Echorec Models used by Pink Floyd

New section of the Echorec Bible dedicated to an original research on every Echorec model used by the Pink Floyd during their career. Hundreds of pictures and videos have been analyzed frame by frame in order to identify all the units available on stage or in studio. Read the results of part 1 (1966 – 1971) in the Echorec Bible. Part 2 (1972-1977) coming next.

Echorec models and Pink Floyd: Legend
Icon Description
Echorec Baby Echorec Baby. There is a single model.
Echorec 1 T5E Echorec 1. There is a single model.
Echorec 2 T5E Echorec 2 T5E, T6FA or T7E. In general, without a close picture, it’s impossible to tell one model from the others.
Echorec 2 T6FA Guild Echorec 2 T6FA. The T6FA for the American market has chicken-head knobs and some minor differences that can be told at some distance.
Echorec PE 603 T Echorec PE 603 series. At least one of the PE603 units has been identified in several different locations/dates as a TU.
Dark Side of the Moon Album related event (such as the first day of the first recording session or the album release day)

The Echorec EM6

The EM6: the first and only device that integrates an Echorec memory module and a Binson PreMixer unit. This rare model, mentioned earlier in the Echorec EC10 2×10 section as the ancestor of that strange machine, now has its dedicated place in the Echorec Bible.

The EM6 photo set was kindly contributed by Tom Hughes of For Musicians Only, East Haven, CT (USA). Thanks Tom!

Read all the details in the dedicated EM6 section of the Echorec Bible.

Echorec EM6

Echorec EM6


Pink Floyd Exhibition: the location.

New page dedicated exclusively to the Pink Floyd Exhibition to be held in Milan in fall 2014. The first two sections added provide a general overview of the event and details about the location, a one century old dismissed factory. And, if you’re from San Francisco, a little surprise…

The page is reachable from the Echorec Bible index page, or directly from this link.

Carminati Toselli Trolley in San Francisco. Courtesy of Leo Laksi

Carminati Toselli Trolley in San Francisco. Courtesy of Leo Laksi


Strangest Beasts: the Echorec EC10 2×10

The rarest version of a rare model: the cyan/blue Echorec EC-10 2×10 photographed by Giorgio Montagna of Montagna Hi-end Audio Systems. An intermediate design that connects the early 70’s Binson 7 and EM6 with the mid-70’s EC series. See the EC10 2×10 in its new dedicated section of the Echorec Bible here.

Echorec EC10 : rare cyan version

Echorec EC10 : rare cyan version


The Echorec EM6

Two new entries in the Echorec Bible model listing: the silver EM6 and black EM6.

The EM6 is an all-in-one device composed by a 4+1 head Echorec and a 6 channel preamp/mixer. Both the Echorec and the premixer are solid state. The EM6 was proposed in 1974 as the ideal preamp  for the PF series of Binson solid state power amps (PF100 and PF200).

The EM6 has a flat control panel on top evolved from that of the 1972 Amplificatore 7, the very first Echorec system designed for horizontal operations. Since the EM6 every newer Echorec series (starting with the EC) feature flat top panels only.

Two liveries for the EM6: cyan/silver (same as the Amplificatore 7) and cyan/black. The PF series power amps have been offered in matching silver or black colorations. Check the EM6 in the Echorec Bible model listing.

 


Largest Pink Floyd retrospective in history to be held in Milan, Italy, in 2014.

The hometown on the Echorec will host the “PINK FLOYD EXHIBITION: THEIR MORTAL REMAINS”, a retrospective  celebrating five decades of the Floyd’s work. More than 300 objects will arrive in Milan from collectors around the world and from the band members themselves.

The opening is on September 19th, 2014 and the event will run until October 19th, 2014. Location: La Fabbrica del Vapore (the Steam Factory), Milano, Italia.

Aubrey Powell, co-founder of the album cover design company Hipgnosis with Storm Thorgerson, is the creative director.  Starting with Pink Floyd’s A Saucerful of Secrets in 1968, Hipgnosis created all the band album covers up to the end of the 70’s.

Stufish is also involved in the exhibition as stage designers. The company founder, Mark Fisher, in the 70’s was commissioned inflatable sculptures for the Floyd’s 1976 tour Animals. Mark was a specialist in the field, having founded his first company focussing on portable structures for entertainment (Air Structures Design) when he was still a student in architecture.

Three years later, in 1979, Mark was asked to design the Floyd show ‘The Wall’. In 1990 he continued his work with Roger Water’s ‘The Wall’ concert in Berlin, then again with the 2010/1012 ‘The Wall’ world tour.

The AudioExMachina Echorec Bible will provide extended coverage about the event and related news.


Echorec Bible Maintenance Update

Maintenance update for the Echorec Bible. In order to provide the maximum possible accuracy the 1965 Echorec B2 entry has been splitted in two separate records: the B2 itself and the T5E B2.

A batch of B2 units, identified as T5E, was produced under the Binson C.R.E.B. label, while the B2 was produced under the Binson s.n.c. label. Please note that the same T5E acronym is used also for  the 6-knob Echorec1 and Echorec2 models: see the Echorec Bible for details.


Echorec EC10 Picture Set from Montagna Loudspeakers

Giorgio Montagna of italian  Montagna Hi-end Loudspeaker Systems  (www.hiend.it) contributed a beautiful set of pictures dedicated to the Echorec EC10. Beside the interest related to this model (featuring the largest amount of magnetic heads ever on an Echorec) there is more: this specific unit comes with an unusual control-panel layout, different from stock EC10 models.  This is either a pre-production unit or a custom-built one.

The material is being edited and will later nicely fit into a dedicated section of the Echorec Bible. Meanwhile, here is a teaser showing the terrific magnetic drum assembly of the EC10. Thanks Giorgio!

Echorec EC10 Magnetic Drum

Echorec EC10 Magnetic Drum

 


Strangest Beasts: the unknown Echorec Mod. G7

A misterious Echorec model recently surfaced in Belgium, thanks to Izy Holvoet.  This device is not documented anywhere else on the internet. Origin is still unknown.

Is it really an Echorec? Or was it an Echorec then evolved in something different?

Even if not metioned explicitly anywhere, indirect clues about its existence have been found, leading to an italian researcher from the 50’s, otolaryngology books and what seems to be an… Echorec-based medical instrument?

Read what has been just discovered about the strangest Echorec ever, the Mod. G7, in the new section of the Echorec Bible: Strangest Beasts

Echorec

Mod. G7 Echorec-based device

 


14 Binson Preamps for Your Echorec

New Echorec Bible section covering Binson preamp/mixers with dedicated send/return channels for the Echorec. Complete catalog featuring eleven tube models and three transistor models from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

Part one of this new section lists all models and features. Forthcoming part two will explain differences among the 4 generations of Binson preamps for the Echorec.

Consult the new section, Dedicated Preamp Models and Features in the Echorec Bible.

BinsonPreMixerEchoPA602_309


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