c1972 Maestro Echoplex EP-3 with footswitch
Posted on August 08 2019
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-3s 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 early Echoplex EP-3 is very clean and shows very little playing time evidence. It’s just returned from Pete at Echoplex Repair for a light cleaning and full service with new tape and replaced filter capacitors. It performs flawlessly and is an excellent example of the model. The plastic Echoplex branded tape deck lid is missing from this unit. The original footswitch is included and works perfectly. We’re confident you’ll be inspired by this machine and that it will be an excellent addition to your studio or collection.