Videos uploaded by user “OneHarp”
Easy DIY Magnetic Coil Pickup for you CBG from a "Wallwart" Transformer.
In this video, I show how you can easily make a magnetic coil pickup for your Cigar Box Guitar from the coil in an easy to find 12volt "wallwart" transformer. The tone is great, and the output is high. The process is relatively easy, but involves using sharp implements. Please be careful! I am not responsible if you hurt yourself while attempting this!
Views: 54682 OneHarp
Tips for playing half-valved diatonic harmonica
Hi folks! Here is the promised follow up video where I discuss my approach to playing half-valved diatonic harmonicas. I discuss tips for good tone, getting good valved bends, blow vibrato, and legato playing. At the end I play a little freestyle melody on a half-valved harp, which incorporates all of these techniques! Enjoy! If you found this video helpful, consider leaving me a tip! You can do so easily at the following site: http://gotip.it/oneharp Feel free to PM me with any questions!
Views: 5639 OneHarp
Comparison of the "Progressive" Special 20 vs. the  "Classic" Special 20
In this video, I compare the new "Progressive" Special 20 to the old version we all knew and loved. I'm using two new harmonicas in the same key (G). I've minimally adjusted the gaps on the harmonicas, just so that what you hear is the true tone of each harp. Has Hohner changed the magic formula? Do you need to stockpile as many "classic" Special 20's as you can? Or is all just a marketing ploy?! Watch the video to find out!
Views: 29341 OneHarp
Build Your Own Inexpensive Harmonica Mics--Part 6
This is the last video in the series on how to build your own inexpensive harmonica mics. In this vid I play through 5 mics I made myself, including the mic I made in the other vids in this series. I'm playing thru a pignose 7-100 (legendary) 5 watt solid state amp, with the one and only knob (volume) set at 3/4 of the way up.
Views: 8366 OneHarp
$4 acoustic spring reverb for blues harp!
This thing is awesome! It's called the "magic mic" (although I've seen others called "echo mic"), and it cost like $4! I bought it at the local Cost Plus/Worldmarket in the kids toy section, and I'm sure yours'll have 'em too! Have fun!
Views: 15938 OneHarp
DIY foot-drum
This is a video demonstrating a DIY foot-drum I made for myself. The heart of it is an old tambourine. A used mounting bracket from a ceiling vent fan makes the A-frame stand. It's attached to an old board. The pedal is some mdf flooring offcuts I nailed together. I used a bit of trim from the kitchen to make a fulcrum. There is small bit of block attached to the top of the a-frame that I drilled a hole through for the eye-bolt and wingnut that attaches the tambourine. The trick is to wedge this block to the correct striking angle for the pedal. I put a it of spring below the pedal to soften the return.
Views: 37398 OneHarp
"Blues Bender PAC" vs. "Special 20", Hohner Harmonica Review
In this video, I review the mid-level Hohner "Blues Bender PAC" harmonica, and compare it to one of Hohner's professional-level harmonicas, the Special 20. At $17 (vs $35), does the Blues Bender stand up to the Special 20? Is the Blues Bender a good "beginner" harmonica? Does it have any potential at all?!! Watch the video to find out!
Views: 7060 OneHarp
Hohner Educator 10 Review -- Part 1
Her's Part 1 of my review of Hohner's 10 Hole Chromatic Harmonica, the Educator 10.
Views: 11010 OneHarp
Simple external tempo control for Korg Volca series - tap tempo, time signature, etc
In this tutorial, I show you how to add a tap tempo control to your Korg Volca Series or Montribe analog synth, using your Android (or probably other) smart phone (or your computer). The secret lies in Korg's "sync" control, which is a simple audio "click" signal. Basically, you record the click track from the "sync out" jack with your favorite digital recording medium (your computer, a digital recorder, etc.). Then using Audacity (or your favorite audio editor), clip out ONE of the clicks, and save it as a 16bit Mono WAV PCM file. Transfer this file to your phone's "SD card" memory, and load it in with "Drummer's Metronome", a free metronme app for Android and Blackberry, connect the audio out from your phone to the "Sync In" jack of your Korg synth, and tap away! Use the various controls in the Drummers Metronome app to glitch away at the tempo by changing the time signature, eight notes, 16th notes, triplets, and rests. Fun noises are sure to abound! NOTES: Other metronome apps may also work, as long as you can load in your own sounds. You might also be able to use a looper (hardware or software) or other sound source to send the click track to the Sync In jack. There is a threshold in volume for the click to be "heard" by the synth, so be sure to turn the volume up all the way on your phone or other sound source!
