HarpGear 5F1 Amp Review

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HarpGear 5F1 Amp Review

Postby kingley » Thu May 25, 2006 7:41 pm

This is a copy of an email I sent to Brain Purdy at http://www.harpgear.com after I received one of his great little amps.


My first impressions, I opened the super well packed box ( don't think I have ever seen so many polystyrene peanuts!!).
The amp looked great. I peeled off the bubble wrap and admired the beautiful lacquered tweed, my eyes were drawn to the details of the build which is of exceptional quality.

So then I swapped the plug over like you told me I would have to (had to go on the web to check the USA wiring colours, no big deal though!) Then I double checked the plug wiring just to be sure.

So finally the moment had arrived. I plugged in the amp and switched it on to see that gorgeous glowing red light.
Then I reached for one of my hottest mics (JT30 shell with a black label Shure CR element inside). Due to being in my flat (apartment) I only put the volume up to 3 and then gently blew into a Hohner Marine Band Deluxe harp in A.

Man I wasn't prepared for the sound that greeted me.

It was Fat, Ripped and had that Brown sound we all love!!!!
I pushed it a bit harder and tested the dynamic response with a rendition of Walter Hortons "Easy".
The amp gave me everything I wanted and like Adam Gussow said 3 times as much bass as I expected. Wow!!!!!

Easily louder than my Pro Jr and far more tone without me even really trying!!

I am gonna blow it at a higher volume tomorrow as I have the day off work and then on Saturday I am gigging with a local band and am gonna use it for that. I will tell you how it goes.
I think that it's gonna become my favourite amp from what I have heard so far!!!.

This amp is a great product that is built to extremely high standards and that in my opinion should be used by every harp player.
I have lost count of the amount of times that I have seen harp players turn up to small / medium gigs with a Fender Bassman, yet for the life of me I can't figure out why. I always used a Fender Pro Jr.

Well not anymore. From now on it's a HarpGear amp for me and if anyone asks me I am gonna say "Do yourself a favour and get over to Mister Purdy at HarpGear and get one of those amps of his!!!!!!!!"

I am gonna do some recordings with it soon and will post them on my website.

Kingley
http://www.kingleyharp.co.uk
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Postby thebluesbox » Thu May 25, 2006 11:47 pm

you know what I think already LOL .............
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Postby kingley » Fri May 26, 2006 10:12 am

There is a short clip of me playing the HarpGear 5F1 amp on my website for anyone who is interested.
Just navigate to the music page and look for the red "NEW".

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