Post by premiumplus (Dave) on Feb 10, 2019 8:15:37 GMT -7
Hey fellas, I've got a good friend out in California that I've known for over forty years. He hasn't played guitar in years and he just told me that he's going to gift me his old Echoplex EP-3!
I'm really stoked...it's the Maestro model that people say is the best one to have. Really looking forward to restoring it and seeing what it sounds like. He says it has always had a lot of hiss, which sounds to me like it needs a good cleaning, demagnetization, and record biasing for starters. New capstan, belt...anyone have some suggestions where to get parts? Should be a fun journey. I'm for sure not going to go in there and replace all the capacitors willy-nilly.
Word is that this preamp sounds very, very good.
I'd love to hear from anyone who owns one of these old classics.
"Tone, tone, tone, tone. Is there a substitute?" -Dr.Z
I would put a new belt in it but I would not change the capstan if it is worn. That will give a little shimmer to the repeats but the initial notes will not be changed. It's a very cool effect and one of the neat things about tape echo machines.
You are going to have a lot of fun with that. I had an EM-1. The Maestro 4-channel PA version of what you have. I ran Telecaster > EM-1 > 1958 Fender tweed Deluxe w/Altec 12" speaker, Volume on 8. It was glorious.
Post by screenresistor on Feb 12, 2019 18:17:16 GMT -7
Im a big fan of the ep-3. Ive had the ep-1 ep-2 and ep-4 and the ep-3 is the warmest to my ear that's why I have 3! I recommend getting a head demagnetizer along with a head cleaning kit. I'm currently a/b testing the real deal with the echoplex pedals (preamp and delay) just for giggles. Enjoy!!!