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Re: Amp mods and feedback control

PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 11:01 pm
by blomax
Hey ya'll, thanks so much for posting this thread. I've been away for a while, finally got a pro quality gig going. I am the band frontman and harp player. I am using wireless vocal mics for singing and sometimes will play a little straight harp right thru the vocal mic keeping about 5 inches off.
If I may ask BBQ Bob and others here an question relating to this thread. I have been trying a little each week to put together a pedal board,,why? Not sure I really will use it much,,but I at least want to try out some different effects and sounds. So I have been acquiring pedals and such suggested by Jason Ricci.
I am using a Heumann Shure57 w/volume control and a Samson wireless transmitter right into the PA. I could not get this to sound good with my HarpGear 30. I think its my stupidity of impedence matching. Itried just an adapter and no volume to speak of. So I have been setting up my amp with my bullet direct and getting pretty good tone and volume. I switch between my HG30 and my 68 Deluxe reverb . I also have a Holmes Harpcommander II,,not the latest but about 3 yrs old. I guess I miss something setting it up as I cannot tell it makes much difference in sound with either amp..As for the 57 wireless thru PA I get a pretty good tone with it,,nothing gritty mind you except what I can do with my throat. And I love the portability. I dance around quite a bit, cant help it.
I want to use the wireless mic setup with my amps. I am clumsy and trippin over the cord often.
Can I have a bullet mic rigged with xlr and play thru the wireless transmitter? Or does impedence keep this from happening? I am sure some of you about now are trippin and think I am drunk,,,,just stupid in these regards. I do not have the Kinder antifeedback pedal, I do have a ROLAND ANTI-FEEDBACK AF-70 DIRECT BOX though and someone told me it would work for me. I plan on trying this on my pedalboard with a boss rotary effects pedal,a boss delay pedal ,BBC sonic maximizer and a BBC sonic stomp compressor as suggested by Jason. I also plan to use my fender Twin amp for larger venues. Any suggestions from you fellas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for being here, Jeff bLomax

Re: Amp mods and feedback control

PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:09 am
by jeffl
Blomax, did you email Jason about this stuff? You know he's always very helpful, and he's out there on the edge with alotta stuff he's doin', so most of us more traditional guys are clueless in some of those respects. I'm real happy that you've settled into a gig situation you can work with.. that's wonderful. One thing I'll say about Jason's style: even though he often plays a kazillion notes, he knows where everyone of 'em is, and even his multiple passing notes make sense...he doesn't use 'em just to get to somewhere else on the scale. I'm guessin' he constructs his phrases at slower speeds to get the notes right and then picks up the tempo after that. I guess that's a veiled word of caution my friend. Best wishes on your journey.

Re: Amp mods and feedback control

PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:49 am
by blomax
I did email him Bubba, I even offered to help mod his harps as I am a fine bench jeweler. That was over a month ago,,no reply. I will try it again. And I don't have any idea of playing in his shadow or style. I just really like some of the sounds he has gotten from the pedalboard and would like to experiment myself. I have waited till I turned 50 to take music life more serious, and still dont have a retirement plan other than working till the day I die.
I was just curious if some of ya'll could help me with setting up the wireless in relation to impedence. I will go back to the drawing board and study some more. It seems at this age, I gotta git it NOW>,,I dont like having to study when I can get the answers from those who go b4 me and who have 10 times morew knowledge than myself. Been playin harp since 19 (54 now). But when it comes to amps and all that, I get lost. I will say I have become proficient at setting up PA and sound quite well for the band. Considering they all got bad backs and hernia and such,,I guess its my only choice other than hiring a deaf sound guy locally. BBQ Bob seems to understand this stuff pretty good and I am trying to piece together all info I can. Thanks & Merry Christmas, Jeff blomax
ps..ya'll can check out a couple of our songs on myspace,,Cowan-Lomax Group

Re: Amp mods and feedback control

PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:23 am
by jeffl
Jeff, I hope you have PLENTY of time to develop your craft. I couldn't believe it when I found out that John Mayall is 75 yrs. old this year, and he toured like a maniac last year. I'm 57 yrs. old, and have been playin' harp for about 41 years, and I'm playin' more in the last 15 years than I played since my college & post college days. And I too have learned a heckuva lot about playin' and gear in the last 5-7 years. I don't know what I'd do without playin' music. I'll catch yer site.

Re: Amp mods and feedback control

PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:33 am
by jeffl
Hey Jeff.. nice big fat sound. I like it.

Re: Amp mods and feedback control

PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 6:16 pm
by barbequebob
I don't use a pedal board because the only two pedals I use are a digital delay and a digital reverb and that's all and it makes one of these things unnecessary for me> At one time, I just played totally dry with no effects at all. I'm more of the old school plug in and play type of guy than heavy on the pedals.

Re: Amp mods and feedback control

PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 5:39 am
by ferretfox
Hey I sent you my number...so call me man lets chat...Any way your prob could be the ipeadence like you thought...are you running out of the "Unbalanced 1/4" jack on the back of the reciever? If not...Do it. That makes all the differance...Also you should try messing with the calibration knob on the transmitter and the squelch knob on the reciever those both are HUGE in deciding your tone...My spelling sucks when I talk on the phone all my spelling is perfect call me ...I never got that e-mail some how.
Jason

Re: Amp mods and feedback control

PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:29 pm
by bottleneck
"ferretfox" that's funny.my favorite jason ricci videos are the "mr.fox" ones!

http://www.myspace.com/shakeylyman

Re: Amp mods and feedback control

PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 10:47 pm
by blomax
Happy Birthday to ME,,Thanks for calling me today Jason. LIfe is Good
Guys, its all under control. Jason filled me in on a lot of info missin in my pea brain. Thanks again to ya'll who started this thread. Merry Christma and Happy Harpin,,Jeffery bLomax

Re: Amp mods and feedback control

PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2008 4:29 am
by ferretfox
BBQ Bob is right...

Re: Amp mods and feedback control

PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 8:38 pm
by bottleneck
well,he usually is!haha

hey ferretfox,i'd like to hear the opinion of someone who actually owns the kinder box.i believe you do?

http://www.myspace.com/shakeylyman

Re: Amp mods and feedback control

PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:59 am
by ricochet
bottleneck wrote:well,he usually is!haha

Well, yeah! :mrgreen:

Re: Amp mods and feedback control

PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:36 am
by gheumann
blomax wrote:
I want to use the wireless mic setup with my amps. I am clumsy and trippin over the cord often.
Can I have a bullet mic rigged with xlr and play thru the wireless transmitter? Or does impedence keep this from happening? I am sure some of you about now are trippin and think I am drunk,,,,just stupid in these regards. I do not have the Kinder antifeedback pedal, I do have a ROLAND ANTI-FEEDBACK AF-70 DIRECT BOX though and someone told me it would work for me. I plan on trying this on my pedalboard with a boss rotary effects pedal,a boss delay pedal ,BBC sonic maximizer and a BBC sonic stomp compressor as suggested by Jason. I also plan to use my fender Twin amp for larger venues. Any suggestions from you fellas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for being here, Jeff bLomax



Yo, Blo - I can help you sort all this out. That's what I'm here for! contact me via phone or email - I think you have the info.