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frank m
Jan 20, 2010 8:26 PM GMT

Hi! I'm new on this site. Joined today! First time on a community actually. I live in a small cold swedish town where - it seems like - there is only one more person playing harmonica, and Ibeliave he's a little shy. I want to play blues on stage as soon as posible. I have this Shure 520DX and my harmonicas. And a band. And a stage. What do I need to get that sound. I have problems with feedback (maybe feedback isn't the word, I'm from sweden you know, but the sound goes shouting around screaming back). Is there any amp prefered amongst players, in order to get a traditionel standard sound? Should I backline the amp? These kind of questions.. Please feel free to answer them. I need help.

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Jan 13, 2010 11:25 PM GMT
BlueMoose Replied:

Hi Frank, welcome aboard.

What amp are you trying to play through? What dials (bass/mid/treble/gain) does it have and what settings are you using. Typically treble and mid are low, bass higher for harp. What size speaker? Is it a tube or solid state amp? Again most harp players use smaller tube amps, with 8 or 10 inch speakers either single or 2 or 4 depending on how loud you need to be.

Tons of on-line resources. Start with and read the amplified harp section.

ain't busted but I'm badly bent

Jan 14, 2010 10:50 PM GMT
BlueMoose Replied:

ps. Frank, this question should be over in the gear room.

ain't busted but I'm badly bent

Jan 15, 2010 1:11 AM GMT
HTrain Replied:

After trying several pedals and a couple of amps, I've come to realize that the tightness of the cupping when you hold the harp to the mic is most important. Any 'leakage' of air in your hand cupping will likely start feedback. Greg ( has a couple of youtube video on this. SO does Brian at Both are very informative. Good luck with it

Jan 19, 2010 10:40 AM GMT
Andrew T Replied:

Welcome to the space! Good, humble, knowledgable, talented folks hang out and chat here and I'm sure you'll get all your questions answered (as I have. Yay :) I recommend re-posting this in th "gear" room. There are some folks on here who really know their stuff and will probably notice your post there.

A lot of amps are preferred but usually old Fender and Vox amps modified with lower power tubes. That is my amateur opinion haha. Best of luck to you frank :)

Jan 20, 2010 7:59 PM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

Reduce highs and mids, add a little (or more bass). Reduce volume, stand avay from amp, leave your amp behind your back. Buy good microphone which is not prone to feedback.

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