[Harp-L] Looking for small amps to buy

Richard Hunter rhunter377@xxxxx
Fri Jul 28 13:21:33 EDT 2017

mr1danga wrote:
Hello allI'm looking for any smaller amps people are considering selling.?
My top 3 choices in no order1)Meteor Mini Meat2)Memphis Mini3)Harpgear HG2
possibly Double Trouble
Open to other ideas but the above are preferred.?Please lemme knowThanksJJ

Usually when I think of a "small amp" I'm thinking in terms of a 5 watt
tube amp with an 8" or 10" speaker.  Is that what you're thinking of?  The
Mini Meat 2 has 20 watts and a 2-8" 1-10" speaker configuration; that's not
"small" where I come from.  The HG2 is a 5-7 watt amp with a single 8"
speaker, so a much smaller amp than the Mini Meat 2.

These amps are relatively high-priced compared to amps aimed at guitar
players, a guitar amp might do very well for you.  In particular, consider
the VHT Special 6, which has a 10" speaker and 5 watts of power, sounds
great with harp, and costs about $225 compared to the $900 retail price tag
for the HG2.  The larger speaker enables the amp to put out a lot more
energy in lower frequencies, which works well for harp.

My own small amp is a Crate VC508--5 watts and an 8" speaker--which I
bought used for $125 over a decade ago, and upgraded via the services of
Ron Holmes a few years later for an additional $200 (which included adding
an XLR output to the PA).  $325 total, and it's a great little amp.  I
added a speaker output jack myself so I can connect it to larger speaker
cabinet if desired.

I recommend that you look for 5-watt amps that use a 12AX7 or AY7 preamp
tube and a 6L6 amp tube.  Try to find an amp with a line-out that you can
take to a PA in the event that you need more volume on a gig.  If no, you
can always have an amp tech add one later.

And don't worry too much about which brand you buy.  The classic 5 watt
tube amp circuit design has been around for over 50 years, and it's
nobody's secret anymore.

Regards, Richard Hunter
Check out our 21st Century rock harmonica record "The Lucky One" at

Author, "Jazz Harp" (Oak Publications, NYC)
Latest mp3s and harmonica blog at http://hunterharp.com
Vids at http://www.youtube.com/user/lightninrick
Twitter: @lightninrick­­­‪­‪­­­‪‪­­‪­‪­‪­­­­‪­­‪‪‪­‪‪­­­‪­‪­­­­‪‪­­‪­‪­­­­

More information about the Harp-L mailing list