Re: Small Harp Amp
"Check out the Spirit Harp Pro, about the price of a Blues Junior, but its
10" speaker, all tube (preamp, power, rectifier), harp ready."
The Spirit Pro may be a fine harp amp, but at $695 I wouln't say it's "about
the price as a Blues Junior." The BJ goes for $384.99 at Musician's Friend
online, and some are $375 new on Ebay, and less than $300 if they're used.
Vince, another small-amp option is the Hurricane amp, which I believe the
late Rock Bottom helped design. Their V-8 is a class A single ended output
that pumps out 5 watts into a 4 ohm 8 Inch Jensen speaker. It features
volume, tone, and a line-out jack. Tube compliment: one 12AX7, one 6V6, one
5Y3. Size: 12 inch X 12 inch X 6 inch. Weight is 15 lbs. They also make a
larger V-10. In this one, two cathode-biased output tubes deliver 15 watts
to a 10" Jensen. The V-10 has a distortion switch that modulates the output
section and has volume, bass, treble, a line/out jack. Tube compliment: two
12AX7, two 6V6, one 5Y3. Size: 19" X 15" X 9". Weight: 20 lbs. Their site is
<http://www.hurricane-tubeamp.com/bullet.html>. Hurricane also sells a
chrome bullet-style mic for $89. For the record, I haven't tried ANY of
their products, just letting you know what's out there.
Incidentally, regarding small custom harp amps .... Mark Baier of Victoria
Amps told me that they've made a few Champs with 10- and 12-inch speakers,
some that ran on a single 6L6. The point is, Baier (and I would imagine ANY
of the boutique guys) is willing to work with the customer. Not at all
cheap, but as the esteemed Tony Glover wrote, it's your bread, bloweth as
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