From our studio collection comes this stunningly clean 220v Roland RE-501 Chorus Echo in excellent cosmetic and superb operational condition. Serviced, calibrated and fitted with a new tape.
This is Tony’s own 501 that’s been a part of his studio collection for about 20 years – he’s parting with it to make way for some new purchases (and because we always have Roland Echoes to hand for testing here at Soundgas). It’s an original 220v model for use in UK/Europe without transformer.
We’re tape and disc echo specialists and always have a good selection of vintage machines. Check out our other listings for fully-serviced Binsons, Copicats, Echoplexes and Roland Space/Chorus Echoes. We guarantee that this machine will not disappoint.
It is in perfect working order and sounds fantastic: we have them calibrated to Roland factory spec, with the exception of the repeat intensity as Roland ‘improved’ them by removing self-oscillation of the 201 and 301 – this machine now self-oscillates beautifully.
In superb cosmetic condition; the heads and internal surfaces are very clean indeed; the face plate has only minor scuffs and marks and the black tolex case is in superb order with only minor scuffs/makrs (click on the photos to zoom in and see more shots). The heads are in excellent condition showing low wear.
In top operating condition following a full service by our tape echo specialist with various new parts as required, including new tape.
Guaranteed to give reliable service.
Roland Space and Chorus Echoes are amazing machines – if you’re only going to have one tape echo, then this is the one (IMHO): the multi-head echo combinations, a good spring reverb, Roland chorus and the Sound On Sound feature all add up to a classic piece of studio gear.
This one sounds great and is in superb order: the echoes are good and clear, the chorus and spring reverb sound lush and have that evocative sound you’ve heard on countless records.
There are currently no operational issues with this machine, but please be aware that these units require some looking after and that regular use and maintenance are key to keeping this in good working order.
There are no crackly pots or noisy switch issues, though some crackle may develop when it’s not been used for a while – this can usually be rectified by repeated turns of the pot.
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