How Many Original Hermida Pedals Were There?

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  1. stads

    stads Silver Supporting Member

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    Hi all - I’m curious about the original pre-LovePedal Hermida pedals. Here’s what I know and what I don’t...

    Circuits Alf made:
    Mosferatu 3k
    Mosferatu 4K
    Zendrive (followed Mosferatu)
    Zendrive 2 (Tube)
    Grinder (earlier pedal in the company’s history, but I don’t know how early)
    Nu-Valve
    Distortion
    Dual Boost
    Reverb (big box) (belton brick inside, so couldn’t have been too old)
    Reverb 2
    Tiki Drive (I think the last pedal)

    I know that there was a high gain Zen (wood) and that there were some dual Mosferatus.

    Questions:
    What other circuits am I missing from the list?
    What was the order of their birth?
    How many “Grinder” pedals are out there?
     
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  2. coltonius

    coltonius Señor Member Silver Supporting Member

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    I believe the Mosferatu 3k preceded the 4k version and ultimately the Zendrive. It also makes sense that the Zendrive 2 followed the original. ;)
     
  3. stads

    stads Silver Supporting Member

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    Got it! Added above. Thanks!
     
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    stads Silver Supporting Member

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    Any Hermida experts out there? Does anyone know about the Hermida Grinder pedal? Thanks!
     
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    coltonius Señor Member Silver Supporting Member

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    This may be a tedious exercise, but you can try browsing through YouTube for the first instances of demos popping up.
     
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    stads Silver Supporting Member

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    I think this would have been back before there were many pedals demos (except Zvex?). It would have been before google bought YouTube.
     
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    Jack DeVille Gold Supporting Member

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    Grinder is such a cool name for a pedal.
    Never heard of it, but wow. What a great name. Makes me think of the Priest song.
     
  8. stads

    stads Silver Supporting Member

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    Ha! Yup. I still think “Junk Puncher” wins, but it’s up there.

    The Grinder is a cool sounding pedal and very Hermida-Ish (as his others all have a certain feel). Has two gain controls for different parts of the tonal range.
     
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    coltonius Señor Member Silver Supporting Member

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    stads Silver Supporting Member

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    @coltonius thanks for the info. I did see both of those pages already, but they don’t tell the story of this one - when in the order of Hermida pedals it was first made for example.
     
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    coltonius Señor Member Silver Supporting Member

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    The perhaps @MAGICboy can help, since he works with Alf.
     
  12. sanfi4u

    sanfi4u Silver Supporting Member

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    Well, Alfonso says in his Six String Soul 2004 interview that he started to work on both Mosferatu and Grinder designs at the same time. So it's 2003 and both pedals are the earliest Hermida designs.
    The Grinder pedal posted at Reverb was released 12 Feb 2004, not in December. Grinder was definitely out on the market by April 2004.
    It's a high gain distortion using 2 OpAmp gain stages in series with parametric bass EQ at the output. Controls are: Gain, Vol, Treble, Bass, Bass Gain. Here's a bit improved picture of the Grinder s/n 01.

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    Grinder was discontinued around September 2005. Hope this helps a bit.
     
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    stads Silver Supporting Member

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    Amazing. So this was an earlier design that didn’t stick in the line-up I guess. I can’t imagine that there are too many out there in the wild.
     
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    Csapo Gold Supporting Member

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    Zendrive SE. He also made a few in the Zendrive enclosure...
     
  15. stads

    stads Silver Supporting Member

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    Alf did? Or LovePedal did? I’ve never seen an SE in the metal Zendrive enclosure.
     
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    Csapo Gold Supporting Member

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    Alf did. He produced them upon request. They are marked "SE" on the inside of the enclosure...
     
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    coltonius Señor Member Silver Supporting Member

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    I thought they were a CME exclusive?

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    I wonder if the Grinder is related circuit-wise to the Tiki which also has two gain controls. The Tiki also has the voice control which may be an adaptation from the Zendrive and 4 knob Mosferatu pedals.

    hunter
     
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