Hen's Tooth: yes, this Roland RE-501 Chorus Echo is indeed becoming a rarity. Finding a good RE-501 in any condition is tough nowadays and they are increasingly problematic to service. So this near mint example, serviced warrantied and sounding superb is indeed uncommon. Choice of voltage.
Many of our Roland echoes sell on pre-order. Some are listed here, but if you don’t see what you need get in touch now.
Hen’s Tooth: yes, this Roland RE-501 Chorus Echo is indeed becoming a rarity. Finding a good RE-501 in any condition is tough nowadays and they are increasingly problematic to service. So this near mint example, serviced warrantied and sounding superb is indeed uncommon. Choice of voltage.
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).
VOLTAGE: Although this is a 100v machine, the design of the RE-501 means that it is more than able to cope with 120v mains (so no need to change the transformer or use a converter). For customers on 240v supplies we will change the internal transformer before shipping.
Heads in excellent condition showing low wear.
Near mint. Struggling to find any flaws with this beyond the lightest signs of wear on the chrome areas. It’s clearly had a very easy life. See photos for more information on cosmetic condition.
See description for more information.
For sales in UK the price will include 20% VAT. No VAT will be charged if shipping outside the UK, but note you may incur customs charges.
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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(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.
Links below for manuals for all models of Roland tape echo available to use and download.
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