[Harp-L] Seeking Advice
Thu May 19 12:02:12 EDT 2016
Chris Hofstader wrote:
<Iâm looking for a small practice amp or, even better, an amp head as I donât need a speaker. Iâd like for it to be as close to the Vox AC sound as possible but, as <this is purely for practicing, it neednât be an expensive tube set. I donât care much if it has any added effects as, aside from my Lone Wolf reverb pedal, I donât <use any.
<So, whether tubes, solid state or DSP, I think portability is priority one but I do hope for something that isnât a noisy little toy. The one added feature which <probably eliminates all of the DSP types is that Iâm blind and all of the controls on the device need to be hardware knobs as Iâve no way of seeing a digital based <set of menus.
Since you already like the sounds Vox amps make, I think your best bet is to pick up one of their small modeling amps. I own a Vox DA5, and it's a great little plug-and-play box that sounds very good with harp and offers a full set of hardware controls, as per your specification.
The DA5 is no longer in production, but I'm sure you can find one used. If not, the current Mini 3 G2 and other small modeling amps from Vox (see http://www.voxamps.com/mini) will give you similar sounds and hardware controls for a price pretty close to $100. All the mini amps are small and light, and they run on batteries in case you want to practice on the beach. (Cambridge doesn't have a beach, but Cape Cod isn't far away.) The Mini 3 G2 has a headphone output jack too in case you don't want to broadcast your amped tones.
A Roland Micro Cube offers very similar functions and features for a similar price, and some harp players like them. In my opinion, the Micro Cube sounds great with guitar, but it's a mediocre harp amp. I'd go with the Vox line.
Regards, Richard Hunter
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