Views: 4369 OneHarp
Build Your Own Inexpensive Harmonica Mics--Part 3
In part three I show my soldering set-up, and demonstrate how to solder up a 1/4inch guitar and volume potentiometer. The next vid will show connection of the element and final assembly of the mic.
Views: 10216 OneHarp
Harpbox -- LD Miller beat (How to do Isaacs slightly lamer version)
Here is how I do my slightly lamer version of LD Millers awesome harpbox beat from the "ultimate harp jam" video. I'm posting this as a video response to that one, so follow the link to hear the original! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqvnIalGgBk
Views: 1576 OneHarp
Acoustic Harmonica Lesson - A unique way of holding the harp for huge "Wah Wah" and horn tones
In this brief lesson, I show you a different way of holding the harmonica. The "secret" is in the right hand, which you use like a "megaphone" tot focus and project all the sound forward. This not only gives a punchier, horn-like tone with increased volume, but it also allows for incredible variation in tone simply by muting and unmuting with the left hand. Because it is possible to completely seal off BOTH the front and back of the harmonica with this grip, you can achieve MASSIVE "Wha's", and can add a whole new range of dynamics to your acoustic playing (or even your "amped" playing, if you use one of those little "ring" mics). This technique was taught to me by Dan Kaplan, and I highly encourage you to look up his music. He's got several songs here on YouTube at his channel, named "harmonicatune".
Views: 905 OneHarp
Three types of lip-based harmonica embouchures - improve tone by being relaxed!
A further clarification to my last video... Hopefully this will show you the difference between the too-tight "grandma kiss" pucker, the looser "fish-lips" pucker, and the looser still "Lip Block".
Views: 630 OneHarp
Build Your Own Inexpensive Harmonica Mics--Part 1
This video is part one in a series of vids about how to make your own cheap harmonica microphones from inexpensive and realively easy to find parts. This part talks about parts and shows what they look like. A good source of new parts is Mouser.com. Search there for "Kobitone" to buy cheap High-Z crystal and/or ceramic mic elements. Another good source is electronics goldmine (search google) to buy surplus electonics parts at a good discount. Part two will show how to drill shells, solder parts, and assemble a final mic.
Views: 45740 OneHarp
Acoustic Harmonica Blues in D minor.
Just a quick vid of a new tune I'm working out. No title as of yet. I'm playing a natural minor-tuned, G Hohner Marine Band in second position (D natural minor). Also testing out my new camera. Audio was captured with the onboard stereo mic, and was not processed afterward.
Views: 2296 OneHarp
Introduction to the "Easy Third" tuning for diatonic ("Blues") harmonica.
In this video I introduce the "Easy Third" tuning system for diatonic harmonica, discus how it's different from the normal Richter tuning system, and what you can do with it (that you can't with a Richter-tuned harmonica). I play some examples to give you ideas about what to use an Easy Third harmonica for. I love this tuning system, so if you want to learn more about this tuning, let me know in the comments, and I will make more videos about it!!
Views: 1511 OneHarp
Hohner Educator 10 Review -- Part 2
Here's part 1 of my review of Hohner's $35 10 hole Chromatic Harmonica, the Educator 10.
Views: 4240 OneHarp
The Lip Slapping Technique for Blues Harmonica
Just avid to talk about the technique of lip slapping (to replace tongue slapping) on the diatonic blues harp.
Views: 3447 OneHarp
12th Position Lesson in Memory of Chris Michalek
This is a little lesson on how to play a sweet 12th position lick on your diatonic blues harmonica. This lick was originally taught to me by my good friend, mentor, and teacher, Chris Michalek, who passed away five years ago this month. He was a wonderful person who loved to share everything he knew. This ones for you, buddy! Info: Harmonica: Special 20, progressive series Harmonica Key: G Lick Key: C Position: 12th, 5 hole draw as home note Tabs for my version of Chris's original lick: +4-4-5-5 -4 -5 -'6 +4-4-5-5 -4 -6 +6 -5-4 +4-4-5-5 -4 -5 -'6 +4-4-5-5 -4 __-8+7 -6~~~ +4-4-5-5 -4 -'6~~ +6-5 +4-4-5-'6 +6-5+6 -`6-5~~ __+7-6 +6-5 +4-4 -5 __+7-6 +6-5 -5~~~~~ Tab notes: + Blow note - Draw note __ Slide/Glissando up -' Shallow bent inflection at start of a draw note ~ Vibrato
Views: 1186 OneHarp
Suzuki Overdrive harmonica - review and tips
In this video, I review the unique suzuki overdrive harmonica, and give you some tips for how to make the most out of it's innovative design. Sorry that the video ends rather abruptly(!) - I apparently ran out of disk space on my phone! :) All in all, I'm happy to own this harp, but I wouldn't buy another. I see it mainly as a learning/practice tool, rather than a practical solution to the overbend technique. It's a fine quality instrument, and perhaps future refinements to the design will make it more practical to play in real performance situations.
