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1970s Korg Stage Echo SE-300 Vintage Analog Tape Delay & Reverb, Japan


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Up for sale, a late 1970's Korg Stage Echo SE-300 in excellent condition and in good working order, freshly serviced by our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar. A delayed response to the popular RE-201 Space Echo from Roland, the Korg Stage Echo SE-300 was introduced in 1978 at the tail end of the tape delay era, echoing many of the RE-201’s key qualities with a built-in spring reverb and multiple head selection. A bit cleaner sounding than your typical analog delay, the signal still evokes plenty of tape echo magic, and the unit is capable of a range of rich time-based sounds from quick slaps, to spacey, elongated repeats with a maximum delay time of 1.2 seconds.

Starting at the left of the control panel, a VU meter displays the input signal, with two separate inputs featuring individual Volume controls. In the Echo section, three different heads can be individually selected or mix-and-matched for a range of delay times, with a Cancel button to immediately disengage the heads. Feedback and Speed knobs offer variable control for fine tuning, as well as essential on-the-fly time warped moves and endless oscillations. The Reverb section has an Input Balance control, with a master on/off switch for the Reverb/Delay. A footswitch jack offers on/off remote control switching (footswitch not included). The master section features an Echo/Reverb Balance, Output Balance, and Treble and Bass controls. Outputs include Effect, a completely wet, effects-only signal, and a separate blended Direct/Effect signal out.

Cosmetically, the original black tolex covering is intact, with wear mostly relegated to the front corners. The graphics are pristine, and all of the original knobs are present, barring the blue Output Balance knob.