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Hey there. I got some 1/4" endless loop tape from a guy here in town that sells to radio stations all over the country. The back is lubricated. I cut about a 13 ft run of it and spliced it at 45 degrees. The splice looks great. The ends meet perfectly etc. I then threaded the tape through the unit according to the diagram (much easier than I expected it to be since it just sort of feeds itself in to the tape bay area once you thread it so long as you guide it properly). However, there is no effect. <BR> <BR>The way I understand it, the side of the tape that is somewhat more dull than the other is the side that goes agaist the heads. That's the way I tried it first at least. I then tried threading it the other way (shiniest side against the heads). Still I get no effect. I have my guitar plugged in to the instrument jack and an amp plugged in to the output jack. The normal output is working fine just no effect threaded either way. BTW the splice joining the two ends... There is not anything funky about the way you connect them is there? I have the splice tape placed on the shinier side so that the dull sides are joined together. In other words, there is no splice tape on the dull side.
Another question too: Is it possible that the unit is stuck in an echo disabled mode? I know there is a pedal jack there to turn the effect on and off so jujst wondering if it perhaps the effect is actually turned off. BTW there is a red LED just beneath the echo knob.
I looked closer at my tape.. it was not spliced quite right. Instead of the two ends meeting there is actually an overlap. It is a very small overlap, but would this screw things up? BTW I got a small pedal to switch the effect on and off so unless its the tape splice problem I think this unit is failing?
Try all inputs, make sure "intensity" and <BR>"echovolume" is turned up high, try all <BR>postions in the big head-selector, make <BR>sure the tape rools, knock gently at the <BR>box when you try new button-kombinations, <BR>(this can reveal cold solderings), the <BR>foot-controller can usually only by-pass <BR>as long as connected, I dont believe the <BR>tape is coarsing the total silence you <BR>describe, turn and push all buttons <BR>several time internal dirt can appear <BR>if it has bee out of funcktion some time <BR> <BR>HM
Thanks much for your advice. Unfortunately for me, I have tried your suggestions with no success. I looked closely at the heads on the unit. The head closest to the front of the unit has two little dark colored stripes. The remaining heads are just silver... it looks as if the dark colored stripes have been worn off or something? I am not sure if this matters or not. The weird thing is yep, there is total silence regarding the echo unit going through my amp. When the tape is rolling I do not hear it out of my amp at all. I can cut the Echo on and off and notice absolutely no change in sound, other than the click through the amp when it powers on and off. I tried moving the dial around. I can hear pops and hissing in the amp when I turn those dials as well. There are six settings and I tried them all. Turned the echo volume, intensity, etc. to max. I paid 300 bucks for this thing (Ebay). The guy is willing to refund me it seems. I do not mind having to pull a few tricks to get it working, but if this thing is beyond hope then I will just return it asap.
Another update! Well, if you have seen a space echo 150 then you know there are multiple outputs. There is one output that just reads 'echo' and one that is 'direct'. If not using the 'echo' jack then the 'direct' jack is supposed to be direct sound + echo effect. Anyway.... what I did was plug my amp in to the 'echo' jack. The amp is a fender blues junior. Usually I play that thing at volume around 2 and it is plenty loud for me. Well I found that when plugged in to the 'echo' jack the amp gets very quiet. I cranked the volume up to 10 and could barely hear the sound coming out of the amp but guess what... the echo effect was working on it! It was definitely working. The adjustment knobs were changing the delay around etc. just as expected. This does not solve my problem however. I wish not to turn my fender blues junior amp to max volume only to faintly hear an echo effect <IMG SRC="http://www.interruptor.ch/cgi-bin/discu ... /happy.gif" ALT=":)"> Why is the echo effect not being applied to the 'direct' output jack?
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