1968 Fender Echo Reverb Oil Can Delay

Discussion in 'Pedal/Effects Owners Clubs' started by separateness, Mar 29, 2020.

  1. separateness

    separateness TDPRI Member

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    Welp fellas, I pulled the trigger on an Oil Can delay unit. Should be here Friday. Seller says it worked and there was no ticking (an indication of a scratched dielectric plate--an irreplaceable part). I bought some of that fancy oil, too, just in case.

    Any one have one of these, any tips or tricks or things to inspect upon receiving? I know the disc and the heads are irreplaceable and the specifics of their manufacture is lost to history, so I will be very careful around those. Any tips on opening and sealing closed the oil can? I am almost afraid of this thing, because it is so precious.

    Also, I was thinking of adding some sort of speed control to the motor, perhaps PWM or some such thing, I will have to look into it. Or if any one has any ideas, that would be cool. I am pretty sure it is a shade-pole type induction motor, but I am not sure. The motor is not on any of the schematics I've seen.
     

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  2. Milspec

    Milspec Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I never really understood this idea. An electric motor sitting that close to the amp circuits is just begging for sound intrusion to the mix. They are very interesting from a historical aspect, but I can't see using one daily when there are so many good delay pedals out there. A cool conversation piece, but I would only use on occassion to show it off.

    My 2 cents anyway
     
  3. separateness

    separateness TDPRI Member

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    I don't play out and I only do home recordings and composition. The music I make is somewhat unconventional besides. I've had a number of delay pedals and this thing has fascinated me. I like the limitations imposed by the archaic technology and all the demos I've seen of it sound heavenly. Some noise doesn't bother me. I am probably the perfect person to use and own such a device.
     
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