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Roland RE-501 Chorus Echo

Superb condition. Will be supplied serviced, guaranteed and sounding superb.

PRICE: £1,950.00 (No Added VAT)

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Superb condition condition. Will be supplied serviced, guaranteed and sounding superb.

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 echo is awaiting service and will ship within 15 working days of purchase.

The 501 was the pinnacle of Roland’s tape echo tech – high fidelity with fantastic chorus and sound on sound – read more about the different Roland models here. Sounding as good as they get and working very well following a full service by our tape echo specialist with various new parts as required, including new tape. Set up to factory spec but tweaked for self-oscillation (Roland removed it from this model).


Heads in excellent condition showing low wear.


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 recommend. 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 superb condition with only light wear to the face. The case is very clean with minor scuffing around the edges. Internally this unit is excellent with some scratching across the top edge but very little oxidation to the chromed surfaces. See photos for more information on cosmetic condition.

Tax

For sales in UK/EU, this item is on the margin scheme for second hand goods. VAT-free sales are not possible for this item.

Voltage Information

Will be set up for either 120 or 240v operation before shipping (originally a 100v machine).

MORE INFO

Roland Space and Chorus Echoes are amazing machines and the RE-501 is the high-fidelity pinnacle of Roland’s tape echo design prowess.

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

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