Near mint condition. Will be supplied serviced, guaranteed and sounding superb. Comes complete with original cleaning kit and RT-1L.
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.
NOTE: This echo is awaiting service and will ship within 15 working days of 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: 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 don’t have tape stock currently, but you can buy tried and tested replacement Roland tape loops from Echo Fix. These are the only tapes we recommend. 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.
In stunning near mint cosmetic condition with only the most minor signs of wear or age across the face. The tolex is very clean with some minor dings around the corners. Internally, this unit is superb with almost no oxidation to the chromed surfaces or metal areas. See photos for more information on cosmetic condition.
For sales in UK/EU the price will include 20% VAT. VAT-free sales are possible to businesses and individuals in the EU (outside the UK) with a valid VAT Number - please get in touch if you wish to buy this way.
220/240v unit. A step-up transformer will be required for use on 110/120v supplies. Please ask if you need advice on what to use. We do not recommend using cheap, generic Chinese mains transformers.
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.
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