The first of these to feature our brand new "RE-201 Mod" where we add an extra playback head.
Many of our Roland echoes sell on pre-order. Some are listed here, but if you don’t see what you need get in touch now.
The first of these to feature our brand new “RE-201 Mod” where we add an extra playback head. More info below.
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’ve serviced and supplied machines for many artists and bands including Hannah Peel, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arctic Monkeys, Hainbach and Sunn O))).
NOTE: This unit is serviced and will ship once it passes final testing. Shipping estimate is 5-10 working days from purchase.
Also note: These photos were taken before the extra head was added to this machine. But it looks the same (apart from the extra head 🙂 )
Simpler than the 201/301/501 machines, the 150 usually has two replay heads, switchable between single or repeat echoes, however we discovered that we can add an extra head, plus an RE-101 selector, and upgrade the machine to have the same echo options as a 201. So we did it, and now you have those truly wonderful RE-150 JFET preamps with the same dubby longer echoes of a 201. Happy days…
In addition to the mod this machine has been given our “standard” full overhaul which, in addition to the basic service, recapping and set up, includes:
Every echo we sell is also tested by a musician (test equipment: their ears!) before shipping. Every one supplied with 12 months warranty and ongoing service support.
Note that we may have machines in a range of conditions (and prices) coming through – check our other listings or get in touch if this unit here isn’t the right one for you.
REPLACEMENT TAPES: Fitting any tapes other than those from us or Echo Fix will invalidate the warranty on our machines. We have sourced unused and dry-stored tape stock which is as close to original RT-1L tape formulation as possible (without conclusive confirmation from Roland themselves we cannot describe it as being an exact match) for their original RT-1L replacement loops and limited stocks of our replacement loops are available now. 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 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.
Excellent inside and out. Please see photos or get in touch if you require more information on condition.
Switchable voltage - 110/220v - will be set up ready for you to use before we ship.
For sales in UK the price will include 20% VAT. Buyers elsewhere may incur VAT or other local taxes on import.
We do love an RE-150 with beats…
Simpler than the 201 and later models, the RE-150 has three replay heads switchable between single or repeat echoes (head spacings are different to the 201), and of course varispeed for accurate tempo-matching. Self-oscillation and dub-tastic effects are easily-coaxed from this machine.
The preamps are unique among the Space Echoes and have a distinctive sound when driven. Great with everything, but can often be particularly good with beats and percussive sounds.
Visit our in-depth Roland tape echo information pages now for everything you need to know about these machines.
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