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Harp Stuff for the Holidays

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Dec 06, 2009 3:31 AM GMT

For those of you that celebrate gift-giving this time of year, are you hoping, planning or manipulating to get any cool gear this season?

As for me, I'm hoping to get a long-awaited old MXR equalizer from a friend, and I'm thinking about getting a speaker cabinet for my old PA head. Well ... that, and I have one or two pedals in mind, but they are for guitar, not harmonica!

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Dec 07, 2009 2:21 AM GMT
john j Replied:

i have many vintage speakers in stock at dirty beeaach amps we build costom cabs with harp players in mind at poor boy prices

Dec 07, 2009 5:37 AM GMT
Mondo Replied:

I spotted asale on Hohner Bluesband Holiday Pack at Musician's Friend, which I took advantage of. The wife has it for wrapping and to place under the tree. Finally, I'll have amatched set with an Eb harp to replace the Piedmonts (which have all been victims of my "plinking").

Dec 08, 2009 3:45 AM GMT
Jawbone K Replied:

i already have my Christmas presents, a bit early- i got a suzuki manji in A about a month ago, a suzuki Pure harp a few weeks before that, and a manji in D last week.

since i already have the amps and mics i need, i'm not wishing for any more of either currently. some are intriguing and would be nice to have, but i would be doing overkill to get any more. the replica bassman is about to earn its keep on a few gigs before Christmas, the silvertone 1482 is an old and trusted small room and duo size amp. mics i have are a ruskin custom crystal, a shure 707a brown bullet w cm, and a e-v m43u modded by greg heumann early this year into a killer hi-z dynamic. we have the small p.a. we need and all the mics and stuff also.......

really, what i want this season is to figure out how the heck to get our videos uploaded onto youtube! i got off to a good start but lately i am batting .000 on uploads.

Dec 09, 2009 3:18 AM GMT
Not a Replied:

It's an outside chance, but I'm hopin someone will get me a digitech RP155... I put it up at the top of my wishlist! :) Actually, now that I look at it, that wishlist is mostly harp related: Books, CD's, and a couple of harps on it too!

Dec 09, 2009 4:18 AM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

I have already made a couple of beautiful custom wood mics for women who wanted to get their harp playin' husbands something special for Christmas.

Nice wives!

BlowsMeAway Productions
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Dec 09, 2009 5:44 AM GMT
Chris C Replied:

My Christmas dreams of a Harpgear Double Trouble have been dashed by an influx of family expenses. Perhaps I should say 'No you can't go to Surf Lifesaver Camp this year!' but then I't would be me that dosen't get saved one day. I can wait a bit longer. I will need more shirts for all those gigs that are coming my way next year.

Dec 09, 2009 7:08 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

I'm learning a lot from this thread, and a little research looking these things up. So, d p, is the Blues Band pack made up of Hohner Blues harps? That sounds like a dumb question, but I wasn't able to find if these were that model (made for many years) or a newer one.

Jawbone, do you gig with your crystal mic? I'm afraid to try one in our hot tropical climate.

Isaac, I've been a bit of an analog snob (for no good reason), although I have some digital delays. I didn't realize that a modeling pedal with that capacity could be so small. Have you played harp through one?

Greg, despite my lack of mention of mics above, I've been looking for a friend, and already bought one for myself along the way ... I might wind up with one that needs sprucing up, and I may be in line behind the wooden mic buying wives soon.

Chris, the post-Christmas gift is often the sweeter one, especially when it is a great amp. How bad is shipping to Australia for an amp?

Dec 09, 2009 1:17 PM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

Although I want a lot of staff Manji, 1847 silver+, harpbreak, bass amp, harp delay v2 and tons of other gear and harps and I have some money for hollydays. Anyway I hope I'll spend money and time for recording my first album with two great musicians.

Dec 09, 2009 5:55 PM GMT
AirMojo (Ken H) Replied:

Gotta get something hobbie-related or I'll end up with new underwear and pants that don't fit, so...

