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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2010-10-11T02:42:38+00:00 2010-10-11T02:42:38+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: bass amp]]>
Harp can work well through a bass amp (the ’59 Bassman mentioned above is a bit of a classic harp amp). The frequency response is often closer to what a harp puts out than what a guitar amp is expecting. However, they are not ‘tuned’ for harp and will probably require some tweeking (as a guitar amp will).
I’ve played through a Fender Rumble 15 bass practice amp (with 1 x 8” speaker I think), a Behringer 60 watt bass amp with 1 x 12” and Trace Elliot 300w 4 x10” combo with and without a 2 x 15” extension cab (I’ve got kids that play bass – electric and double – hence lots of bass amps around the house) with a variety of mics. They have their good points and I think all could be used as a harp amp if necessary - but I doubt they’re as good as an amp made for harp. I also often use a 4 x 8” bass quadbox for my ‘baby’ mono PA that I put a Digitech RP350 pedal (with the Richard Hunter patch set) in front of for harp. That works pretty well for small rooms.

I’ve been looking at the Roland Bass MicroCube as a busking amp – I reckon that would work better for harp than the ‘guitar’ Microcube, but I haven’t had the opportunity for a side by side comparison yet.

The mic you use will contribute (potentially significantly) to the sound as well, and the potential use will dictate the size of the amp. For dirty blues, there’s a bunch of boutique amps, mics and pedals around and a whole bunch of money can be spent! If you don’t want to go down that (expensive) path, there’s probably a fair bit you can do with your Vox and an A B splitter with different effects chains for the guitar and harp. That and a good harp mic would be cheaper (and easier to carry).

If you want a dedicated harp amp, I’d be inclined to get a boutique (even a 5W ‘Zoo II) rather than a bass amp.

Statistics: Posted by MakaInOz — Mon Oct 11, 2010 2:42 am

2010-10-09T15:59:35+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: bass amp]]> Statistics: Posted by torncone — Sat Oct 09, 2010 3:59 pm

2010-10-08T17:26:44+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: bass amp]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Fri Oct 08, 2010 5:26 pm

2010-10-07T21:25:23+00:00 <![CDATA[bass amp]]> Statistics: Posted by hohners — Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:25 pm