Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Harp Cases

I use the venerable old tweed Fender harp case… The Mississippi Saxophone Case. Been using it for years. It’s a little small for me, but I like the mojo. For every gig it sits on top of my Charlie Musselwhite-endorsed old wooden barstool.

You can see what I carry in the case: A Peavey H-5C Cherry Bomb harp mic, customized with a hot Shure CM element, better connector, and upgraded volume pot. The only part that is still Peavey is the shell, which I like because its large cavity gives a good low-end tone, and the large shell fits well in my big hands.

Around the mic is a Planet Waves cable. The red thing on the lower left is a small Maglite flashlight. Next to that is a clothespin used to hang the set list (the white sheet in the case lid).

The black thing in the middle slot is the belt pack for my Line 6 X2 XDS95 Digital Wireless unit. Under that is a small chamois. The harp tray on the right has the harps I use most often with my band, Roadhouse Joe. I mark the key big so I can see it on a dark stage.

This pic shows the lower part of the harp tray, where I keep alternate harps and a couple of backups in A and D, the most common harps to blow out during a performance. I keep a full kit of new backup harps in a gig bag behind my amp on stage.

The Ol’ harp case has served me well, but it is kinda small and aging a bit. I’ve been looking around for a replacement, and looky here what I found: The MegaTone Wezo Harp Case -- The last harp case you’ll ever need:

This bad boy is coming soon from the good folks at MegaTone amps, makers of the excellent Wezo 45 harp amps. (I’ll have a comprehensive hands-on amp review soon).

The revolver does not come with the case. Too bad! I don’t own a wheel gun. For concealed carry here in Colorado I prefer my Walther PPK.

[NOTE -- PPKs are evidently popular with blues harp guys. Here's a pic sent in by a reader.]

UPDATE: More photos from Mike Wesolowski.

1 comment:

garry said...

i like the PPK. that's one way to get the guitar players to turn down.