Monday, May 25, 2015

Big Iron = Big Tone

I was talking to an very well-known and respected amp maker about the weird notion that smaller transformers are good for tone. Here is a quote from the conversation:

"A slightly bigger output transformer with the proper impedance, turns ratio, leakage inductance and parasitic capacitance.... will always be a better choice unless you are tuning for a junky, cheap ass sound."

There you have it. That's why we use beefy transformers in the Memphis Mini amps.

A Review Comparing the Memphis Mini amp and the Harp Train 10 amp

In this amp category, the Memphis Mini is the best. It is far above the others.

I have finally been able to compare it to the Lone Wolf amp I have read and heard so much about from my recent customers.

The two amps do not compare to each other. Really nothing! Their sound and their tone are very different.

Lone Wolf has a less toned sound, more plain.

With respect to power and volume, the MM would tend (and I mark my words to not offend anyone) to overwhelm the Harp Train.

The MM is worth every penny, and the Lone Wolf is way too expensive for what it does. You can get better, more powerful amps for the same money or less
The MM is very seducing and I can see why people like it. It makes you feel as if you are on Beale Street in the 40's. The tone is wonderful! And it makes average players sound good and good players sound great. It is very powerful as well. More power and much more guts than the Harp Train.

--Nicolas Fouquet


(Nicolas Fouquet is a French-born harp player from Limoges. He is the son of a famous French guitar maker, Claude Fouquet, grandson of a Jazz Musette soprano sax player, and great grandson of a Spanish flamenco guitar player. He is a respected harp tech and well known for his expertise on harmonica playing, amps, and mics.)