[Harp-L] Fender Champion 600 5W Amp (John K.)
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- Subject: [Harp-L] Fender Champion 600 5W Amp (John K.)
- From: Greg Heumann <greg@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2007 17:36:50 -0700
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I'm the guy. I actually prefer the Model 2 - there is very little
difference tonally - the Model 2 has Tremelo which the Model 1
doesn't - but more importantly, I've had a few Model 1's through my
shop and the mere presence of the tremelo circuit, whether on or off,
may explain why the Model 2's seems to sound better. You simply can't
get a better small harp amp for the money than a properly refurbished
Kalamazoo. The tone is amazing and the price is right. You could
spend $500 for a Champ and get similar tone. Or you could spend $250
for a Kalamazoo.
I caution everyone to be very wary of these amps on eBay. I buy them
there, KNOWING FULL WELL they will need work. I have bought, repaired
and sold nearly 2 DOZEN Kalamazoo amps in the last 2 years- and not
one has been right despite the sellers' claims. The worst offender
recently was one supposedly "customized for harp". Well, somebody
made several changes, all right - with the most terrible workmanship
I've ever seen. And the amp sounded awful! Took me all day just to
put it back the way it should be. I KNOW what they should sound like
and I GUARANTEE THEM.
Check 'em out on my web site - you'll find sound samples there too. I
have a couple for sale right now. I am rarely able to keep them in
Richard Hunter wrote:
Kalamazoo Model Ones are generally considered good harp amps.
There's a guy who specializes in fixing these up for harp players,
and his prices are generally in your low range. Check the Harp-L
archives for info.
"Timm Goodrich" wrote:
<I don't have a lot of money and I'm looking for a small gig/
<Yea, I've looked on e-bay but I only want to spend once and fix/
<issues are a concern. I can't afford a money pit.
<Is there "a" amp small amp?
<Price range > $250 ,
<then price range > $500?
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