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Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe Delay Effects Pedal

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The Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe is an exact reproduction of the iconic 1970s Maestro Echoplex EP-3. The only difference is there is no tape. The ...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 12-15-2017

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Get a wealth of sweet, vintage-style delay tones in a convenient pedal.

The Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe is an exact reproduction of the iconic 1970s Maestro Echoplex EP-3. The only difference is there is no tape.

The Belle Epoch Deluxe honors the EP-3 lineage by faithfully reproducing the original EP-3 specifications part for part. The only things missing are the record and playback heads—with a 24-bit high-fidelity digital delay line taking the place of the tape cartridge. Exact circuitry reproduction of the 22v power rail (running off a standard 9VDC power supply) helps to achieve that expansive plugged-into-the-wall sound.

The JFET preamp (later EP-3 spec), mixer stage, and high gain silicon transistor-based record and playback amplifiers and feedback loop lends to the big, warm feel expected from these legendary musical devices. Players for decades have sworn by the Echoplex, not just for the delays, but for the sonic enhancement it brings to the player’s rig as well. This is widely accepted consensus by now as there are several EP-3 inspired boosters on the market.

But the third aspect of the Echoplex was that it was a live performance instrument unto itself. Catalinbread’s addition of the expression pedal control over delay time, delay playback head volume, and even rotary speed and filter sweep behaviors expands the legacy of the Echoplex as a performance instrument.

Then the designers went further and added a momentary footswitch for echo oscillation, tunable via an internal trim pot, for even more sonic potential that even the originals did not possess! As if that weren’t enough, Catalinbread then expanded the possibilities even further by adding five more sonic layers to the Echo cake! Echo Programs 2 through 6 feature a warmer "analog delay"-flavored mode, Rotary, Filter, DMM Chorus, and DMM Vibrato modes—all benefitting from that magical EP-3 preamp feel.


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5.0

Awesome delay pedal!

By Jake Fernandez

from Dallas, Texas

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  • Compact Design
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Versatile

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    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe Delay Effects Pedal:

    I love this pedal, I have tried a few delay pedals that just don't have that certain something that I was searching for. I've tried the strymon stuff and the empress and they just weren't for me. I think it's that this one is actually geared towards an actual Echoplex so it has a gain stage for your guitar and adds that warmth like an analog delay but so much more. It makes my guitar bright and warm which is hard to find, I was trying to decide which pedal I wanted at similar price points, the Strymon deco or the Catlinbread belle epoch deluxe. I tried both out at a nearby store and I have to say I'm much happier with the deluxe than the deco. And the price is well worth it for all that it does, next I'm going to get an expression pedal so I can unlock all those really cool tricks that are in the video!

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