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1980s Roland RE-501 Chorus Echo Vintage Tape Delay Collector Grade & Serviced


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Up for sale, a 1980's Roland RE-501 Chorus Echo in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order. The big brother of the RE-201 Space Echo and the last tape echo introduced in Roland's original RE lineup, the RE-501 boasts numerous features not found on its predecessors including a pair of unbalanced XLR in/outs, onboard Chorus, and noise reduction technology, ensuring the best possible signal to noise ratio. A Japan domestic market non-export model, this RE-501 features text on the inside of the lid in Japanese and also comes complete with the pouch of service parts still screwed to the cover for the tape loop. Freshly serviced by our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this RE-501 works flawlessly and runs reliably.

One of the most popular and enduring tape echos of all time, the RE-501 has been used on countless stages and in studios worldwide, with the pair of XLR in/outs making it perfectly suited for the latter. All tape heads were cleaned and everything runs exactly as it should with a low noise floor and lush, detailed repeats. All of the hardware is intact, and this iteration features a thumbscrew on either side of the enclosure to secure the lid (instead of the latches seen on other versions). The faceplate is remarkably well-kept with silkscreen graphics that are practically perfect, complete with the original knob set. There is only very light wear on the black tolex on the lid and enclosure edges.