Real Binson Echorec vs Catalinbread, Boonar & Echosex

Published on 3 Mar 2017

We compare the best of the Echorec-emulating modern delay pedals with a genuine Binson Echorec, model PE603T c1969, ish. MASSIVE thanks to Tony at Sound Gas for loaning us the Echorec and Echosex.

The Echorec was an analogue magnetic drum echo unit (as opposed to tape), made by Italian company, Binson. There were a number of (very) different models from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, made most famous by both Hank Marvin and of course Pink Floyd.

The Echorec (and indeed each of the other pedals), is running in one of TheGigRig G2’s loops, straight into the front of the amps.

A NOTE ON BACKGROUND NOISE: At around 3:18 we switch on the Echorec for the first time. You’ll notice lots of background noise, that then disappears when we play. This is because our voice microphone (placed just above our heads) is set to a very loud level, with added compression that makes the background noise seem much worse than it is.
When we are playing however, the voice mic is muted (it would go into massive distortion if hit with the guitar amps), so when we are playing you are only hearing the mics on the guitar cabs and the stereo X-Y in the room. There is no noise reduction or other jiggery pokery going on anywhere.

Right, let’s get to it…

Pedals in this episode…

• TheGigRig Three2One

• Vintage Binson Echorec PE603T (no longer made, this one possibly as early as 1969)

• Catalinbread Echorec
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• Dawner Prince Boonar
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• Gurus Amps Echosex 2

• Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man 1100-TT
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• JHS Muffuletta
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• Analogman King Of Tone

• MXR Phase 90
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• Sonic Research ST-300 Turbo Tuner

• The GigRig G2:

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
• Introduction and background: 00:00 - 2:23
• What is an Echorec anyway? 2:23
• Echorec record and playback heads: 3:00 (Confused about the noise you’re hearing? See above)
• Echorec playback modes: 6:00
• Mick has a go for the first time: 9:10
• Today’s modern pedals: 13:30
• The real Echorec and a vintage MXR Phase 90: 14:30
• Gurus Amps Echosex 2 sounds, discussion and comparison: 15:00
• Catalinbread Echorec sounds, discussion and comparison: 18:25
• Dawner Prince Boonar sounds, discussion and comparison: 23:30
• Let’s add some fuzz and phase: 26:28
• And back to the Binson with fuzz and phase – OMG: 29:23
• What do we think then? 31:10
• Deluxe Memory Man in comparison? 35:25 (playing 36:06)

Amps in this episode
• Two-Rock Studio Pro 35 with Zilla 1x12 cabinet; Celestion G12H-75 Creamback
• Wampler Bravado 40 with Custom 2x12 cabinet, WGS Reaper HP and ET65 speakers

Guitars in this episode
• Fender ’60s Reverse Headstock Stratocaster –
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – watch Dan’s video at

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