Monthly Archive for February, 2012

ace tone needs home

this old tape delay has just entered my world. and will be looking for a new home.  he’s all broke up and sad. already ive replaced the incomplete-parts-missing direct drive captain motor with a whole new bastard drive system.  the motor is from a radio station cart machine,  the flywheel/captain/bearing assembly is from a 1960 grundig tape recorder. a swiss german japanese kind of party. the electronics  work  and the functionality is there. i need to redesign the speed control circuit of course.  the ec-10 has had internet schtick because its replacement model – the first roland 201 space  echos  – had most all the ec-10 bugs ironed out. therefore they are a better catch ?.  i dont think so. im planning on making whatever mods i can to help it get right up hi fi and further.  even a new neever mixing equalizing output stage.  some record and playback amp fine tuning. a much improved power supply. and some tape path re engineering.

two portable fattys

two quick builds this week.  small and fat. the akai-ish playback unit now has a line input suitable for ipod or computer plus a hi impedance input so u can jam along with a guitar, keyboard or hi z mike .  the  5 watt tube amp and 8 inch speaker has a lovely full clear sound, and can distort like a nasty bitch on demand. the lower box is a two channel all transistor mike/di amplifer  -  custom built into a beaut old phillips tape recorder box.

new sweet lady eq

i already make fat ladys so why not ? but i reckon the product is just so cute and friendly.  not so little at 3ru this single (or stereo) channel line equalizer features  a trafo balanced input .  tube driver . bass -  treble frequency switchable shelving eq with and a fat two tube MB1 balanced output stage.  one sweet fine lady .