I'm getting a Lone Wolf Harp Delay pedal and a Richard Sleigh deluxe harp tool kit. I had to (preferred to actually) order them myself, instead of having to send web links and instructions to my wife. She says that I'm really hard to buy for, but that's because everyday brick and mortar stores do not have what I want.

I also love shooting and collecting airguns, but I already have just about whatever I want in that area, at least for now.

I'm so glad I love playing harmonica !

Dec 09, 2009 8:55 PM GMT
Not a Replied:

Orthodox: I personally have yet to play through the RP155. I've played through Chris Michalek's pedal board though, and he has a Digitech multi-modulation pedal (reverb, tremolo, delay, flanging, etc), and it was pretty damn amazing. Also, I recently listened to some of Richard Hunters stuff, and he uses these digitech multifx pedals extensively. The RP155 is a pretty new model, and the two things that sold me on it are 1) it's LESS than $100 NEW!, and 2) it's got a 20 second sampler/looper function with sound on sound recording!

You can't get a DEDICATED sampler/looper for that price, let alone one with tons of classic amp models and pretty much every effect you'd ever want to use (delay, reverb, tremolo, flange, phase shift, octave, wah, envelope filter, etc). It's also got a drum machine and full chromatic tuner on board. I really want to start doing some live looping, and this just seems like a no-brainer.

Dec 10, 2009 6:29 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

Isaac --

Cool. I have a Digitech JamMan looping pedal, and it cost me more than $100 used! It is a very nice looping pedal, but it took me a little while to get the hang of it.

Everyone's wishes sound pretty interesting to me.

Dec 10, 2009 7:03 AM GMT
Mondo Replied:

Sorry, OrthodoxBlues, you're gonna have to wait until after I unwrap them for that answer! Although I've bought and tried all of the highly recommended brands (except a Manji or Crossover) I don't have a matched set of anything good. The Piedmont setare/were hard on my lips because of the plastic covers and the Chicago Blues set has E instead of Eb. Also, they literally stink! Something in the plastic comb smells like PVC glue.

So, I'm looking forward to unwrapping the Hohner pack. Even if they're MS harps, I hopethey'll be half-way decent set for a beginner like me. Then one day, if I'm really-really good,Santa might bring me a 12-pack of Manjis!

Dec 10, 2009 5:56 PM GMT
Not a Replied:

This info was posted in response to a similar thread at the MBH forum... Some good info about where to get those digitech pedals CHEAP!:

Issac - check ProAudioStars prices on Ebay. I found that they were listing some RP355s on EBay for $160, RP255s for $119, or RP155s for $87 ($79 for b-stock.) And this is with free Fedex ground shipping. If you call them on the phone you might even get a better price - not sure.

I just bought an RP355 for myself for Christmas, and they came through. Note that I'm strictly amateur, and will use this for practice at home for now.

Another feature that you didn't mention - usb recording interface.

Dec 10, 2009 8:05 PM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:


Which one MXR EQ you want to buy? I have 6 band MXR EQ and Boss GE7 EQ and lave Boss more than MXR,

Dec 11, 2009 8:28 PM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

Boris -

I don't have it yet, as the owner sent it to a man to repair it months ago. I've agreed to buy it, but I think that the repair man may be very slow-moving! In any case, it is a rack-mounted unit, an old blue MXR 31 band equalizer.

Isaac -

Cool that you found a great place for those pedals at a discount

Dec 16, 2009 10:38 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

This is a good post:

I have been thinking about this for some time. I would love to get (after you guys play with them)

is a Harrison harp. its got to be something very special for that price. I have one custom harp which is so dame sweet I love it. My problem is guilt. I don't make money playing and I only play at open mic and sometimes at get together. and to spend lots of money on harps or gear is over doing it.

I have a wonderful amp ( Kalamazoo from Greg, that my wife bought me), I also have a custom wood mic from Greg.

I would love another mic from Greg but then that gets into the guilt part.

I have a Two timer, that im still trying to get use to and wondering if I should get something else with it... once again guilt.

My buddy wants me to play some songs with him, and I would need an E harp and a C sharp, once again the guilt.

