How many of you are playing amped? While most sessions won't allow to amp up, there are occasions where playing amplified can be neccesary...

What do you use and how do you like it? I'm quite curious

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When I play using an Amplifier, I use the "Hoodoo System by Hohner and the Hohner amplifier designed for harmonicas. The Hoodoo system allows me to play wireless with a small phantom mike that fits the left hand fingers like a ring. This little microphone is attached to a small wireless transmitter that hangs from your belt.I have played as far as 20 feet from the amplifier with peoples passing between the amp and me without interruptions.The sound from the amplifier is as clear as crystal. No distortions. My harmonica when giving a performance is a  Hohner Tremolo Quartet. Unfortunately, Hohner doesn't make such a harmonica anymore. When replacements are needed, I have to order replacement for a tremolo sextet which is a bigger harmonica and I have to cut the ends to fit my existing tremolo, because of the case I use to store it when not in use. Cutting this type of wood is a hard job because the wood used as the comb is extremely dense and hard. Using a hacksaw, this can be achieved. One must be very careful as you only have one try at this.For smaller venues, I use a small Mega amplifier made in China coupled to a stand up Archer Microphone. This system is more limited. Using too much volume causes it to distort the sound. The  best amplification I ever used came from a built in Preamp system in St Patrick church in Halifax Nova Scotia. I played standing in front of the altar after mass on St Patrick day. Just before the performance, the organizer came and told me that the church organist expressed a wish to accompany me during my performance. Imagine, a wall full of Organ at the back of the church and me, at the front with a harmonica.I told the organizer who was also the MC that the odds were not in favour of the harmonica, given the circumstances. In other words, I feared that the organ would bury me.It is to be noted that the church is a historic, building built by the Irish community a long time ago. It has "Cathedral ceilings and the acoustics are excellent.He assured me that the sound system and the equalizer they used with  the "Casavan organ at the back of the church would overcome the difference. In order tho shake up the crowd in the church, I was asked to play the "Irish Washerwoman". When I started, I could hear the sound coming back from the back of the church and the peoples dancing and having fun. The performance was a success. It's unbelieveable how good a harmonica and such an organ can sound once adjusted to play together. This is one performance I won't forget. It was a success.Sorry for the lengthy answer. I don't usually say this much loll. However it was a pleasure to discuss this topic with you..

Hi John, I have some pretty good result playing this type of music. I guess it depends how you set it. If needed, this system can willfully distort sound. However, it can also be set to be crystal clear if required. At this point, it has no distortion in the higher spectrum, unlike an ordinary amplifier used for general purpose. I'm very satisfied of the results. One must bear in mind that amplified harmonica is not as nice sounding as acoustic.


 
John Banen said:

Hoi Normand,

Thanxs for sharing your story, really enjoined it, Sounds great to play with a church organ.  The amp. your talking about, the Hohner, thats a Hoodoo amp? I was told thats specialy for playing Bluesharmonica (sounding Dirty)

p.s. The story was not to long or boring. Hope to read more from you.

Greetz, John Banen

Normand Chouinard said:

When I play using an Amplifier, I use the "Hoodoo System by Hohner and the Hohner amplifier designed for harmonicas. The Hoodoo system allows me to play wireless with a small phantom mike that fits the left hand fingers like a ring. This little microphone is attached to a small wireless transmitter that hangs from your belt.I have played as far as 20 feet from the amplifier with peoples passing between the amp and me without interruptions.The sound from the amplifier is as clear as crystal. No distortions. My harmonica when giving a performance is a  Hohner Tremolo Quartet. Unfortunately, Hohner doesn't make such a harmonica anymore. When replacements are needed, I have to order replacement for a tremolo sextet which is a bigger harmonica and I have to cut the ends to fit my existing tremolo, because of the case I use to store it when not in use. Cutting this type of wood is a hard job because the wood used as the comb is extremely dense and hard. Using a hacksaw, this can be achieved. One must be very careful as you only have one try at this.For smaller venues, I use a small Mega amplifier made in China coupled to a stand up Archer Microphone. This system is more limited. Using too much volume causes it to distort the sound. The  best amplification I ever used came from a built in Preamp system in St Patrick church in Halifax Nova Scotia. I played standing in front of the altar after mass on St Patrick day. Just before the performance, the organizer came and told me that the church organist expressed a wish to accompany me during my performance. Imagine, a wall full of Organ at the back of the church and me, at the front with a harmonica.I told the organizer who was also the MC that the odds were not in favour of the harmonica, given the circumstances. In other words, I feared that the organ would bury me.It is to be noted that the church is a historic, building built by the Irish community a long time ago. It has "Cathedral ceilings and the acoustics are excellent.He assured me that the sound system and the equalizer they used with  the "Casavan organ at the back of the church would overcome the difference. In order tho shake up the crowd in the church, I was asked to play the "Irish Washerwoman". When I started, I could hear the sound coming back from the back of the church and the peoples dancing and having fun. The performance was a success. It's unbelieveable how good a harmonica and such an organ can sound once adjusted to play together. This is one performance I won't forget. It was a success.Sorry for the lengthy answer. I don't usually say this much loll. However it was a pleasure to discuss this topic with you..

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