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Roland RE-201 Space Echo, Early Preamp Mod

Roland RE-201 Space Echo, Early Preamp Mod

Brand: Roland

Regular price £2,350.00 GBP | Inc.VAT: £2,820.00 GBP
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Preamps modified to early spec. Serviced and sounding superb. 12 month warranty. 120 or 240v.

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PREORDER LISTING: Preamps modified to early spec. Serviced and sounding superb. 12 month warranty. 120 or 240v.

We’re tape and disc echo specialists with many years’ experience working with and restoring these machines. Our team of engineers see and restore more Space Echoes than anyone else on the planet and bring our machines up to (or better than) factory spec. Our rigorous testing regime ensures machines that not only sound incredible but are also as reliable as it’s possible. Guaranteed to be the best Space Echoes you’ll hear and give years of reliable service.

We’ve supplied Roland and Boss with Space Echoes for exhibitions and shows.
Dan and Mick of That Pedal Show chose one of our RE-201s for their studio collection.
The BBC hired six of our RE-201s for the Proms’ television performance of Daphne Oram’s ‘Still Point’.
We’ve serviced and supplied machines for many artists and bands including Hannah Peel, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Run The Jewels, Arctic Monkeys, Hainbach, Colleen, and Sunn O))).

This is pre-order listing. Lead time on pre-orders is usually around four weeks to allow for our full overhaul and testing process, but at present it may be longer due to unprecedented demand. Please contact us direct if you need a machine urgently.

See below for information on cosmetic condition, however if you want to upgrade to an “excellent” / “near mint” machine this may be possible – please get in touch for availability. We will keep you updated through the process and supply photos for approval prior to shipping.

EARLY PREAMPS? We have modified this to have the same preamp spec as the very early Space Echoes. These clip more evenly and more musically. They also do so at a lower signal strength which gives a little more control; they sound particularly good with guitar. We only do this to machines that are performing extremely well; in particular it is essential that the heads are at peak performance in order to get the full benefit of the modification.

Visit our in-depth Roland tape echo information pages now for everything you need to know about these machines.

This machine has been given the full Soundgas overhaul by our echo experts which, in addition to a ‘basic’ top service, recapping and set up, includes:

One of our new tapes
One of our pinch rollers – an original pinch roller with a new bearing and new rubber. Time consuming to produce, but only the best will give the best long term performance.
Heads are re-lapped to bring performance to better-than Roland factory spec.
New switchable voltage transformer installed – it will be set up for 120 or 220/240v mains before we ship.
Serviced/rebuilt motor as required.
Every machine is also tested by a musician using their ears as well as our techs using their ‘scopes (all our techs are also musicians) before shipping.

Every one is supplied with 12 months warranty and ongoing service support.

Note that we may have machines in a range of conditions (and prices) coming through – check our other listings or get in touch if this unit here isn’t the right one for you.

REPLACEMENT TAPES: Fitting any tapes other than those from us or Echo Fix will invalidate the warranty on our machines. We have sourced unused and dry-stored tape stock which is as close to original RT-1L tape formulation as possible (without conclusive confirmation from Roland themselves we cannot describe it as being an exact match) for their original RT-1L replacement loops and limited stocks of our replacement loops are available now. We’ve written a bit about our journeys in tape, which replacement loops to use in your Roland echo, not to mention the misinformation and poor quality tapes that seem to fill the internet. We may also have a very limited supply of sealed original NOS RT1-L tapes – see our store or get in touch.

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


<strong>This is a preorder. Photos here are for illustration and shots of your machine will be supplied for approval before shipping. This price is for a Space Echo in very good cosmetic condition with minor signs of age or wear across the face or case – some scratches scuffs and marks and oxidation of metal work are to be expected but overall all our machines are in excellent condition. Internally there may be minor oxidation/spotting to the finish. If you wish to upgrade to an “excellent to near/mint” machine or require more information please get in touch.</strong>

Voltage Information

Will be set up for either 120 or 240v operation before shipping (originally a 100v machine).


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