New look for Zendrive

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  1. turtleheadblues

    turtleheadblues Senior Member

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    I know its mean not to post a pic but I got a ZD yesterday and it now has a metal faceplate with the logo and text on it. Looks stainless steel and changes with light and angle changes.

    VERY cool new look. Maybe Alf can post a pic.
     
  2. Jeff Flowerday

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    Cool, I hope mine is the same...

    It should be here any day.
     
  3. WailinGuy

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    My Zendrive is from one of the earliest batches made. I kind of like the white faceplate. It has a unique, understated appearance.

    BTW, does anyone know if the Zendrive can safely be run at higher voltage, such as 18 volts?
     
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    it can run at 18V but I don't think it will buy you much. I designed to run at 9V so people didn't have to debate which voltage to use or get new power supplies etc.

    Alf
     
  5. EL34

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    I received mine about 2 weeks ago - it also has the silver faceplate....looks great. Crazy good pedal too....:dude
     
  6. monacosis

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    Just got mine today and it's great! just what i was looking for. Thanks again Alf!

    here's a shot with another new box: FX Engineering MOAB (Mother Of All Boosts) clean boost. they make a great pair.

    [​IMG]

    mike
     
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    Nice!!! I wonder if the Mos is also getting the new look!?
     
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    yes, The Mos and the Zendrive 2 will also have new looks.

    Alf
     
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    Thanks, the 4-knob Mos is on my short list.
     
  10. tga-3

    tga-3 Supporting Member

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    Alf,
    Still lovin' my Zendrive. Going to see Robben Ford in October with John Mayall, word is Robben is playing a Les Paul thru his Zendrive and Super Reverb on this tour. I'm in the second row, can't wait! Any idea on when the Zen 2 will start shipping.
    Thanks,
    Rick
     
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    hopefully I can start building sometime next month.

    Alf
     
  12. WailinGuy

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    I decided not to try 18V. Last night I opened up my Zendrive and noticed there is a 100uF/10V electrolytic cap on the circuit board. I measured 9V across it (with the pedal being powered by a fresh 9V battery). I'm afraid to exceed the voltage rating of that cap.

    Here's another question: I also noticed that there is what appears to be a typical socketed 8-pin dual op-amp (with the lettering blacked out so I can't tell what the stock op amp brand/type is.) Can you recommend some alternate op amps to try out? In my case, I would be willing to trade off some gain to get better dynamics and note definition.
     
  13. drolling

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    And it is amazing what a difference swapping an op amp can make. I'm not interested in tweaking the voicing of my Zendrive, but recently got an eternity w/a TLO72 to replace the stock (unmarked) chip. Really does make a huge difference.
     
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    Speaking of the Eternity, I've been seriously considering ordering one. How does it compare with the Zendrive? Which would you say is more touch-sensitive? Which sounds more "amp-like"?
     
  15. drolling

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    very different animal. eternity's not a low gainer. I rarely set the drive on mine past 9 o'clock
     

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