This ex-demo pedal comes to us from the personal collection of Brett “Burgs” Kingman, Brett is Australian guitar royalty and a YouTube pioneer. He has toured the world working & recording with such Australian icons as James Reyne, Daryl Braithwaite, Ross Wilson, Renee Geyer, Jenny Morris and shared the stage with the likes of Tina Turner and Robert Palmer, just to name a few.
Check outs Brett’s YouTube demo/review and if you like what you hear, this is your chance to buy the actual pedal from the video.
From Colombo Audio Electronics:
Echo On is an ambient pedal aiming to recreate the vintage-oriented sounds that came to light in the 1960s. The Italian company Binson was one of the first to create a delay/echo unit: the Binson Echorec series. Echo On is well inspired to these units and Colombo Audio Electronics wants to pay homage.
A bit of history…
Binson, a company from Milan – Italy, was one of the very first companies to design echo machines. Unlike most of the competition at the time, they used an analog magnetic drum instead of tape to generate their most famous product, the Binson Echorec.
With the aid of Meazzi Echomatic machines, Hank Marvin of The Shadows began using various Binson units both in the recording studio and live throughout much of the mid-1960s, in conjunction with Vox AC30 amps and Burns guitars. Marvin continued to use Binson until 1979 when, for ease of use, he adopted a Roland 201 echo.
The Binson units were used with great intensity by Pink Floyd first frontman Syd Barrett, and later by David Gilmour. The classic Binson delay effect can be heard on tracks like “Interstellar Overdrive”, “Astronomy Domine”, “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” and “Time”. Led Zeppelin‘s Jimmy Page used a Binson unit, which can be heard on the track “When the Levee Breaks”.
In Pink Floyd‘s 23-minute track “Echoes”, Roger Waters used a Binson Echorec to create the disturbing noise of the underwater wind during the first interlude with the aid of a steel slide. Waters is used to reproduce this effect in an authentic way during live performances. “One of These Days”, a song written around the same time as “Echoes”, features the prominent effect on the bass line. The Binson Echorec starred in Pink Floyd‘s first sound, until the band switched to the VCS3 synthesizer in 1972. Pink Floyd‘s Binson Echorec Baby was exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of their exhibition. Mortal Remains of 2017.