RE: Tone - acoustic

As an addendum to Gary's tone, he comes by occasionally to try out a mic or
harp and I get to hear him run through his chops. When he plays, my entire
shop just resonates this mans incredible sound. After he leaves, I skulk off
with my tail twixt my legs and vow to take up the kazoo. After hearing him,
that's pretty much the way my harp playing sounds anyway.

...nothing beats a hot rod

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Subject: Re: Tone - acoustic

Andy Vincent wrote:
>I can count on one hand the number of great players I've heard plaing
>accoustic (no amplification at all). Oh, I've heard many players great (and
>not so great) playing live gigs, but all those live gigs involved varying
>degrees of amplification. Even the so called 'straight through the PA' guys
>have their accoustic tone altered (i.e. reverb, EQ, compression, etc.).

I had the good fortune once to attend a Texas Harmonica Rumble workshop
featured, among other players, Gary Primich.  Gary sat down in a folding
pulled a brand new Anniversary Edition Marine Band (remember how much those
SUCKED) out of the shrink-wrapped box, and schooled us all on exactly how
tone was a result of player technique.

A couple of years later I was at a great vintage mic and amplifier
done by Tom Ellis at the now-defunct Austin Blues, when Gary appeared
unannounced.  While most of us were struggling to hear the differences
subtle (and not so subtle) variations in mics and amps, Gary would step up
any given combination and produce this MONSTEROUS tone.  He practically
the same through any mic and amp he chose.  I don't think it was on the
to demonstrate that regardless of the equipment, the major tone generator
on the other side of the harp.

- -tim

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