Harp Gear harmonica amplifiers for harp amp players.



*** 10/31/07 ***

Happy Halloween!!

This week I have been working with a Lone Wolf Delay Pedal from my friend Randy over at Lone Wolf.  I've compared it to the Ibanez AD-9, and the Boss DM-2 Pedal which are pedals I've used in the past to add a little delay.   On Randy's site he says, "This is a digital delay that has has all of the warmth of an analog delay and then some." That's something I have heard from other companies who make digital pedals.   I am happy to report that it does sound as good as the analog pedals I have played if not better.  I spent a lot of time playing pedal against pedal and trying a lot of different settings.  This pedal will give a variety of sound and offers you up to 300ms of delay which should be enough for anyone.  There is no tone suck with any of my mics as the pedal is designed to be used with harp mics.  It's not a pedal you are going to get only to void the warranty by modifiying it to work with mics properly.  It is set and ready to go.  It's pretty much a no frills product that is going to get the job done and done well.  It is built like a tank and should stand up to all the rigors of the road.  In the end I like the Lone Wolf Delay best out of the pedals  have used for adding delay or reverb.  It's going to be my new recommendation when people ask me what pedal I prefer to make my sound a little wetter.  I like the pedal enough that I am going to start bringing it out with me on the road to demo with my amps.  To me, that is the highest endorsement I can give of a product.  I want my amps to sound their best when people demo them.  I feel comfortable with how this pedal will make my amps sound when people ask to try the amp with delay.  I know it won't take anything away from the amp and it will just enhance an already great tone.  You can contact Randy via email or through his site if you have any other questions. If you want to ask me anything about my experiences with the pedal or about my amps please feel free to email me.

*** 10/30/07 ***


If you or anyone is looking for a good amp very reaonably priced, I have a
NIB Epiphone Valve Jr combo I retubed with cryo treated JJ / Tesla tubes and put a Weber 8F100 speaker in.  It was originally done for someone but they had problems so it is just sitting here in the box now waiting for a good home.  I am selling it for $200 plus shipping to your area.  These are great amps with good tone.  The speaker and retube really helped it out and I can't imagine a better bang for the buck.  Just a thought.  If you have any other questions please feel free to call or email.  

*** 10/25/07 ***


I am back from Rockers in the Rockies and it was a great time!  Jason had a solid teaching staff that was second to none.  I really enjoyed seeing all the familiar faces and the new faces.  There is word that Magic Dick might teach at the next Rockers.  If you didn't make this one keep your eye out for the next one.   Jason's CD Rocket 9 was just released and I want to wish them the best on it.   On another note,  Dennis Gruenling will be here in Ocala on November 6th at Tin Cup Tavern.  He will be conducting a short seminar from 5:30-7:30 followed by a show directly afterwards.  You can pre-register for the class here at Dennis' site.  If you have any other questions please feel free to call or email.  

*** 10/18/07 ***


I am off to the Rockers in the Rockies in a few hours.  If you email and I don't get back to you right away please feel free to call me at the number below.  Even if you aren't going to the seminar and you want to try an amp let me know and we can meet while I am out there.  I will be in touch asap otherwise and I hope you have as good a weekend as I will.  Looking forward to seeing all the participants out there!

*** 10/14/07 ***


I just got back from spending a few days with Jason Ricci while he was on the road in FL.  It was the first time I got to see Jason and the guys at a festival through a wall of speakers and man was the sound huge.  They played at the Beach Shack also and that venue is awesome.  It is right on the beach with a cool breeze blowing through it the whole time.  That coupled with being able to hear great music made for a perfect night for my wife and me.  I really want to thank him and all the guys for the hospitality and good company.  His new album Rocket 9 is available through Delta Groove's website now.  If you follow the Delta Groove link you can hear one of the full songs from the album with the page.  Also it still isn't too late to sign up for the Rockers in the Rockies if you decide you want to go.  I'd love to see you there.  Let me know if you have any questions about the event or the amps.      

*** 10/09/07 ***


I've been busy this week learning some of my favorite Rock Bottom songs.  He is one of my favorite harp players and unfortunately like a lot of the greats he is no longer with us.  I run into a lot of players who aren't familiar with him.  If you would like to read more about him click here.   He left us with some great music and a lot of laughs.  You can buy his albums at God's Barnyard.  The proceeds benefit his widow Maureen.  The CD "Snake Dancin' Through God's Barnyard" is a best of and really captures the heart of his music.  It still isn't too late to sign up for the Rockers in the Rockies if you decide you want to go.  I'd love to see you there.  Let me know if you have any questions about the event or the amps.      

