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Would it be practical to build a tape delay?
« on: September 10, 2005, 03:37:56 PM »
Would it be practical or worthwhile to build a tape delay that uses cheaper and more commonly available components than what you see in the echoplex sort of units?

In order from cheapest to most expensive, you have...

Audio Cassettes.... you can get the tape heads & the tape virtually free, the only tough part is hooking it up mechanically and getting the record signal level to an optimal point.

8-track... tapes & players alike are at goodwill stores all across the country.  Again the mechanical aspects are probably the most difficult.  I didn't know if maybe you could get a higher quality here since it's a wider band of tape.

vintage reel-to-reel players...  Ebay.  The mechanics would be easiest here.  But it's the most expensive.  This route might not be any better than buying a broken Echoplex and fixing it.


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Would it be practical to build a tape delay?
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2005, 04:59:33 PM »
Theres something in electronics projects for guitarists by Craig Anderton about making a tape delay out of a reel to reel player and a few small mixers  i think. I cant really say if its worth doing but it there are plans for it in there.


« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2005, 05:03:11 PM »
  Nice unit !!!
  Looks like he took his time and did his homework on that...alot of homework.
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