Serviced, sounding superb and covered by our one year warranty and lifetime service support.
The final evolution of Roland’s RE tape echoes: high fidelity with reverb, a fantastic chorus and sound on sound. Serviced, sounding superb and covered by our one year 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. It will ship in 10-15 working days from purchase.
Roland SRE-555 Chorus Echo for sale.
We have a spare rack tray for this. Please get in touch if you want to add this on – note that it may also add to shipping costs.
The RE-501 and SRE-555 were the final evolution of Roland’s tape echo tech – high fidelity with fantastic chorus and sound on sound – read more about the different Roland models here. Overhauled and running well. This machine has been given our “standard” full overhaul, plus adjusted for self-oscillation (Roland removed it from this model). In addition to the basic service, recapping and set up, this includes:
Every machine is also tested by a musician (test equipment: their ears!) before shipping. Every one is supplied with 12 month warranty and ongoing service support.
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.
Some crackle from pots/switches can occur when not used for longer periods of time – this can be cleared with use.
Excellent. The face is very clean with only dings and scratching around the edges and rack ears. The case has some scuffing but presents well when racked. Internally, this unit is excellent with minimal oxidation to the chromed surfaces and metal areas. Please see photos or get in touch if you require more information on condition.
Ready for 120v use. A step-down transformer will be required for use on 220/240v supplies.
For sales in UK the price will include 20% VAT. Buyers elsewhere may incur VAT or other local taxes on import.
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.
Links below for manuals for all models of Roland tape echo available to use and download.
Some of the nuggets of wisdom we've picked up as we've overhauled, tested & sold hundreds of tape echoes, as well as using them in our studio for many years, not to mention swapping tips with top musicians and producers around world.
Links below for service manuals for all models of Roland Tape Echo - available to use and download.
Info & video showing you how to change the tape loop on a Roland Space Echo RE-201.
All tape is not equal. Many (most?) tapes available online do not perform well in Roland echoes... Based on our experience working on hundreds of tape echoes and trying many tapes, this is the answer to the question: Which is the best tape loop for my Roland (or Korg!) tape echo?
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