Great Work by Greg Heumann!

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Great Work by Greg Heumann!

Postby jbone1 » Sun Jun 28, 2009 4:10 am

First off, I must totally tip my hat to GREG HEUMANN, of BlowsMeAway Productions. He just modded a low-z E-V m43u for me and it came out incredible! If you have a mic that needs tlc Greg is your man. He not only does repairs and mods, he makes wood shells and nice grills and does repairs too. He also has a line of Shure 57 and 58 mics with built-on volume controls, and can change impedance and add volume controls to virtually any mic, and his work is top notch professional. The mic he redid for me now is high-z with a built-in transformer, sports a built-in volume pot, and has a switchcraft screw-on with a 1/4" guitar adapter. It's the real stuff. No mars, no scratches, and worth every dime spent. Greg's prices are competitive too. and the personal touch is priceless!

Second, since Guitar Center gave us a $20 gift card today, i wangled a new harp. It's a Hohner Blues Bender. Not to be mistaken for the xb-40, but a decent harp for 20 bucks as far as i can tell. Similar in appearance and sound to a SP20 but cheaper price-wise. Thicker reed plates, slightly different covers. Plays easy too. I haven't played it amped as yet but initial noodling show it to be easy to play at any rate.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!
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Re: Great Work by Greg Heumann!

Postby jeffl » Sun Jun 28, 2009 8:19 am

thanks for the report jbone. That kind of info. is very valuable for future reference & is what this forum is good for.
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Re: Great Work by Greg Heumann!

Postby bottleneck » Mon Jun 29, 2009 6:10 pm

another good thing about greg heumann is how forthcoming he is in sharing any information he has.his machine work is splendid too.

we had another thread about the blues bender and some of us were wondering how it was.it is always good to know what cheaper harps are useable as well as what expensive harps are worth it.

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Re: Great Work by Greg Heumann!

Postby jbone1 » Tue Jun 30, 2009 10:52 am

i will hopefully get a chance to road tyest the harp- and the new mic- thursday night at a jam. more later.
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Re: Great Work by Greg Heumann!

Postby blomax » Thu Jul 02, 2009 3:53 pm

I too would like to thank Greg Heumann for the great assistance he has been to me. I have purchased a modded Shure 57 from Greg and used it wireless. It is really nice, so nice I had Greg build a wireless wooden mic for me. I also use this bullet wireless and could not be happier. Greg knows his stuff and as a harp player is quite in tune with our needs.
At the Triangle Blues Challenge the Mic Greg built got a lot of EYES ON. There were other harp players walking up close to the stage while I was performing checking out the rig pretty close and coming up afterward asking about where in the world I got this mic. Thanks Greg, (Blomax, Hard Travellin" Lomax
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Re: Great Work by Greg Heumann!

Postby gheumann » Thu Jul 02, 2009 9:25 pm

Thanks, guys!

Now, stop, my head is swollen.......
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Re: Great Work by Greg Heumann!

Postby jbone1 » Fri Jul 03, 2009 12:44 pm

ok, back to the topic at hand.
i took the bassman and the new e-v mic out for a spin at a jam last night and i am very glad i did.
i had put 12a class tubes as follows just after i got the amp- p1- 12au7, p2-12ax7, p3-12au7. it tamed out the feedback but did cut the volume a lot. so i took someone's counsel and put a 12ax7 in p1, and 12au7's in p2 and p3. which was better, but still not quite there.
when i got to the jam the house harp guy and a good friend, sonny, wanted to look it all over. when the house band took a break we plugged it in with the new mic and i blew a little into it to see what was what. almost immediately sonny grabbed a lil jumper cord and we put it between the 2 channels of the amp. HUGE improvement in bottom end breakup and a bump in volume before feedback also!
about then the band, plus guest guitar guys, hit the stage, and i got to play harp with them. bass, drums, keys, and 3 guitars on stage. it's a pretty small stage and the harp guy spot on one end is tiny, so i had the amp on the floor a foot below me, and was standing behind it mostly. as the band got wound up, i bumped the bassman volume to match. and it kept up and didn't squeal! and the bottom end, wow it was just heaven. at one point sonny came over to tell me i needed to turn DOWN a bit- something a lot of harp guys never hear. and just to be real clear- tone for days. incredible from low end all the way up. i had the amp volume at about 3/4 at one point, and the mic volume nearly all the way up. no feedback. and it let me play a low F harp in 3rd position pretty gently and be heard, even with all that band on stage!

the mic worked really great also. since it's about 2/3 the diameter of say a green bullet, it was real easy to cup. the vol pot is very easy to reach, being installed at an angle on the back end of the mic more or less. the mic's element- a dynamic with a transformer to convert it to hi-z- packed plenty of punch for the bassman to send out. the original finish is that olive drab green military color, and it's like a satin or semi gloss, not slick at all so even with some sweat on the hands it was easy to grip and keep cupped tight. i am thinking of maybe getting a custom paint job on it just for giggles.

over all, i am really just amazed and totally pleased with the mic and with the latest tube configuration, along with the jumper cable idea on the amp. all of a sudden this has turned into a very killer rig. i would not hesitate to get on stage with this setup just about anyplace with just about anyone. this rig has instilled that kind of confidence.

my recommendation, if you've done your woodshedding and feel ready to get out with the big guys, is to get hold of STEVE CLARK at sligo amps dot com, and order a replica '59 bassman. at the same time, get hold of GREG HEUMANN at blowsmeaway productions, and have him build you a mic. for my dineros, that has been the two best investments i could have made. both are really good guys who will work to meet your needs, and they are both a pleasure to do business with, and both make great products that i am proud to own and use.

so that's the story. and it's a REALLY happy ending!
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Re: Great Work by Greg Heumann!

Postby dcblues » Fri Jul 03, 2009 5:11 pm

gheumann wrote:Thanks, guys!

Now, stop, my head is swollen.......
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You do great work and you deserve it.
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