How Many Original Hermida Pedals Were There?

stads

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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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coltonius

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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. ;)
 

stads

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Any Hermida experts out there? Does anyone know about the Hermida Grinder pedal? Thanks!
 

coltonius

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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.
 

stads

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

stads

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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.
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.
 

stads

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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.
 

sanfi4u

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@stads I’m kind of blown away by the perceived helplessness here. I mean..

Hermida Audio Grinder
https://reverb.com/item/2627781-her...hare&utm_campaign=listing&utm_content=2627781

The ad indicates the pedal was built December 2004.

This Effects Database entry is from 2006:

www.effectsdatabase.com/model/hermida/grinder#links

God helps those who help themselves, man.
@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.
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.


Grinder was discontinued around September 2005. Hope this helps a bit.
 

stads

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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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Alf did? Or LovePedal did? I’ve never seen an SE in the metal Zendrive enclosure.
Alf did. He produced them upon request. They are marked "SE" on the inside of the enclosure...
 

hunter

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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.
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
 

sanfi4u

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Zendrive SE. He also made a few in the Zendrive enclosure...
Alf did? Or LovePedal did? I’ve never seen an SE in the metal Zendrive enclosure.
Alf did. He produced them upon request. They are marked "SE" on the inside of the enclosure...
High Gain Zendrive Special Edition (SE) in a Cherry Wood case – Announced 10 May 2008 at NY Amp Show - Released 27 Nov 2008 – Limited edition – Only 130 pedals made. Sold out 8 Dec 2009. Original Price $250.


Hermida reissued Zendrive SE in a regular black/silver metal box in June 2010 ($225) and was building it upon request in 2010-2011.
 




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