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There're a lot of things that go into the "feel" of an analog delay. All too often in a digital delay you get a TON of bandwidth on the repeats, and while that is a sound to be had, it's not a natural echo which will tend to destroy the high end.
A number of modern digital delays (e.g., Lexicon, T.C. Electronic, etc) provide algorithms which work to emulate the high-end loss, but it's not the same sound as you will get from a bucket brigade (analog) delay line.
There's a lot to the "feel" of an analog delay. Most of them allow you to have a large amount of freedom with input level and how the input level will affect the end sound of the delay. You can easily play an analog delay as part of your instrument and extract different responses based on input levels and harmonic content. In a digital delay, "many times" the algorithmic magic is done after the input signal is sampled and there isn't a lot of attention paid to listening to the input to allow it to affect the output.
But, in general you will not find things in an analog delay such as rhythmic ping pongs (there are exceptions to this!), reverse slap, delay levels that climb on odd repeats, perfect chromatic detunings, etc. These are features that are best left to the digital brethren and the world of DSP coding.
What you do get in an analog delay is a VERY smooth character, and a handling that is VERY different than a digital machine.
There is CERTAINLY a price to pay for this, but given the proper windfall, or putting off the purchase of that MicroModular, the fun can be yours. :)
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