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Hawk HE-2150A Open Reel Tape Echo

Hawk HE-2150A Open Reel Tape Echo

Brand: Hawk

Regular price £2,250.00 GBP | Inc.VAT: £2,700.00 GBP
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Product Description

These are becoming increasingly hard to find in good condition and many we've seen of late have been either beyond economic repair or showing signs of having lived very hard lives. It's great to see one like this again in great condition showing few signs of use.

We've undoubtedly restored more of these Hawk tape delays (both the mono HE-2150 and stereo HE-2250) than anyone else. There are no parts available so we have to sacrifice machines in order to fix others. They require extensive recapping and testing of other components as the build quality is more "hifi" than "pro-audio". They are tricky to set up and the journey to perfect the tape loop for them has been far from easy. But they really do sound as wonderful as they look - both the echoes and the preamps are great.

Spare tapes: we will supply some but if you need more get in touch. They are not simple to make (we can use our Roland tape, but can't use the same splice technique) however we will provide them for our machines. If you source them elsewhere please be very careful with tape stock as abrasive tape will wear down the heads on these.



Mid-seventies Japanese manufacturer Hawk Technical Works Co Ltd put out a range of tape echoes and spring reverbs branded Hawk/Mirano aimed squarely at domestic home recordists. We were immediately intrigued on first sighting the Hawk HE-2150 open reel style tape echo: even if it sounded bad, it was one of the coolest tape echoes we’d seen. Classic clean seventies hifi styling and backlit vu meter below twin aluminium spools spinning behind the translucent smoked (aubergine!) plastic dust-cover; adds a dose of classic Bond villain lair to any studio…

It doesn’t just look cool: serviced and fitted with new custom tape loops, this five head echo sounds as good as it looks. With three switchable replay heads - Off, Super-Repeat (at 0db), Repeat & Swell (at -6db) - and controls for tape speed, input level (for echo and dry signal), echo level/repeat/tone and master output - this is a full-featured tape echo. The sound is somewhat classier than the contemporary Ace Tone EC-20 - with which it shares a similar feature set - especially when driven into self-oscillation; this is yet another distinct flavour of tape echo - flexible and with a very pleasing sound quality indeed.

We love Hawk machines – read about some of them in our Hawk/Mirano tape echo and spring reverb blog post.


In superb cosmetic condition with minimal signs of age or wear across the face. The case is very clean with no visible damage to the veneer. The handle is misshapen, this doesn't affect carrying the unit but it is mildly interesting. Please see photos or get in touch if you require more information on condition.

Voltage Information

100v Japanese model - it will run on North American mains 115/120v without a transformer (we run all our tests using 120v power); however, a step-down transformer is recommended for extended use. A step-down transformer is required in the UK/EU. We do not recommend using cheap generic Chinese mains transformers and can supply a high quality UK-made unit if required.


For sales in UK the price will include 20% VAT. Buyers elsewhere may incur VAT or other local taxes on import.

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