Stunning example of these very cool Japanese tape echo units – a Hawk HE-2150 5-Head Echo Unit fully serviced...
Stunning example of these very cool Japanese tape echo units – a Hawk HE-2150 5-Head Echo Unit fully serviced and in excellent working order.
In near mint condition and sounding superb.
This is a quick pre-Christmas festive listing – further photos will follow.
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Mid-seventies Japanese manufacturer Hawk Technical Works Co Ltd put out a range of tape echoes and spring reverbs branded Hawk/Mirano aimed squarely at domestic home recordists. We were immediately intrigued on first sighting the Hawk HE-2150 open reel style tape echo: even if it sounded bad, it was one of the coolest tape echoes we’d seen. Classic clean seventies hifi styling and backlit vu meter below twin aluminium spools spinning behind the translucent smoked (aubergine!) plastic dust-cover; adds a dose of classic Bond villain lair to any studio…
It doesn’t just look cool: serviced and fitted with new custom tape loops, this five head echo sounds as good as it looks. With three switchable replay heads – Off, Super-Repeat (at 0db), Repeat & Swell (at -6db) – and controls for tape speed, input level (for echo and dry signal), echo level/repeat/tone and master output – this is a full-featured tape echo. The sound is somewhat classier than the contemporary Ace Tone EC-20 – with which it shares a similar feature set – especially when driven into self-oscillation; this is yet another distinct flavour of tape echo – flexible and with a very pleasing sound quality indeed.
This machine is in very near mint condition – aside from a couple of small paint chips on the black metal section on the top front edge, it looks pretty much as new. If you want first look at detailed shots of this machine then do get in touch.
We had a good few of these Hawk machines over the last year or so – read about some of them in our Hawk/Mirano tape echo and spring reverb blog post.
Here’s a quick demo of recent HE-2150A (only difference to a 2150 is the black tolex case) we posted to our Instagram:
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PUBLISHED: 21st Nov 2023
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