I figured that Hank would be the first one to spot it...it has been flashing on our new HB banner ad for 3 days now...good to know just how much attention people pay to those things!
The prototype has existed for about 2 weeks now...we are taking this one nice and slow. The grinder is based around a 38mm conical burr as used in the Ascaso "i" grinders with the outer burr installed in an aluminum carrier. Top bronze bearing and a second bronze bearing just above the burr. Bottom stepless adjuster by screw and locked with a wing nut. It started out smaller but I insisted that I be able to hold it in my hand by the hopper/tube, so that part grew to 4 1/2". The screw on catch cup is a 6 0z jar and that grew it a bit more.
We are currently going through a "try and break it" stage and it is holding up to abuse real well (yesterday the 1/4" thick aluminum handle survived the try to bend it in a vise test). The burr will be permanently aligned but of course the entire grinder can all be taken apart and put back together, just because. We are working out the two position handle so it can be used like a bicycle motion with two hands (long handle) or held stationary while turning (handle 1" shorter). It is easy to turn and about the same speed as the Kyocera or Porlex.
With the holiday freight slowdowns (it turns out that about the only 7mm partially threaded short bolt, to hold the burr on the axle is for German split rim wheels and that dimple centered high chrome bolt will likely be a dazzler....and it won't even be seen...right now the burr is held with a hex bolt with china markings which although not cheap in that oddball size, we did not like it) and Ditting being closed until Jan 4 (then we get the new burrs for our Ditting batch grinder shipped as a reference for the coarse grinding studies), we likely won't have all the pieces in place until mid or late January, but so far it seems like it will be a nice addition to the family.
We call it the OE LIDO.