The Harp Attack is designed to provide true power tube distortion in a pedal. This pedal is not your typical tube preamp that uses a triode; this pedal uses a subminiature beam power tube, which is the same type tube as a 6V6 or a 6L6 to provide the tone of an overdriven tube amp. It produces a fat punchy tone that can be set with the exact amount of overdrive desired. You can certainly tell there is a tube inside of this pedal. The pedal is designed with a high impedance input buffer providing 1M ohms of resistance to get the best tone from your crystal, CM, or other high impedance microphones. The pedal features a DRIVE control to set the amount of power tube saturation desired, an active tone control with a 20dB range that is tuned for harp frequencies, and an output VOLUME control to set the output level. The output of the pedal is also buffered with an FET amp that adds extra gain to extend the life of the tube; this gain is controlled with the VOLUME control. Our current version now has a different tube to eliminate microphonics.
The Harp Attack fills several needs of harp players. For instance, by providing true power tube overdrive distortion in a pedal, it allows you to plug straight into a PA and get an overdriven 6V6 sound or dirty-up an amp that is otherwise too clean.The Harp Attack gives an excellent tube sound to a solid state amp, and it makes a great, easy to bring-along, back-up harp amp. The pedal does not produce massive distortion, but a smooth overdriven tone. Put it in your harp case and take it to jams or use it in-line with other pedals to develop your own signature tone. I recommend that you install this pedal last in-line with other pedals, but this is only a recommendation. This pedal is also becoming popular for taking on tour in Europe.
The Harp Attack operates with two 9 volt batteries or one 18V DC power adapter. The DC adapter requirements are a regulated 18V DC with a minimum 100mA output and a 2.1mm x 5.5mm connector with a negative center. The battery is switched OFF when an external power supply is used, and the "IN" jack acts as the pedal ON/OFF switch. Battery life is estimated at 15 hours of playing time. Power adapters for US and EURO customers are sold separately.
- DRIVE control
- TONE control
- VOLUME control
- Actual power tube distortion
- 18V DC input (barrel with a negative center)
- True bypass with LED indicator
- High impedance input
- Reverse polarity protection
- 10 year warranty on parts and labor
- If not satisfied, return within 60 days, undamaged, for a refund minus the 4% cc fee and shipping
From Charlie Musselwhite:
"Hi Randy, I sure love the new Harp Attack. I had been using the Harp Tone whenever I had time to be in Cyndi Lauper's band, but recently I joined her in Boston for a show and got to use the Harp Attack and it was a BIG HIT, to have a device that I can depend on for good tone when I can't have my own amp with me is great. As I travel a LOT it's just perfect to have because it fits right in my harp case, I can't thank you enough. The sound guys in Cyndi's crew were knocked out too, and those guys are real heavyweights in their profession. I've been waiting for something like this forever. When I am doing road tours I carry one of my Sonny Jr amps, but when I have to fly to a gig they often try to get me to use some amp that just does not cut it; but, with my Harp Attack I don't have to worry about bad amps any more and it fits right in my harp case. HOW COOL IS THAT?!"
-Kind regards and many thanks, Charlie Musselwhite