What's a good initial set up?

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What's a good initial set up?

Postby Iron Bear » Tue Oct 24, 2006 5:48 pm

Again I am just getting started in this game and don't have any visions of glamour or fame but LOVE to play.

What is an example of a good initial set up.

For example.
1. Harps
2. Mic
3. Amps

Thanks alot in advance. This site kicks azz.
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Postby jeffl » Tue Oct 24, 2006 6:08 pm

Any popular $20-$25 harps will do: Hohner Marine Band or Special 20 (wood comb vs. plastic) is a common choice. Our host offers these at great prices, and the prices are going up Nov. 1! Or you can get a "starter set" of 7 harps,cheap, thru Coast to Coast. For around $100,you can purchase a Shure 520DX Green Bullet, or Hohner Blues Blaster mic (two of the most popular choices). If you have any old vocal mics around, like a Shure 57, or 58, these will work too. If you like a crunchy Chicago blues sound, a small tube amp is the way to go. No need for more than 5 to 15 watts of power, so Fender Pro. Junior is a good choice, new or used. There are other low price new alternatives as well. There are some cheaper vintage tube amps in that power range available like Supro,Fender Champ,Valco (who made some Supros and a handful of others). Some of these can be had for $100 to $200. If you find amps that are real collectible, the prices will rise to $400-$1200, so don't get discouraged if you keep runnin' into those offerings. Cheaper ones are out there. The Pro Jr.s will hum at idle,but it's a small drawback, and is correctible. Don't waste your money on wattage of 30 or more unless you're gonna gig with it, and then it's questionable. If you decide to spend more money on amps, more research is needed;avoid solid state components for the most part, with the possible exception of the rectifier. Oh,BTW, some guys like to use a LITTLE delay or reverb, so an amp with reverb is nice, or a couple of use little Danelectro BLT slap echo delays, which are cheap (around $40, I believe), and you should get the power supply, so as not to burn batteries.
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