Roland Vintage 1978 Space Echo RE-201 Tape Echo w Reverb w good tape cartridge and all factory items

$ 2,499.99

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The RE-201. Amazing tape echo and reverb from Roland… This Space Echo is in good working order, there are some blemishes on the tolex itself, but the unit is other wise in remarkable shape given it’s age! Even the tape in the tape tank is good for many years of future use!

Roland engineer Ikutaro Kakehashi’s breakthrough development came in 1974 with the RE-101 and RE-201 Space Echo units, which used the standard 1/4″ tape of the open-reel variety, but made as one, continuous loop. It uses no reels of any kind; the tape is transported via a ┬ádrive. The tape loop is contained in a loose, constantly moving jumble in the tape chamber (also known as the tape tank) under a plastic panel which protects the tape and keeps it from getting tangled. The design resulted in lower levels of noise, , and cut down on tape wear.┬áReplacement tapes were sold as well, named RT-1L.

There are several control dials on the device that alter such aspects as tape speed, repeat pattern (an 11-position ), one instrument and two microphone inputs, a single analog backlit VU meter for all three inputs, wet/dry mix for both echo and reverb, and intensity (number of repeats), that can be adjusted to a user’s liking; and bass/treble controls to EQ the sound of the repeats (not the dry signal), as well as dry and effected “Echo” output jacks with a switch for output setting (-10, -20, -35db levels.)

Used as a delay/echo, the Roland RE-201 is said to produce a potentially unpredictable delay that is warm and gritty sounding. It is also capable of producing a large variety of its own sound effects, even without an input signal (by turning the intensity control to maximum and allowing the unit to self-regenerate, or self-oscillate, while manipulating the tape speed and other controls)

Serial Number: 664697

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Vintage Space Echo RE-201 Tape Echo with Reverb