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Hand built in Croatia. The Boonar echo.  ·  Source: http://dawnerprince.com/products/boonar

Boonar Multi Drum Head Echo Pedal

Side profile of the Boonar Echo.  ·  Source: http://dawnerprince.com/products/boonar

The Boonar is an effects pedal designed to deliver the sound and feel of the legendary Binson Echorec, a multi-tap magnetic drum echo unit. These very compact pedals are built in Croatia by Dawner Price Electronics. The idea is to recreate one of the classic echo units of yesteryear but in a modern, pedalboard-friendly format.

Judging by the sound demos on the Dawner Prince website, the Boonar is a very thick sounding echo/delay and Dawner Price Electronics have tried to achieve a pedal as close as possible to the old Binson Echorec units, but way below the huge prices these old vintage units currently change hands for. They seem to have used modern electornics to emulate the analogue signal path as of the original Echorec but using high voltage driven FETs as tube emulators and also replacing magnetic memory drum with a DSP unit. This runs DSP code that, according to their website, faithfully replicates all the characteristics of the old Binson memory system; they’ve dubbed it a ‘virtual magnetic drum’. I have to say, I do like the demo sounds I’ve heard on the web so far.

Using external controls as well as a set of internal DIP switches, you can control all of the following parameters:

External controls:

VOLUME echo/repeat/swell
BASS/TREBLE
SWELL
DRUM SPEED
DRUM AGE
INPUT CONTROL
PLAYBACK HEADS

LEVEL INDICATOR or ‘Magic Eye’

Via DIP switches and trim pots internally:

SWELL/REPEATS
TRAILS/TRUE BYPASS
DRY VOLUME
MODERN/ORIGINAL

That is a lot of parameters for such a small pedal! I honestly think perhaps they could have made it a little bit larger. Then they could have had the internal DIP switches and trim pots available on the outside of the unit as regular controls. With delays/echo of this type it can be more fun, and more creative, to be able to access all the parameters easily. I personally am not a fan of internal controls as it can be a hassle to adjust them. In a live scenario, of course, it would be impossible. It seems they’ve made a compromise between the unit’s size and accessibility of the parameters.

Price 349.95 USD

Manufacturer’s website:

http://dawnerprince.com/products/boonar

by Jef

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