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Need help rigging up "harp stand"

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Andrew T
Jan 12, 2010 10:56 PM GMT

I have an idea (one I'm determined to fully realize!) but I'm not sure exactly how to pull it off.

IDEA: Iplay guitarand sing in my new band and, instead of finding a new guitar player so I can switch to harp, I would rather be able to play guitar and harp at the same time without thatcumbersome neck rack.I thought about just setting up a separate harp "station" as it were, next to my mic stand. It would be like a second mic stand with a harp mic on it and an apparatus in front of the mic that would securely hold the harp up to the mic but also be easy to swap harps in and out of? That way, while playing guitar, one could simply walk up to it and start blowing while still playing guitar. I once saw something like it in a Joe Satriani (the guitar virtuoso) video. Does anyone know if someone already manufactures a professional version of this "harp mic stand/harp holder." If not, does anyone have any ideas on how to make something like this myself?

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Jan 13, 2010 1:13 AM GMT
John P Replied:

Check out Mad Cat Ruth on YouTube. He has a set up like you want made with a bider clip that's used for papers

Jan 13, 2010 1:14 AM GMT
BlueMoose Replied:

Hummm....try this:

Some guy has a whole wack of patents on something or other but I don't see any pictures.

ain't busted but I'm badly bent

Jan 13, 2010 3:41 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

Chris Reynolds (builderofstuff here on HS, last I knew) makes a fantastic neck rack:

I know that you don't want a better rack, but I wonder if Chris could make you want you want. Please let us know how this idea works out. I play guitar and harp, and haven't got used to doing both yet, although I love Chris' rack.

Jan 13, 2010 9:41 AM GMT
Andrew T Replied:

Good ideas, guys! Thanks! Mad Cat wasn't mic-ed with his "chip clip" type setup, as far as I could tell. He's a great player though!

The peg leg music guy seems tobe making EXACTLY what I'm talking about! The way it's mic-ed is scary. Seems like it might sacrifice tone. Has a satisfactionguarantee though... so it might be worth a try!

That neck rack looks comfortable; state-of-the-art. However it's pricey and I'min the market for something that gets me AWAY fromracksand into a stationary setup from which I can disengage at will.

Again, thanks for the tips, fellas. I can't wait to keep moving forward with this project!

Jan 13, 2010 8:12 PM GMT
Tony W Replied:

Okay, I had a moment of thought and here is what I would do or start out doing anyway. Picture the mic stand as person and the mic is the mouth. Now just install the standard harp rack to it and play away. Of course there will be some mods needed but seems like it might work.

Good luck and send pics.

Jan 14, 2010 1:30 AM GMT
Andrew T Replied:

Great idea, Tony! I'm going to attempt something along those lines. I just need to figure out how to practically pull it off; securing the modified harmonica rack to the harp mic. When I get something worked out I'll share pics for sure. Thanks for the suggestion!

Jan 17, 2010 7:14 PM GMT
Tony W Replied:

Go here. Very simple, very cool div-r-2-HM

Jan 17, 2010 8:07 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

At the last open mic I went to this guy named Angry Billy plays the harp, When I came along he was kind and back off and stared bringing his electric guitar so this way I have more harp time.

any way this past Wednesday he brought this mic stand with an extension so he can play the harp. No neck rack. it worked. The best I can do to describe it is a mic stand with and extension, and the extension has a fitting that holds a mic. that mic is face up tight to a tube that goes to the harp.

I wish I had a camera, I know my description is confusing at best. The next time he brings it in I will make sure to post it.

abner ( BluEyes, need to always bring a camera )

Jan 20, 2010 8:11 AM GMT
Andrew T Replied:

Yesterday I had my first practice with the aforementioned new band! It was awesome (in spite of the fact that I resorted to using a neck rack). I'm still planning on rigging something up to play harp in this harder rockin power trio without being tied down to a neck rack. I'll post pics when I get it goin. Music is awesome! Everyone on HS should start a new band (even if you're already in one, be in two lol) :)

Jan 22, 2010 3:32 PM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

I've find the thing you're looking for.

Multiple harmonica holder mic. The main problem - it's really hard to play harp and guitar simultaneously. I've tried many times but my harp playing goes lower and guitar playing too. It' necesarry for me to practice it for a long time, so I harmonica player mainly.

Feb 02, 2010 5:38 PM GMT
skullShaker Replied:

Ok I'm working on this idea for a Harp holder. I'll have it made bythe weekend not much to it. and it may not be what you want. I'm using a VACUUMUPHOLSTERY TOOL. the harp fits in end and one of my home made mics ( shaker Mic) is added to the hose end I'll put a mic stand to it all . may be something to it'

Playing the Blues for life

Feb 02, 2010 6:37 PM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

There was just a post on this somewhere and I'll be damned if I can remember where. There is a guy who was at SPAH 2009 who makes EXACTLY what you want only better. It is a hexagonal shaped wood rack that holds 5 - maybe 6 harps - there's a built-in mic in the center and it is on a stand. Just spin it to choose the right harp. Now you know there IS something just right - maybe someone else will remember where the post was and give us the link to his site.....

Feb 02, 2010 6:41 PM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

????? YEAH - the post was HERE, it was from Boris and is

I think the web page only partially loaded and I didn't see any replies - thought it was a new question. Either that, or I simply brain farted. AGAIN.

Feb 02, 2010 10:41 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

Greg I saw that six pack, every interesting.

abner (BluEyes, Hungry for the Blues)

Sep 03, 2012 9:17 PM GMT
jerry r Replied:

I have made such a stand. Later I can send you pics of it. I used the heaviest duty ludwig drum stand and welded the clamp from a regular neck type rack. So far it works fine. I use a goose neck and sm57 directly to board for my sound. Keeps it simple and usable for gigs, also keeps harp stuff out of the way for my guitar, etc.

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