This is a stunning example of a very early valve (tube) Binson Echorec model T5E disc echo dating from the late 50s in superb condition (see many more detailed photos) and very good working order.
It has just had a full service with our Binson specialist and is in excellent working order for a 55 year old Binson.
It's in stunning condition - hard to believe it's well over half a century old.
Everything is in amazing condition, including the original heads. This machine is stunningly-engineered and has many features unique to these very early handbuilt pre-production units. From the solid plate that the disc/heads are mounted on (late units were pressed steel), to the beautiful (bespoke?) heads, plexi cover and machine-turned aluminium jockey wheel, all the parts of this Binson are of the highest quality.
The original carry case is included (not pictured) and is in excellent condition.
This is an early example of a Binson and is in excellent order but should not be expected to match the sonic performance of later machines.
It has been converted to ¼" jack inputs/outputs and the mains socket is now an earthed IEC socket to comply with modern safety requirements.
The combination of valve preamp, well-engineered 'tape' stages and a subtle dose of true analogue 'warble' create a mesmerising sound that's utterly-addictive and unmistakably-Binson. The Echo/Repeat buttons switch between a single echo or multiple repeats, with the Length Of Swell pot controlling the amount of feedback - from minimal subtlety to frenzied cosmic mayhem...
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 warm and very fifties and inspires creativity when you play through it - being a good quality valve unit, it also sounds wonderful as a pre-amp.
It has a voltage selector switch so can be used worldwide without modification.
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ITEMS WITHOUT VAT:
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- Shipping charges are also subject to VAT at 20% within the UK/EU - this is included within the prices you see for shipping to those areas - it is not shown separately in the cart but will be shown on the VAT invoice you receive with your goods.
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.
SHIPPING DISCOUNT ON MULTIPLE ITEMS:
We keep it simple: if you buy more than one item you only pay the shipping on the item that has the highest shipping cost. This is the same no matter how many items you buy together (so the more you buy together, the bigger your shipping discount). If you check all the items out all together this will be calculated automatically at checkout. However, if you make an order and then wish to add to it before it ships please get in touch and we will refund the shipping on the item(s) that are cheaper to ship.
CAN I COLLECT MY GEAR (and save on shipping?)
Yes! If you want to use this option either get in touch before you purchase, or contact us afterwards and we will just refund you the shipping. Note that collection is by appointment only and only during weekday office hours.
MORE SHIPPING INFO:
The shipping prices for our gear vary considerably depending on the type of gear, value and destination. To see shipping costs put the item you are interested in the cart and then either use the shipping estimator or go into the check out process. Or just contact us and we'll tell you what you need to know.
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.
Note that we have have not entered automatic shipping for every country. The countries we ship to most often will have shipping rates and we are in the process of adding more shipping fees to the check out process. But if you are looking at an item that doesn't have the fee information you need then please use the contact page or call on +44 1773 856475.
Which carriers do we use?
We usually use Royal Mail, UPS and DPD/Interlink - it depends on the item and destination as to which is the most economical. If you have a preference then we should be able to accommodate it (but we may need to pass on any additional costs) - just let us know what you need.