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Danelectro Reel Echo Tape Simulator Pedal

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Awesome echo effects without tape hassles!

The Danelectro Reel Echo Tape Simulator Pedal reproduces the sound of those '50s tape echo units perfectly and it will hold up a lot longer than they will. The Reel Echo from Dano simulates the sound perfectly and adds a Warble switch to replicate tape pitch deviations. A lo-fi control rolls off high frequencies of successive repeats just like tape while a Tube/Solid State toggle lets you pick your vintage. The Sound on Sound button works just like the original so you can play over the lick you just recorded. The Danelectro Reel Echo gives you up to 1-1/2 seconds of delay.

FEATURES
  • Simulates the sound of tape-based echo delay perfectly
  • Warble switch simulates tape pitch deviations
  • Lo-fi control rolls off high frequencies of successive repeats just like tape
  • Tube/Solid State toggle lets you pick your vintage
  • Sound on Sound button lets you play over the lick you just recorded
  • Up to 1-1/2 seconds of delay
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DanelectroReel Echo Tape Simulator Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 22 reviews)

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  • Excellent sound quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Performances (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Reel Echo or Real Tape?

As someone who has used real tape delays before and loved the sound and capabilities of tape, but know all too well that tape is a hassle. Tape wears out, you can't easily...Read complete review

As someone who has used real tape delays before and loved the sound and capabilities of tape, but know all too well that tape is a hassle. Tape wears out, you can't easily find replacements and the that doesn't include the head maintenance, so when Danelectro made claims about a digital Echoplex, I was very skeptical. The Reel Echo does have an eye catching look, but at $150, I could care less how cool the packaging is.At first listen, I was unimpressed and was going to relegate it to another delay pedal pile. I have several analog and digital delays, but I took the time and played around with it. At first I plugged it straight into my amp and used the amp's internal chorus, compression and distortion to see how clear its signal to noise ratio is. Alone in the signal chain it was clear, but with other pedals in the chain, the sound got muddier and after moving pedals around in the chain it improved somewhat.After playing with this pedal, the delay proved to have some really good features and had a very wet delay sound ala David Gilmour, without typical analog delay dropout. It has very nice delay range and you can really customize some interesting sounds. The SOS (sound on sound) button is pretty much useless and I agree with other posters that the instructions aren't great.All in all, it does mimick alot of an Echoplex's sounds fairly well, not as good as tape, but a real good option for those who can't find or afford tape delays. Take the time and check it out, worth a serious look if you are looking for a good vintage sounding pedal.

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Nice but not much like tape

good but would not do the pitch changing echo
I'm an old geezer and our high school had a tape echoplex and the most cool thing with them was changing the pitch...Read complete review

good but would not do the pitch changing echo
I'm an old geezer and our high school had a tape echoplex and the most cool thing with them was changing the pitch of the echos with the speed slider. You would crank the repeats to the max until the unit would "feedback with self oscillation" and then move the slider to get wild pitch changing effects. Tommy Bolin used this on several solos to great effect. Anyway since the danelctro had a pitch slider that looks like the original Echoplex I had hoped it would do this wild pitch bending trick. It does not. You just get blurps of sound which do not creat much of an effect. The grey Ibanez echo pedal will do the feedback pitch change thing if you happen to be looking for that. The best things about the danelctro are the outputs so you can send a dry signal to your main amp and get the echo only from a remote amp. That will really turn heads. It runs on a 9 volt battery which is very cool for a "jumbo" unit like this.
seems very well built
not much different from smaller pedals

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Reel Echo or Real Tape?

