The Harp Wah™ by Roly Platt
Until now, the only way to get old-school resonator “cup mute” effects was to raid the kitchen cabinets for cups, mugs or used tin cans.
I wanted something better.
- Fully forward-facing design aims the sound directly out from you and into your mic
- The Harp Wah™ becomes an extension of your regular hand cupping position – making it feel natural, with minimal effect on your playing style
- Convenient to use – non-attaching
- Shape focuses the sound into narrow, controllable field
- Anodized polished aluminum – creating a safe, rock-hard and extremely durable finish – inside and out
- The Harp Wah™ is made up of two finely threaded sections which are screwed together to form an air-tight connection. This design feature will allow for future alternatively shaped and sized “mouth” sections (the red section) to be offered for even more tonal options
- Light weight and durable, for a lifetime of road-worthy abuse
- Universal shape and gender-neutral size accommodates a wide range of harp players
- For left or right-handed players
- Protective drawstring bag
- And of course, it sounds killer
Is the Harp Wah right for you?
The Harp Wah has been carefully designed to work for most diatonic players. Please read these considerations to ensure the best results.
- The Harp Wah was specifically made for acoustic diatonic harmonica playing.
- The design and “input slot” width will accommodate any standard diatonic model with a total cover height (thickness) of less than 23mm – all major brands tested fall well within this slot width and include standard models from: Hohner, Seydel, Suzuki, Lee Oscar. “Standard diatonic model” refers to all models with the exception of overly thick specialty models such as Seydel’s “Low Low” tunings with their wider cover plates.
- The Harp Wah can be used by left or right-handed players but is not generally recommended for players who play with the low notes towards your fingertips (as opposed to the typical way – low notes towards the palm).
- The Harp Wah™ was designed to work with what I call the “classic grip” hand positioning – with the harp held between the index finger and thumb. It may also work for players with an alternative grip, but please keep this in mind.
- Customized harps and harps with customized covers should also work – If unsure, measure the total thickness of your harp to be sure it is less than 23mm
- As with using any new device, some adaptation and practice is suggested to maximize the all available tones and effects of the Harp Wah.