This is the piano break from "Layla" done with a 1957 strat/bridge PU-->TTE -->1965 Princeton Reverb-->2x12 20watt vintage Celestion cab mic'd with a Royer 121 Ribbon.
Tube Tape Echo
Here's a sound clip of my tune "Topanga", the clean '57 Strat/Deluxe Reverb track (panned right) is drenched in the TTE.
Here's a sample of a Strat > TTE > Deluxe Reverb amp from a song off my forthcoming release.
Puget Sounds is an instrumental featuring a great fretless bass solo by Jimmy Johnson with Chas McClure on drums. There's extensive use of the Fulltone Tube Tape Echo on this one, and Edward Roth on 1956 Hammond B-3. Hollowbody Tele with PAF humbuckers > GT-500 > TTE > Fender Reverb Tank > Deluxe Reverb.
Tube Tape Echo
There is nothing funnier than the makers of this new wave of digital and chip-based delays claiming to "sound like a tape echo." One after another they pop out the same old digital and bucket-brigade delays with a few new bells and whistles that supposedly "emulate the warble and tape head saturation of a tape echo" ...Bull$#^%. That only flies with someone who has never played a good tape echo. For those of us who know and care, there's no substitute... so settle for an approximation if you must, there's nothing wrong with that... but please spare me the rhetoric.
Please take this in the tongue-in-cheek manner it's presented... but PLEASE DO heed the advice within.
- You should not buy a Tape Echo if you've ever asked the following:
"Can I run a TTE on batteries?" or if you've tried to return a "broken pedal" only to find out the batteries were dead.
- You should not buy a Tape Echo if you don't have past tape echo experience.
- You should not buy a Tape Echo as your "gig echo" unless you have experience with tape echos as your gig echo. You most likely do not understand how to operate it, how to maintain it, and most importantly, what to do when something goes wrong. It's like someone thinking they want a real tape recorder in their studio, and then they buy a tape machine and soon the reality sets in that they have to adjust it, align it, clean it, maintain it, understand how it works, etc. It's a commitment!
We make between 4 & 7 TTE's per week, it is not a "bread & butter" item, and I don't make enough profit on them to want to make more than that.
Regards - Michael Fuller
Now available for the TTE (models mfg. Aug 2012 and later), the TTE footswitch!
Audio samples are available on the left. Some video samples are available in the Fulltone video gallery.
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The TTE Uses Only Fulltone-Branded Tubes
We now use only the excellent Fulltone branded 12AX7's for V1 and v2 position and recommend the Fulltone 12AU7 for v3 "Erase function" in the TTE. BTW, you cannot use any other ERASE Tube but ours, the JJ, or Shughuang 12AU7 or the unit will not erase fully and will hiss. We sell the Fulltone 12AX7 & !2AU7 in a convenient tested/matched trio for the for lowest noise and completely transparent tone. You will get shrill highs or excessive mids with most any other current production tubes when used in v1 & v2 positions in your TTE.