Amp's type: HARP-30 harmonica combo 4x8” Jensen
Artist: Pribojszki Mátyás
Band: Pribojszki Mátyás Band
Date: 2014.02.13.

Where tested (practicing room, concert, studio, shop):
practicing room

Instrument that used for test:
Hohner Golden Melody A

Microphone that used for test:
Shure SM-57 Jubileum

External appearance (Design):
Rust-brown colour, manlike, it radiates enough power.
For me as a harmonica player, it has a little bit too much potmeter.
However, this amp is multifunctional.
In this form, it is good for using harmonica and guitar together,
beside using only for harmonica.
If somebody is thinking about this application, it is a nice solution at all.

Sound (dynamics, tone, etc.):
The harmonica channel can be loaded very well, however my taste for traditional
(vintage) blues "herfli" sound did not came through. Of course, it is only my feeling,
but the amp is unique, its sound is full-bodied with engaging voice.
The guitar channel for me is too sonorous, metallic, but naturally everybody wants to
hear different sounds from each amp.

Features (Effect-loop, foot switch, etc.):
All feature, which would be expected - it has, however especially for me
it is too much. But, it is rather benefit than disadvantage.
Unnecessary features are not included.

What kind of other amps should be build (combo, different power range, etc.):
The 4x8" or the 4x10" configuration is ideal for harmonica with 30-40W power.
It might be interesting a 5-10W very simple amp with 1x10" speaker
and with minimal features, like volume, tone, maybe high and low adjustments.

Suggestions (further features, appearance, etc.):
Most of the harmonica players prefer the simplier, smaller amplifiers which are
capable to handle with load, because of the "herfli" microphones are very sensitive
and gives relatively high signal.
About the appearance: "tweed" or creme texture would be nice.
2-3 potmeters, maximum 4 as I wrote previously.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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