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Binson Echorec P.E.603-T Varispeed - Ed O'Brien

Auction for this classic tube Echorec, originally restored for us and featured on That Pedal Show; subsequently bought by Ed O'Brien who used it extensively on the EOB album 'Earth'.

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Auction for this classic tube Echorec, originally restored for us and featured on That Pedal Show; subsequently bought by Ed O’Brien who used it extensively on the EOB album ‘Earth’.

Bid extensions / overtime: if a bid is placed in the final 5 minutes of the auction, the end time will be extended for a further 5 minutes. Read more about this…

Description

One of several items we are auctioning on behalf of Ed O’Brien (Radiohead/EOB). All items will have provenance supplied after the sale, have been tested by us and are in full working order (many were originally serviced and supplied by us).

10% of the gross proceeds will be split between two humanitarian relief charities. More information below.

This Binson Echorec P.E.603-T was purchased from us several years ago and Ed used it extensively on his solo EOB album “Earth”which was released in 2020 (along with the Korg SE-300 Stage Echo we are also auctioning).

It is for sale in excellent working order following a health check from our techs and is covered by our guarantee that it will be delivered in excellent working order.

Originally serviced for us by an experienced tech and modified with varispeed, this unit featured on That Pedal Show’s first ever encounter with a real Echorec, and lead to Ed and Flood visiting the Soundgas Studio to collect it and a few other pieces to use during recordings for the EOB album.

This model is essentially a valve Echorec 2 T7E in a rugged metal case with more flexible switching options. The 603 allows any head to be switched to replay or regeneration, giving the user access to a wide range of multiple and scatter echoes. It will go into self-oscillation very swiftly on certain settings if required (this can be adjusted via the internal trimpot for more subtle or extreme effects, but it’s been set-up for optimum performance) and it’s capable of all sorts of cosmic noises. The repeats are not hifi – this is after all 50+ year-old technology, but nothing sounds like a good valve Echorec.

We ensure that our Binson customers get a machine in top operational condition which should give many years good service. We have many satisfied Binson customers worldwide and guarantee complete satisfaction.

Shipping charged at our standard rates – get in touch if you need more information.

VARISPEED: The 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.

Note that the varispeed control is on the rear (the red knob in the photos), however we were asked to make it possible to operate from the front so this unit also comes with a varispeed remote which plugs into a socket on the unit.

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INFORMATION ABOUT CHARITY DONATIONS:

10% of sale price of all items in the auction will be split between two charities chosen by us and Ed: Safe Passage who have so far helped over 1800 child refugees coming into the UK from all over the world, and our friends at Ukraine Equestrian Relief (who we have supported previously), who drive convoys of horse transporters direct to refugee centres at the Poland Ukraine border delivering vital supplies of medicines, food and clothing.

Condition

Excellent condition with the usual minor signs of age. See photos for more information on cosmetic condition.

Tax

This auction item will have 20% VAT added to the final price for UK buyers. Buyers elsewhere may incur VAT or other local taxes on import.

Voltage Information

Switchable voltage for use anywhere in the world - it will be set up ready for you to use before we ship.

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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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