Binson Echorec repair service review

Glad to publish a message sent by Pete Tatooles from Chicago. He was looking for an Echorec repair specialist in his area and posted a request for info in the comment section of the Echorec Bible. Checking my notes the ideal candidate was John Hamley’s Brunswick Amplifier LLC, located in Brunswick, Ohio.

Pete speaks:

Thanks to Audioexmachina for the referral to the top technical Echorec service engineer in the Midwest – and if not the USA. When all routes to the proper person for the job got nowhere, I took the advice here and sent my vintage Binson T7E to Cleveland, Ohio for reconditioning. Let me say I am speechless with the results :

 “Sometimes crossing fingers helps …. 
   the Echorec specialist in my lists that’s closest to you is:”

                 John Hamley
                 Brunswick Amplifier LLC
                 PO Box 222
                 Brunswick, Ohio 44212

Jedi master John Hamley brought an echoless T7E in ultra-mint condition back to life. I would certainly send any unit to him, as he knows the design, and can do wonders from simple calibration to full rewire and rebuild.

This is what you get: a full assessment of your Binson’s condition from the dials to the motor, a full diagnosis of what needs to be done, a complete explanation of costs up front, and a thorough examination of your Binson to the schematics of the original product.

Once this is done John does his magic from his state of the art workshop. John knows Binson, I originally sent mine to a highly regarded shop in Chicago, but they had no experience and couldn’t tackle the job. John is an ELECTRICAL ENGINEER and can bring the Binson Echorec back to it’s full glory.

He is fairly priced and cares for his customers, from receipt of the unit until weeks after follow up. Why? Because he knows what he’s doing and he loves his work. In fact he will go over all repairs remotely via video conference on Skype with your unit – you can talk about everything relating to the project.

All John asks is CAREFUL packaging for the outbound and inbound trips. Our dear Binsons don’t like travel and need a safe journey – so take care in your packaging for shipment.

 **So my T7E was one of the “mystery” supposed PF Echorecs that appeared in the last 6 years or so. We will never know if it’s was real, but it is a vintage piece of gear that now sings in the full glory of our beloved drum echo. Cheers John Hamley and everyone who reads this awesome website, what a great resource!

Shine On!

Pete T.


3 responses to “Binson Echorec repair service review

  • Brunswick Amplifier LLC, John Hamley

    Thanks Pete very much. It was a pleasure to work with you and on your Echorec. I have to admit to being a little in awe of the machine if in fact it was truly the property of PF at some time in its life. Every Echorec is worth repairing, and having worked on many tape units as well now, Binson got it right with the magnetic drum. As I get time, I am hoping to work with a local machine shop to see if we can figure out a way to rewind the drums. That is the one service I cannot perform. Each unit that comes in brings its own challenges and I learn more with each repair.

    Keep up the cleaning and oiling!

    One last thing, the PO Box changed to “222” :o)

    Shine on

    John Hamley

  • Leigh took

    I need to get my Echorec serviced
    Can you recommend someone ?

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