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Roland RE-501 Chorus Echo

Roland RE-501 Chorus Echo

Brand: Roland

Regular price £2,390.00 GBP | Inc.VAT: £2,868.00 GBP
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Superb example of last iteration of Roland’s tape tech. Very clean cosmetics. Full Soundgas service, set up and testing. 12 month warranty.

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The 501 was the pinnacle of Roland's tape echo tech - high fidelity with fantastic chorus and sound on sound - read more about the different Roland models here. Sounding as good as they get and tweaked for self-oscillation (Roland removed it from this model). This machine has been given our “standard” full overhaul which, in addition to the basic service, recapping and set up, includes:

  • One of our new tapes made from the same formula as Roland RT-1L,

  • One of our pinch rollers - more info to come about these, but essentially it's 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 re-lapped to bring performance to better-than Roland factory spec - they are now more even and run at low head gain (so you have the maximum amount of headroom available),

  • Motor serviced or rebuilt as required.

Every echo is also tested by a musician (test equipment: their ears!) before shipping. Every one is supplied with 12 month warranty and ongoing service support.

RE-501 VOLTAGE: This unit is ready to run on 120v. It is a 100v Japanese unit, however we have tested the transformers in these extensively and they have more than enough tolerance to perform correctly at 120v with no risk to the machine or impact performance. UK/European buyers will need a step-down transformer to use this, however once again a step-down to 120v (much easier to source than one to 100v) will be OK for this machine.

REPLACEMENT TAPES: We recently worked out what formula Roland used for RT-1L loops and published the information. Fitting any tapes other than those from us (or Echo Fix) may invalidate the warranty on our machines. Limited stocks of our replacement loops are available now. We’ve written more 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.

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.


In superb cosmetic condition with only minor wear and signs of age to the face, mostly on the top edge which is not visible when the unit is closed. The tolex is clean with some minor dings around the corners. Internally, this unit is superb with minimal oxidation. Please see photos or get in touch if you require more information on condition.

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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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