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BluEyesJun 28, 2009 4:42 PM GMT
Ok guys and gals, I need your help for my husband who is going nuts.
You all know him as Abner Blueyes. My husband got serious about his playing after his cervical spine surgery.
In my loving and honest opinion I think he is very good, and he just started... Im not the only one that thinks so. I am very proud of him. It took him awile to get on stage at open mic and they love him.
We are coming up to our 29th wedding anniversary and I want to buy him something nice.
For Father's Day I bought him a harmonica from Seydel, a 1947. He loves it.
He has a micro cube amplifier, but he wants that dirty sound. I know from listening to a lot of his cds what he wants. But he has been asking questions and is still getting confused. I know his buddies on the list have tried to help him out but even I'm confused.
He has this great custom microphone that he bought from Mr. Greg Heumann. So I guess I'm asking you guys and gals should I buy him an amp first or a pedal to work with the PA system at open mic and then later on I could get him the amp? He was looking at the Lone Wolf Harp Attack.
He has also emailed Mr. Heumann and Mr. Landry plus a good friend of his Geoff. They all gave him good advice in support of both the amp and the pedal, but I'm still confused....
Please help me. He is a good man and a good father... he works hard and will be going back to work in a couple of weeks.... there is a good chance he may need more surgery so I want to make sure he has things he can enjoy. My husband in the 30 odd years that I have known him never wanted anything. Never had a hobby. This is the first time I have seen him really enjoy somthing and just to see him grow in talent is amazing. I love seeing him on stage and then get the applause. I would never have imagined in my life time that I would one day see and hear my husband playing music let alone on stage...
$300 or so is my max, I gave up what ever he was going to buy for me so I can buy him something nice.
Thank you in advance. I look forward to your feedback.
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Well firstly what a lucky guy he is to have a wife like you!
I'd suggest getting an amp over a pedal anyday.
With your budget I'd suggest a secondhand amp off of ebay. Something like a Fender Pro Junior.
Hey, Kingley, thank you for such a nice compliment and for taking the time to help me out.
I don't mean to be a pain, andnow I feel stupid asking this question, but why an amplifier over a pedal? I'm trying to understand, especially since I've never heard the effects from a pedal. Ever since my husband started playing I have become his sounding board. I try to tell him what I like, and when I think does not sound right. And I am always telling him to practice his scales. ( he sometimes does ) .
This is why I need to understand why. I guess you can say I'm also learning.
Maybe I should put my picture up instead of his, so I wont confuse you guys.
Well I say an amp over a pedal, because an amp can be played on it's own and he can practice at home with it and also take it to jam sessions. With a pedal he will always need to be going into a PA system so he will never have the luxury of time to get "his" sound. As he will always be at the mercy of the person who runs the jam session.
But i would only buy a "tube / valve" amp, as it will give him a warmer tone and break up (distort / overdrive) in a much nicer way than a solid state amp.
Something like these amps on ebay would be very suitable.
Fender Pro Jr
"Maybe I should put my picture up instead of his, so I wont confuse you guys.
You should tell him you need your own profile as you have decided to start learning the harmonica too! :)
That makes a lot of sense.
The amplifier he has is a Roland microcube, maybe I should have mentioned that.It's ok, but it doesn't give him that dirty sound. He tried to hook it up to the the PA system at open mic but for some reason it did not work. The guys at open mic, that own the PA system love his playing and want him to play. I'm sorry if I left that out and it confused anyone...
I looked at the fender, I thank you for this. and will keep it in mind.
Funny Mr. Kingley.
I sing. The harmonica is his deal. I just want to help him improve. I checked out the ebay site and someone is selling a modified Fender with mic for $150. But how can I tell if this is a great deal or a waste of money.
But my queston still stands. Since he has this amplifier and at open mic, should i still get him an amplifier...
Wow! See you could do a duo act! :)
The amp you mentioned seems to looks ok. If you have any doubts then ask the seller some questions first. Most people on ebay are honest. Another idea which comes to mind is to email Brian Purdy at www.Harpgear.com and see if he has any secondhand amps for sale.
If he has you can gaurantee that they will be great. He is a professional amp builder so he would also probably be able to give you some really good advice on other choices of amp as well.
In fact i just looked on his site and he has a used amp at exactly $300. I wouldn't hesitate to buy and amp from Brian. He is also based in Florida, so he is near to you. Just call him up and talk to him. His number is on the website.
I still say an amp, becuase the Roland Microcube is a solid state amp and I would think your husband wants that tube / valve sound that he hears on his CD's.
Thank you again for all the time and effort you put into this.
My husband has been asking me to come up with a song that we can both do...
When we make the big times we will get you back stage passes.
You're welcome Mrs Blueyes. I'm always glad to be of help if I can.
I believe that others on this site are better able to help you make this decision, partially because I have old vintage amps, and a lot of pedals (mostly for guitar). I just wanted to say that I'm very moved by your excitement about his hobby. Whatever you buy will be given in that spirit, and I'm sure that it will sound great.
Thank you very much Orthodoxblues,
The last time I saw my husband have this much fun was when he was playing college ball.
its been a long time. Im happy to see so many people here show a great interest in helping me out. Thank you
Thank you everyone for all the advise, I had the great pleasure to be in contact with so many fantastic people.
The harmonica community is one big family and im proud that my husband lucked out.
In my conversation with most of the great custom amplifier makers. And thier total honesty. I have decided to go with Greg Heumann and the Kalamazoo. im sure my husband will be extremely over joyed with his new toy..
In the future depending on how the amplifier goes, I may buy Abner a peddle for his birthday in October. So you guys and gals have time to give me more ideas.
Thank you so very much, this was not easy but you all made it simple, thank you
Kalamazoo amps are a classic amp. Great choice!
Your husband will be over the moon with that amp for sure! It's one of the best small amps around, and Greg always does great work so you can be sure it'll be a nice one! :)
If you plan on buying him a pedal for his birthday, the best one would be a delay pedal. It's the most common pedal used by harmonica players.
Im with Kingly for under 300.00 the kalamazoo model 2 is the way to go, and you can put it on a chair and mic it. BTW your man is cute! Thanks!
I agree I have a K-Zoo II from Greg along with some custom mics and there all top of the line. However, IMO micing an amp for a Harp just adds to the chance to create more feedback. After all having one Mic and playing Harp through it is a balancing act alone. Since there is no OUT from the K-Zoo II, I use a Pocket Mic which goes INSIDE the back of the cab designed by Harp Cdr inventor Ron Holmes. Its an amazing piece of technology and sounds great. There is a pic of it in Brasso's pics and you can contact Ron at www.holmeseng.com....It's a must have if you have no out line! KOH Brasso.
Jason, you ain't suppose to be hittin' on the people on HarmonicaSpace!!! :-D
This man better realize what he`s got in you!