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Harp Train amps discontinued?
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Nov 07, 2021
11:23 AM
Hi Harpos!

So, I’ve been hmmmming and hawing about committing some English £££s to aHarp Train 40 and Cab, got some gigs coming up and decided to get something harp specific. Popped back on to the Lone Wolf website to check something and no sign of any of the Harp Train range! I went ahead and bought what I wanted from the UK supplier that still has stock, on the basis that it’ll at least hold a good amount of value if I decide it’s not for me. So has the Harp Train range been completely discontinued? Anybody heard the inside story?
7010 posts
Nov 08, 2021
3:06 AM
I don’t have any inside info, but it seems to me that LW has focused and rationalised.
Over the last few years the association with Jason Ricci has been ever more apparent, and it really makes sense. Jason is one of the most eminent harp players and he is well known as someone who has built their rig around pedals and relatively clean amplification. LW is established on effects pedals for harmonica so the association seems natural. I expect Randy has decided to throw all his resources in this direction. The old harp amp forum has gone, the amp modification designs have gone, the guitar pedals are gone, and now the amps.
No doubt there were some supply issues as well but importing amps and shipping them must have been a fairly low sum game and maybe instead of trying to provide something for everyone they’ve decided to just do pedals as well as they can.
I think personally Randy has his own idea about how a harp should sound (don’t we all) which was evident in the amps and the early designs, but Jason is the man of the hour and there could not be any better link between a performer and manufacturer. His creative input would be so valuable to LW.
Once I was talking to Randy and I mentioned a player I’d seen locally using a couple LW pedals. Randy smiled at the name and said “oh he’s really my favourite”, then laughed and said “don’t tell Jason”.
I was using an amp yesterday which I built based on one of Randy’s designs. It’s a pretty aggressive sound, which I used to think of as the LW sound. These days though, I think LW is about versatility of sounds. If you’ve heard Jason explain where he’s coming from with his approach to gear maybe you get what I’m thinking.
82 posts
Nov 08, 2021
10:06 AM
Dave was this player you saw locally using LW gear Ian Collard?
7011 posts
Nov 08, 2021
9:46 PM
lol. Don’t tell Jason!
83 posts
Nov 09, 2021
1:08 PM
He’s a quadruple threat. Magnificent harp, guitar, singer and Aussie.
127 posts
Nov 10, 2021
6:53 AM
I called LW recently to ask a question about one of their pedals, and I spoke to Killian (he's the guy that replaced Nathan). As an aside, I asked him why there weren't any amps for sale on the website any more. He said that the vendor in China that manufactured the amps had demanded a larger minimum order, and I guess they couldn't (or didn't want to ) afford it.

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