Mike Battle’s Echoplex brand is world renowned as the industry standard in tape echo machines. The EP-3 was his first model to use solid state preamp circuitry and has achieved holy grail status for its boost and tone shaping capabilities (check out the Exotic Effects EP Booster based on this exact preamp). The EP-3’s tape deck and mechanics used the same design as the earlier EPs but reversed the movable head and motor’s positions so that it was easier accessed by the player. Early EP-3s feature a black painted top (tape transport base) with white painted tape path that are commonly called “black top EP-3s”.
This nice early black top Echoplex EP-3 came to us in unmodified condition with the rare original vinyl cover. All parts appear to be original except for what looks like an updated pinch roller. We played the unit for about 10 minutes and it sounded wonderful. We don’t know the age of the tape or filter capacitors so its likely that it would benefit from a full service at some point. We’re confident you’ll love this clean vintage Maestro Echoplex EP-3 with rare cover!