As business sellers, we’ve sold many tape echoes in the past ten years; we understand how they should sound and function.
We guarantee that this machine will not disappoint.
“The Watkins Super IC Copicat tape echo is one of the best Copicats produced. It was produced in the late 1970s and has the four replay heads and combined erase/record head. Unique to this version are the 4 input, 4 gain, 4 channel echo box each with an on/off switch and a master Swell and Sustain control.”
Offered for sale here is this Super IC Copicat: the best-sounding of the tape Copicats – from a high-fidelity echo point of view – the valve Copicats do make great preamps, but don’t produce as clear echoes.
This Copicat is in excellent working order and amazing cosmetic condition and comes complete with the original vinyl cover (see photos above and below). It’s been serviced and fitted with a three-core earthed mains cable for electrical safety – the heads have been cleaned and demagnetised and any failing parts replaced. All knobs are crackle-free (some crackle may develop over time through lack of use – this is easily rectified by a few turns or in excessive cases, a squirt of switch cleaner).
The echoes are even across all heads, and self-oscillate raucously when the sustain knob is turned up. The repeats have that pleasing analogue warmth that comes from tape and which sits so well behind whatever you’re playing: this is not a crisp digital delay unit… A very creative tool when mixing, and great for dub-style feedback delays which sound wonderful – it’s very easy to get lost creating hypnotic feedback rhythms when ‘playing’ this machine.
It comes with a footswitch socket in the rear compartment (this carries a low-output wet-only signal which can be useful as a desk send effect when mixing).
It’s fitted with a new tape – because Copicats only use a short length of tape (compared to Echoplexes or Space Echoes) the tape should be changed regularly for optimum performance. We can supply quantities of tape loops if required.
It’s a very inspiring machine to play: I absolutely love the tone of the repeats when they break up into self-oscillation.
It is a UK 240v model so will require a step-up transformer for use in countries with 100-110v mains supplies; the UK plug will be removed for overseas deliveries unless otherwise requested (will be left on for USA/Canada/Japan).
Many Copicats on Ebay are not in great shape and (at best) need a service – this one is working superbly and represents an excellent example of this classic machine.
We also have other Copicats and a couple of Binson Echorecs which are for sale or will be listed soon.
We are passionate about supplying high quality vintage gear to our customers and go the extra mile to ensure complete satisfaction.
Shipping discount available if paying by bank transfer.
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PUBLISHED: 21st Nov 2023
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