Best budget tape delay pedal

joetelejoetele Frets: 136
Ok chaps, I already have a couple of delay pedals, one with tape setting but they'll be used earlier in the chain, so I'm looking for a reasonably priced tape delay to go after reverb and looper - don't mind if it's a multifunction delay with tape setting...

(Of course I could just buy another Digitech Digidelay I suppose) 

What say/have ye?
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  • TheMarlinTheMarlin Frets: 1428
    The Belle Epoch is nice. And can be had for reasonable money used. 

    For pedal order, I would suggest delay, then reverb, then looper. 
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 136
    TheMarlin said:
    The Belle Epoch is nice. And can be had for reasonable money used. 

    For pedal order, I would suggest delay, then reverb, then looper. 
    Thanks. I know what the standard pedal order should be - I just like changing the order for different effects. Using effects after loops can get some fantastic sounds. 
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  • UnclePsychosisUnclePsychosis Frets: 5306
    edited October 18
    Depends what you mean by reasonably priced...

    There's a the Boss RE-20 which is excellent but costs about £150 second hand. Recently a Nux pseudo-clone of it has appeared which is half that price and is apparently quite good but I've not tried one. 

    Cheaper, you can pick up the Digitech Obscura which has a nice tape mode on it. 

    Also, shout out to the DOD Rubberneck which Thomann are selling very cheap at £110 right now. Not strictly a tape delay but anyone buying an analogue voiced delay right now should check them out. 
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 136
    Depends what you mean by reasonably priced...

    There's a the Boss RE-20 which is excellent but costs about £150 second hand. Recently a Nux pseudo-clone of it has appeared which is half that price and is apparently quite good but I've not tried one. 

    Cheaper, you can pick up the Digitech Obscura which has a nice tape mode on it. 

    Also, shout out to the DOD Rubberneck which Thomann are selling very cheap at £110 right now. Not strictly a tape delay but anyone buying an analogue voiced delay right now should check them out. 
    Cheers Unc - I'm good for analog delay, just need the tape setting to stretch reverbs out and create ambient pads. I think maybe another Digidelay would be good as it's got a great tape setting plus the extra looper function. I've got one after a Ditto X2 at the moment to mess with the loops but I'm moving it back to the middle of the board rather than at the end, so need another. 
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  • jpttaylorjpttaylor Frets: 332
    The tape setting on the Marshall Echohead is fantastic - it's not adjustable beyond time, feedback etc but it sits really well in the mix. I think they can be had for about £30-40 used. 
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    jpttaylor said:
    The tape setting on the Marshall Echohead is fantastic - it's not adjustable beyond time, feedback etc but it sits really well in the mix. I think they can be had for about £30-40 used. 
    I'm always intrigued by these Marshall pedals but after the first one I owned gave up the ghost after a week, I never really went back to them. Which is a shame because they have tons of useful sounds. 
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  • jpttaylorjpttaylor Frets: 332
    joetele said:
    jpttaylor said:
    The tape setting on the Marshall Echohead is fantastic - it's not adjustable beyond time, feedback etc but it sits really well in the mix. I think they can be had for about £30-40 used. 
    I'm always intrigued by these Marshall pedals but after the first one I owned gave up the ghost after a week, I never really went back to them. Which is a shame because they have tons of useful sounds. 
    I'd read the same when I bought mine actually, but being a bit naive about pedal reliability, it didn't put me off - I can only go on personal experience, but my Echohead and Reflector have been running solidly for about 8 years now.
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 136
    jpttaylor said:
    joetele said:
    jpttaylor said:
    The tape setting on the Marshall Echohead is fantastic - it's not adjustable beyond time, feedback etc but it sits really well in the mix. I think they can be had for about £30-40 used. 
    I'm always intrigued by these Marshall pedals but after the first one I owned gave up the ghost after a week, I never really went back to them. Which is a shame because they have tons of useful sounds. 
    I'd read the same when I bought mine actually, but being a bit naive about pedal reliability, it didn't put me off - I can only go on personal experience, but my Echohead and Reflector have been running solidly for about 8 years now.
    I'm definitely tempted - I did have a Reflector before, but it was one of the early ones. You'd hope they'd improved it by now. 
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  • telehacktelehack Frets: 52
    Ibanez DE-7 in the echo setting. It's a bit of a cult classic. One on ebay at the moment - no affiliation.
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 136
    telehack said:
    Ibanez DE-7 in the echo setting. It's a bit of a cult classic. One on ebay at the moment - no affiliation.
    I ordered one of these from Ebay before and it didn't work when it turned up - (I don't have much luck) but I do plan to grab another, as they're great pedals. I miss the weird stuff from the 90s like Ibanez and DOD (and earlier Digitech stuff) 
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 7280
    Foxgear Echosex Baby? In Andertons for £100, someone has one on here for £80 nearly new. I guess not strictly a tape style delay as the Echorec ( from which it is very distantly derived) had a magnetic drum rather than tape but in that ballpark and it looks shiny. SHINY!

