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Lovepedal Hermida SNS Appreciation Thread Part Deux--The Ham Sammich Lives!

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by la noise, Mar 6, 2018.

  1. Oinkus

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    I have been lurking around TGP for a long time before I made an account to contact someone. Didn't do much until I joined the original thread and read it all. Might have earned the title of Everlasting Knowitall too. I see so much around TGP that people spout as gospel and it makes zero sense to me. Best advice I can give is learn to use what you already have.
     
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    I can't live by the "stay in the boat" philosophy, got too many irons in the fire, gear wise. In fact the "how do you store your guitars" thread has me rethinking storage, because I've run out of space and even "thinning the herd" isn't going to get me back where I need to be. Some great ideas on TGP. I went ahead and bought a bread cooling rack due to a "how do you store your pedals" thread, and it's helped rationalize that aspect of my collection a lot. Although it IS kind of concerning when I realize, not only do I have a full sheet pan of Lovepedals, but there's a few in other drawers, too (specialist delays, battery powered pedals for the other room, modulation).

    Back to the Beardsman... I picked up an older version a while back-it is a really good sounding circuit. Less in the vibrato/chorus effect line than in the "add some movement and widen out the image" kind of line. Really nice sounding. Maybe based on the Ibanez Dual Chorus? I dunno, but a different take on chorus for sure. I don't think it's digital, this was pre-Alf and I don't think Sean was doing digital. Probably a mono chorus with dual LFOs driving it?
     
  3. roquero

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    That was a great COT/Electra summary and should be a sticky in this thread.

    Funny enough, I used to have one of those Electra guitars with all the effects cartridges.

    I bought the whole set for 60 dollars at a garage sale. It was a decent guitar and the effects were good for that era (1980s). To think, I had a COT before they were invented!

    Unfortunately, that guitar was stolen from our van when we were on tour in Vancouver, Canada in 1987. I took it along as a backup to my Fender ‘72 Tele Deluxe, which also got stolen. The thieves must have been on foot, because they left my Mesa Boogie Mark IIB amp alone. Good thing that behemoth weighs over 50 LBS! The Vancouver cops were cool. After we filed the police report, they asked for one of our band’s stickers and stuck it on their patrol car!

    Your post got me to order the Joe Gore Gross pedal. Truth be told, I had been eyeing it a few months ago, but thought it was too expensive.

    But I just realized that I have spent twice that amount in buying Electra, i.e. COT, variants. With the Gross I can cover all those tones and more. Plus I have a pedal that’s built to last. Even though I don’t gig much anymore, I’d hate to rely on my SNS pedals for playing live.

    By the way, I just found out that Cusack Music in Michigan builds the Joe Gore pedals. Ironically, Cusack also builds Sean’s pedals! (Edit: they build the SMD pedals, not sure about the hand wired ones)

    Thanks Tabor, for the helpful info!
     
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    So Paul and the crew wwe hear about work at Cusack?
     
  5. roquero

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    I don’t know. I hear that Cusack builds pedals for several brands, besides Lovepedal, Hermida Audio, and Joe Gore. But I don’t know who they are or who works there.
     
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    Wait. What? I had no idea. Can anyone confirm this?
     
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    I should clarify: the SMD Lovepedals are manufactured by Cusack.

    I would guess the hand wired ones are done by Lovepedal.
     
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    Lovepedals used to be done by hand by Sean & team. At some point it was mentioned that some sub-contracts were done by Cusack, I believe Sean said that much a while ago about enclosures or PCB's or something similar. My memory is not very clear about this, but it's certainly not the first time Cusack manufacturing was mentioned. At this time it's entirely possible for more fabrication tasks to be done entirely by Cusack. They're not worse products because of this, it doesn't really matter as long as we like them.
     
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    The only connection I know of was the relay switch design of Cusack’s that Sean would pay a royalty on.
     
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    Yeah, I remember the soft switch relay that was a Cusack design and Sean licensed (or something). I also kind of recall some other collaboration being mentioned quite a ways back. Unfortunately, I can't remember any of the specifics- it's all kind of hazy!
     
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    Well whatever the relationship or whomever/wherever they’re produced, it’s Sean’s ears that get my money. The man knows tonez!
     
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    I believe this was the case with SMD about a dozen years ago (when some of the units had soft relays), but I don't know if it still holds true. Repeat: I don't know. But I haven't heard that for a long time.
     
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    I almost tipped it over on this thread.
    :argue :anon:bonk
     
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    The OD11 So Naked is incredible with P90s into Vox or Marshall circuits. Always has been. Lately I have been using the AMP808 almost exclusively....but oh my how I always love the OD11 into an English circuit.
     
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  16. roquero

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    From Joe Gore regarding his own pedal line:

    “Once I create the prototypes and schematics, the pedals are built by Cusack in Michigan. (They build for WAY more boutique brands than you think. Some companies keep it secret, but I'm proud of the association.)”

    Kudos to him for being open about it.
     
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    i do like this thread in that it reminds me of an older guitar shop in town that used to be a “hang”

    problem is im getting concerned that our shopkeeper is gonna be permanently absentee...

    i hope all is well in Seans world and that his employees are finding income in this lengthy break.

    the deletion of the LP insta account is concerning
     
  18. roquero

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    Hope he’s OK too.

    It’s always worrying when talented builders fall off the map. Tommy from Lumpy’s Tone Shop is a recent example.
     
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    Let me point you guys to dave barber and many others pointing at issues sourcing things like enclosures and common pedal parts in quantity during these times.

    I'm sure Sean would be no stranger to these issues right now too. So it's prob not possible to do a SNS right now...

    On the cusack front, there have been a few collabs over the years. Cusack is a mass production design genius and is also in Michigan. Just like Sean and Jack Deville\Mr. Black have been known to collab. Jack is known for many things outside his own brand. He designed the PCB layout for the OG belle epoch for example. and helped Sean with some of the digital LP pedals (60s reverb). And obviously Sean saved the day and picked up Alf Hermida's designs to manufacture when Alf couldn't keep up production. So Alf can keep doing martial arts instead of breathing solder fumes...I

    So it's funny to me how much camaraderie there is in the pedal industry when you pay attention. I guess just like there is as much beef about circuits and politics therein.
     
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    As I said earlier, I seem to recall Sean saying he has his PCBs made by Cusack and probably populated. It looks like I'm not the only one to remember the same thing. It shouldn't make a difference, they're great pedals. I love my Amp11, Eternity, OD11 and many others.
     

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