Guitar Pedals

History and Disclaimer

In 1995 I co-founded the Lovetone® effect pedals brand. Since leaving that business way back in 2008 I’ve continued to carry out the occasional servicing, repair and "stock" upgrades of those original pedals. These belong to various musicians and customers around the world, who are happy to pay me for my knowledge and experience of those old products. Given that I was the original electronic design engineer I can efficiently get them working and/or back to full spec again for a fair price (see ’Repairs’). I can also perform upgrade modifications from Mk 1 to Mk 2 specs on certain models, such as the Wobulator and Doppelgänger. Please note that I no longer have any connection or affiliation whatsoever with Lovetone®.

Also - unfortunately - because of the greatly inflated values the used Lovetone pedals now sell for on eBay®, Reverb® and the like, it has become an issue to be able to insure them adequately in transit. Please understand that the customer must now take full responsibility for this - both ways - and does so at their own risk.

Regarding Dinosaural®: Between 2002 and 2019 I ran a business called Dinosaural®, and during this period several guitar effects were manufactured under the Dinosaural® brand name: I can still service and repair these products as well. In 2018 I formed a limited company: Coggins Audio Ltd® to take over from Dinosaural® officially as of 1st April 2019 as the ongoing outlet for my various electronic and musical work. I had ceased to manufacture pedals for over five years, however there is now a new flagship product: “The Cogmeister’: a triple boost/overdrive. So the Dinosaural® brand/trade mark still exists, but now under the aegis of Coggins Audio Ltd®.

Through my company I have been working full-time (since August 2020) as the Analogue Design Engineer for Thorpy FX®, where we will continue to produce an expanded range including many more new and innovative guitar effect pedal designs - please visit their site www.thorpyfx.com

Dan Coggins
18th March 2022

  

Lovetone

In 1995 I co-founded the Lovetone® effect pedals brand. I left that business in March 2008 and no longer have any connection with it, except that I still service and repair the old products that I once designed for it, under my own steam. Due to limited time, resources and legal constraints and a desire to live more in the present and future, I regret I’m no longer willing to answer any more questions about my time aeons ago with Lovetone, so thanks for your understanding. Fortunately, for posterity here are some existing interviews I gave about my time in that company.

 

www.effectsdatabase.com/interviews/brands/lovetone

www.musicradar.com/news/historic-hardware-lovetone-pedals

 

Dinosaural

dinosaural guitar pedals

Between 2002 and 2019 I ran a manufacturing and repair business called Dinosaural®, and during this period several guitar effects were manufactured under the Dinosaural® brand name, which still exists as part of Coggins Audio Ltd®.

The new flagship product is the 'Cogmeister’ (TM) triple boost/overdrive as seen in the main photo above, which supersedes both the earlier, now-discontinued 'Tube Bender' and 'OPA-101’ pedals with a new ‘Drive’ circuit and goes much further by bookending it with an input treble booster (‘Push’) and an output midrange booster (’Solo’).

Email enquiries are welcome, though please note that these are being hand-built to order in small batches and that there will be a 50% up-front deposit required with a waiting list of likely many months. Please also note: the now-discontinued OTC-201 ‘Opticompressor' lives on in a new guise: as the Thorpy FX ‘Fat General’ Compressor and that happily, this works superbly well in conjunction with the new ‘Cogmeister’ (TM) to provide a comprehensive 'gain-structure and dynamics' package. Dinosaural ® is now a Registered Trade Mark of Coggins Audio Ltd. See more interview and article links below:

www.effectsdatabase.com/interviews/brands/dinosaural

www.musicradar.com/news/tone-makers-dinosaurallovetones-dan-coggins-the-whole-thing-was-art-meets-science

 

Repairs

For some years now I had been servicing, repairing and customising amps, pedals and occasionally guitars, vintage keyboards & synths, as well as hi-fi and studio gear. This proved a very interesting and rewarding experience for the most part, learning how musical gear does what it does and helping musicians and enthusiasts to get the best from it, whilst satisfyingly saving some from a scrapyard fate!

I have had to wind this right down recently, however, except for the occasional ongoing repairs and servicing of Lovetone® and Dinosaural® pedals, as a rule. The circumstances are now such that only a limited and select amount of repair work may continue, depending on the nature of the task and a slight bias towards interesting/prestige work nowadays. As a result of this, coupled with the current financial climate, I now charge a fixed fee parts and labour inclusive cost of £75 for the (out of warranty) Dinosaural® and smaller Lovetone® pedals and £100 for the larger Lovetone pedals, plus 40% extra for any upgrade switch/socket mods. These prices are PLUS return postage. My general/default rate is presently £50 per hour: minimum bench fee is 1 hour. A fixed 12-month warranty applies to all work done.

By all means contact me if you have an enquiry about service/repair work on the above brands or any other vintage analogue pedals (eg EH®, MXR®, Colorsound/SolaSound®, Ibanez®, Roland/Boss® etc). Also, older ‘classic’ tube amps and echo machines such as the Maestro® Echoplex, WEM® Copicat and Binson® Echorec are fair game, but sadly not the more complex and/or fiddly all-in-one service-unfriendly PCB stuff post-80’s and certainly no digital equipment — sorry!

I hereby reserve the right to exercise my discretion as to what I am prepared to work on and for whom. See my Instagram page ‘Coggins_Audio_Ltd' to view the latest on my products and activities. Email is my preferred method of contact.

 

Thorpy FX

Guitar Pedals

Back in the summer of 2013 I met Adrian and Georgia Thorpe of Thorpy FX Ltd® when I personally delivered a Dinosaural® pedal I’d sold to Adrian. As we lived locally to one another and it was a nice day, we decided to meet up at a country pub in Uffington, Oxfordshire (UK). We became friends and to cut a long story short, we’ve since collaborated on many unique effects designs which rapidly found their way into the Thorpy FX range of guitar pedals.

These include the ‘Deep Oggin’ chorus-vibrato, the ‘Fat General’ parallel compressor, the ‘Chain Home’ repeat percussion tremolo, ‘Team Medic’ EQ, ‘Fallout Cloud’ Fuzz, ‘Bunker' Overdrive, 'Field Marshal’ Fuzz, ‘Camoflange' analogue flanger and ‘Pulse Doppler’ analogue phaser/vibrato/tremelo, to name a few.

Now that I am working full time as Analogue Design Engineer for them as my chief priority, there will be many more to come, so watch out for these at www.thorpyfx.com

ThorpyFX's Adrian Thorpe and Dan Coggins answer our pedal questions


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