Gurus Amps Echosex 2
The Echosex 2 brings back the legendary sound of the Binson Echorec without the legendary reliability issues!
The controls respect the “Macaroni” english used in the original description of the Binson and also for the new control, “age of damage”, regarding its function to control the simulation of the worn functions of the old mechanical system.
The construction quality is tank like and very well engineered. All the controls are in the right place, a preamp tube is used, and also included are dip switches that permit the setting of the pedal for different situations (adj. I/O levels, programming the footswitch button). In fact as it was for the Binson, the Echosex 2° has the possibility to be used as a tube pre-amplifier (for voice, bass, or keys) . The dip switches provide the option of having the echo trail or cut off when the bypass button is pressed.
The tube is shown in the center, a double triode 12AX7B super selected and balanced personally by Guglielmo Cicognani himself. The tube is lit in green and surrounded by LEDs that follows the dynamic of the input signal like the magic eye in the old Binson did.
The control “Volume Echo” is a mix control that will increase or decrease the effect mixed with the dry signal up to 50% in relation to the guitar signal. The “Length of swell” controls the feedback, namely the quantity of repeats desired, starting from 1 and going to infinite and self-oscillation. This in fact is one of the first characteristics of the Binson, the possibility of looping endlessly until the echo starts to oscillate. The “Length of swell” control works in close synergy with the “Bass Treble” pot, letting you brighten or darken the repeats to obtain that particular psychedelic flavour a la Pink Floyd, dynamically enhancing every note played.
The delay time the Echosex 2° doubles the original Binson capability, going from 310 ms to 660 ms. This parameter is controlled by the “Echo” pot. The mode chosen between the head combinations of the Echorec is the number 4, the one corresponding to the single and most far head capable of the longest delay (310ms), that we found around the 6 and 7 position on the Echosex 2° control.
The “Age of Damage” control represents a feature that lets you shape the personality of your echo unit. In fact this control determines the emulated "age" of the mechanical parts that are unique to each unit; something that makes every single echorec a unique object. Just to make an example, there was a rubber wheel pushed against the magnetic disc by a spring.. when that unit was unused for long period, that rubber wheel became oval and pushed the disc irregularly.
This parameter has been the most difficult to create, in fact Guglielmo Cicognani had to physically measure the moving parts of the original units to calculate in the most accurate way how this “aging” affected the sound. The effect is something beautiful that goes from a light and lush modulation to a strong pitch shifting.
The repetitions are generated by the trusty PT2399 processor, used in the most famous delay units. To avoid the Cold character of a modern delay, Guglielmo Cicognani has developed an unprecedented way of using this component. Once the repeat is generated, it is treated by the Echosex's “Binson System” composed of tube preamp-heads simulation-filters. This is the very core of the machine and is what makes the Echosex 2° so true to the original.
Echosex 2 Features
- Take reliable Echorec style delay with you worldwide!
- Hand selected tube used in circuit path
- Age of Damage control emulates the sound of aging Binsons
- Delay is fed through the tube/filter circuit for tonal enhancement
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- Power: 9 to 12Vcc (center negative)
- Current Draw: 250mA max
- Dimensions 165 x 125 x 35mm
- Input Impedance < 1 M Ohm
- Output Impedance < 100K Ohm
- Mix Level: 50% max
- S/N Ratio: 80db
- -10 or +4 capable
- High quality enclosue
- 12AX7B Double Triode
- Delay of my Dreams Review by Sid Delicious
Lush, layered dimensions yet still true to my original tone, love it!!
Thanks for the deal Perfect Circuit!
(Posted on 8/6/15)