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Grey Owl
861 posts
Jan 10, 2018
9:43 AM
I've just been experimenting with some bits and pieces in the house in trying to get a cupped harp sound. Elegant it ain't but it kinda works ok. It's very comfortable to hold and does away with that juggling a slippery mic and harp in one hand. You could double up on the balloons for an even more secure clamp for the harp but I was cutting back on costs in the demo below;)

I haven't tried playing it along with a guitar yet, but you could slip the mic on a suitablly adjustable stand and play harp and guitar. It does pick up vocals if you sing close to the harp, but it's not very loud.
I'm using a small 5w guitar amp so it doesn't produce a dirty sound.


It's been fun to play around with.



Video Skips to sound sample:-




Customised Cover:)






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Last Edited by Grey Owl on Jan 13, 2018 11:44 AM
root
97 posts
Jan 11, 2018
6:55 AM
Ingeneous!
nacoran
9699 posts
Jan 11, 2018
1:30 PM
Cool. I keep seeing all these creative solutions... Maybe SPAH needs to have a Makers booth or something so that people can show off/tinker with all the inventions out there and pool knowledge. I've got one project I'm working on myself with a friend. I'd share it, but I'm not sure if I'm paying my friend for the work or if we are partners...



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DevonTom
295 posts
Jan 12, 2018
11:40 AM
Grey Owl, ingenious! What brand make is the vacuum head? I am looking online.
DevonTom
296 posts
Jan 12, 2018
11:40 AM

Last Edited by DevonTom on Jan 12, 2018 1:07 PM
Grey Owl
862 posts
Jan 12, 2018
12:38 PM
Thanks!

@ Devon Tom. I found this one in my garage and it has no make on it. We had an Electrolux a few years ago so it could be from that but I can't find it on a quick search on the net. Our new make is not so suitable as it has a plastic divider down the middle. I might just have got lucky with this one.

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DevonTom
297 posts
Jan 12, 2018
1:11 PM
Thanks, I'll keep an eye out
Andrew
1771 posts
Jan 14, 2018
8:30 AM
Now all you need to do is programme the vacuum cleaner to play the harp.
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isaacullah
3256 posts
Jan 14, 2018
8:40 AM
Cool idea, Grey Owl! Kinda similar to this gadget I came with a while back:






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Grey Owl
868 posts
Jan 14, 2018
8:42 AM
Andrew :) Dang, Just tried it and lost my harp and half a balloon. That Sucks.

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Last Edited by Grey Owl on Jan 14, 2018 8:44 AM
Grey Owl
869 posts
Jan 14, 2018
8:43 AM
I remember that well Isaac. Great stuff!

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DevonTom
298 posts
Jan 14, 2018
4:11 PM
https://youtu.be/qx0tA39YXdM

Here is me utilizing Grey Owl's cupped harp device for rack harp playing.i didnt use the balloon part, but used a hacksaw to make the lip lower so I could play with the harp sticking out the top. Was really happy with the results.
DevonTom
299 posts
Jan 14, 2018
4:13 PM
I used a shop vac vacuum accessory.

Last Edited by DevonTom on Jan 14, 2018 4:19 PM
DevonTom
300 posts
Jan 14, 2018
4:13 PM
I used a shop vac vacuum accessory.

Last Edited by DevonTom on Jan 14, 2018 4:18 PM
DevonTom
301 posts
Jan 14, 2018
4:18 PM
Grey Owl
870 posts
Jan 14, 2018
5:19 PM
Nice one Tom! I enjoyed that.

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isaacullah
3258 posts
Jan 14, 2018
9:10 PM
Sounding good as ever, Tom!
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Grey Owl
871 posts
Jan 16, 2018
9:13 AM
Just a quick sample using my cupped sound device on a harp rack. Excuse a couple of misplaced chords! Bonus points for the song?



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Last Edited by Grey Owl on Jan 16, 2018 11:47 AM
SweetBlood
15 posts
Jan 16, 2018
12:21 PM
Awesome ideas! The best hands-free tone I have heard in person was Hamilton Loomis. Very similar idea. He used a shop vac attachment with some kind of stripping inside to make the fit tighter. This sat on top of a shaker mic on a straight mic stand. The mic ran into a POD amp modeler set to a 57 bassman sound and direct to the PA. This was one of the oldschool PODs that were really crap but it sounded good with the harp. I think he said that he discovered it by accident because he carried the POD as an emergency backup to his guitar amp and one day he had to use it for the harp and it sounded good enough that he just stopped carrying a harp amp.

He would just stick the harp in the attachment and walk up to it when he needed to play it. It just sat at the front of the stage off to the side of his vocal mic.
Grey Owl
872 posts
Jan 17, 2018
12:02 AM
SweetBlood Cool story. Thanks

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SweetBlood
17 posts
Jan 17, 2018
2:01 AM
Here it is in action. Super nice guy and puts on a great show.



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