The gear

So what equipment do I use?

Harps:

  • Lee Oskar harmonicas. Early adopter; discovered them in 1986 and never looked back.
  • Nady VHM-7 harmonica mic. Won’t work if you want that overdriven Little-Walter-from-Hell sound, though. The sound is closer to a Shure SM58 than a Green Bullet.
  • VOX Valvetronix VT20+. Has several baked-in effects. Will occasionally use an octave setting for depth, and may spot in other effects just for the halibut.
  • Often will just plug directly into the board. Ain’t skeered.
  • Mute: Bandanna wrapped around the head of the mic.

Sax:

When I was just just coming up in music, I met Kathe. She was the most amazing vocalist. A powerful voice, tons of soul, and always wanting to learn more. We used to have dinner together, pick on some songs in her living room, and talk about almost everything else between songs. We encouraged each other to grow musically, and she helped me find my sound. It was my fault that a romance never developed. But Kathe’s influence remains, and I’ve named my tenor sax for her.


Playing a Yamaha YTS-62iii tenor sax. Such an amazing sound. Liked it so much that when it came time to start with alto, I went with Yamaha again. A YAS62iii here, and I love the sound.

Most of the time I use a Otto Link “New York” tenor mouthpiece for tenor, with Vandoren red JAVA reeds.

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