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1970s Roland Space Echo RE-201 Vintage Analog Tape Delay, Serviced 120V, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1970's Roland RE-201 Space Echo, fully serviced. This particular Space Echo is a very early Japan domestic market model non-export model with text on the inside of the lid in Japanese. Freshly serviced by our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, it works flawlessly and runs reliably, with an early Space Echo transformer design with both 100 and 120V taps (currently wired to run on 120V power).

One of the most popular and enduring tape echos of all time, the RE-201 has been used on countless stages and in studios worldwide, although perhaps its most prominent usage has been with Brian Setzer, where a Space Echo has been an indispensable part of his signal chain for decades.

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 while there is some surface rust on the top of the chassis and latches, there is no effect on the integrity of the unit. The faceplate is remarkably well-kept with silkscreen graphics that show only a few minor scuffs, and all of the original knobs are intact. The black tolex on the exterior shows some edge wear, most notably on the back, with the original mounting holes for the unusual (yet factory) brackets which are no longer present. This Space Echo is a studio-worthy, fully functional example.