    The NUX Tape Core is the Boss tribute pedal but doesn't seem to quite do the crazy stuff ( may not be a problem) and you need to plug it into the online editor to use the built in reverb and do more detailed changes).   
    Dum dum dum, dum dum de dum, dum dum dum, dum dummmm.
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  • Matt_McGMatt_McG Frets: 109
    The Obscura really is good. I now have a Skreddy Echo beside it for more ambient delay but for simple tape delay the Obscura is really good.
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  • Matt_McGMatt_McG Frets: 109
    You can get really close to Skreddy with the Obscura, too, for ambient stuff. Highly recommended.
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  • DannyPDannyP Frets: 775
    Nux Tape Core is cheap and cheerful.
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  • TheMarlinTheMarlin Frets: 1428
    DannyP said:
    Nux Tape Core is cheap and cheerful.
    Seconded. 
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 136
    Thanks for the replies, all - will be investigating once I've sold a couple more pedals 
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  • solarsolar Frets: 58
    joetele said:
    telehack said:
    Ibanez DE-7 in the echo setting. It's a bit of a cult classic. One on ebay at the moment - no affiliation.
    I ordered one of these from Ebay before and it didn't work when it turned up - (I don't have much luck) but I do plan to grab another, as they're great pedals. I miss the weird stuff from the 90s like Ibanez and DOD (and earlier Digitech stuff) 
    I have one for sale in the classifieds if you’re still looking! :)
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 136
    solar said:
    joetele said:
    telehack said:
    Ibanez DE-7 in the echo setting. It's a bit of a cult classic. One on ebay at the moment - no affiliation.
    I ordered one of these from Ebay before and it didn't work when it turned up - (I don't have much luck) but I do plan to grab another, as they're great pedals. I miss the weird stuff from the 90s like Ibanez and DOD (and earlier Digitech stuff) 
    I have one for sale in the classifieds if you’re still looking! :)
    Cheers dude - I've had my eye on it for sure, just need to sell some stuff first. 
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  • solarsolar Frets: 58
    I'll chuck in another good option - Line 6 Echo Park. Great sounding tape delay - especially useful if you want to leave it on all the time because the combination tap tempo and bypass footswitch is godawful.
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 136
    solar said:
    I'll chuck in another good option - Line 6 Echo Park. Great sounding tape delay - especially useful if you want to leave it on all the time because the combination tap tempo and bypass footswitch is godawful.
    Yeah, I've been intrigued by a lot of those old Line 6 pedals. Those and the ibanez Tone Lok ones remind me of when I started really getting into pedals. 
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  • joetele said:
    jpttaylor said:
    The tape setting on the Marshall Echohead is fantastic - it's not adjustable beyond time, feedback etc but it sits really well in the mix. I think they can be had for about £30-40 used. 
    I'm always intrigued by these Marshall pedals but after the first one I owned gave up the ghost after a week, I never really went back to them. Which is a shame because they have tons of useful sounds. 
    I’ve had the same issue. Two Marshall delays and one chorus pedal all died on me, so I wouldn’t buy them again or be able to recommend them for long term reliability.
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 136
    joetele said:
    jpttaylor said:
    The tape setting on the Marshall Echohead is fantastic - it's not adjustable beyond time, feedback etc but it sits really well in the mix. I think they can be had for about £30-40 used. 
    I'm always intrigued by these Marshall pedals but after the first one I owned gave up the ghost after a week, I never really went back to them. Which is a shame because they have tons of useful sounds. 
    I’ve had the same issue. Two Marshall delays and one chorus pedal all died on me, so I wouldn’t buy them again or be able to recommend them for long term reliability.
    That's my fear too, and it's a pisser because they're such well-featured, good-sounding pedals. 
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  • tone1tone1 Frets: 1636
    Line 6 M5...Delays were really good..Small footprint and £50 ish  :)
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    tone1 said:
    Line 6 M5...Delays were really good..Small footprint and £50 ish  :)
    I wish I could find one for £50ish! 
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  • tone1tone1 Frets: 1636
    joetele said:
    tone1 said:
    Line 6 M5...Delays were really good..Small footprint and £50 ish  :)
    I wish I could find one for £50ish! 
    Ah.... I think my last one on here was £50 but that was a few years ago... have they gone up a bit?
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 136
    tone1 said:
    joetele said:
    tone1 said:
    Line 6 M5...Delays were really good..Small footprint and £50 ish  :)
    I wish I could find one for £50ish! 
    Ah.... I think my last one on here was £50 but that was a few years ago... have they gone up a bit?
    I haven't seen one on here....but they're about £80+ elsewhere. How do they compare with the Zoom MS-50 / MS-70 units for sound quality? 
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  • tone1tone1 Frets: 1636
    I haven't tried any Zoom's....The M5 has great delays...Couple of the drives were ok. Generally great for the odd sound that you wouldn't normally splash out on a separate pedal for, that you might use once in a blue moon.  :)
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 136
    tone1 said:
    I haven't tried any Zoom's....The M5 has great delays...Couple of the drives were ok. Generally great for the odd sound that you wouldn't normally splash out on a separate pedal for, that you might use once in a blue moon.  :)
    That was the benefit of the old Zoom I had - could get fairly decent copies of Boss Slicer, Bitcrusher and a good reverse reverb. And considering the price and form factor the quality was fairly decent. 
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  • GrunfeldGrunfeld Frets: 2711
    joetele said:
    I haven't seen one [Line 6 M5] on here....but they're about £80+ elsewhere. How do they compare with the Zoom MS-50 / MS-70 units for sound quality? 
    Quite a superior sound -- I've always thought delays were what Line 6 did best. 
    The biggest hassle I've had with the M5 is that it needs 500mA to work properly. 
    The pedal would be ideal on my small gigging board but I can't power the thing.

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    Grunfeld said:
    joetele said:
    I haven't seen one [Line 6 M5] on here....but they're about £80+ elsewhere. How do they compare with the Zoom MS-50 / MS-70 units for sound quality? 
    Quite a superior sound -- I've always thought delays were what Line 6 did best. 
    The biggest hassle I've had with the M5 is that it needs 500mA to work properly. 
    The pedal would be ideal on my small gigging board but I can't power the thing.
    I think between the stuff I have and a pedal I'm getting back from a friend I should have delays covered now - my Digidelay can go back to Tape duty as well as occasional short loops 
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