In late 2012, there is a new version available, with advanced footswitch capability. The audio signal no longer goes to the footswitch, so the tone is improved.
I had to congratulate Michael Fuller when he came out with his Tube Tape echo several years back - it was an amazing endeavor. Now we have decided to sell these as there is really nothing quite like a tape echo. Here is some info from Fulltone:
There is nothing funnier than the
makers of this new wave of digital and chip-based delays claiming to "sound
like a tape echo." One after another they pop out the same old digital and
bucket-brigade delays with a few new bells and whistles that supposedly
"emulate the warble and tape head saturation of a tape echo" ...Bull$#^%.
That only flies with someone who has
never played a good tape echo. For those of us who know and care, there's no
substitute...so settle for an approximation if you must, there's nothing wrong
with that...but please spare me the rhetoric.
Why a Tape Echo?
If you ask that then you have never played a healthy Echoplex! No delay
(rackmount or pedal, analog or digital) can replicate the natural, warm, and
shimmery tones of an old Echoplex. Unless you've experienced it you don't know
what you're missing.
Yeah, but they're noisy and unreliable!
Yes, they certainly WERE....but the Fulltone TubeTapeEcho
(TTE) is dead-quiet, and we've completely re-vamped both the
electronics, the tape transport path, and even the tape cartridge itself to the
point of near-overkill. The TTE produces less noise than most
How much delay time?
From a quick slapback to over 2 seconds. There is a top panel-mounted dual
speed toggle switch to choose between: Hi-Speed and
Lo-Speed operation. Hi-Speed gets you lots of Highs, less Bass,
and a True Repeat without the Pitch variation of the old Echoplex.
Lo-Speed is waaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrm, lots of Bass,
less highs, and a slight "warble" that imparts a natural chorus effect made
popular by people like Eric Johnson.
Because they sound so good.....the enhancement to your basic tone is
something you will not want to play without once you feel it, and you'll never
again have to worry about signal loss due to long cables and too many pedals on
What makes yours better?
ETC-1 Tape cartridges are available ONLY to TTE
owners. Buy them Direct in a"Two-Pack"
- The big AC motors of yesteryear were noisy and inefficient so I replaced it
with a servo-controlled hi-torque DC motor. Not only is this more quiet, but it
is more stable and is 1/4 the size, allowing for a smaller overall housing as
- The TTE uses 2 x 12AX7 tubes (for the Record and Playback sections) with
@200 volts DC and supply the filaments with 12 volts DC to reduce the hum
further. The erase/ Bias section function uses one Electro Harmonix
- Handwired audio path, and world-famous Fulltone Made-in-USA Craftsmanship.
No PCB-mounted Tubes or Jacks in this thing.
- Stereo outs! Yep, how many times have you longed for a slight slap or long
bounce between 2 amps in the studio or on stage? But this ain't just
stereo....there are 3 stereo modes.
Mode #1: Guitar/Echo on the
Left---->Guitar/Echo on the Right
Mode #2: Guitar/Echo Left---> Echo on
Mode #3: Guitar on the left----> Echo on the right
- Better Tape Heads. The TTE has proprietary (custom-made) Erase, Record, and
Playback heads that not only have better frequency response than the oldies, but
are designed to last well into your retirement.
- Fulltone ETC-1 Tape cartridge...if you can't find it, make it yerself! The
ETC-1 is loaded it with a vastly superior Mastering quality tape loop made with
polyester backing and a higher bias Tape formulation. It will last for MONTHS
because it's not cheap, used cart machine tape doused in graphite like the old
Echoplex tapes. Note: Fulltone does not furnish tapes for Echoplex owners....they have
enough tape to keep TTE owners happy for 20 years, but do not have enough to
furnish the world's Echoplex owners. Sorry.
- Nickel Plated Stainless Steel Parts because I want the stuff I make to
outlast you and me ...and look great.
- Echo Tone Control. The TTE has a very full-range/full-frequency Echo
Sound.....but you can alter it to as vintage as you want a Tone control
affecting only the repeats.
- Smaller. Old Echoplex EP-2 models have that cool little side compartment for
storing stuff. I put that storage place into a Heavy duty (wood-reinforced)
Cordura Nylon Gig-Bag. (included) This, along with some downsizing, due in part
to the use of a DC motor, allows for a very compact, stout unit that can sit on
your amp, in your pedalboard, or off to the side without taking up too much
precious real estate.
from Fulltone after you buy this echo unit.