tape echo (OT)

CCartCat at aol.com CCartCat at aol.com
Tue Aug 22 19:27:46 CEST 2000

Here are some Watkins Copycat links (cousins to the Binson link someone 
posted earlier) . . .

Ye olde WEM valve gadget:


The following link has pic of Watkins with a new (as of 1998) Copycat echo, 
which seems to have a varispeed control near the tension arm:


A friend not into tape echos passed along a WEM solid state Copycat that was 
distributed by Guild here in the US.  Very cool.

I read that Bauhaus used a Copycat on "Bela Lugosi's Dead" but didn't realize 
how without a varispeed control they lowered the pitch of the repeats.  Then 
an interview (with Daniel Ash in Guitar Player magazine, I think--names and 
details sift away) revealed that by pressing firmly against the tip of the 
capstan (with a thumb, a shoe heel? again, lost details) the tape speed would 
bog down.  Very simple, very resourceful.

Back to lurking,
Kevin Seward

In a message dated 8/22/0 8:31:04 AM, you wrote:

<<my god! an american copycat! I wonder if watkins knew anything about
this...... I always though it was a shame the watkins never had a varispeed.
anyone ever see the melos unit? used a tiny 1/8" cassette-loop in a slot in
the back.....

the BBC used to do tricks like tape delay to make their small concert halls
sound bigger- they'd tape-delay the main mix and feed it to speakers running
at low level throughout the space..... and then you see all this research
being done on producing exactly the opposite effect for festivals and so

the binson's the one to have, though.


> ----------
> From:     Kirke Sonnichsen[SMTP:kirke at lmi.net]
> Sent:     21 August 2000 22:32
> To:   synth-diy at node12b53.a2000.nl
> Subject:  Re: DIY Oportunity...Schober Recital Organ
> Forget about the organ, check this out:
> http://www.users.cloud9.net/~pastark/soreverb.htm
> It's the Shoeber Reverbatape! It looks a little like
> a Copy-Cat, has 4 or 5 heads and a tape speed control
> jack.
> And, if you've really got time to kill back up one
> directory to read this guy's automotive repair
> horror story. Some people _must_ enjoy being taken
> advantage of!
> - Kirke
> (glad I repair my own synths)
> >It really seems like a nice thing to have, just check this little
> webpage:
> >
> >http://www.users.cloud9.net/~pastark/sorecita.htm
> >
> >Now, if one is carefull one should be able to get a rather nice MIDI
> keyboard
> >suite out of this, naturally you wire it up to an Hammond organ emulator
> module
> >;D
> >
> >I am not within 150 miles radius and by the way, I don't have the
> space...
> >
> >Cheers,
> >Magnus>>

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