Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by rastaman, Jul 20, 2006.
So what's the fair market value for an Echoplex in good shape and good working order these days?
It makes a significant difference.
Not sure, I saw it in a store for consingnment. They want $600, I'll see wich one it is.
If it's in excellent condition, I've seen some go as high as a brand new Fulltone TTE.
Check it out.
EP 1 and 2 are tube driven, EP 3 & 4 are solid state.
People have differing opinions on these, but typically, the EP 2 is considered the most desirable tube version and the EP 3, the more desirable ss model.
At that price, I am guessing it is an EP 3 or 4.
What are the visual differences between a EP 3 and EP 4? I think what I have is an EP 3.
I tried to search for photos of the various models but was unsuccessful.
Check out this link for a narrative discussion of the different models:
These are EP-3's:
I just got a very clean EP-3 with the original footswitch, tape demagnetizer and 4 extra tapes for $395. The only thing missing is the original handle but the handle mount is there. The inside lid with the descriptions of the control functions is 100% and the unit sounds great. I would recommend you keep the name and number of a good tech though as these are 30+ year old units. I was referred to a guy named Jeff Ohliger. Do a search uner my name and you will find the thread which has his number in it. He is top notch and highly recommended.
Thanks Greg! I just looked into mine. I see nothing referencing EP3 or EP4, but there is a sticker with the serial number 34092, it does not have LEDs on the face plate.
*** Edit *** I just read back up the post and see that mine is indeed a EP3.
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The one I saw I believe from the pics would be an EP 3.
This joker here is HIGH dollar and the reviews are good, has anyone played one???
I'd put my money on the the Fulltone Rasta. If you dont know what your getting into you could wind up with a worn out pile a crapola. I know days aint cheap though at what that dude spent to do it its gonna be a while aforin he breaks even.
I've never heard the Fulltone but I have heard the Tube Echoplex and they is sweet sounding. They add a warmness to em and you can get a little breakup out of em too.
To me though with new versions available to buy an old one with out knowing much about em would be like deciding to do some recording and buying a Tascam 38 RTR Tape Machine with no knowledge of being able to fix on em. Youd be better off to buy one of them new fangled digital recorders. :AOK
Just my 2 cents.
The EP3 is the first solid state model, used by Eric Johnson, Tommy Bolin, Jimmy Page, and EVH. If your EP3 serial # is in the thirties, it is a later model which is fine. $600 is too much unless it is mint and unused. You can get EP3's on Fleabay all the time for $250-$350. It's important to know that any vintage Echoplex will need a little work to bring it up to snuff. New tape, rebiasing to match the new tape, and a thorough cleaning. Check out the webpage I did on my EP-3.
Yes, Jeff Olinger, is a FANTASTIC technician. You would be hard pressed to find someone with more knowledge and skill working on Echoplexes, or for that matter, vintage tube amps too. His number is 515-255-9555. No affiliation, other than he is my tech for all my stuff, and has worked on all 3 of my Echoplexes.
Where is he located?
He is in Des Moines, IA, he owns a shop called Tri-Point Audio. Very in demand and extremely competent tech, very meticulous work too. Usually its hard to tell he's even been inside your stuff, other than the new caps, or whatever the task may be.
Another great Echoplex guy is Roy Blankenship, now making Blankenship amps.
Can do an Echoplex right.
I used to have one, it sounded good, but you will HAVE to put it in a bypass loop, it killed my tone when I had one in bypass mode.... pretty good tape sound I thought... I like the Deluxe Memory Man these days.