Exceptional example of Roland's "hifi" tape echo. Full Soundgas service, set up and testing. 12 month warranty.
Roland’s “hifi” tape echo. 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.
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 had the full Soundgas Service – the deepest possible overhaul which goes way beyond the standard Roland service instructions, including: 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. UK/European buyers will need a step-down transformer to use this – we can supply one if required.
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 near mint cosmetic condition with minimal signs of wear or age to the face including one scratch on the output section . Internally, this unit is excellent with very little oxidation to the metal surfaces. Please see photos or get in touch if you require more information on condition.
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For sales in UK the price will include 20% VAT. Buyers elsewhere may incur VAT or other local taxes on import.
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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