Re: perfect harp amp & pre-amps
- Subject: Re: perfect harp amp & pre-amps
- From: Roscoharp@xxxxxxx
- Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004 02:21:23 EST
In a previous post, Richard Hunter gives a ringing endorsement of the RP200.
I don't have much experience with that particular pre-amp (or modeler,) but I
have been using a Peavey Tubefex pre-amp for years & I like it so much I
bought a spare. They were discontinued 5 or 6 yers ago, but are stll available for
around $350-$400 with the PFC10 foot controller. This unit took a lot of
tweaking, but now I have a very useful variety of sounds from classic amped harp to
a pretty cool Leslie organ sound to delays, etc. etc. I can run a balanced
line to the board for a small gig with my (mainly) acoustic trio, or run it to
my Bassman RI or '61 Super & mic it for playing with my loud, loud, loud
rock/pop/whatever we are band. It can easily be set up for different mics. Feed back
is rarely an issue due to the tone & EQ shaping flexibility.
Traditional blues players probably have no need of this kind of unit, & it
is definitely a compromise situation even for me - but for a rock or variety
player it beats carrying a bunch of stomp boxes, batteries, cables & wall
warts to gigs. It takes about 5 minutes to set up; the foot controller is
practically indestructable & has one midi cable running to it that also supplies
power; I can change & edit patches on the fly. If you need to have a variety of
sounds when you play, this is a great unit. The only bad thing is that it says
Peavey on it. If anyone wants more info. they can contact me off-list.
The coolest amp I've played through is a Kalamazoo Model Two. Too bad it's
completely impractical for anything but the quietest of bands or the studio.
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