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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Johnny a professional user from Montreal, Canada writes:
I bought my first and only RE-301 from E-bay and it's the best effect unit I ever and will ever own. The echo alone makes this unit worth every penny of it($750Cnd). the 201 is also very nice, but after hearing and seeing Brian Setzer from The Stray Cats, I just had to have mine too. I use mine extensivly for rehearsal and live Gigs with my Rockabilly band. I plug my 6119 in my BD-2 bluesdriver "moded" right in the 301 and out to my 1973 fender twin revb, that way I can dial nice warmed at a low volume and that puts me right in the zone ;o) I have found a source for execllent lubricated tape (spool) in the USA. anyone looking for some can E-me for their info. RockabillyRocks@hotmaiil.com Keep On Swingin'

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-10-2005 at 20:53
Matt Winnicki a professional user from united states writes:
I just got my re-201 after wanting one for years. After playing around with it and being able to get those king tubby-esque sounds made it worth every penny. I got mine for 430 usd including shipping and it came flawless with the original foot pedal. I couldn't be happier, this is for sure the only echo to have if you're doing reggae seriously.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-28-2004 at 13:25
Bill Freeland a professional user from United States writes:
I haveand still use a Roland RE-501 for a variety of applications. When you've got to have that Analog Groove Warmth, or just the creative aspecting of the unit, I find it a great studio and Road gear unit. Mine looks like it's never been used, still has the cleaning swabs, etc. I use it sparingly, but would not trade. I also have used Digitech (Legend 21) and Creast Audio Power with reliability in both sound and clarity (Headroom). Anyone got any extra Creat 5001 Power Amps (The anchors that weigh 100+ lbs each) I'd be interested.

posted Saturday-Sep-07-2002 at 22:08
dB writes:
This is one of the coolest pieces of gear I have ever owned. I wanted one for along time before I got one and it makes my digitech DSP256xl sound like the real piece of shit it is. I own an RE301 which has the same features as the 201 w/ addition of chorus and sound on sound function. These units are THE sound of Jamaican Dub music- the reverb is sweet- the delays warm, the chorus is lush. The sos- I believe the taped signal is not erased and plays back the entire length of tape loop until rerecording the new audio signal. It makes for some very strange and random FX but super cool-check out some old sly and robbie or king tubbys- that's THE sound! like I said it is THE sound of Dub- if you like that- Lee Scratch Perry used an RE201 extensively and it can be seen in many old photos in his Black Ark studio. Not the greatest unit for guitars and most synths imho b/c it is prone to wow and flutter (pitch shifting) characteristic of these machines- depending on how new the tape is and how well you splice the tape loop. The thing runs suprisingly smoothly for such an old machine- I cleaned the heads with tape head cleaner, used rubber conditioner on the pinch roller and demagnetized the heads using a real electro demagnetizer when I got it and it sounds really strong. Strangely enough the BOSS DM2 analog delay pedal, which I also own does an excellent imitation of the space echo- even the feedback sounds very similar, but alas no reverb,chorus or SOS! A good tip here- tolex tears and spot rips can be repaired with PLASTI-DIP black, check it out at home depot in the tools/hardware section. I think my unit has about 30 inches of tape loop in it. These things are worth every frickin' penny.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-06-2000 at 16:51
Stephen Parsick a professional user from Moers, Germany writes:
I have had several 201 over the past two years and I´ve always been a bit disappointed by them. Not that they´re bad or whatever, but I always found the RE-301 more interesting because of its Sound-On-Sound feature and its somewhat more intriguing sound (Portishead actually stirred my interest in this one). The nicest bit of the 201 -- apart from the weird noises it produces when self-oscillating and its cheapo-sounding spring reverb tank -- is the fact that you have a great variety of different head combinations with or without reverb that allow you to do various types of single- or multi-tap delays at the turn of a knob. The internal preamp of the 201 is also nice, it sounds different from the 301 or 501, I couldn´t explain what the difference is exactly, but there´s some dirt about the 201 going into saturation that is simply appealing. I drive mine by one of the aux paths of my mixing desk (especially for doubling sequencer rhythms), but usually I´d use the 301 for the more spatial, ambient kind of sound. The 201 undoubtedly is a classic, and it might especially appeal to those who are looking for a basic, yet good-sounding (ugh, well, watch out for tape wear on the playback heads) and reliable tape echo device without esoteric tape cartridges like on the Teisco or Echoplex devices.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-13-2000 at 07:50
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