Tuesday, August 2, 2022


I like the EVANS brand tape echos from Japan, despite some design limitations. They tend to get tremmy as the pinch roller is always pressing the capstan. Some people like that a lot! Pinch can be replaced if it is an issue. This VE-80 is actually an amp as well, with two speaker outs. Made until 1981 this was probably the last tape echo standing in the Karaoke market. It used a long loop in a (kind of flimsy) chamber, like a knock off RE201. The mixing options are great, i.e. independent dry and echo volumes and EQs. Fun stuff!

I have seen 3 of these as well as a few others in the line! This one wanted a new loop, aggressive cleaning, PCB repair (echo recovery EQ circuit) and a polishing.