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That Pedal Show – T-Rex Replicator, Strymon, Wampler, Empress & Tone City Tape Delays

Published on Feb 17, 2017

In this episode we check out the T-Rex Replicator – a real tape delay unit – in comparison with some of our favourite tape delay-emulating pedals.
There’s definitely something magic about using real tape to create delay and echo. From the early European units to the fabled Echoplex in all its guises, their unique preamps, idiosyncratic mechanics, involuntary noises and of course their utterly unique tones have captured the imaginations of countless guitarists. Not least us.
To whit we have finally got our hands on a T-Rex Replicator (first released in 2016). It’s the first pedal-shaped genuine tape delay with tap tempo that we know of, so here we compare it with some heavy hitters in the tape delay-emulating pedal world…

Pedals in this episode…

• TheGigRig Three2One

• T-Rex Replicator
UK & Europe:

• Strymon El Capistan Tape Delay
UK & Europe:

• Wampler Faux Tape Echo
UK & Europe:

• Empress Tape Delay
UK & Europe:

• Tone City Tape Machine
UK & Europe:

• Bondi Effects Sick As

• Keeley D&M Drive
UK & Europe:

• The GigRig G2:
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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
• Introduction, background and what is a tape echo?: 0:00-3:08
• Today’s amps: 3:08
• Oooh, is that the Keeley D&M Drive? 3:43
• And a Sick As overdrive from Bondi Effects? 4:34
• Other pedals today: 6:00
• T-Rex Replicator discussion & sounds: 7:35
• Strymon El Capistan discussion & sounds: 15:50
• Wampler Faux Tape Echo discussion & sounds: 19:40
• Empress Tape Delay: 22:50
• Tone City Tape machine discussion & sounds: 31:52
• Tone City & Empress compared: 35:07
• Replicator compared with Empress: 37:05
• All delays at once? 45:50

Amps in this episode
• Victory The Sheriff 44 & V212VH with 1 x Celestion V30 and 1 x Celestion G12H Anniversary
UK & Europe:
• Fender Super Reverb Reissue with 4 x 10-inch Jensen P10R speakers

Guitars in this episode
• Gretsch Players Edition G6118T Anniversary – watch Dan’s video at
• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – watch Mick’s video at

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