Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe

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Only for true Echoplectics.  (By Jake)
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If you're a " True " Echoplectic. The BED is the last word on the EP3.
I, even found a loop of 1/4" tape inside ! Howard ? ( born 8/27/17)
So save your lunch money , beg borrow and steal if you must. This is your life giving water.....
Thank you Howard !!!! (Posted on 9/7/17)
Excellent Pedal!  (By Sewee)
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Ordered this immediately from PGS when it was released, as I was watching over and over... so I received one of the first units.

Preamp alone is worth so much as the "something something" Howard (the pedal designer) describes is there. It can be subtle, but adds a dimension and depth that is missing when the pedal is off. So much so that I don't miss the stereo spread from my Mesa rig (TriAxis, 395 with Lexicon and Eventide effects) that much. But the Epoch Deluxe into the front end and the with a PCM reverb out in stereo is a whole other world.

As far as the EP-3 sound it nails it without the noise. Been a long time since I've used one, but the memories never left. I actually have favored the Eleven Rack tape delay, as it has a great sound and modulation as well. Liked it over the original Belle Epoch but it is not exactly pedal board worthy...The Epoch Deluxe has what was missing from the Epoch for me and then some. And the Epoch is such a great pedal!

The other settings are icing on the cake, but the EP-3 sound is what I like and the reason for the purchase. Works great with an expression pedal. Oscillation button is great too.

It improves the sound of a Kemper into the front end with the preamp. Sounds great through the rack also. But it really makes the Road King II sound better in every channel. The amp doesn't sound right to me without the Deluxe preamp. Something is missing when it is off, with or without delay added. I have it set with the preamp on in bypass mode.

If you are looking for an EP-3 without the maintenance, this is it! And the price is great for all the features. I keep thinking I need to clean the heads and the tape path, and I can't figure out where to lube it... (Posted on 9/6/17)

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Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe

The original Belle Epoch was, to put it bluntly, a triumph. It was a semi-digital recreation of the Maestro Echoplex that sounded, by and large, like the original unit. But it was digital! Gasp! How can that be? Well, noted tone snob Eric Johnson had not one, but three on his board, set slightly differently. If it’s good enough for EJ, it’s good enough for just about anybody, and so the story goes.

However, there was still some room for improvement: How about that legendary preamp that exists within the Echoplex? How about the original’s odd operating voltage of 22 volts? What about an expression pedal? Well, friends, your prayers have been answered in the form of the Belle Epoch Deluxe.

For those wondering how Catalinbread managed to squeeze the mojo of the EP-3 into a box a tenth its size, wonder no longer. Aside from the tape cartridge itself, the Belle Epoch Deluxe isn’t an emulation, it is an EP-3 circuit. The iconic EP-3 preamp is present and accounted for, featuring the same pristine legendary tone found on countless records, and using the original 22-volt operating voltage, along with parts selected not only in accordance with component value, but also type and material. This precise recreation delivers authentic EP-3 tone using many of the original parts, giving you a tone you can feel and not just hear.

Additionally, the Echo Program knob presents you with six individual modes. Mode 1 is the stock EP-3 setting, voiced to sound like the classic unit. Modes 2 through 6 give you a dark analog delay, rotary-speaker affected repeats, repeats run through a sweepable resonant filter, and two separate Deluxe Memory Man settings with different modulation effects on each mode. Each mode has a specific modulation type that is controlled by the Depth knob, as well as one that is controlled by expression pedal when the toggle is set to the left.

The expression pedal jack allows you to plug in and really take advantage of the Belle Epoch Deluxe as a performance tool rather than a pedal. The V/D toggle changes whether or not your expression pedal controls the Delay Time control, or the special function outlined on each mode.

An internal trimpot lets you set the feedback intensity, for use with the Echo Osc[illation] footswitch on the front. Pressing this switch lets the repeats run away at an alternate intensity for anything from some expressive blasts of feedback that showcase the sound of the Belle Epoch Deluxe, or a subtler setting. Want true bypass or trails? How about both? A special slide switch on the inside lets you choose. And not to worry: no special adapters are needed to convert your voltage to the requisite 22—it’s all taken care of by the internal circuitry. Just plug in your standard nine volt adapter and away you go.

Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe Features:

  • Exacting recreation of the Maestro EP-3 with 5 alternate modes
  • Delay Time ranges from 80 to 800 milliseconds, just like a real EP-3
  • Original preamp operating voltage of 22 volts with period-correct parts
  • Standard 9v center-negative power operation (adapter not included, 200mA current draw) no special adapters are needed to convert the voltage to 22v DC
  • Expression jack and toggle let you change between hands-free parameters
  • Made in USA

 

warranty

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  • Fast turnaround.
  • We kick them, stomp on them, toss them and play them hard. They can take it. But on occassion a pedal may break down on us. PGS offers a One-Year Platinum Replacement Warranty that covers all new pedals purchased with us from manufacturer defects. Any manufacturer's defect in your pedal within one year of purchase will result in the replacement of that pedal free of charge. Units returned defective due to user error or incorrect powering resulting in a non-functioning pedal are not covered under our replacement policy.  In this case please contact the manufacturer for repair.

    Please contact us for more details on this policy or if you would like to use this policy on an item your purchase with us in the last year. (503) 670-4949.

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  • Buy with confidence.
  • Hassle-free warranty replacement.
  • Fast turnaround.
  • We kick them, stomp on them, toss them and play them hard. They can take it. But on occassion a pedal may break down on us. PGS offers a One-Year Platinum Replacement Warranty that covers all new pedals purchased with us from manufacturer defects. Any manufacturer's defect in your pedal within one year of purchase will result in the replacement of that pedal free of charge. Units returned defective due to user error or incorrect powering resulting in a non-functioning pedal are not covered under our replacement policy.  In this case please contact the manufacturer for repair.

    Please contact us for more details on this policy or if you would like to use this policy on an item your purchase with us in the last year. (503) 670-4949.

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