Views: 13436 OneHarp
DIY Midi Harmonica - Part 1: Concept and parts
This iis video number one of a series I will make documenting the construction of a MIDI wind-controller in the form factor of a harmonica. The unit will operate via 7 bi-directional air pressure sensors. I'm using the MPXV7007GP, made by Freescale, which can sense +-1 PSI (about the range of pressure that a normal person can exude by breath force). The sensor data will be fed to a Teensy 3.1 microcontroller board, which is similar to an Arduino. I will write a sketch (C program) that will interpret the voltage changes across the sensors as they are blown or drawn, and translate that to MIDI note data, with velocity information for the "attack". The plan is to also use that data (polling the pressures over time) for overall volume control via MIDI cc messages. This should make for a very expressive instrument! I'll also attach an X/Y joystick to one end of the unit, which will control pitchbend, and possibly octave switching (although I may use some capacitive touch switches for that). There will be a rotary encoder which will let me cycle through keys (transposing), and, if held down, will cycle through different note layouts (richter, solo, natural minor, etc.). A final option could be to add a couple touch switches to make chords out of single notes (major, minor, seventh). THe unit will be capable of both usbMIDI and serial MIDI, so should be able to talk to software and hardware synths, just the same. Obviously, this is a big project, and it will proceed in stages. Stage one will be to get the Teensy and the sensors talking to each other, and for MIDI data to be output. This will require a basic set of connections and software. Then, I will begin expanding and tweaking the software, adding the other peripherals as the code becomes available to take advantage of them. Finally, I may eventually spring for a custom 3D-printed case for the thing. I'll document the project as best as I can during each phase, so stay tuned!!!
Views: 2490 OneHarp
Looping beatbox harmonica -- "Flow"
Here's a new one I've been working on. I call it "Flow", because it's kinda in a hip hop r&b vein, and it's pretty smooth! I'm using a Bass harp to lay down the bassline in this, so there's NO octave down effects being used. In fact, the only effects being used are reverb and delay. At the end I let the loop play and I do a little beat slicing / sampling with my DD400. Hope you enjoy! Here's the list of equpment: Harps: Leo Shi Bass (C) played in A. Leo Shi Octave harp (C) playing chords. Lee Oskar Natural Minor played in it's second position key of Am. Electronics: Digitech RP 155 with a couple custom patches. Also used for the looping. Output fed into a DIY momentary true bypass looper pedal. In the fx loop of that is a Behringer DD400 that I use both as way to a momentary blast of delay in "tap tempo" mode, and at the end I put it into "hold" mode and use it as the beat slicer/sampler. It's all fed into my little DIY 20 watt PA combo that I pieced together from a Realistic MPA20 head, a 6" musical instrument woofer and a 4" subwoofer. Recorded on my crappy digital camera.
Views: 1951 OneHarp
$5 DIY Harmonica Rack Mic - Play Amplified in a Rack! (Part 1 of 2)
An ultra cheap and easy DIY clip and mic assembly for playing amplified rack harp! Make it for $5! Needed Materials: 1) 2-5 inches of 1 1/2" diameter plastic drain pipe 2) Gaffers tape or duct tape (preferably colored to match pipe) 3) An old or cheap tape-recorder mic, or a lavaliere mic. Dynamic element to be preferred over an electret condenser style Needed Tools: 1) Hacksaw or rotary tool (be careful!!!!) 2) Drill 3) "Step" drill bit 4) Soldering iron (may not be needed, depending upon your mic) BIG shout out to Grey Owl Photo Art and to Killa Hertz from the Modern Blues Harmonica forum! They provided much of the inspiration for this design!!!