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Danelectro Reel Echo Tape Simulator Pedal:

As someone who has used real tape delays before and loved the sound and capabilities of tape, but know all too well that tape is a hassle. Tape wears out, you can't easily find replacements and the that doesn't include the head maintenance, so when Danelectro made claims about a digital Echoplex, I was very skeptical. The Reel Echo does have an eye catching look, but at $150, I could care less how cool the packaging is.At first listen, I was unimpressed and was going to relegate it to another delay pedal pile. I have several analog and digital delays, but I took the time and played around with it. At first I plugged it straight into my amp and used the amp's internal chorus, compression and distortion to see how clear its signal to noise ratio is. Alone in the signal chain it was clear, but with other pedals in the chain, the sound got muddier and after moving pedals around in the chain it improved somewhat.After playing with this pedal, the delay proved to have some really good features and had a very wet delay sound ala David Gilmour, without typical analog delay dropout. It has very nice delay range and you can really customize some interesting sounds. The SOS (sound on sound) button is pretty much useless and I agree with other posters that the instructions aren't great.All in all, it does mimick alot of an Echoplex's sounds fairly well, not as good as tape, but a real good option for those who can't find or afford tape delays. Take the time and check it out, worth a serious look if you are looking for a good vintage sounding pedal.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Versatile Portable Echo

By TeleMaster68

from Cobb, WI

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Comments about Danelectro Reel Echo Tape Simulator Pedal:

My only criticism of the Danelectro Reel Echo pedal is that it comes with very poorly written directions. Once you have played around with it for a few hours, however, its use and versatility become readily apparent. The sound on sound feature allows for a very brief loop that I have found to be fairly useless--the sound on sound switch does function nicely, however, as a quick bypass switch for more effects heavy and complicated things like Floyd songs. I am actually considering owning two of these units to make more use of the switching and versatility features. The analog and slapback stuff sounds great and close enough for most ears to the original echoplex without all the ancient physical tape cartridge hassles. Its delay range is vast and the dial is very accurate--its also designed to allow you to place a tape over the slider to preserve the settings you like by marking them. It's a great trouble delay with lots of variety to offer and it does take up a lot of space on your board but it's still less room than an original Echoplex or Binson would require. Also I love the way it looks; great graphics and a nifty layout go along way--it really is eye-candy in that way. It's bypass circuitry is very sound, so I get no buzz from mine and I use seymour stacked pickups so I'd hear hum if there was any. It's a great multi-use pedal that's fun to play with and looks fantastic too.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This pedal is cool !!!

By Patrick Grendon

from Detroit Metro area

Comments about Danelectro Reel Echo Tape Simulator Pedal:

I've never used a so-called "real" echoplex before but, I really like this pedal. It seems to emulate the effect of a tape loop very well. I read some of the other reviews and, there are always the snob/purists that only like the real deal. Thats fine. And I'm sure that they are cool. But, for those of us who don't have the opportunity to purchase the originals, this pedal is awesome. It has an "earthy" and "musical" warmth that I think a lot of the other delay pedals don't have. The sound on sound feature is neat also if you know how to use it. You can set up a groove or infunite pulse with that function and solo over it. This pedal may not have all the whistles and bells of the Boss or other similar pedals. But, I like it a lot, and I'm happy with this product. Great for trippy echo pulses and early rockibilly tones. Listen to the mp3's. Thats what sold me!!
Not a lot of options. But, the sounds this creates are great quality. Just what I need. Simple controls which is nice on stage.
Well built!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nice but not much like tape

By Kelly James-yD8T8

from McAllen TX

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Comments about Danelectro Reel Echo Tape Simulator Pedal:

good but would not do the pitch changing echo
I'm an old geezer and our high school had a tape echoplex and the most cool thing with them was changing the pitch of the echos with the speed slider. You would crank the repeats to the max until the unit would "feedback with self oscillation" and then move the slider to get wild pitch changing effects. Tommy Bolin used this on several solos to great effect. Anyway since the danelctro had a pitch slider that looks like the original Echoplex I had hoped it would do this wild pitch bending trick. It does not. You just get blurps of sound which do not creat much of an effect. The grey Ibanez echo pedal will do the feedback pitch change thing if you happen to be looking for that. The best things about the danelctro are the outputs so you can send a dry signal to your main amp and get the echo only from a remote amp. That will really turn heads. It runs on a 9 volt battery which is very cool for a "jumbo" unit like this.
seems very well built
not much different from smaller pedals

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A good choice.

