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SELMER-TRUVOICE TAPE ECHO UNITS








Selmer-Truvoice Echo 200 (left) and Selmer-Truvoice Echo 400 (right).
Photo Courtesy of John Beer, Amp-Fix, Devon, England.

 




Every band in the UK during the first half of the 60's had to have an echo box. The music of the time demanded it. Even the dance hall proprietors demanded it before you were offered an engagement! Never mind whether you could play a note; provided that the answer was "yes" to the question " 'Av you got one of them echo chamber gadgets, son?", then you were in!

Hank Marvin of The Shadows was really responsible for the rapid growth of popularity of this effect from about 1960 onwards in the UK. Most of the Shad's hits contained the repeat echo sound in various combinations, and there is no doubt about it; that sound was tremendous! Then....the Beatles arrived, together with the R 'n B sound produced by such bands as the Animals, Yardbirds, and Rolling Stones. Multiple repeat echo effects didn't fit in with that type of music. The tape echo box suffered a rapid demise.

The top bands in the 60's used the expensive Meazzi, Binson, and Dynachord models, together with such derivatives as the Vox "Shadows" Echo Unit. The 'also-ran's' had to make do with the Watkins Copicat and...... the units produced by Selmer.





SELMER ECHO UNITS:
(Click on Model names below for images.)



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Late 1950's Demonstration EP Record featuring Bert Weedon, with what looks like a Hofner V3 Solid, a Selmer Selectortone Automatic, and  a "Truvoice Echo Chamber" - Courtesy of Chris Ellis.





Any problems with your Selmer or Watkins/WEM Echo Unit?

John Beer of Amp-Fix, Cullompton, Devon has considerable experience with these types of machines, as well as all types of valve amps.







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