The factory is located at the intersection of Via Fermi and Via Albert Einstein (the roads on this industrial estate are named after famous scientists) in Settimo Milanese, Milan, Italy—hallowed ground for Echorec enthusiasts. Sadly, Dr. Bini passed away two or three years ago at the time of writing this article (2013). Although Binson products are no longer manufactured, his daughter still owns the rights to the original “Binson” trademark.
Eric Snowball retired in 2011 and he passed away soon after in 2016, however the Binson story does not quite end here either as there’s another nice little tale to tell about an Italian engineer with a passion for vintage equipment named Marcello Patruno who happened to live nearby. He paid a visit the factory in 1982 to purchase a lot of several different Echorec models and a supply of new old stock parts with the intention of one day restoring his Binson Echorec units. He kept the parts for many years until the day he had the time to restore his Binson units. Although his first rebuilds were built to the original specification, he then went on to re-engineer and improve certain aspects of the design. Enhancements included an aluminium idler wheel for better stability, variable speed D.C. motor, longer delay time, wider frequency response, D.C. heaters in the tubes for lower noise—all housed in a sleeker, lower profile enclosure. A much improved specification over the original Echorec design. So, perhaps the Binson story will never end, at least not while there are a few diehard enthusiasts who are still using, adoring and working to keep these archaic, yet magnificient machines alive.
One final note. For Dr Bini super-quality was an absolute MUST. The Binson company manufactured every single component in house apart from tubes, heads and bolts. When asked if it would not have been cheaper to have chassis and wooden cases and moulded parts made by third party manufacturers, Dr Bini replied, “Sure it would have been cheaper, but then it would not be Binson stuff anymore!”.
Author’s note: Special thanks to David Bozzoni for kindly supplying a great deal of additional material to improve and expand this article. Very little information exists about Binson and I welcome any additional information, pictures or literature anyone can offer to supplement or improve this article.