By hoddififf

from Iceland

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Danelectro Reel Echo Tape Simulator Pedal:

    The Danelectro Reel Echo is realy good one, with
    it´s wide range of settings. It is similar to the
    Dynacord tape echoes since in the "sixties". (Had one in those years). This(DRE)would be a good choice for everyone that needs an oldfashioned echosound.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice echo echo echo

    By billz1rtc

    from New England

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    Comments about Danelectro Reel Echo Tape Simulator Pedal:

    I haven't been playing for very long in fact I'm still learning But I know what I like and I've always loved the sound of a Big GreTch thru a Tube amp with a tape echo. I have friends in Rockabilly/ Psychobilly bands that have the Real deal and I have to say The Reel Echo sounds almost if not as good and without the hassle of real tape. I have a Deep body Ibanez Artcore (I know its not a GreTsch but it sounds Sweet!) & a Telecaster (MIM) with TEXAS Special Pickups played thru a Ampeg Reverbrocket, The Reel echo pedal complete my setup.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    And another thing...

    By JD Campbell-Krwsh

    from Amelia, OH

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    Comments about Danelectro Reel Echo Tape Simulator Pedal:

    I wrote a review in 2007, and since then have become impressed with this little extra in the Reel Echo device: stereo output. You can run the signal to two amplifiers, one signal "wet", the other dry, but the key here is TWO amplifiers. 2 small combo amps can be had for less money than one larger one, and the tonal possibilities become endless.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    OK for the money

    By Trey-xjkBr

    from Atlanta GA

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    Comments about Danelectro Reel Echo Tape Simulator Pedal:

    I was hoping to make a find with this pedal. Unfortunately, I got a usuable delay pedal at a reasonable price. I have owned several tape delay units and there is no way I could say this pedal could replace the sound of those. With that being said, I still use this pedal because my tape delay units are no longer working and were very unreliable, usually breaking down at the worst time. I have had no such problems with the Reel Echo Simulator. Its good, just not great, but for the money I really can't complain.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Exceptional

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Danelectro Reel Echo Tape Simulator Pedal:

    I've owned a number of the original tape echoplex and a Fulltonte Tube Tape Echo, in fact the inventor of the Echoplex lives around the corner from me and has serviced my old units. The Reel Echo is an exceptionally useful tool for producing tape echo, tremolo and leslie like effects. Warm, organic and natural if you work with it. In about an hour I was able to produce and record sounds that were equally satisfying to recordings that I made with the Fulltone TTE (using a White Falcon and old tweed Champ). I'm generally not a fan of digital units, but this one is simply great; head and shoulders above the Pod XT echoplex simulations.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    As close as it gets

    By Q7Qg7vJIL

    from USA

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    Comments about Danelectro Reel Echo Tape Simulator Pedal:

    This is a very nice delay unit for the money. This is as close as it gets to a real tape delay without having to sell your kidney to buy a real tape unit. Once you get the feel for the settings you can get a pretty amazing sound. This delay is made for the rest of the people like us. You get the tape sound without the empty wallet. If your not a prof. and are not so anal about it not being a true tape delay...this is for you. Well made and it just looks really cool on the pedal board.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Is it Reel or is it Memorex?

    By Scotty

    from Phoenix AZ

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Danelectro Reel Echo Tape Simulator Pedal:

      I can remember working with the original WEM CopyCat units in the sixties. Nice sound broke down a lot. This unit has the sound and should not break down. It takes up a lot of space on the pedal board so mine may be moved out on its own. The delays can be dialed in for your needs.
      Do not even try the SOS sorry but it a gimmick. I followed the instructions played a D-Dsus4 trill a la U2 it will not give the repeat just mush. I have added a Cool Kat Vibe and with this and my amp stereo chorus voila Robin Trower. Mix and Lofi at 12 o' clock repeat at 7 and slider half way to first mark with Tube and Warble on will do the trick

      Great piece of equipment for the price

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      True Delay!!!