*** 10/06/07 ***


I am still getting ready for Jason Ricci's Rockers in the Rockies Harmonica Weekend event and I decided to have a little fun last night and put together an HG2 with a  10" P10R alnico special design Jensen speaker.  It came out really good.  I just happened to have a baffle for my cabinets that took a 10" speaker and even though I love the 8" speaker I really like the tone of the 10" too. It looks just like the HG2 under amps but has the 10" speaker.  Same cabinet dimension.  I am going to sell this one for the same price as my normal HG2 so it'll be a little bit of a deal for whoever gets it.  It'll also be a one of a kind because of the 10" speaker.  If no one buys it before I head ot the Rockers I'll have it there with me.  It still isn't too late to sign up for the Rockers in the Rockies if you decide you want to go.  I'd love to see you there.  Let me know if you have any questions about the event or the amps.      

*** 10/05/07 ***
A heads up about Gindick's newest jam camp:

The Mississippi Delta

Harmonica Cross Roads

Blues Harmonica Jam Camp

4 Days in Clarksdale , Missisippi in the heart of  the haunting blues country

$649 (no tax)

March 19, 20, 21, 22,  2008

Wednesday Night through Saturday Night

all for a good cause--

YOUR MUSICAL SOUL

for 4 days of instruction and jamming with great harmonica (and guitar) teaching talent
devoted to you to jamming and going on harmonica soaked outings
to soak up the Delta History and the aura of this soulful source of the blues.

 

March 19, 20, 21, 22,  2008

Wednesday Night through Saturday Night

Limited to 35 Campers

Separate classes for different levels

5 coaches many classrooms

*** 10/05/07 ***
For those of you who asked about pictures of the Kalamazoo I described below you can click here for a gallery of pictures of the Kalamzoo Model 1.

*** 10/04/07 ***

From time to time I recondition older amps and resell them.  I have a Kalamazoo model 1 that came in with a damaged press board baffle.  I had a new baltic birch baffle made for the amp and replaced the Jensen that was in it with a stock alnico Kalamazoo speaker that was in perfect condition.   It has had a complete cap job and is modded for harp.  All original transformers and great Kalamazoo tone.  The amp is in excellent condition and comes with a padded designed to fit cover.  I am selling it with the cover for $325 plus shipping.  If you are interested let me know and I will get some pics your way.

*** 10/03/07 ***

Just a heads up to let everyone know I will be in Colorado for Jason's Rockers in the Rockies.  Details are below.  It isn't to late to sign up for anyone who is thinking about going.  It is an intermediate / advanced seminar and you will definitely get something out of it.  The instructors are first class and really take the time to make sure you get what they are teaching.  I will have most of the amps there with me to try out too if you are interested in demoing the amps. 
Jason Ricci's Rockers in the Rockies Harmonica Weekend

Jason Ricci

Present's

“Rockers in the Rockies"

Oct. 19th-21st 2007


Jason Ricci’s Harmonica Getaway

For intermediate to advanced diatonic harmonica players

-Three days of intensive and fun harmonica instruction with no attitude at high altitude, featuring intimate workshops, performance and interaction with internationally acclaimed Harmonica players, performers and instructors: Jason Ricci (Nashville), Chris Michalek (Phoenix) Michael Peloquin, Peter "Mad Cat" Ruth, Ronnie Shellist, George Brooks, and Paul Davies, special guest Buzz Krantz and Jason’s band NEW BLOOD!

*** 10/02/07 ***

Just a reminder about some great instructional opportunities that'll be coming up soon. 
Upcoming Gindick Jam Camps:

Irvine, California, October 12-14, 2007 at the Crowne Plaza, with Jon Gindick, Mark Wilson,Jimi Lee, Cheryl Arena and other coaches.

Austin, Texas, January 24-28, 2008
Five day Executive Jam Camp with Jon Gindick and Jimi Lee Downtown Omni Hotel, rooms $149, $219 for suites.
Limited to 15 harp players.  More time, more attention.
$1195

Jason Ricci's Rockers in the Rockies Harmonica Weekend

Jason Ricci

Present's

“Rockers in the Rockies"

Oct. 19th-21st 2007


Jason Ricci’s Harmonica Getaway

For intermediate to advanced diatonic harmonica players

-Three days of intensive and fun harmonica instruction with no attitude at high altitude, featuring intimate workshops, performance and interaction with internationally acclaimed Harmonica players, performers and instructors: Jason Ricci (Nashville), Chris Michalek (Phoenix) Michael Peloquin, Peter "Mad Cat" Ruth, Ronnie Shellist, George Brooks, and Paul Davies), special guest Buzz Krantz and Jason’s band NEW BLOOD!
*** 10/01/07 ***

  Sorry I've been away from the news for about a week but I am getting amps out the door and working on my chops.  I have been working hard on James Cotton's The Creeper this week and I came across a YouTube video of him performing it.  YouTube has given us gems never before thought possible.  I really want to thank all the people who take the time to share these pieces of history.  I am going to embed the video below for anyone interested.  On another note, I have an new old style cabinet laying around that I paired with an HG1 chassis and I am going to sell for $525.  It is a brand new stock HG1 but the cabinet is one of the older style cabs without the holes cut in the upper backpanel.  It does have the heavy leather handle like the new cabs though.  If you are interested please email me and let me know.  Now on with the show! 





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