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For sale is a really cool vintage tube-driven tape delay/echo called the Ecco Fonic.  It as an adjustable tape playback head that allows for the variance of delay times with a constant tape speed.  These are very rare and are an example of one of the first outboard guitar effects.  They are finicky old machines.  This one powers up and the preamp section is operational.  The tape delay repeats/reverb are present but weak.  The unit allows for the creation of a recorded loop, which does currently play back when the "Normal vs. Playback" switch is flipped.  There is some buzz in the signal that seems to indicate the caps in the power supply need to be replaced.  According to a schematic I found online, the preamp has 2 12AX7s and 2 12AT7s.  I have taken photos of the wiring within the unit in hopes to provide an indication on the state of the electronics.  Aesthetically, as the photos demonstrate, this unit is in fantastic shape for its age, and when restored to full functionality could be a truly amazing piece.

I have replaced the tape loop and cleaned up the mechanical portion of this unit and it runs smoothly.  I had intended to rewire the electronics, but am not in a place right now to put in the time to do so, so I'm seeing if there's interest from someone else out there to pick this project up where I left off. 

The unit still has the two-prong power cable, and includes the 1/4" to RCA cable required to bring the output signal to an amplifier.

Please feel free to ask me any questions.  I found a schematic online after digging a bit through google search results.

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Listed8 years ago
ConditionGood (Used)
Good condition items function properly but may exhibit some wear and tear.learn more
  • Tube Tape Echo
  • 50s-60s
Made In
  • United States

Andrew's Gear Garage

Denver, CO, United States
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