HarpGear Rock Bottom:
performer and songwriter, Rock served up a masterful main
course of blues seasoned with R&B and the flavors of New Orleans.
No artificial ingredients were ever used in the making of Rock's very
own and very special recipe. Rock has played over 250 dates every year
for the last 20 years. Usually this schedule included nearly a hundred
shows outside USA. Rock has satisfied the hunger of
blues starved fans by giving extraordinary exhibitions of his artistry
at the: W.C. Handy Awards (Memphis, Tennessee), Merle Watson Festival
(North Carolina), Winnipeg Folk Festival, (Canada), Notodden Blues
Festival (Norway), Gloucester Blues Festival (England), Burnley Blues
Festival (England), Molde Jazz Festival (Norway), Mettmann Blues
Festival (Germany), Lugano Blues to Bop Festival (Switzerland), Djurs
Bluesland Festival (Denmark), International Congress of Intellectuals
(Wroclaw, Poland), Copenhangen Festival of Fools (Denmark), Belgian
Blues Night (Brugge, Belgium), Kalvipuisto Festival (Helsinki,
Finland), Tampa Bay Blues Festival (St. Pete, Florida), Florida Folk
Festival Festival (White Springs, Florida), Arctic Border Blues
Festival (Kirkenes, Norway), and the Key West Blues Festival (Florida).
many years and many more miles, Rock started his recording
career in 1979. Early efforts produced several now extremely
collectable vinyl 45's and an album in 1983 which, today, fetches a
fancy price amongst collectors. As fans in rapidly growing numbers
relish Rock's current offerings, we gladly observe that the promise
held forth by his early successes has been fulfilled...in spades. The
process of fulfilling the promise has steadily unfolded since 1979 and,
as a result, fans have a body of recorded work available today that
includes the following gems: 1991 Rock
Bottom & Blues Kerosene, Family Place Verrat Records
(Switzerland) 1992, Roy Book Binder & the Hillbilly Blues Cats
Rounder Records 1993, The Silver King Band, Escape Fromn the Planet
of the Bar Managers Danger
Zone Records 1993, Harmaniac Danger Zone Records 1994,
Diamond Teeth Mary, Walkin'
Mary Blues Upright
Records 1994, The Silver King Band, Blues,
Shuck & Jive Danger
Zone Records 1995, Too
Many Bad Habits Double
Trouble (Belgium) 1996, The Silver King Band, Live at the Dive Danger Zone Records 1997, ToneTricknology
Records 1999, Rock Bottom & The Cutaways, Shake Your Boogie Leg New Moon Blues 2000 More
and better to come!
maintaining an energetic touring schedule at home and
abroad, Rock made time to fulfill the
roles of songwriter and producer and to undertake film, stage and TV
projects. For example, Rock has produced Roy Book
Binder's CD on Rounder Records, Sandy Atkinson's CD Why Baby Why as
well as the Tomcat Blake CD for Double Trouble Records in Belgium.
Several of Rock's songs have become hits in Scandinavia by local
artists and released as singles. Further entries on Rock's resume'
include his featured performance in the independent film, The Worm
Killers, composition and performance of an all harp score for the Sam
Shapard play, A Lie of the Mind and a featured appearance with his band
in the ABC-TV series Second Noah. Rock's
voice was also used in an broad based ad campaign for Food Mart
As you can see the
man Rock Bottom AKA
David York was quite an individual and one hell of a harp player!
You can still purchase his music here
at Godsbarnyard.com. He is one of
my favorite players and if
you check out his music you won't be disappointed! This amp is my
contribution to keeping his life and legacy alive in the hearts of
blues lovers everywhere.
We have recently added the new Harpgear Rock Bottom to the line to
lower cost alternative to the HG2 while still providing the same great
tone we have all come to love from HarpGear amplifiers. This
made with the same hand wired point to point circuit as the HG2 with a
solid state rectifier and
a 10" custom "real vintage" speaker housed in a rock solid MDF cabinet
with steel reinforced corners. A lot of harp players have heard
that you don't want to use a solid state rectifier for harp
playing. If the solid state rectifier and the circuit are put
together correctly, this is absolutely untrue. The reality is
that the HG Rock Bottom has the same tone as the HG2 and the solid
rectifier is more reliable than the tube rectifier alternative. I
have been using a solid state rectifier in the Double Trouble amp and
it has been met with great fan fare and has great tone!
This is a very versatile
amp that would allow you to go from clean and jazzy to a down and dirty
sound. The HarpGear Rock Bottom is that amp with a
more bass response and a punchier feel when you play. The tone
acts more like a high roll off allowing you to play with more highs
session requires or allowing you to roll off the highs from the amp and
even more bass and distortion with less feedback. This
has an oversized output transformer like the other amps and even more
bass to really accentuate those low notes while your playing.
This amp also
uses more filtering so it works really well with the line out as a
amp with great tone. The tube configuration
for this amp is as follows: (1)
6V6GT power tube (1) 12AY7 preamp tube (1) Solid State
will generate between 5-7 watts of power which comes across
loud. Players use this amp for small to medium gigs with great
with no assistance. This amp can easily be used for large venues
connecting the line out to the PA and you will get the same great tone
is known for as loud as you or the soundman would like. This
to use the amp as a monitor and the PA to get you heard over the rest
Sound Samples of the HG Rock Bottom
blues at lower on the HG Rock Bottom with
Lone Wolf Harp Delay Volume: 4
at lower volume on the HG Rock Bottom with no
delay Volume: 4 Tone: 4
plays blues at higher volume on the HG Rock Bottom with Lone Wolf
Volume: 6 Tone: 3
plays jazz on the HG Rock Bottom with
Lone Wolf Harp Delay Volume: 4 Tone: 5
Dimensions 12.75"W x
14.5"H x 8"D 17lbs.
$500 120V US / Canada 10" Ceramic Speaker
$525 120V US / Canada
10" Alnico Speaker
$540 240V Export
10" Ceramic Speaker
$565 240V Export
10" Alnico Speaker
The HarpGear Rock Bottom Amplifier includes:
covered MDF cabinet.
3/8" baffle with T nuts for great sound reproduction.
-High quality custom transformers
wound for us for a truly awesome sound as
well as oversized transformers to add more honk to your amp and give
you plenty of sweet round distortion.
Spec G10 Garrolite eyelet boards to prevent both tweed disease and
moisture absorption common on pressed fiber boards which produces false
capacitance and causes crackle and hum. You will not have that problem with
our boards and they will last a lifetime.
quality components including Sprague Atoms capacitors, Xicon
Orange Drop or Mallory 150 tone caps, phenolic sockets, switchcraft
jacks and custom transformers.
amplifiers are hand wired one at a time with the utmost attention
to detail. All component
leads are straightened and cleaned before the are soldered to the G10
of components are increased in key areas to make the amplifier
more responsive with all the bass and crunch a harp player needs.
own custom "real vintage" speakers.
additional line out jack to run to the PA so you will never have a
problem being heard over the rest of the band. You can still use
your amp as a monitor to hear yourself while plugged into the PA.
The line out can also be used to record directly into your computer
in or into a sound board.