TVS Specialty Products designs, manufactures and sells guitar effects units that emulate the sound of vintage magnetic drum and magnetic tape echoes such as Meazzi Echomatic, Binson Echorec, Meastro Echoplex, Klemt Echolette, Vox  and Roland.


In addition to information about the TVS1 and TVS3 echo units, this site contains a wealth of information for those interested in vintage effects and the music of Hank Marvin and The Shadows, including:


  • Details of the guitars, echo units and amplifiers used by Hank over the years.
  • A series of four tutorials on how to get “That Sound”.
  • A video demonstrating how Hank’s change in playing style has led to changes in his sound, using Apache as an example.
  • A video that lets you hear the sound of the various echo units used by Hank.
  • A juke box of most of the tunes of the Shadows from the early Stratocaster and Burns periods showing how close you can get to the original sound with current equipment.
  • Videos discussing which tunes were played on Stratocaster and Burns guitars (with some examples of tunes played on both guitars), and when flat wound strings might have been used (again with some comparisons).
  • Videos of some of the most iconic Shadows tunes.


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Here is an endorsement by Hank Marvin as quoted in Guitarist Magazine, August 2012:


Interview with Hank Marvin in Guitar Interactive Magazine (issue 28) following the release of his CD "Hank".


Interviewer (Lee Hodgson): Just coming back to your album again, I read on the liner notes, TVS echo?


Hank: Yes, that is a system that had been produced in Perth by Professor Paul Rossiter. He's always been a fan of the original echo box I used, the Meazzi sold by Jennings. He got the schematics to the preamp, made one and I tell you what the difference it made to the sound was interesting. His next step was to make a whole echo box: it's not the revolving drum as the original one is, it's all electronic but I tell you what it sounds really good. It sounds as close to the original echo box as I think is possible to get and to me it's a very authentic sound and that's the one I used on the Cliff and the Shads Reunion album and in fact on this album too, the Hank album.

As used by Hank Marvin on the 2009 - 2010 Tour


"As for now there's a guy over here in Perth, Professor Paul Rossiter, who's been a big Shadows fan since his teenage years and he always loved the sound of the Meazzi, so a few years ago he got the schematics for the preamp and built one. And even the preamp linked to the Echoes From The Past sounded better, because it captured some of the sound that the Meazzi had. He developed it further into a full-blown echo system, the TVS3 and when we were recording the stuff for the Cliff and the Shads reunion album I decided to try one out. -it sounded really good. I thought it sounded very authentic and, thanks to the preamp, slightly better than the Echoes From The Past system. I think its a combination of digital and analog technology, its incredibly quiet and again I can have the guitar tech to wind on at the end of each number into the next echo. I'm very impressed with that; its a really good system."

You can hear the sound of the various vintage echo units on the "Echoes From Then To Now" video.






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