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FK CNCR October 22 2014

FK CNCR, a modified version of the esteemed Iceverb reverb pedal. Modifications by Jack Deville (Mr. Black) with additional assistance from Philippe Herndon (Caroline Guitar Company). This is a limited release of 100 pedals, with all proceeds going to The Whiteside Institute for Clinical Research, a joint effort between St. Luke's Hospital and the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth.
On May 20, 2014 my father, Daniel Erspamer, was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer with metastasis to the bone. Under the care of Dr. Goueli, (director of St. Luke's Regional Cancer Center) treatment began on May 28, with radiation to a tumor on the lower spine that was causing problems. After 10 radiation treatments, and multiple x-rays, scans, and an MRI or two, chemo was started with the hopes of extending his life expectancy beyond 6 months. In mid August, Dad developed intense pain in mid back and along his left side. After another chest CT, a compression fracture in the spine was found.
Chemotherapy was put on hold to do radiation to the spine. CT also showed that the lung tumor was decreasing in size, but cancer had spread to the liver, kidneys and more bone involvement.
Dr. Goueli was happy with lung tumor response, but shocked with the other growth. A new combination of chemo drugs was started in the hopes of slowing this very aggressive, out of control cancer. At this point Dad started having problems maintaining a platelet level that would allow further chemo. During the first part of October, additional symptoms developed that suggested new tumors to the upper spine and possible brain involvement. At this time Dad made the decision to stop further treatment, and 2 weeks later, my father passed away on October 23, 2014. Dr Goueli, head of the oncology unit of St. Luke’s hospital, gave Dad the best care available, always listening to him, and did everything possible to give him the quality of life he wanted for his final days. Dr. Gouli will be opening his own research lab in the near future with the help of the Whiteside Institute for Clinical Research. All proceeds from the sale of this pedal will help him with this.
Early on in his treatment I tried to figure out what I could do. Being the relative of a cancer patient is a struggle as there is nothing really you can do other than be there for support. Lotus Pedals has been involved in numerous charitable events over the years, and after talking with my Dad and hearing him praise the doctors for their care and treatment, especially Dr. Goueli, I decided to pursue a donation to help with research in hopes of eventually finding a cure.
Shortly before all of this went down, I had been talking with Jack Deville, who owns an Iceverb and had requested to schematic to see if he could push it a little bit further. I then asked Jack if he would be alright with me doing a benefit with his modification and he graciously agreed. After I had the changes and built a prototype, I was unsure of the results, and frankly the project was reaching a little too close to home. I then contacted Philippe and sent him the proto for evaluation. Philippe and I went back and forth on little things that could be done to improve the pedal. The Spring mode is basically the same as the standard Iceverb with the original control all the way up, while the Hall mode incorporates the Jack Deville mod.
Curtis Kent Demo:
We would like to thank:
Jack Deville—Mr. Black Pedals
Philippe Herndon—Caroline Guitar Company
Brian Hamilton—smallsoundbigsound
Jamie Stillman—Earthquaker Devices
Blake Wright—www.gearphoria.com



Snowjob Ge September 10 2014

Introducing the Snowjob Ge, Based off of the Snowjob design, yet a completely new pedal.  Utilizing an AC187 germanium transistor hand selected for gain and leakage, a matched pair of 1N34A germanium diodes, and Mullard Tropical Fish capacitors.The Clean Mode (toggle to the left) is similar to the standard Snowjob, it offers a full rich sound, but with more warmth and bottom end, not unlike you would expect from a germanium transistor. The "yellow snow" mode (toggle to the right) is more aggressive and grittier than the standard version.
 Limited run of 30 pedals. Available soon only at Vintage King Audio.

SNOWJOB December 23 2013

SNOWJOB, a dual mode underdrive, what the hell is an underdrive you ask, hold on, we will explain.  An underdrive is similar in function to an overdrive, except instead of driving the amp it drives from the guitar, adding harmonic content to fill the space between the notes.  The SNOWJOB is a dual mode underdrive, with the toggle to the left (white snow mode) the pedal is extremely transparent, almost acting like a boost, but full and rich with headroom to spare.  With the toggle to the right (yellow snow mode) the pedal is a bit more aggressive, adding musical harmonic clipping to the spaces between the notes, like a tube amp on the brink of destruction, right in that sweet spot.

 

Available January 15th, 2014  pre-orders start December 30th, 2013.  Sign up for our mailing list for details.

 

Huge thank you to our friend Philippe Herndon from Caroline Guitar Company for the help with the terminology, with out our conversations the underdrive would not have been born.

 


THD+N November 10 2013

The newest pedal in the Lotus line, the THD+N (total harmonic distortion + noise) will be available Black Friday.  A unique fuzz/overdrive pedal that adds harmonic distortion to your guitar signal.  Two knobs, tones of tones, the left knob is the harmonics knob that ranges from a very lo-fi sound to all out fuzz.  As you turn it clockwise it goes from even order harmonics (2nd, 4ths, 6ths) to odd order harmonics (3rds, 5ths, 7ths) to create a very musical fuzz tone for your guitar.

Iceverb June 30 2013

The long awaited reverb pedal, ICEVERB, is finally complete and will be going into production very soon, with July 31st set for the release date.  A demo video and more detailed description are also in also in the works.  There will be a limited pre-sale offer to mailing list subscribers, so be sure to sign up!


 


Almost one year in the making, the Iceverb is a digital reverb pedal with analog voicing and a unique control that allows you to dial in just how much sparkle you need. 


Summer NAMM June 14 2013

 

 We are pleased to announce that we will be showing at the Summer NAMM show in Nashville, TN.  The show runs July 11-13.  We will be located in booth # 1073, you can find out more about the show here.


Circuits to Cure Cancer April 26 2013

 The Circuits to Cure Cancer Auctions are on now, though do not worry you still have time to bid and win any of the killer pedals.   We created the limited edition (only 2 being made) Panic Switch Overdrive especially for this event.  A medium gain drive that verges on fuzz when the knob is all the way up.  Extremely touch responsive and cleans up well with the guitar’s volume control.  You can bid on this pedal as well as pedals by many other fine builders on Ebay.

 

 

 

Big shout out to Blakemore Effects for organizing this fantastic event!

 

Panic Switch April 15 2013

 Something special we have been working on for the Circuits for a cure benefit auction.