Auction for this wonderful looking and sounding, rare 1970s Japanese tape echo. Restored and ready to play. Supplied with our standard warranty.
Wonderful looking and sounding, rare 1970s Japanese tape echo. Restored and ready to play. Supplied with our standard warranty.
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Hawk HE-2150 for sale in excellent working order, serviced and fitted with a new custom tape loop.
Supplied with our standard warranty.
We’ve restored more of these Hawk tape delays (both the mono HE-2150 and the incredible stereo HE-2250) than anyone else. We’ve had to sacrifice some unrecoverable machines in order to have the parts to fix others. Our BBC-trained engineer Doctor Huw and his protege Senior Tech Max are true tape experts, and we guarantee that our machines are reliable and sound as good as they can sound, which is very good indeed.
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.
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In truly superb cosmetic condition with minimal signs of age or wear to the face. The case is clean with some minor wear around the edges and corners. Please see photos or get in touch if you require more information on condition.
100v Japanese model - it will run on North American mains 115/120v without a transformer (we run all our tests using 120v power); however, a step-down transformer is recommended for extended use. A step-down transformer is required in the UK/EU. We do not recommend using cheap generic Chinese mains transformers and can supply a high quality UK-made unit if required.
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.
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