Holmes Red Harp Commander

 

A hand crafted harmonica preamp made from expensive components from all over the world. It will connect your harmonica to all kinds of sound equipment. Made in a small shop by an experienced sound engineer and music lover.

 

 

Ron answers all the technical questions. Linda answers all the other questions.

 

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What you can do with the Red Harp Commanderô:

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Play Live Using Two Amps and PA at the Same Time! Your audience will hear you! Choose between a wider, dynamic vintage-voice for a big, full tone or choose a tighter sound using the limiter.

 

††††††† 1. Plug one amp into the Commanderís Instrument 1 Out.

††††††† 2. Plug another amp into the Commanderís Instrument 2 Out.

††††††† 3. Connect the Commander to the PA Board. The Commanderís Line-

††††††† ††††††† Out goes into the PA Boardís Line In.

 

††††††† (Do NOT plug the Commander into the PAís microphone channel because the Commanderís Line-Out is a processed line-level signal.)

 

Play Live Using Effects Pedal and Amp and PA at the Same Time!

 

††††††† 1. Plug your effects pedal into the Commanderís effects loop.

††††††† 2. Plug your amp into the Commanderís Instrument Out (1 or 2).

††††††† 3. Connect the Commander to the PA Board. The Commanderís Line

††††††† ††††††† Out goes into the PA Boardís Line-In.*

 

Play Live Using Two Amps and Recorder at the Same Time!

 

††††††† 1. Plug one amp into the Commanderís Instrument 1 Out.

††††††† 2. Plug another amp into the Commanderís Instrument 2 Out.

††††††† 3. Plug the Commanderís Line-Out into your computer sound

††††††† ††††††† card input jack. Those typically want a line level signal.

 

*You can run up to 1000 feet of shielded wire- a balanced line- to get from the Red Commander to the PA. This solves ground loop problems the PA. The balanced 150 ohm line can be telescoped so shield ground can be carried through or not at the PA end of cable.

 

Play Live Using any Instrument with a Pick-up. Plug the Pick-Up into the Commanderís Mic-In. The very high impedance will directly accept a piezo pickup element (using short, low capacitance cable.)

 

Record On a Computer: Plug the Commanderís Line-Out into your computer sound card input jack. (You can also use one or two amps and the sound card and an effects pedal.)

 

Record in the Studio: Plug in any crystal or dynamic microphone into the Commanderís Mic-In. (You can also use one or two amps and the sound card and an effects pedal.)

 

 

Make Your Inexpensive Amplifier Sound Great: You can bypass a bad sounding amplifier preamp by plugging the Commanderís Line-Out into the ampís effects loop return jack. Then the Commander takes over and you can dial in your tone using only the Commander. A low impedance balanced microphone can also be used by adding a line converter matching transformer. (Available at Radio Shack, Neutrik or Shure Company.)

 

Mount Your Red Commander to your pedal board, your amp or anything else: All you need are sheet metal or wood screws for the 3/16 inch holes.† Unscrew the feet or not. The new design will automatically protect the knobs even if the Commander is sitting on the floor. A very rugged design!

 

Use Your Old Wall Supplies: Our Smart Power lets you use your 2.1 mm or 2.5 mm plugs. It will take anything from 16 to 30 volts, AC or DC (either polarity), and under 100 mA.

 

 

Text Box: Photo and Text from Bill Cann, Virginia Beach, VA
Text Box: Holmes
Red Harp Commanderô


Text Box: ANY Amp
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Pedals
Text Box: ANY Recording Device 
Text Box: ANY Crystal
Or Dynamic Microphone
Text Box: ANY instrument with a pick-up

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December 14.† 2013.† This site is owned and operated by

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Charlie Musselwhite says,

 

ďI love the Harp Commander!!Ē

I started with the Kinder Anti-feedback box in the chain because I did not have a chance to hook everything up at home before I setup for the gig and I wanted to be safe and not have any feedback issues. It worked great with the AF box.

 

On the last set, I bypassed the AF box and was able to get really good volume without feedback. Our band plays with a great variety of dynamics, from very soft to F-22 jet taking off screaming loud, so getting the harp up without feedback can be a challenge. The AF box has helped in that regard, but as I said, the Holmes Red Harp Commander really came through without feedback tonight. Oh, Iíll also probably be taking the Octavizer out, as itís always been a bit harsh and I didnít find anything different when I tested it tonight.

 

I play through a Shure PE 585 microphone to the Holmes Red Harp Commander through the effects loop and out to a Fender Blues Jr. amplifier which is fed to the board via a Sennheiser E-609 mic.

 

This set up took all of the harshness out of the Blues Jr. I was able to dial in a nice timbre with the bass and treble on the Holmes Red Harp Commander and get a nice full sound out of the Blues Jr.

 

I asked the bandleader at the end of the night if he noticed the difference and liked it. He nodded, smiled and said the sound was much ďfatterĒ. We do a couple of dongs where we get very soft and I hold the mic about 6 inches from the harp. Tonight when I did that, the sound was soft and full, not thin like before.

 

Iíll be picking up some small nuts and bolts to permanently mount the Holmes Red Harp Commander to my pedal board tomorrow. We didnít have a chance to check out the Line Out to the board. Maybe weíll do that on Saturday nightís gig.

 

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