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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2012-06-13T04:40:34+00:00 2012-06-13T04:40:34+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Harp Oriented Vendors]]>
i usually use rockin rons now.although i do buy some harps from amazon. since i use suzuki manjis the most i can go two years before replacing a harp,that is with atleast two shows a week.

i scour the web for reed plates and get some here and there.

i also sometimes deal with john from bushman directly.

i also buy from eezy reeder on ebay.

i wish there was a MOM and POP store i could patronize .the problem is they only carry hohner,and i avoid that brand unless it is the only brand available.

Statistics: Posted by bottleneck — Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:40 am

2012-06-06T10:42:35+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Harp Oriented Vendors]]> Statistics: Posted by jawbone60 — Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:42 am

2012-06-04T17:41:07+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Harp Oriented Vendors]]> a former host of this very forum. They stocked everything I was looking for including oddball Echo harps. When I need to replace a sp20, I'll look at them first.

Statistics: Posted by allanlummox — Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:41 pm

2012-06-04T13:28:30+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Harp Oriented Vendors]]> Regarding the speed of harp delivery, I guess the only time I order a harp is when I don't have a backup in my bag, so I can usually afford to wait a little 'cuz I've rotated the backup into the case.

I am fortunate to have a guy here who is a good tech. The first time I took my BluesBlaster (which I hardly ever use) into him, I gave him a link to an article about the wiring, and that's all he needed.

And, Greg, your services are of course not available at any stores. Nobody builds stuff like yours, and then backs it with the quality attitude about workmanship.

Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:28 pm

2012-06-03T19:24:56+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Harp Oriented Vendors]]>
i know smaller music stores can order things i need occasionally, and they don't tack on much, so i do go that route here and there. but the temptation is big to go with a harp vendor who has a lot of choices and 2 day turnaround shipping. i think these are the guys- who provide quality, service, and promptness- who will be with us over years to come.

funny though, we were at a big box music store yesterday and i needed fuses for a vintage amp. did they have any? nope. did they want to sell me another tube amp? of course, but they did point me to a smaller electronics jobber- who did not have the fuses either. on a hunch i went to a local Kraftco hardware store,one of those places that's been there for decades and has 2 of nearly everything ever made. and guess what- they had my fuses for under $3 a 5 pack.

so on both sides of the topic there is definite room to do business.

Statistics: Posted by jawbone60 — Sun Jun 03, 2012 7:24 pm

2012-06-03T15:17:27+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Harp Oriented Vendors]]>
You're right that buying local is a Good Thing. Unfortunately the harp market is so small and geographically distributed that we would have terribly limited choices. Walk into the local Guitar Center. What harp mics do you see? Junk! Ask them if that XLR to 1/4" cable is Pin 2 hot or Pin 3 hot. Ask them whether that hohner blues blaster has a crystal or a dynamic element. You'll get a deer in the headlights look.

The goal of "buy local" is to support your community's economy for the advantage of the entire community. In this case, your community is harp players. Avoiding the big stores and buying your gear from people who cater specifically to harp players, like Rockin' Ron's for harps, Lone Wolf Blues for pedals and BlowsMeAway Productions for mics/adapters/volume controls/cables/wireless ... DOES benefit the harp playing community. And it is where you will get personal service from people who actually know harp!

Statistics: Posted by gheumann — Sun Jun 03, 2012 3:17 pm

2012-06-03T14:36:50+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Harp Oriented Vendors]]>
i was at GC last week in fact, and the harp selection was depressing to say the least. and nobody wants to mess with a special order. since GC is about 20 miles away i don't want to make a lot of trips there just to get a harp ordered and then pick it up- at higher prices, esp if it's not what i ordered. i had experiences like this in the past.

reason we were at GC was to buy a keyboard for Jolene. whilst there, she fell in love with a guitar, Epi Emperor Swingster, which is a sort of evolved version of her first electric hollowbody. we laid the guitar away and she sold off 2 guitars she wasn't using, and we got that guitar as well. unfortunately she opted to return the keyboard. but still, when a case becomes available for the guitar we plan to buy it right there at GC. getting a case via mail order for the Emperor Regent was a real pain. so face to face on this next one and local business will get a piece.

i occasionally do business with the music store here in town. smaller but still a very cool place with good choices on new, used, amps, guitars, and accessories. we get all our strings and picks there as well as stands and other stuff. in fact i have bought a harp or 2 there. sp20 is still a good work horse harp. we've bought an amp or 2 and a nice lil fender p.a. there and these guys have been very good to do business with.

i'm a working stiff and gigs here don't pay really very well most of the time, so i have to find ways to stretch the dollar as far as i can. an online vendor offers a deal on reed plates or harps and free shipping, that's the way i have to go. i do always hope to win the lotto.

Statistics: Posted by jawbone60 — Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:36 pm

2012-06-02T15:43:11+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Harp Oriented Vendors]]> I'm not sayin' that it's wrong to buy online, but I think it's worthwhile to try to keep the Ma & Pa stores around.
I'm fortunate that the local store I patronize is owned by a guy who's a good guitar/amp /sound system tech as well.
I've always felt that online sellers have an advantage, in that they generally don't have to demonstrate the product or support a bricks & mortar facility... and they generally don't collect state sales taxes, which gives them a 6.5% price advantage in my locale. I just wonder what would happen if the local guys ceased to exist.

Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Sat Jun 02, 2012 3:43 pm

2012-05-31T10:58:33+00:00 <![CDATA[Harp Oriented Vendors]]> Statistics: Posted by jawbone60 — Thu May 31, 2012 10:58 am