Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New Gear

I have been neglecting this blog while waiting for some new gear.  I still have some Buddha harps in transit, but I have also purchased a new amp.  Yep, I traded the Double Trouble and some cash for a HarpGear HG50 1210.

In the last couple of months, I've realized my need for more headroom.  The DT is a clean amp, and with my tube/speaker choices, even more so, but I need something more versatile.  Something with more watts and volume (although, the DT was 95% there for volume and 110% for tone).  It isn't that I need to be really loud or fill the house with a 4x10, but I had noticed that when the band plays a loud passage, I would get drowned out onstage and start playing harps harder.

I should have the amp the end of this week or early next week.  NiteRail has a few sweet shows lined up and I'll get video of the new amp!  I've actually turned down four new shows today.  Our bass player just had a baby, our guitar player's wife is due the end of April, and we are expecting baby number two in early May.  So I'll have to make the most out of the gigs we do have and negotiate some June/July dates!

SPAH is in MN, an hour from my house, this August.  I'll be around for that and will bring the HG50 when appropriate.  For now check out the sound bytes below!


I can't direct link, but click on "Amps", and then on the HG1210.  Jason Ricci and RJ Harman have clips with the same mic I use.  My two favorite tones are Carlos del Juno on his album "Just Your Fool" and Jason Ricci on "Done with the Devil".  Hopefully, this rig will let me find an amped sound that is influenced by those sounds.

1 comment:

  1. Mike: I like your blog, and I read your posts on Harp-L, so don't take this the wrong way. But you are crippled by Gear Acquisition Syndrome. Seriously, man. You've bought and sold enough harp gear to finance one of your kids' college education (assuming that dough were invested in tax-protected mutual funds). Step back - take a break from it. Smell the flowers. Spend some money on your wife.