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Roland RE-100 Space Echo

Rare example of the first Space Echo model ever made. Serviced and modified with a new tape transport.

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Rare example of the first Space Echo model ever made. Not many of these machines were made by Roland in the 70s and the number left still in good working order cannot be very high.

Can be supplied set up for 120 or 240v.

We’re tape and disc echo specialists with many years’ experience working with and restoring these machines. Our BBC-trained engineer brings 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.

Description

NOTE: This item is awaiting service and will ship within 15 working days of purchase. Price includes the fitting of a new 120 or 240v transformer (synth is currently 100v). This also includes replacing the Sony endless tape with a standard Roland tape tray. 


Note that this unit has been modified by us so it uses the tape transport from an RE-201. The first 100 and 200 units were originally made to use the Sony RE4 Endless Tape, but as this made the machine neither practical (the tapes are very expensive) nor reliable, we did the work to make it a usable unit – definitely worth doing as the sound of an early Space Echo can be particularly good.

This unit is similar but not identical to an RE-101. Like the 101 it lacks the spring reverb, but it is unusual as it still has the EQ that is normally only present on a 201 and Chorus Echoes. It also has the standby switch to turn off the tape while the unit still passes signal (removed once they made the 101/201).


REPLACEMENT TAPES: We’ve written a bit about our journeys in tape, which replacement loops to use in your Roland echo (not to mention the misinformation and poor quality tapes that seem to fill the internet). We don’t have tape stock currently, but you can buy tried and tested replacement Roland tape loops from Echo Fix. These are the only tapes We may also have a very limited supply of sealed original NOS RT1-L tapes – see our store or get in touch.

There are currently no operational issues with this machine, but please be aware that these units require looking after and that regular use and maintenance are key to keeping this in good working order.

Some crackle is always possible from pots/switches when not used for a while – this can be cleared with use.

Condition

In excellent condition with minimal wear to the face. The tolex is very clean with only very minor scuffing. Internally, this unit is very good with some very minor oxidation. See photos for more information on cosmetic condition.

Tax

For sales in UK/EU the price will include 20% VAT. VAT-free sales are possible to businesses and individuals in the EU (outside the UK) with a valid VAT Number - please get in touch if you wish to buy this way.

Voltage Information

The voltage of this unit will be set up to your requirements with a new transformer fitted - either 120v or 240v. This means that the unit will ship within 10 days of purchase (please ask if you need it sooner and we will do our best!).

MORE INFO

Roland Space and Chorus Echoes are amazing machines – the multi-head echo combinations create a classic and incredibly versatile piece of studio gear, the sound of which you’ve heard on countless records.

Visit our in-depth Roland tape echo information pages now for everything you need to know about these machines.

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