Another great vintage Japanese spring reverb – serviced and in excellent working order. We like the Hawks and this model gives some particularly nice distortion when overdriven with beats or guitar.
The HR-203 Echo Unit could be approximately described as being a single input channel version of the Hawk HR-45. There are separate input controls for Echo and Normal for both inputs, Echo Level pot and Phase switch, as well as Master Output – all of this gives some useful flexibility (hear some of that in the demo below). Quarter inch input sockets for the inputs are on the front panel with stereo inputs/outputs on the rear via RCA phonos (but note that the reverb is mono).
Overdriving the Mic input with guitar yields a meatier distortion than the HR-45 – this one really snarls and growls. Yet another flavour for the sound palette: we could (easily) justify keeping this one and the 45…
CONDITION: Excellent overall; the face is very clean with only very minor signs of wear. The wooden end cheeks are also very clean with minimal dings or scuffs around the edges. See photos for more information on cosmetic condition.
We’ve really got into these Hawk units – read all about them in our Hawk/Mirano tape echo and spring reverb blog post.
Demo of the similar HR-202 units we had through:
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