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blowing harp through a toilet paper roll

PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 1:35 am
by watertore
I have been dabbling with amplifying my harp in my one band set up. Playing the drums on my feet, the harp on a rack, singing, and guitar, all at once has presented some problems with this. First I tried putting one harp rack over another one and taping a shure 57 to it and butting it up to the harp in the rack closest to my mouth. It was just too heavy and the mic cord kept banging on the guitar strings.





Walterharp on the bushman/MBH forum sent me a tiny little mic he built to try out. I hooked it up to my princeton reverb reissue (stock except eurotubes) and had to run my guitar direct into a preamp (I got to buy a vibro champ). I took an empty toilet roll and cut it open and added some paper towels to the inside. Then I duct taped it in place, fitted it over a bushman delta frost (A and also stock) and slid the tiny mic in against the harp. This added somewhat of a hand cupping effect. So off I hit the recording button and here is what I got. there is still a lot of bleeding of acoustic harp into the vocal mic and vocal into the bassed out/distorted harp amp. Also the harp mic has a buzz to it (maybe I am doing something wrong with the hook up?). All in all I think it is a good start. I may buy some of that sound deading foam they put in computers to quiet them down in recording studios inside the toilet paper roll to see if that isolates it a bit more. Here are the results- all words and music spontaneouslsy created and recorded! Walter





here is a couple pictures of the harp set up

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y237/w ... re/122.jpg



http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y237/w ... re/121.jpg







here are the songs:

crazy world

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10259738



If I had a rocket ship

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10259737



overdrive

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10259736



valentines day blues

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10259735



If I could rock you around the world

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10259734

Re: blowing harp through a toilet paper roll

PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:25 pm
by bottleneck
years ago i used to play racked harp through one of these,which they sold for about 12 bucks at sam goody when i was young:

http://www.elderly.com/vintage/items/200U-1504.htm


www.myspace.com/shakeylyman

Re: blowing harp through a toilet paper roll

PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 6:20 pm
by watertore
I remember those things! They look really cool on top of everything. I am looking for somthing light that will give a cupping effect while on a harp rack. That rig would be too heavy I imagine? Someone suggested those rubber like bottle jackets. I am buying one next time I see one. Walter

Re: blowing harp through a toilet paper roll

PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 1:45 am
by watertore
I did some more tonight with this cheapo tie clip mic put into a toilet paper roll hooked up to my harp rack. Walter



your the most

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10269550

fire ant boogie

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10269549

lying woman,cocaine, and the gun

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10269548

I paid the price

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10269547

can't lie and cheat on yourself

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10269546

Re: blowing harp through a toilet paper roll

PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 1:06 am
by watertore
I am continuing to tinker with using a paper toilet roll on my harp rack to get a cupped amplified sound with my 1 man band set up. I was going to go to walmart today to look for one of those rubber beer can coolers. I think this will be my answer but couldn't bring myself to going to walmart. It is too depressing there for me. Walter



I want to dance in your pants

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10272726



I'm so sorry I hurt you

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10272724



going way back down south

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10272725



judy b is my queen

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10272723

Re: blowing harp through a toilet paper roll

PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:47 pm
by watertore
I am still on the empty toilet paper roll kick to give a cupping effect on my harp rack. I am digging be back on amplified harp much to my suprise. I recorded these this morning with my feet on the drums, keys, harp on the rack and vocals. Walter





all I need is you

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10275547



grabbing that little girl

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10275546



time to simplify

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10275544



times of lonesome

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10275543



new worried times

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10275542

Re: blowing harp through a toilet paper roll

PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:50 am
by watertore
I have been messing with using a shure 57 and a $5 homemade tie clip mic to amplify my harp through my princeton reverb reissue amp. I started out with a toilet paper tube lined with a paper towel then tried a rubber beer can cooler. I had about given up on the beer can cooler idea because the compression on the tie clip mic was overloading it and making it cut out. The 57 worked fine but the size and weight of it was no fun and I kind of like the cheap mic sound better. It is different than the norm as am I :-).



Today I took the beer cooler idea and added a big hole in the bottom so air can escape. then I lined it with a paper towel. It all fit together in rack easily and I dig the sound. It is not noticably heavier than with just a harp in the rack. the tie clip mic is encased in a pen top. I used the clip on the pen to hold it on the beer can cooler via sliting the cooler and running the pen top through it. Here are my first attempts with this new set up. Walter





get help when you are down

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10300438

taking you out of here

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10300431

diagnosed blue

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10300425

will you forgive me for my life

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10300404

living on the lucky side

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10300395





here are pictures the harp rack rig

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Re: blowing harp through a toilet paper roll

PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:14 am
by Addies
thanks guys! That is from my texas memories. Those little fire ants were everywhere and man did they sting! I like this about Ohio- too cold for them. Walter

Re: blowing harp through a toilet paper roll

PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:55 am
by Hurricane
Brilliant man - wiped me out !

Hurricane ramon