Re: [Harp-L] Nic Clark playing the VHT Special 6 amp
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- Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Nic Clark playing the VHT Special 6 amp
- From: Richard Hunter <turtlehill@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2010 15:44:02 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
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- Reply-to: Richard Hunter <turtlehill@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Rick Davis wrote:
>Here is a video of Nic Clark playing the VHT Special 6 amp.Â The amp's tone
>circuit has been voiced specifically for blues harp.Â The speaker is an
>Eminence Lil' Buddy, and the power tube is a JJ Tesla 6V6S.Â The preamp tube
>In the video the amp is on 3 (9 o'clock on the volume control) and it
I checked out the video, and the amp sounds good.
On the Blues Harp Amp Blog, I read the following:
<So, I paid $200 to Amazon.com for the amp. It arrived in five days, no shipping charge. The speaker <sells for $75. There is no real need to change the stock tubes unless you are an inveterate tinkerer <(like me). The tubes sound fine. For $275 you can own a killer little harp amp that beats the pants off the EL84 amps like Kalamazoo, Epiphone, and Fender Pro Jr.
<With the circuit mods the amp steps up to a whole new level and becomes a true harp amp. It has <the tone and feel you crave... It's a boutique harp amp for a fraction of the cost.
I figure that the cost for the final product--the one in the video--is closer to $350, if you figure that most people will have a tech do the mods. (I'd certainly have a tech install a line-out if I wanted one, which I would.) That's a good price for a small tube amp that's usable for relatively quiet performances, e.g. practice, recording, gigs in small rooms like coffeehouses (and for loud shows with a line-out to the PA).
It's not much different from what most people would pay for a similar amp--5 watt class A circuit with 12AX7 preamp tube and an 8" or 10" speaker--from Crate, Epiphone, Fender, Peavey, etc., with mods from a respected harp amp tech. I do think the 10" speaker makes a difference--I'm about ready to declare that 10" speakers are tops for harp, period.
So if you already own a 5 watt amp, what do you do? Sell it and buy a VHT 6? I see some people on this list apparently doing that now.
Regards, Richard Hunter
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