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208 JIMI HENDRIX OCTAVIA PEDAL USED ON THE LIVE ALBUM BAND OF GYPSYS , 1970 AND ALBUM A gray painted wedge-shaped metal box made by electronics engineer Roger Mayer with two inputs labeled with a handwritten sticker to base reading IN/ VOLUME/ ON/OFF and OUT/OCTAVE. The Octavia is, in Mayer’s words “an electrical engineer imaging device” that produces infinite repeating natural tones. The pedal is accompanied by: - A letter from Roger Mayer dated 2000 confirming that he built the pedal in 1968 and that it was used by Jimi Hendrix. - A video of an interview with Mayer in 2020 showing him holding the pedal and confirming that this particular pedal was used by Hendrix on the 1970 live album Band of Gypsys . - A copy of the album Band of Gypsys showing Hendrix performing on the cover with the pedal on the stage in the foreground. - A video copy of Band of Gypsys showing the same image, signed by the photographer, Joe Sia. Mayer met Hendrix after seeing him perform at the Bag O’ Nails in London in 1967. The pair instantly hit it off, having a mutual interest in creating exciting new sounds and tones from a guitar. Shortly after, Hendrix debuted a prototype of the Octavia. He was sufficiently impressed to invite Mayer to Olympic Studios, resulting in the recording of the single “Purple Haze” featuring the Octavia for the first time. 3 by 6 1/4 by 3 1/2 inches $10,000-20,000 116 Rock 'N’ Roll