to the song, and longer echoes (allowing a Baby Binson to achieve similar echo lengths to an Echorec 2), the super-slow motor offers the option of much longer, darker, dirtier repeats. This can get properly gnarly when pushed into distortion at slow speed. Please note that at the very slowest speeds there is very little fidelity or feedback: this should be viewed as a bonus for special effects use rather than more traditional guitar echoes. A control knob is placed on the side of the machine near the sockets for motor speed.
Wet-only output requires an extra socket (located on the side) and is for use with a mixing console or effects loop.
In excellent cosmetic condition with only minor signs of age. The input and output jacks have had “AMPL” and “GIT” scratched in on the right side. Note that all photos are before the unit is worked on so some details such as heads and visible wiring may be different. Please see photos or get in touch if you require more information on condition.
For sales in UK the price will include 20% VAT. Buyers elsewhere may incur VAT or other local taxes on import.
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, with a Binson it is recorded onto a circular spinning drum which has replay heads positioned around it.
Every Echorec we sell is the result of many hours spent dismantling, rebuilding, calibrating, listening, tweaking. The distance between a “good” Binson and a truly “great” one may appear to be short in purely functional terms (how many times do we hear of a Binson that is “nearly there, just needs a little extra calibration to be perfect…”); but they are a world apart in terms of the time, patience and experience required to make them function and sounds as good as is possible.
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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