I have an old equalizer but no cord with it , now this is not guilt this is pure 100 % being cheap.

what about this Manji what this all about..


the RP 1??, I have been toying with this for sometime now.

Guilt is a diva, besides this I have no idea what to get my wife.

its a good thing im laid up or i would be in the dog house..

abner (BluEyes, cry me a river)

Dec 17, 2009 4:37 AM GMT
Eric S Replied:

I already got a mic from Greg, but I am getting a Cruncher amp for Christmas, and I can hardly wait. Already tested a like amp with my mic, sweet, Gregs Mic's and some good amp's and I am ready for Harp Wars. ; -)

Dec 17, 2009 9:25 AM GMT
Chris C Replied:

I won't be getting the amp I want yet but I have got a new Marine Band Delux for up coming gigs over Xmas. It plays fantastic. Don't you just love it when they play great out of the box.

Dec 18, 2009 1:59 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

Abner --

From everything I've read, you derive great joy from playing harmonica, and your wife supports it! Don't overspend, but in my opinion, joy is healing. Feed the joy.

Sounds like everyone is getting what they want or what they need.

Dec 18, 2009 10:16 AM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

Yeah! I earned twice more money than I expect and i'll buy Sonic Stomp for me and Rocktron Hush, I hope!

Dec 18, 2009 4:33 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

OrthondoxBlues, thanks.

Your 100 % right about the joy of healing. I went to open mic on Wednesday after 6 weeks off and I had a lot of fun. I was able to play 3 songs, the play area is small and standing after awhile hurt. What was fun this time around is we had a very good drumming

Dec 19, 2009 3:05 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

Along the lines of the best gift being giving itself, I felt great that I was able to help a friend get the harp mic of his dreams, and I didn't plan it, but it will arrive at his place on Christmas eve. I have to say, it actually does thrill me more than the stuff I'm getting for me! I can't wait to hear how he likes it. It is a customized Green Bullet with a 70's high impedance CM element.

Dec 26, 2009 1:05 PM GMT
Mondo Replied:

OrthodoxBlues, don't bother looking into this Hohner set. They are NOT MS harps, but simply a notch above the other sets I have. But just barely. Nowhere near the quality I was hoping for (and, at $35, I wasn't hoping for much). Just another set that will soon succumb to my tuning attempts. Ah, well. I can't play good enough to justify a full set of Bushman's, so I'm probably better off.

Dec 26, 2009 7:14 PM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

Thanks for the tip, dp. Do you have at least one harmonica that you really adore? It may be just me, but I definitely play better on the ones that feel right to me, and I can sense hesitation with other ones.

For those who celebrate Christmas, I hope it was a great one.

Dec 28, 2009 7:13 AM GMT
Mondo Replied:

Yes, OrthodoxBlues, of course! I love the sound of the Hering 1923, but I don't care for the way the holes are beveled in. (my mouth gets tired faster with it) The Bushman Soul's Voice sounds about as good and plays easier (to me). But for playing along with backing tracks the Delta Frost works better because it's Compromise and the SV is Just. The Seydel Blues Session sounds good with the radio, also, but needs some tweaking on the 10 draw and I'm just not willing to risk doing that to a nice harp yet.

Jan 25, 2010 11:31 AM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

Hooray! Rocktron Hush and BBE Sonic stomp I ordered for holidays are with me now. I like them espesially BBE, it pure great pedal, no mud in my tone. And less feedback with Rocktron.

Jan 25, 2010 5:39 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

The only thing I got, was a very nice cd all jazz no lyrics.. this was given to me by my sons girl-friend. Its the third year I keep telling my family I want only harp stuff, any thing else I wont use. I did get the Star Trek dvd and the 2n season Star Trek classic, both nice but not what i wanted.

abner ( BluEyes, all I want is what I want )

Jan 25, 2010 10:14 PM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:


It's not interesting if you order gift for yourself. Or if you know what you will be presented. It's so hard for our friends, wifes, parents etc to understand what we really need. Too much harmonicas in different keys or bunch of different stompboxes or different amps. And they present to us anything simple.

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