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were, “I want this.” We explained we would have some production units in a couple of months. Eddie said, “No. I want THIS,” pointing to our only circuit board. A sort of “tug-o-war” ensued. We needed our only circuit board back. Eddie wanted the analog delay—right now! At this point we were pretty sure we had a winning product. late ‘40s. The foot switch was a sculpted block of wood with a lamp switch mounted in it. The shape was perfect, just too large. We shrunk it, but retained the artful shape. We designed the housing so all of the electronics mounted on an “L” shaped piece that covered the top and back end of the pedal. I decided we should paint the top and bottom cabinets opposing colors, to get a two-tone look, so it would stand out on someone’s board or if you saw it online or in a store. The knobs were taken from a Danelectro amp in the early ‘50s; we shrunk them to fit the pedal. Our first “Pride of Texas” prototype was a monster, and everybody loved it. But, no, we did not take it anywhere near Van Halen’s house. -----Steve Ridinger Fast forward to 2017: Danelectro has sold 1,500,000 pedals. We wanted to do something new but it had to be really great. The tone had to be stellar, the construction bullet proof, and the cosmetics had to be a work of art. I must admit I don’t love super gain-y pedals, so we labored for about 18 months on a medium gain pedal with killer tone. The enclosure was inspired by a footswitch that shipped with Danelectro amps in the ToneRepor t .com 35