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Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe Delay Pedal


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The Belle Epoch Deluxe is an exact reproduction of the iconic 1970’s 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. True to Catalinbread form, each component is thoughtfully and meticulously ear selected to bring you the most accurate EP-3 feel and sound available in pedal form.

Belle Epoch Deluxe: More Than Just an Echo Unit
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 we 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!

But Wait - There’s More!!!
As if that weren’t enough - we then expanded the possibilities even further by adding 5 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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Phone:  503-928-2639 Warranty:  7 year warranty to the original owner upon registration
Artie Fisk Submitted: 10/20/2017
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I have never encountered another delay device of any kind that can deliver what the BED delivers. It doesn't just "sound like" an Echoplex, it IS an Echoplex EP-3, in everything but the delay line. And it does a LOT--you may be overwhelmed at first. It took me a few days to wrap my brain around all it can do. And even on the basic EP-3 setting, it's a different animal compared to the original Belle Epoch. I own both and did a shootout of the two. The BE is great, but the BED is in another league. DEFINITELY get an expression pedal if you don't have one. The expression pedal allows you to do some extremely psychedelic things, and essentially turns the BED into an instrument of its own. Make sure you check CB's website for exp pedal compatibility before you purchase. I got the Moog EP3 (the name is a coincidence) and it works very well.
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Zed Submitted: 8/31/2017
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Tape Delay Thats Real
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I owned an Echoplex long ago and about 12 pedals later the Epoch Deluxe is in my pedalboard and I am finally happy. The closest tape delay pedal yet, great job Catalinbread.
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