Posted by Bluzharper on November 24, 2001 at 11:33:24:
In Reply to: opinion on fender champ requested. posted by Peter den Ouden on November 24, 2001 at 10:39:37:
: a)Anybody any opinion on fender Champ as amplifier for harmonica?
: b) also is the fender champ 25 very different
: Peter Den. (harmonica fanatic)
The Champ 25 is a tube solid state combo and IMHO not your best choice. The best deal out there is a Silver Face Champ. These can be had for under $200 and feature all tube circuitry, point to point wiring, and a great 8" oxford speaker. Start with a 6V6 or 6L6 power tube, 5Y3 rectifier, and a 12AX7 pre amp tube and this is as simple and good as it gets. Plug a Green Bullet mic into this amp and GO. For a larger room you can mic this amp into a PA, you can also make a line out box and go into a larger amp, AKA a slave box. The speaker is everything on this amp so make sure it has the original. Now onto the Tweed Mod. These mods are designed mostly for Guitar Gods and add big to the feedbck problem. IMHO avoid the Tweed Mod for harp. The only mod you might try on a Champ is to sub out the preamp tube to a 12AT or 12AU. This lowers the preamp gain and allows more volume before feed back. I hope this is of some help to ya. If you cant get a good driven harp sound from a Champ, you need to go back to the woodshed and practice.....Bluz
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