1968 Maestro Echoplex EP2 Valve Tape Echo
Designed by Mike Battle in 1959 and introduced in 1961, the Echoplex is considered by many to be the yardstick by which all other delays are measured. Its warm, round and thick echo and critically the adjustable playback head being the key to its success. Frequently used to, as Tom Verlaine has said, “goose it up”, it works as a preamp too. The EP-2 was the second iteration of the design, improving on the design by putting the tape in a cartridge and improving the tone of the unit. By the late 60’s they’d added a combined instrument/echo volume-blend oscillator to the control panel alongside the Echo Repeats knob. It also featured Sound-on-Sound recording, allowing infinite looping – at least for the tape’s two-minute length.
This unit is cosmetically in great shape. Gifted to the current owner, its been well cared for with only some slight wear and corrosion evident.
On receiving the unit we gave it to Dan Coggins as we wanted to be sure it was checked over before it was fired up. He carried out some minor repairs to the circuit and to the tape transport mechanism. The bluetac is there to stop the playhead from moving.
This unit sounds fantastic, from the moment you switch it on your bathed in lush, warm analogue delay joy. Crank up the Echo volume and things can get pretty gnarly. Not a bad setting, however hard you try.
This is a fantastic opportunity to get your hands on this highly regarded unit.
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