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Just came across this and am sad to see the site go down.  So many fine musicians and such a great community with wonderful tracks and opportunities.  Thank you Rick and Bob and all of you for sharing and caring.  I learned so much and grew so much from what was posted here that I can't begin to tell it all.  Good luck and thank you to one and all who participated.   I can only hope that someone takes on the work you have done so well but, if they do, they have mighty big shoes to fill.

Main Stage / Re: Shaker MIcrophones
« on: October 25, 2017, 11:00:22 PM »
I have two Shaker mics, one crystal, one dynamic.  They both sound like poo through pa or clean amps.  BUT put them through a Kalamazoo or something similar and they can be downright nasty, especially the crystal.

The volume control is key to the mic's performance.  At low to mid levels it's very clean; cranked up all the way it breaks up nicely and, through a tube amp, with nice gravelly tone.  I use a Boss 7-band eq to tame the high end squeal inevitable with full volume; I shut down the 16 k know all the way and that takes care of most feedback issues.

Harmonica Internet Resources / JamKazam - Implications are Enormous!
« on: November 03, 2014, 05:18:03 PM »
If this works as advertised, it could be a major game changer.  Play, practice, rehearse, jam, record, perform with a number of players in remote locations, all from the comfort of your studio.

Gear Lust / Re: attenuator on Harpgear DT
« on: October 09, 2014, 01:36:11 PM »
I use the minimass 18 on my excelsior from time to time.  I can shut the amp all the way down if need be and just use the line out for listening.  Also use it for line out only sound when recording.  The beauty of the Weber is that I can attenuate high and low frequencies separately and still crank the amp. 

John Broeker has an amazing knowledge of the harmonica's history and production.  He regularly regales Slidemeister with his in-depth reviews of who made what when and where and is the go-to guy when it comes to arcane stuff like this.

I ran this past the Slidemeisters forum and got this wonderful response from the encylopedic John Broecker:

Hello, Gorfalamu.

The reed plate in the photo may or may not be a USA Civil War Relic. It's the reed plate of a Richter-Knittlinger
system octave harp. The e-bay ad suggests that the reed plate was dug from a Civil War site, but doesn't claim
that the found objects are of Civil War vintage.

It's a guess that it's a reed plate from a Hohner #1748 Concert or a similar model made from circa 1860 to 1890s(?).
Hohner didn't export harmonicas to the USA until after the Civil War, 1866 or later.
In 1897, the Marine Band Concert #1896-C was patented, the same model as the #1748, with Marine Band covers.
Later, Hohner's #63 Up to Date Surprise and #483 Marine Band Echo were copies of the earlier model #1748.
All of those Hohners had 2 tabs per side of the covers.

The #1748 and the others listed above were like the Hohner Auto-Valve, without the valves. The Hohner models
are the only known concert (octave) harps with the Knittlinger setup, and 2 tabs on each side of the covers.

The nail holes for the double tabs are seen on the antique reed plate. The Knittlinger system was introduced
by the Friedrich Hotz company (1828-1906) in Knittlingen, Germany, circa 1860, maybe earlier.  There are
no known Hotz Richter octave harps with double tabs on the covers.

The Knittlinger system has one Richter diatonic scale on one reed plate, 2 reeds per chamber; and the other
reed plate has another Richter diatonic scale, 2 reeds per chamber. The other scale is an octave lower or higher
than the first reed plate.

Hohner bought the Hotz and Pohl harmonica companies in 1906, but continued using the Hotz and Pohl names
on some of Hohner's low-priced models, through World War II, and some models into the 1980s.

Best Regards


Main Stage / Re: Question to Shufflin Paul Re Mic-on-Stand
« on: May 26, 2014, 07:29:52 PM »
Lots of things you can do with an sm-58 on a stand that you can't do with hand held.  One trick to remember is to put a foam cover over your mic; no noise if you clunk the mic with your harp and you always have the right minimum distance to the mic.

Misc. Conversation / Re: dummy player section
« on: May 26, 2014, 05:03:44 PM »

You're on the right track.  Playing harmonica with guitar is definitely a different technique than harmonica or guitar alone; you have to play half as much on each instrument to get all of the sound. 

I hope you'll get a chance to apply your skills to some of the excellent backtracks available and share them with us.


Harmonica Playing Technique Q & A / Re: Loopers
« on: May 24, 2014, 01:37:07 PM »
I have a JamMan solo I picked up a year or so ago before I joined the Blues County Sheriff.  I was planning to use it at open mic but discovered the learning curve is pretty steep, timing is everything and a lot of practice and trial and error are necessary for anything close to competence.

I still have it, still plan (someday!) to get some degree of proficiency.  I think the newer models offer multiple tracks and, of course, higher prices. 

Sorry about the wrong link--the problem arises because the song is credited to Brownie McGee with whom Fuller recorded and performed. 

Gear Lust / Re: Plastic comb vs hot water for cleaning
« on: May 05, 2014, 03:28:32 PM »
Do NOT use boiling water on plastic (or any other) comb.  Combs melt and distort in extremely hot water.

Various ways to clean your harps but all include warm water and some kind of cleaner.  You can even put them in the dishwasher.  I've been using windex and hot water for years, recently purchased an ultrasonic cleaner in which I put harps, windex and hot water.  Works great.

I repeat--do NOT use boiling water.


Administration & Announcements / Re: Seven Good Years
« on: February 23, 2014, 12:24:30 PM »
I remember your work, particularly that flute thing--awesome! While I have turned my attentions and inventions in other directions, I have not forgotten that was there when I was ready to take the next step and that people like you and many others were there to care and support and nourish new music.

So let us lurk together and see what this next crop of tin sandwich geniuses comes up with!


Hello Room / Re: How long have you been here?
« on: February 22, 2014, 02:50:34 PM »
I was here in late 06.

Administration & Announcements / Re: Banging the Donations Drum for Jam 25
« on: February 16, 2014, 10:49:27 PM »
Sounds like Stan could be from Colorado or Washington.   ;D

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