Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Earth Day Blues Jam at Ziggies

No harp in this one but my band is killin' it with guest bassist Curtis Hawkins.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Killer Amp for Sale - 1962 Fender Deluxe

Tony Smith is offering his vintage Brown Fender Deluxe for sale - $1500. The amp is all original except for a few caps replaced and the speaker replaced with a 1966 Jensen Gold Label. This amp has amazing natural harp tone in a band setting, as you can hear in this video.

The asking price is more than reasonable for such a great amp. If you have any interest let me know and I will pass it along to Tony.

Update from Tony: SOLD

Our buddy in Germany…Thomas, AKA. Harpsucker is the lucky fellow…
He wanted it before but needed to sell something. Sold a 2X8 premier and bought mine.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A 12+8 Harp Amp from Bruce Collins

This is the amp Bruce Collins of Mission Amps made for Al Chesis. It is similar to my 1x12 Chicago “32-20” amp, but it has a 12-inch and 8-inch speakers. It uses a softer rectifier tube to bring the power down a bit and give it a saggier tone.

I played a set on this amp last night at Al’s blues jam at the Boulder Outlook. NICE! It barks some big tone with a hell of a bite. Nice attack. I used Al’s bullet mic with a CR element… a good combination.

The 12-inch speaker is the Eminence Cannabis Rex, which still needs a little breaking in. I know these speakers well, and after they get a few hours of stage time they freaking snarl when you spank them. The 8-incher is a Jensen P8R. It definitely cuts through the mix. I polled the audience after my set and everybody I talked to said they could clearly hear the harp even during a typically raucous jam.

The cab is a bit larger than my 5E3 tweed Mission amp… I think it is a tweed Super cab. It is still smaller and lighter than the backbreakers many of us use, and it stood up to a stage full of drunk and enthusiastic guitar players. Impressive.

Contact Bruce Collins at Mission Amps for price and details.