      By Tbass1501

      from Kentucky

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      Comments about Danelectro Reel Echo Tape Simulator Pedal:

      If you want the most natural-sounding and warmest echo/delay unit, for the price, you cannot beat the Reel Echo! It does take some knob-twisting to really understand it and dial in the tone you want; but what a thrill when you do find it! With this pedal, I have been able to dial in almost any sound I want, particularly the legendary SUN "feather-echo" and even the warm, reverberation and delay from the famous Owen Bradley studio in Nashville. Another thing I love about this pedal is, it seems the possibilities are endless. On the Boss delay pedals, you have to turn a knob to a pre-set delay time. While on the Reel Echo, the slider allows you to have any delay time from 0 to 1.5 seconds!I also like the Lo-Fi knob. It rolls off the high-frequency signals from the delay signal, which is what gives you the "warm and natural" tone that I love about this pedal.You can't go wrong with this one! I think the people who gave this unit a bad review didn't spend enough time "fiddling" with it. You do have to learn the controls, as with any pedal, and dial it in to the tone you want.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Close but not quite

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Danelectro Reel Echo Tape Simulator Pedal:

      Lots of features, but not a dead ringer by any stretch for a real tape echo like a Fulltone TTE or original echoplex. Of course if it was a dead ringer it wouldn't cost what it does. It's digital so expect some of that fraying on the edges of the sound that comers w the territory. A good value if you don't want to take the plunge for the real units, which are very pricey.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Dano Echo

      By Barking Lizard

      from Valrico, FL

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      Comments about Danelectro Reel Echo Tape Simulator Pedal:

      Other than the fact that it doesn't have a tap tempo feature, I love this pedal! I like that I can change it on the fly without having to program anything. It's also the warmest sounding echo on the market.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      There's so much here...

      By MDurlam

      from houston, TX

      Comments about Danelectro Reel Echo Tape Simulator Pedal:

      1) You can loop 1.5 seconds with this, AND you can keep adding to the loop, or just play over it. 2)You can actually get decent reverb out of this and chorus as well(with or without delay.) This thing is mighty big though, same size as the Line 6 DL4, except this thing is a lot more fun to tweak! However, my favorite "tape" delay will always be the discontinued DOD FX96.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A modern nostalgic classic!

      By Littleboot-y2W4N

      from Chesapeake, VA

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      Comments about Danelectro Reel Echo Tape Simulator Pedal:

      I bought a "Reel echo" to use in my studio as an effects processor. I use it through my aux send and return. I use it on drums, vocals, main mixes, guitars, percussion, etc. This unit simulates the old "Tape" delays better then the old tape delays! It's clear, it's got the analog tube sound, and to me it's built very well! I love the size of it, the vintage color, and the stereo options. if your Looking for a vintage tape echo without the noise this is the unit to get! It will last you a very long time...

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      I does look vintage...

      By Wolf

      from Fort Myers, FL

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Sound Effects Ok
      • Sound Ok
      • Vintage Looks

      Cons

      • Controls
      • Effects Not Too Great
      • No power supply
      • Sound Could Be Better

      Best Uses

      • Amateur
      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Danelectro Reel Echo Tape Simulator Pedal:

      I'm retired, but play the old "Shadows/Ventures" music once a week and needed a 'vintage' echo/delay, so I bought this. It's useable, but not as great as it could be. At least there's no real tape inside that can break, like they use to do in the old echo units a long, long time ago... :)

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Just what I wanted!

      By Nathan

      from Tahlequah, OK

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Danelectro Reel Echo Tape Simulator Pedal:

        This effects unit is just as described. Seems to be sturdy and not cheaply built. I'm currently using it for my Theremin but also enjoy playing my guitar through it.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A one trick pony... but what a cool trick!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Danelectro Reel Echo Tape Simulator Pedal:

        Knobs would be better if weighted, but has a cool vibe and actually takes time a' fiddlin' to appreciate. I know it's not analogue, but it gets close, it only really has one trick but it's a hell of a lot of fun and after all, that's what it's all about!..Isn't it!

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Review

        By solidGuitar

        from s.margherita ligure, ITA

        Comments about Danelectro Reel Echo Tape Simulator Pedal:

        Not the best delay on the market at all...but the best valued echo stomp. You can't take out from these pedals the sonic schmorgasbord you use to obtain from rotating the time (speed) knob on an analog delay. But the Solid-Tube and the Warble switch are very useful and funny. Finally the Lo-Fi knob is the closest thing to a real tape echo you can find on a stomp box.

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