One of our refurbished Roland pinch rollers - new rubber, new bearings. As fitted in all our machines.
One of our refurbished Roland pinch rollers – new rubber, new bearings. As fitted in all our machines.
NOTE: We only have these available in very limited quantities. If there are none available now please check back again.
Newly refurbished Roland pinch roller for sale. These are suitable for all Roland tape echo models.
We only ever fit these freshly restored Roland rubber rollers in the machines we sell. We send our rollers to be re-rubbered by the same people who refurbish rubber pinch rollers for studio tape machines, and we carefully replace the old bearings with high quality new parts sourced in the UK.
So why go to these lengths rather than make new rollers? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – rubber performs better than any other pinch roller material (ever seen a studio tape machine using anything else?). Rubber is tried and tested: it lasts and will maintain its performance for decades to come (there are machines with rubber rollers that are 50 years old and still running). Finally, size does matter: we’ve seen motor issues caused by non-original/softer/slippier replacement rollers requiring more tension against the capstan. Our rollers guarantee the best performance possible: not cheap, but do you really want a cheap roller in your machine?
The combination of fresh new rubber and high quality bearings helps us to achieve the exceptional results heard in our Roland echoes: they give us a consistent baseline in terms of performance (along with various other things including one of our new tapes) in order for us to set the machine up to the highest level of performance.
Read more about these rollers – what we do and why we use them…
Suitable for Roland Space Echoes RE-101, RE-150 and RE-201 and Chorus Echoes RE-301, RE-501 and SRE-555.
WHAT ARE THE WASHERS FOR? Note that we supply these rollers with two metal washers. You will need to use one or more of these on top of the roller in order to to minimise vertical movement. Our new bearing is a slightly different height to the original. We supply two because machines vary; use as many as you need to make the roller reasonably secure without restricting the movement. More information on fitting the roller here.
Video of how we change the pinch roller coming soon.
For sales in UK the price will include 20% VAT. Buyers elsewhere may incur VAT or other local taxes on import.
We’re tape and disc echo specialists with many years’ experience working with and restoring these machines. Our team of engineers headed by BBC-trained Doctor Huw bring our tape delays up to (or better than) factory spec, and our testing ensures machines that have superb reliability and – most important – that they sound incredible. Guaranteed to give reliable service and sound superb.
We usually have Roland echoes available for sale, plus we have many other pages of information about these machines.
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Links below for manuals for all models of Roland tape echo available to use and download.
Links below for service manuals for all models of Roland Tape Echo - available to use and download.
Some of the nuggets of wisdom we've picked up as we've overhauled, tested & sold hundreds of tape echoes, as well as using them in our studio for many years, not to mention swapping tips with top musicians and producers around world.
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Just wanted to say thank you so much for your pinch roller and echo tape. I've had a space echo for years, been sent to a shop in NYC and it never worked quite right. After installing the roller and tape, my echo works like a dream. Really incredible expertise you all have! Thank you.
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