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Jul 27, 2021

Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe

The Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe Echo is “an exact reproduction of the iconic 1970’s Maestro Echoplex EP-3 – the only difference is that there is no tape!” – check it out!

From the 22 volt power rail, to the JFET preamp, to the mixer stage, to the high gain silicon transistor-based record and playback amplifiers, to the feedback loop, this is a circuit that faithfully reproduces the original EP-3 specs, with a 24-bit high-fidelity digital delay line taking the place of the tape.

The Echo Osc. footswitch sends it into self-oscillation.

Here are some recent videos of it, we added it to our list of the Best Tape Delay Pedals.

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.

More info here.