Views: 3292 OneHarp
ONE DROP DUB -- Looping Beatbox Harmonica Dub Style
Recorded in one shot, live, with some harpboxed loops, some sweet third-position reggae style melody, and some echo-shots for that dub feel. Loops done on the Zoom G3, then output through a stereo delay for the echo-shots. I'm playing a half-valved Delta Frost in the key of B retuned to dorian layout (lowered 3 and 7 draw) for both the harpboxed loop and the melody. *NOTE* I know that this isn't technically a "One Drop" beat, but it's close.... Call it "artistic license!" :) Peace and One Love! ~One Harp
Views: 4416 OneHarp
Call and Response -- Easy Third Harmonica Lesson
A quick lesson on how to easily incorporate the principle of "Call and Response" on and "Easy Third" tuned diatonic harmonica.
Views: 137 OneHarp
F natural minor
I brought one of my Seydels back to life! This Bb Soloist pro had two blown reeds (4 and 5 draw), so I replaced them (with Hohner reeds I trimmed to fit). I have a good Bb marine band already, so I decided that while I was under the hood I might as well go big, and so I retuned this harp to the Natural Minor tuning. I used the Blu Tak method (reversible) that Brendan Power uses. In 2nd position this harp plays inthe key of F minor, and I thought I'd make a video so's you can hear what it sounds like. Enjoy!
Views: 990 OneHarp
Build Your Own Inexpensive Harmonica Mics--Part 5
This video shows how to put your mic "guts" in your shell. I show how to make a cheap but pretty effective gasket to get teh most out of your element. If you have a standard shell (green bullet, jt30, etc.) you can buy really nice molded rubber gaskets from www.harpmicgaskets.com. Those guys are really nice and will take care of you well. The next vid will compare all my homemade harp mics thru the same amp.
Views: 12348 OneHarp
Easy Third harmonica lesson -- The 3rd position Blues scale
In this lesson, I show you how to play the 3rd position Blues scale in the first two octaves on an Easy Third tuned diatonic 10-hole harmonica. Scale Tabs: Lower Octave: -1 -2 +3 -3b -3 +4 -4 Second Octave: -4 -5 +6 -6b -6 +7 -7 On my version of "Easy Third" tuning, other 3rd position Blues scale notes include: +1, -9, +9, -10, +10
Views: 267 OneHarp
Tape Deck Harp Amp
In this video I show a Conrad "Stereophonic" all-tube reel-to-reel tape recorder that I modified into a bitchin amp! From wht I could discover on the net, the unit is vintage 1950's or early 60's. I simply removed all the mechanical parts, motor, etc that had to do with the tap drive, re-wired the input jacks to connect to where the tape heads were originally wired, and presto! It was an amp! It's got a built in 3x6 speaker. The rest of the setup you see in the vid is: flashlight mic with old cell phone ear bud element into danelctro equalizer pedal into passive splitter with one channel going to a 5 wat legedary pignose, and the other going into the conrad. The riffs I'm playing are my own compositions, and are works in progress. Please be kind!
Views: 2338 OneHarp
Acoustic Harmonica Lesson - Different "chord slaps" for different musical styles
In this quick acoustic harmonica lesson, I show you three different "chord slap" techniques, each with a unique sound. I discuss the embouchures that most easily facilitate each type of slap, and discuss WHY they sound different. I give examples of each, and also discuss which types of music they may be appropriate to. Note that I'm focusing on SINGLE focus notes with chord slaps. It's also possible to play TWO focus notes, either as a simple double stop (two holes side by side) or as split octave/double stop (two holes, widely spaced, and sounded by using the tongue to block the intervening holes). The former can be done both Tongue Blocking and Lip Blocking, but the latter can only be done Tongue Blocking.
Views: 1111 OneHarp
How to make your own harmonica valves at home easily, cheaply, and effectively
In this tutorial video, I show you how to make your own harmonica valves at home from easily sourcable materials. I walk you through each step, from making the valves to attaching them to your harp. EDIT: See extra info below. You need: Gaffers tape (very important to use real gaffers tape, and NOT duct tape) Scissors (large and small) Small metal pin or wire tool (to wrap the valves around) Please feel free to PM me with any questions! If you found this video helpful, consider leaving me a tip! You can do so easily at the following site: http://gotip.it/oneharp See my next video for tips on how to play valved harp! EDIT: EXTRA INFO!!! 1) I've had one harp with these valves in it for approximately 3 months now. The adhesive is still going strong. This tape is different from other tapes in that regard. The properties of the adhesive used in gaffers is a very important part of why these valves work as well as they do... 2) In the three or so months since I've been using these type of valves I have had not ONE sticking valve, even after an hour of play (including TB and chording, with a reasonable amount of saliva getting into the harp) 3) The ONLY problem I've had with these valves are from not curling them properly (ie., that one or two valves I made curled up away from the plate). That problem is solved by curling them tightly around a piece of wire (like a paperclip) BEFORE applying them. Rolling them from the adhesive edge outwards produces a better curvature, and largely prevents "curl away". 4) The exact product I'm using is JVCC brand Gaffers tape, available at Amazon for a little more than $12: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000QDRRIE/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I chose this brand based on the results of this survey: https://www.findtape.com/product321/FindTape-GAFF-TEST-PACK-Gaffers-Tape-Challenge-Pack.aspx#survey-results, and from other comments around the 'net that suggest it a) has a better adhesive than most (doesn't leave residue), and b) has a better cloth like "hand" to the tape material.
