I recommend an amp with one power tube (the big 'un) and one pre-amp (the lil 'in)
A 6v6 power tube will produce from 7-10 watts, an EL84 tube will produce about 5-7 watts.
For pre-amp most guitar tube amps use a 12AX7 with a gain factor of 100%, a few use a 5881
with gain factor of 70%.
The extra power in the 6V6 translates to more bass response, and a bit more headroom, I use
TADs (*Tube Amp Doctor) short bottle 6V6s in all my amps, the short bottle fattens up bottom end
more than a tall tube/valve.
Fender, Gibson, Kalamazoo, Crate, Epiphone, Vox, Ampeg, all made/make a small practice amp with tubes/valves.
Marshall sux for harp, hell, I think they suck for guitar too. There are others out there, some Italian models might be
available to you across the pond.
Use this criteria for selecting and you just might find a gem. good luck!
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Reed Smith wrote:
Welcome to the Harmonica Club!
First things first, the *Peavey rage 158 is a Solid State Amplifier, it will get loud but there no tubes to overload a speaker and cause it to "breakup" for that overdriven harp tone, you won't ever get it with this amp.
As for Lone Wolf Blues Harp pedals, I use the harp break with tube amps, I get a very FAT tone, that just gets better with time, the longer the amp runs the sweeter it gets.
The Harp Attack may give you some bite as it does contain a pre-amp tube, I have ran my pedal straight into a solid state PA
and my bass player didn't know I hadn't bought an amp 'till we were packing. However, I have strong acoustic chops so my tone will translate, but I am NOT overdriving a speaker/s, tubes do that.
The best advice I could give you seeing as how you are familiar with Lone Wolf products is to get yourself a Harp Train 10,
problem solved as far as tube amp tone is concerned. After that you can work on embouchure and a tight cup/seal on the harp and mic. Coupling a Lone Wolf Blues harp pedal to a tube amp is a blissful experience, it gets so good to you, you won't want to stop playing, and that my friend is a goooooood thing!
I just picked up two more Hohner Rocket harmonicas from Rockin' Ron. I had a G, an A, and a C, I picked up a Bb and a D to round out what I consider a gig set, meaning I can cover the majority of keys we play. These harps are some bad asses, as I have said breathe the harp, with these I can do some HEAVY breathing. To quote Mickey Raphael: "I can pound nails with these harps"! I have other sets, several customs, but these are my go to gigging harmonicas. I play finesse, but I play hard, I believe the Rocket is designed for that.
The Rocket Lows are a blast to play too.
I know which harps you are talking about bro' and honestly this is the only way these type harmonicas can work, a tremolo must have divided chambers or the 2 reeds, upper, and lower, will vibrate sympathetically and cancel each other out. My dream is only a dream, as a diatonic Richter tuned tremolo with bend capabilities is "Pie In The Sky". The physical demands cannot be met.
Welcome to the Harmonica Club. Very nice sound on the Tremelo Harmonica.
I love the sound of a Tremelo, I am still waiting for someone to put out a diatonic version.
I know, I know, it would take four reeds in each hole chamber of a diatonic to make it a tremolo,
but, I still think it could be doable, Brendon Powers?
What can I say, I love Baseball.
I agree with Sarge, up tempo tunes should be played up tempo. A quick solid tempo gets folks up off
of their butts and on a dance floor. I do however feel very strongly that the tempo should never be rushed.
Fast playing does not have to be fancy, it needs to be precise.
I have heard it said that it is much harder to play a slow tune than a fast tune, I agree that to really pull off
a slow tune tone and inflection should create tension and emotion. A slow groove isn't easy to maintain,
all players tend to speed up at times during solos, If you aren't playing the solo it is important to try and
maintain the rhythmic sense of the groove by comping rhythm. This is especially true when playing harp
in a duo with guitar, by giving the guitarist a rhythm chord backing like a 1-4-5, he can stretch out a bit too.
Not all guitar players want to play backing chords to a lead harmonica ALL nite.
I don't think that chromatic harmonica is going away any time soon, even a younger generation who mire themselves in Blues music will be drawn to the chromatic because of its use in so much Blues and by so many great artists, Little Walter, George "Harmonica" Smith, William Clarke, Rod Piazza, Kim Wilson, to name a few. My good friend Danny G of New Harmonica Dot Com plays only chromatic and is a marvel on the instrument. Chromatic sales will never come close to
the 10 hole diatonic for sure, but I would easily wager that there are a lot less chromatics sitting in drawers gathering dust,
than there are diatonics, just my take. Blues music does indeed lead many players to the diatonic, however I believe love of the instrument will lead a player in every direction possible.
I have known Seamus Murnane for many many years, I stand by my statements. He has shown zero interest in this club in the last two years. Yeah I understand the baggage issues with Seamus and am not going to list them here. The problems that were allowed to plague the first Harmonica Club could have been avoided, it was just a hell of a lot cheaper to scrap it and do this sorry excuse for a harmonica related site. Take it from me writing Seamus comes to NO avail, oh he might answer and say he's on it or whatever, but when it comes down to doing anything he is either too busy or he forgot. This is what it is, I am in no way surprised at the numbers of those who left with no intention of ever coming back. Davey G, harmonica66(Mikey), Vortex, Tyson,
Street Player Dude(Joey), Chong, Florida Trader, etc. etc. No one should have to join a Social Media type site to be able to post their music here, it wasn't that way, it is just cheaper and easier-no hands on needed- to do it thru another site now.
I don't know, a (former?) member here Joe Parduski "Street Player Dude" who was a moderator here and actually good
get Seamus'/James' attention, tried to broach the subject but got no where. No idea what Seamus' response was to Joe's
queries if indeed there ever were any. Joe, myself, and a few others would have liked to at least have access to someone
who can effect change here.
One of the biggest, if not THE biggest loss here was the chat room, we could play, teach, talk, console, compliment or (rarely)
pan a performance. We could listen to music and get drunk together, see each other with our camera/mic if we wanted.
This where I plan to put a really clever, hip, cool, intriguing, saying, motto, byline, mission statement, when I come up with it.
A friend of mine did the "Runaway" thing with multiple harps, he is always too loud and sloppy so it sucked,
he's a guitarist by trade so I can overlook the sloppiness, but he is always TOO LOUD!!! He is still a friend but
I won't play with him on stage, he turns up, puts his head down so there is no chance of communication, and
by God is gonna get his solo in, dynamics be damned, "I'm goin' over the top, and stayin' there."
Bonnie Raitt almost became my second wife, problem was she didn't know it.
Like Walmart broheme,
"If Suave Don't Have It, Ya Prolly Didn't Need It In The First Place!"
Do you, or any one else here have a telephone number for Ted Weber? My Kaspersky* protection won't allow me to access his site, all kinds of bugaboo goin' on there. I want to build a cabinet, I like his P10q's (Bassman speaker). Post a # here if you have one as I don't recommend trying to go the Weber site.