UPDATE – we now stock the new Echosex 2º pedal from Gurus Amps, an Italian-made reincarnation of the Binson Echorec in pedal form. Has a valve preamp stage and an ‘Age Of Damage’ knob to model how imperfect you want it to be - sounds great and... it's only £279. See our full Echosex listing and video demos here.
This Baby Binson was completely restored by the late Eric Snowball at ESE Music (Binson UK) a few years ago. Eric had a well-earned reputation for Binson servicing and restoration, and his refinished machines look stunning with new paintwork, re-covered cases and new knobs - cosmetically, this ESE Binson is about as close as it's possible to get to a brand new original Binson.
This is the best Baby Binson I've had and has been one of our two benchmark machines. I'm parting with it because our Binson tech can now service and calibrate Binsons to the highest standard and we no longer need two benchmark machines so I’m slimming down my collection.
It is in superb cosmetic condition (see the many detailed photos) and excellent working order: it’s just been serviced and calibrated by our Binson tech and is ready to ship.
Whoever buys this will be getting a great machine in top operational condition which should give many years good service.
It has been converted to ¼" jack inputs/outputs and the mains socket is an earthed IEC socket to comply with modern safety requirements. The front fascia is in superb condition and all the knobs are undamaged. It has a voltage selector so can be used anywhere in the world without modification.
The motor starts well and the disc spins smoothly and quietly (some machines can require a nudge to get started if they've not been used for many months). It will go into gentle self-oscillation if required (this can be adjusted via the internal trimpot) and is capable of all sorts of cosmic noises - Binsons do tend to encourage experimental noise-mongering. The repeats are not hifi - this is after all 50 year-old technology - if you want perfect repeats, buy a digital delay. It sounds fantastic and inspires creativity when you play through it - being a good quality valve unit, it also sounds wonderful as a pre-amp.
These machines need regular use and maintenance to remain in good working order.
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.
For optimal performance, the jockey-wheel, motor pin and flywheel should be kept clean; the magnetic band should be regularly cleaned and oiled; the heads should be regularly cleaned.
Soundgas are vintage echo experts - we specialise in Binsons, Copicats, Rolands, and Echoplexes.
We've sold many excellent Echorecs over the past twelve years to very satisfied customers (see feedback examples below); we understand how they should sound and function. In our experience, most Binsons sold as being in working condition (even ones that are sold as serviced or rewired) are not up to scratch. Echorecs require a technician with a rare combination of technological skills: tape/recording, valves, mechanics and electronics.
We guarantee that this machine will not disappoint - our buyers have the added protection of dealing with an established business - see our website for further details. We can now offer Binson servicing and restoration on a limited basis to customers; please get in touch via our website for details.
If some of the wording below seems familiar, it's because other sellers have taken to copying my descriptions verbatim for their own listings.
This description is relevant to this machine only: Baby serial number 2011.
Please get in touch before buying with any questions - we offer discount for payment by bank transfer, but also accept credit/debit cards.
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We are very experienced at packing and shipping valuable and sensitive gear worldwide. Binson Echorecs, large valve amps, vintage synths, rare racks, and even a CS-80 or two - you name it, we've sent it and it has arrived in one piece and ready to play.
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It is a fact that, with vintage items, there are going to be times when gear arrives in need of some adjustment or calibration, and some times a piece of gear that was working 100% just chooses the day after arriving for a new fault to develop. However, having been working with sensitive vintage gear for many years, we are very experienced at dealing with these occurrences and will always work with you and get the problem solved as quickly and painlessly as possible.
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