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Catalinbread Belle Epoch EP-3 Tape Echo Guitar Pedal


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The Catalinbread Belle Epoch Tape Echo, has tape echo sounds so authentic you’d swear there was tape inside the pedal! Inspired by the Maestro Echoplex, EP-3 model, perhaps the most famous tape delay ever, the Belle Epoch features everything that was loved about the EP-3 in a small, maintenance free pedal format. There are a lot of subtle and not-so-subtle traits of the Echoplex that needed to be implemented in order to be authentic.

The preamp, the self-oscillation character, the ability to control the ‘record level’ of the signal hitting ‘tape’, the wow and flutter, the way the repeats decay, the way the circuit interfaces with the amp and other pedals - all these things were important to get right. The original unit was used as a musical instrument unto itself and this is what was captured with the Belle Epoch.

Catalinbread Belle Epoch EP-3 Tape Echo Guitar Pedal Features

  • Preamp: Famous for making your guitar sound better even when the echoes are turned off.
  • Quality of repeats: The Echoplex was not necessarily 'hi-fi'. As the echoes repeated, the signal got progressively degraded, losing low end and gaining a shiny, percussive top end with a bit of grit. The first repeat is strong and then it gets more and more diffused as it repeats. And in a well-tuned unit, you could dial in the repeats “Echo Sustain” so that it would float almost indefinitely, or cross the threshold to self-oscillation
  • Record level: There’s a control on the EP-3 that sets how hard the tape gets hit. While this control was ostensibly used to optimize signal-to-noise ratio, set low it would give light and airy repeats and set high it would saturate the tape hard and give an awesome fat and grungy repeat tone.
  • Wow and flutter: The Belle Epoch’s modulation control was designed to simulate the daily mechanical irregularities inherent in original Echoplex units. This would typically include bumpy capstan wheels, uneven tape tension, uneven motor speed, humidity, and actual ghosts?
  • Head drag: The original unit had a unique quality that when moving the delay time slider it took a moment to catch up to the adjustment, creating a doppler like effect. The Belle Epoch reproduces this behavior while you turn the echo delay knob.
  • Power: Does not run on batteries. Must be powered with an external power supply. Designed for use with 9V - 18V DC 'center negative' power supplies.

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Phone:  503-928-2639 Warranty:  7 year warranty to the original owner upon registration
Andy Submitted: 3/21/2018
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Is this the only pedal I need?
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I spent untold amounts of time watching videos of this pedal on the interwebs, and people really struggled to make it sound......bad. in a world filled with internet videos that make good guitar gear sound terrible, this pedal has withstood the onslaught. in real life, it really is THAT good. there are two features that really set it apart from other echo/delay pedals: recording level, and modulation. the recording level allows you to adjust the volume essentially of the repeats in contrast to your picking or strumming, and can effectively create a little dirt in the sound as well. the modulation emulates naturally-occurring warble from actual tape echo units, and it’s this feature that really makes the pedal a stand alone thing; you can effectively dial in a vibrato-y, chorus-y effect that creates an unbelievably full sound. and to boot, the pedal is incredibly intuitive.....so easy to dial in really usable sounds. i can’t go on enough about this pedal. worth every cent.
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blitzbis Submitted: 5/4/2016
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Great Pedal
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I have it set where it gives me just a little delay and it sounds wonderful.
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