Sound City Echomaster - varispeed modified

A superb re-badged solid state Binson Echorec disc echo serviced and modded for varispeed. Demos below. It's had a...

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A superb re-badged solid state Binson Echorec disc echo serviced and modded for varispeed. Demos below.

It’s had a full service/calibration, (including a previous total internal rewire by us) and has been modified with a new varispeed motor.

This Sound City Echorec is for sale in excellent condition with only a few small scratches on the perspex front. The case is in excellent condition for its age, showing minor paint chips and dings across the unit. The internal surfaces of this unit are also very clean and the original oil bottle is included. See photos for more information on cosmetic condition – brief demo of this machine below:

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This is a superb-sounding machine: solid state Binsons have really grown on us over the years – it has a great character when pushed into saturation. The varispeed mod makes it an extremely-versatile Binson.

There are currently no operational issues with this unit at all, but please be aware that these units require looking after and that regular maintenance is the key to keeping this in good working order. 

Binson Echorecs are amazingly-engineered machines: where a tape echo’s (ie Copicat) input sound is recorded to tape, on a Binson it is recorded onto a circular spinning disc which has replay heads positioned around it. It is possible to select  single and repeating echoes or reverb-like swells – these units have a sound all of their own. They look fantastic at night (or on a darkened stage) with the magic eye valve glowing green and the backlit plexiglass fascia.

Binsons were one of the must-have pieces of equipment for bands in the early sixties, alongside the Fender Stratocaster and Vox AC30. Famously-used and abused by Barrett, Gilmour, Waters and Wright of Pink Floyd in the 60s and early 70s (Echorec 2s are very much in evidence on Live at Pompeii and can be seen on photos from many Floyd live shows), Binsons are increasingly sought-after today by studios, mix engineers and producers for their unique sound: Michael Brauer (Stones, McCartney, Coldplay) famously has an Echorec 2 in his arsenal of vintage delays. 

Please be aware that it is a vintage unit and may not take kindly to being shipped. It will be well-packed, but if it’s not behaving as it should on receipt, please get in touch. Please be aware that to own a machine such as this, you must be prepared to have it regularly checked over and maintained by a competent technician: it should withstand being shipped, but some calibration may be necessary.  

We also have other Binson Echorec units available – see all our vintage tape and disc echo listings here – and if you don’t see what you need then check out our stock list for incoming units or contact us direct and we will help.


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