Views: 32095 OneHarp
Suzuki Harpmaster harmonica - review
A quick review of the suzuki Harpmaster diatonic harmonica.
Views: 20401 OneHarp
San Diego Bay inflatable kayak paddle - Intex Challenger K1
A relaxing afternoon on the water in our Intex Challenger K1 inflatable kayaks. San Diego Bay is a beautiful place to be!
Views: 1142 OneHarp
Here's a new video tutorial I just made about how to make a "bullet" harmonic mic shell from stuff you can find cheap from the Home Depot . See my 6-part video tutorial "how to build inexpensive harmonica mics" for information about how mic elements and other component selection, soldering, drilling, etc. This particular mic came together so well, that I'm halfway considering building a bunch for sale. We'll see. If you are interested, let me know: it'll help me make up my mind. Thanks to "Jawbone" from the MBH forum for the inspiration for this project. My mic is not he same as his, but his mics definately inspired this one.
Views: 29468 OneHarp
How To Make Your Harmonica Sound Like a Dijeridoo
This is a little tutorial to show you how to make your harmonica sound like a dijeridoo. It is both easy and difficult to do. If you play the didjeridoo already, it will be easier for you to do this. I was inspired to figure out how to do this by Brendan Power's song "Dijeriblues". You can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6j7AGgr_ZU My own original song "Reverberations of the Harp" can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPnq6NoRIMA
Views: 9176 OneHarp
Beatbox + Cigarbox Guitar
Beatbox plus some slide cigar box guitar action! CBG is self-made, including pickup. Recorded in one shot live. As far as I know (and what google tells me), I may be the first person to combine beatbox with cigarbox guitar. I seem to at least be the first one to upload a video to you tube!
Views: 886 OneHarp
"Lucky 13" Harmonica - Unboxing and review
In this video, I unbox and review the brand new "luck 13" harmonica, invented by Brendan Power and made by the EastTop Harmonica company. Is this new kind of harmonica all it's cracked up to be? Does it play well? Is it made well? Watch the video to find out!
Views: 6867 OneHarp
Roots, Harp, Reggae -- A looping beatbox harmonica song
It's a double shot of reggae for you today! Here's another looping beatbox track for you in the reggae stylee. This one is ina little dancehall stylee! If you feel the groove, then bust out your A harp and play along in 2nd position!
Views: 3951 OneHarp
incase DSLR Sling Pack -  Massive real-life review
This is a comprehensive review of the incase DSLR Sling Pack after approximately 1 year of use. Should you buy this bag? Catch the video for an in-depth discussion of the strengths and weaknesses, and to see how I use it. TLDR: It's best used as a "photo walk" bag for small mirrorless cameras.
Views: 3189 OneHarp
$5 DIY Harmonica Rack Mic -- Sound Samples! (part 2 of 2)
Part 2 of the $5 DIY Harmonica Rack Mic instructions. Here I demonstrate what this mic is capable of, and give some tips for how to get the most out of it.
Views: 1464 OneHarp
Build Your Own Inexpensive Harmonica Mics--Part 2
This is installment 2 of my series on how to build inexpensive microphones for use with harmonica. This video shows how I drill out and prepare a spice canister to be used as a microphone shell. The next video will show how to solder and assemble the "guts" of a microphone.
Views: 10475 OneHarp
The Lip Block embouchure for Blues harmonica
A quick example of the "Lip Block" embouchure for playing the harmonica. Note the wide mouth opening, relaxed facial muscles, and big tone.
Views: 872 OneHarp
Acoustic Harmonica Jam - Improvised solo tune on a G natural minor Marine Band.
