T-120 VIDEOTAPE ECHO
The Sound of Nostalgia
Inspired by the garbled audio that accompanies worn-out and poorly aged budget bin video tape, the T-120 Videotape Echo gives you exactly the type of sound that you're hearing in your head when you look at it.
Feed your guitar through the T-120, and the recorded playback will be the sound of low bandwidth tape being fed haphazardly through a magnetic read head by an uncalibrated, unbalanced feed mechanism.
No DSP Involved.
The T-120 Deluxe is offered as an optional $80 USD upgrade to the T120 for those that want more out of them. It takes the features and sound of the standard model, and builds upon it, offering several additional features:
- Soft Switching
- Echo Trails
- Secondary Footswitch, enabling swells of the echo repeats. Swell function can be used even in bypass mode for momentary operation
- Stereo spread output via TRS output jack.
Please note that Tap Tempo is not currently an available feature, and will not be for the foreseeable future.
June 2020 Update: T-120 v2 & T-120 DLX v1.5
DLX: The updates to the DLX consist of 2 internal dip switches (accessed by removing the back panel), which allow you to select between trails on/off, and regular or random modulation.
Standard: The updates to the standard are a bit more comprehensive - soft switching, momentary activation, and 2 added 'secondary' parameters (Glide & Randomize) accessible by holding down the footswitch and adjusing the 'Depth' and 'Speed' knobs, respectively.
These controls let you adjust the smoothness of the modulation transitions (from pitch jumps to smooth pitch glides), and blend between a fully periodic, standard modulating waveform and a totally random one.
An illustration of these functions is shown in a plot below.
Prices & Options
T120 Standard: $220 USD / $290 CAD
T120 Deluxe: $300 USD / $400 CAD
Black Sparkle Finish: $20USD
Hand-Stamped Finish: $40USD
Polished & Hand-Stamped: $50USD
Aluminum Knobs: $15USD
Canada: $20 CAD, sent via Canada Post
USA: $30, sent via DHL (1-2 day transit time)
If you use a P.O. Box, USPS will be used instead.
Outside North America: $60USD, Sent via DHL when possible, or by airmail in rare cases when it is not.
Be aware that for non-North American residents, Customs charges may be applied upon import into your country.
Due to COVID-19, the T-120 Waiting List has been suspended for the time being. When things are a little more back to normal, I can try to see how well it works again going through the names of the people already on the list and taking orders, but I will not be taking any new names from here on out.
I tried to keep it going as long as I could, but after COVID-19 hit, I got far too many responses to my "your name has come up" email saying things like "I'm really sorry but I need to pass, I just lost my job and don't know how I'm even going to pay rent."
I could only take so much of people apologizing to me about their horrible situations before I hit the brakes.
So, for the time being and carrying on into the forseeable future, I will be selling T-120s in periodic drops on Reverb.
Real talk though - the waiting list was breaking down anyway. I was getting 3 emails per day from new people asking to sign up to it. And after a year, people getting to the top as often as not decided against purchasing. Not that I blame them. I don't know what I'll want for dinner let alone what I'll want a year from now.
Point is, it created an enormous amount of manual data entry and organizational/correspondence work that was almost entirely unnecessary given how in-demand the pedal was.
I was using a basic spreadsheet for my list, and I believe it only had the names of people who signed up before November 2019 (All emails onwards have been marked unread so that I knew where to pick up with data entry) so unfortunately I don't really have a way of sending a mass email to everyone on it to let them know about this suspension.
So... my bad.
TL;DR: The waiting list was great when I was relatively unknown, but the popularity grew and the tools didn't scale well.