1960s Watkins WEM Copicat MKII Valve Tape Echo Effects.
VintageHofner puts it perfectly – “It was designed by Charlie Watkins in 1958, apparently after he heard a similar sound effect generated by two linked studio quality tape recorders for the Italian singer Marino Marini. Following its introduction, the tape-echo sound revolutionised pop music during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, being behind the guitar sound of the top British bands including The Shadows. It also served a secondary purpose after being adopted for providing echo on vocals – the two volume controls acted as a rudimentary microphone mixer. These little machines sold by the thousand!!”
This is no exception to the rarity and build-quality of these favoured early valve Copicats!
We pride ourselves on our inspections and the professional service of each item, making this ready to plug in and play anywhere within the UK. It has had a couple of the caps and resistors changed that weren’t properly functioning.
This is in used condition, as pictured, and shows some signs of usage. It is also missing the back plate, as shown.
Still to this day this Copicats are having an impact on the sound of music! These originals exceed the quality of the new ones and are always on the increase in regards to collectability.
Come along and have a play!