Haven't uploaded anything in a while, but still been playing. Here's something I recorded quickly this morning - totally spontaneous and unrehearsed. I just set up the camera, hit record, and started playing. Hope you like!
Views: 396 OneHarp
Slow Blues "THANK YOU" on my new Seydel Soloist Pro
I got me a brand new Seydel Soloist Pro in Bb to replace my previous favorite harp (a hohner Blues Harp) that just died on me... I ordered it from Dave Payne at Elk River Harmonicas (dot com) who was a ral good guy to do business with. Usually a harp like this is just beyond my means (and what I can justify spending), but a fellow YouTuber felt so strongly that I should get this one that he supplied the difference between it and the cheaper Seydel Soloist standard that I was going to go with... Thanks to him I now have my ne favorite harp. It blows away all my Hohners by a million miles... It's in whole other league! I'm a Seydel man for life now.
Views: 6918 OneHarp
Steelified Seydel Solist Pro from Elk River Harmonicas!
This is a video demonstration of a "steelified" Seydel Solist Pro harmonica from Dave Payne over at Elk River Harmonicas (www.elkriverharmonicas.com). The original brass reedplates have been replaced with Low C steel reedplates from a Seydel Session Steel. The plates fit the Solist Pro perfectly!
Views: 7038 OneHarp
Phoenix Busking - Clip 2: Harpboxing and Hiphop
Clip 2 of 4 of Isaac's One Harp Band out busking in downtown Phoenix on Roosevelt avenue at the first First Friday of 2012. The first part of this clip shows me harpboxing on a Bb natural minor Seydel. In the second half, a local MC named Jonah had come up and asked to spit some rhymes over my harpboxed beats. So I hit the looper, and a really cool collaboration resulted. Harps: Self customised Marine Bands, Special 20's, and Seydel Solist Pros in various keys. Mic: Behringer XM8500 Effects Modeler: Zoom G3 Amp: Pyp PB1 Video shot by Mason Thompson, and edited by me.
Views: 511 OneHarp
Looping Harmonica Blues Playalong.AVI
I just got me a new Marine Band Deluxe in the key of Low F! So I started jamming on it. Then I broke out the looper. Then I thought "Hey, what about self accompaniment?". Then I broke out my key of normal F. Then I broke out the video camera!
Views: 1706 OneHarp
Harpboxing in the Fifth Position
I'm playing a Low E harp in fifth (Key of Ab). I set the mood by first using the looper to iteratively layer in an Ab minor chord one note at time up across all three octaves. Then, as I turn that off, I simultaneously bust into a scorching fifth position harpbox groove I recently came up with. I insert a few freestyle melody breakouts once in a while. In this song, I'm beatboxing WHILE playing harp at the SAME time. No loops (except for the intro chord). There's a little reverb on it all, but that's the ONLY effect I'm using on this one.
Views: 596 OneHarp
Back the same day - Dan Kaplan Cover
This is a cover of Dan Kaplan's great solo harmonica piece called "Back the same day". This is the first song I've learned to play with at tongue block embouchure, and I must say it was quite a challenge for me! I'm not doing nearly as much with it as Dan does, so I urge you to check out Dan's original here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lusc00mcOP4
Views: 386 OneHarp
Solid State Amps for Harmonica - the Peavey Studio Pro 40
This video is to show that you don't need an expensive tube amp and vintage CM bullet mic to get a good overdriven tone with harmonica. In this clip, I'm playing a Hohner Special 20 in G through a Berhinger XM8500 low-Z dynamic mic ($20), with a $10 impedance matching transformer into a 1980's era Peavey "Studio Pro 40" that I got for about $60 on my local craigslist. I made a footswitch for the amp so I could turn on/off the saturation and spring reverb. That cost me about $10 in parts, bringing my grand total to $100. I like these Peavey amps, because of their 100% solid state "transtube" circuitry designs, which have a very pleasing overdriven tone. I match this with a nice dynamic mic that is also pleasing when cupped into overdrive. I go into channel 1, which is the regular input (not the high z), and use that impedance matching transform to get signal to the right level. I've got the gain only up to about 3ish, the saturation up to about 6, and the master volume only up to like 2.5. I've got the bass cranked to 8, the mids at 5, and highs cut to about 2.5. I've pulled the "thick" switch to get some more mid presence, and I've got the reverb only at like 2. That's it. This tone set up should work with most classic Peavey "transtube" amps, like the Bandit, etc., and could probably work with many other solid state amps that weren't built for screaming metal distortion or what have you.
Views: 1941 OneHarp

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