About the stage 5 amp
The new Stage 5 Amp is a joint venture of Bruce Collins at Mission Amps, creator of the Mission Chicago 32-20 and Delta Sonic amps and Rick Davis at Memphis Blues Amps, the architect of the Memphis Mini and Memphis 20 amps.
As a performing musician with a lifetime of involvement in the field of music, Bruce Collins is also a gifted and highly skilled electronic technician, widely recognized around the world as an authority on vintage vacuum tube amplifiers, their circuitry and squeezing every drop of tone from them.
The veteran blues harp player, Rick Davis is well known for his broad knowledge of electrified blues harmonica, amplified harp tone and their use in live performances. Using his vast experience with amplified blues harps, many classic and boutique amplifiers, he has also authored the highly successful Blues Harp Amps Blog for over ten years.
Collectively, they have built and sold more than 3,000 tube amps to players worldwide.
The Stage 5 Amp is a new blues harmonica amplifier designed for novice to pro players. We begin with the Stage Right amp from Monoprice in China, which is well constructed with a rugged cabinet and robust internal circuit boards. What the Monoprice amp does not have is good tone for blues harp. In fact, it is awful. It is, however, an excellent platform for skilled amp tuners to work their magic.
To create the new Stage 5 Amp, Bruce Collins radically alters the internal circuitry of the Monoprice amp, converting it to a perfect little blues harp beast. The finished Stage 5 Amp is supplied with a new Weber Signature ceramic speaker, a 6V6 power tube and 12AY7 preamp tube.
The tone control on the Stage 5 Amp is a brilliant piece of engineering, different from any you’ve tried. It is much more than just a typical high cut, found on most all simple and inexpensive tube amps. You can use the volume and tone controls together to sculpt the sound from clean, to warm, to compressed, to crunchy, to singing. It rewards your good playing technique with an amazing range of cool tones. The amp is very loud and punchy for its size.
The performance is pro-level all the way, but the price is entry level: $249.00.
Easy return policy: You may return the amp within 15 days if you are not satisfied with it. The amp must be in perfect original condition and packed in the original boxes. Upon receipt and inspection of the amp we will refund the purchase price. Sorry, we cannot refund shipping charges.
If you’d like to try the unmodified Monoprice Stage Right amp for yourself, you can get it the same place we do: You can order it online HERE.
When you get the amp you will immediately hear the tone is wretched for blues harp; thin, shrill, and prone to screaming feedback.
If you already have a Monoprice Stage Right amp we can convert it for you, bringing it up to Stage 5 specs. The price for the upgrades is $150.00 plus shipping/handling.
Shipment of the Stage 5 amp within the continental USA is $45. It is higher to other locations.
Contact us at BluesHarpAmps@gmail.com
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