Peak Roland tape echo. Very clean cosmetics. Full Soundgas service, set up and testing. 12 month warranty.
Peak Roland tape echo technology. Very clean cosmetics. Full Soundgas service, set up and testing. 12 month warranty.
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.
Serviced and awaiting final tests and adjustments. We aim to 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 tweaked for self-oscillation (Roland removed it from this model). This machine has been given our “standard” full overhaul which, in addition to the basic service, recapping and set up, includes:
Every echo is also tested by a musician (test equipment: their ears!) before shipping. Every one is supplied with 12 month warranty and ongoing service support.
RE-501 VOLTAGE: This unit is ready to run on 120v. It is a 100v Japanese unit, however we have tested the transformers in these extensively and they have more than enough tolerance to perform correctly at 120v with no risk to the machine or impact performance. UK/European buyers will need a step-down transformer to use this, however once again a step-down to 120v (much easier to source than one to 100v) will be OK for this machine.
REPLACEMENT TAPES: We recently worked out what formula Roland used for RT-1L loops and published the information. Fitting any tapes other than those from us (or Echo Fix) may invalidate the warranty on our machines. Limited stocks of our replacement loops are available now. We’ve written more 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.
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.
In superb cosmetic condition with only minor wear and signs of age to the face. The tolex is clean with some minor dings around the corners. Internally, this unit is superb with minimal oxidation. Please see photos or get in touch if you require more information on condition.
For sales in UK the price will include 20% VAT. Buyers elsewhere may incur VAT or other local taxes on import.
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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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