1960 Wem Copicat Mark 1


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1960 valve Wem Copicat

A superb example of this ground breaking piece of British audio engineering.

The most famous Tape-Echo Unit in Britain, and possibly in the World, the Copicat also happens to be the first repeat-echo machine manufactured as one compact unit. 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.

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