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Strymon Volante, Vintage Echorec, RE-201 Space Echo, Boonar and Belle Epoch Deluxe

Published on 15 Feb 2019

In this video we welcome perhaps the most anticipated pedal of 2019: the Strymon Volante. Strymon of course has enjoyed phenomenal success with its delay pedals to date, particularly the genre-defining TimeLine and much-loved El Capistan.
The Volante adds a whole new voice to Strymon’s echo choir, namely the vintage, multi-head drum echo sound made famous by the Binson Echorec. It also does multi-head tape and studio tape delays too. Matters arising…
• Does it sound like those old units? We have a couple for a quick comparison.
• What about the best of the modern, pedal format versions of those effects? We pick two for comparison.
• Should I replace my TimeLine or El Capistan?
• And what else does it do?

Please note: There have been many, many different kinds of tape and drum echoes over the years, and they pretty much all sound different, not least with the passage of time / different states of repair etc etc etc. With that in mind, we picked two such beasts that we had at our disposal, so please don’t be posting comments moaning about why we didn’t compare it with this, that or the other. Please.

We hope you enjoy this episode…

Pedals and stuff used…

• Schmidt Array SA525 Switcher Board

• TheGigRig Three2One

• Sonic Research ST-300 Turbo Tuner Mini

• Tru-Fi Colordriver

• Keeley D&M Drive
UK & Europe:

• Dawner Prince Boonar
UK & Europe:

• Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe CB-3
UK & Europe:

• Strymon Volante
UK & Europe:

• Binson Echorec Baby (no longer made new)
Try Soundgas who supplied ours:

• Roland RE-201 Space Echo (no longer made new)
Try Soundgas who supplied ours:

• TheGigRig G2
* Why do we have preferred retailer links? Find out here:

Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Epic Dan intro playing: 0:00
- What are we doing today? 3:51
- The Echorec Baby: 5:00
- What are today’s big questions? 5:35
- What does the Volante do? 10:00
- Today’s amps – hello Mesa Fillmore! 12:50
- Echorec Baby (and Volante): 15:15 (15:30
- Echorec comparison to the Volante: (19:37)
- Echorec mechanical sound: 24:30
- Roland RE-201 Space Echo: 25:00 (25:39)
- …comparison to the Volante: 29:22
- So does it sound the same as the old stuff? 35:50
- Dawner Prince Boonar: 37:55
- Swell/repeats on the Boonar: 40:00
- Boonar age of drum: 41:03
- Boonar and Volante comparison: 42:20
- Volante head spacing: 46:40
- Belle Epoch Deluxe and Volante comparison: : 50:18
- What about the TimeLine or El Capistan? 57:45
- Reverb in the Volante: 1:00:10
- Stereo in the Volante: 1:02:50 (1:03:25)
- Sound on sound looping, reverse and ramp: 1:06:30
- What do we think then? 1:11:00

Guitars and amps used today:

• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – Mick’s video at
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – Dan’s video at
Mesa Fillmore FL-50 1x12 combo:
Supro Black Magick 1x12 combo

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