Roland's "hifi" echo. Excellent example. Serviced, guaranteed and sounding pretty spectacular.
Peak Roland tape echo. Serviced, guaranteed and sounding pretty spectacular.
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.
Serviced and awaiting final tests and adjustments. It will ship in 10 working days from 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: Limited stocks of our replacement loops are available now. 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). 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.
Some crackle is always possible from pots/switches when not used for a while – this can be cleared with use.
Has some oxidation patches across the face, but is otherwise in good condition. The case is clean with only minor wear. Internally, this unit is superb with minimal oxidation or signs of age. Please see photos or get in touch if you require more information on condition.
Will be set up for either 120 or 240v operation before shipping (originally a 100v machine).
For sales in UK/EU the price will include 20% VAT. If you have an EU VAT number (outside the UK) you can enter it at check out to have VAT removed.
Demos of previous units sold.
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Deep contemplations with the early/pre-production RE-501. This is just the wet signal. It needed some tweaks to bring it up to the same spec as a “normal” 501, but now it sounds pretty great. More info on this curious find below. Available now. . This RE-501 appears to be an early pre-production unit as there are a significant number of differences between this machine and others that we have seen. These differences were both cosmetic and down to the level of small components - where needed we have replaced parts to bring it up to spec and the sound is fantastic. However it remains an interesting example for sure. Below are a few features that support our suspicions: ▫️The serial number is S000003, which is incredibly low, but also includes the "S" at the beginning which is unusual. ▫️The head-covering plate is not chromed but made of stainless steel. It is also a different shape compared to other RE-501s. ▫️The printing on the face is slightly different e.g. ON in Sound On Sound is larger. ▫️The power supply for this unit was an older version - we have switched it for the more stable one used in later units. ▫️This unit was missing components found in later units - these have been added to this one. ▫️Most of the op-amps are different to the later machines. ▫️The compression/expander circuit is different. Capacitor values used across the whole of the PCB are different. . #Roland #myroland #re501 #pedalsandeffects #geartalk #vintagegear #raregear #synthstagram #synth #synthesizer #electronicmusic #soundgas #supersonicgear
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We don’t need Halloween as an excuse to make some weird and unnerving noises. But Gid made some anyway. Featuring PsycoX Syncussion clone plus RE-501 vs SRE-555. Gear is all for sale. Long techno version of this (possibly featuring the return of the 🐀Rat King) up on the story now. Try not to have nightmares... . #syncussion #electronicmusic #techno #myroland #synthstagram #synthesizer #percussion #soundgas #supersonicgear
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.
The story of how we sold Space Echoes to Roland, our trip to London to bring the vintage gear noise to the Boss exhibition launch and...
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(Spoiler: Yes, but...) We often get asked if Roland Space and Chorus Echoes are reliable: a perfectly reasonable question, given that they're 30 to 40 (or more) years old.
This page follows on from our introduction to Korg Stage Echoes and also our Roland echo pages. It will help you decide between which Roland or Korg tape delay model will be best for you.
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