Re: [Harp-L] Gus and gear
Wow - I thought this story was winding up to the line: "...So I shot
On Jun 29, 2007, at 3:06 PM, Sloppy Joe wrote:
Case in point - lots of discussion, ad nauseum - on achieving great
Perhaps none of you have heard me. That's granted. I have been
some time, and possess a decent tone.
While in Eureka Springs, (Arkansas, USA) at the Blues Fest, my band
confronted by a wonderfully dressed up Gus. He was in a cowboy hat,
inside his boots, and he had a harmonica in hand. He saunters up to
tells me he wants to play. (we'll spare you all my thoughts on that
I refer him to the band leader - mind you, we've already started
song where I carry a lot of the load. So the band leader tells him
looks at me - and I tell the guy (seeing he is holding a Bb harp)
an A harp"... the SOB pulls one out, so I hand him my mic.
We used the same rig - barely any time for my mic to cool off, or
to stop oscillating - he takes over.
He was enthusiastic - but from what the band leader, the audience
heard - he did not possess my tone. He didn't possess rhythm or
much else aside from maybe 10 beers perhaps... but as far as good gear
making for good tone.... not in Gus's case, trust me.
As Brooks said, garbage in, loud garbage out.
And I do get the point - that spec 20 raised, nothing wrong with a
buying good gear on his journey to tone. Just make sure you ain't
one who thinks you have good tone before you believe the gear is
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