You may have thought that playing into a “cup” or “mug” for effect was more of a “demonstrative” thing. Very cool but not much use beyond that…
I think the “cup mute” effect should be used in the same way a trumpet player might use a trumpet mute – not on every song but in the right place, it would be a great effect to have at my disposal.
I wanted something that:
• Had great tone
• Was convenient to use – just pick up and play
• Allowed me to play freely
• Aimed the sound directly forward, into my mic.
• Looked Pro
The Harp Wah was the result.
Over the years I tried the old-school “playing into a cup” technique on a few select recording sessions and live situations, but I always found it awkward – especially when trying to aim the sound into a mic. MORE IMPORTANTLY, I found it quite limiting when trying to just play “freely”, the way I normally do, (without the restrictions of holding a large cup). My hat’s off to the players that are masters of “the Cup” – Joe Filisko, Kim Wilson, Jason Ricci, Carlos Del Junco, to name a few, but I could never get fully comfortable with it.
“This was something I originally created just for myself…”Roly Platt
A Better Solution.
I tried several home-made ideas to get that effect, but finally decided to design a proper, professional solution for myself.
- 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.
- Shape focuses the sound into narrow, controllable field.
- Anodized polished aluminum – safe, rock-hard and extremely durable finish – inside and out.
- 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
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“Every harp player needs a Harp Wah to express themselves to the fullest!
Thank You Roly!!!”
Rob PaparozziBlood Sweat & Tears, Blues Brothers...
As a Female Player…
As a female harmonica player with small hands, I found the Harp Wah very similar to the grip for holding a microphone and I did not need to use the grip tape provided.
Love it love it….love it. Cant say enough about it.
Judy KotylakCanadian Harp Player
I definitely love the Wah Claw!
It’s great! If the Wah was perfect before, now it’s even better!
Wow! What a great product!
The Wah Claw makes the Harp Wah 1000% better… much easier to hold and play.
I WAS an amateur, and now I sound like a professional! (At least I think so)
Thanks for a great addition to an already great idea.
Malin DolingerUSA Wah Claw user
“Best harmonica innovation in a long time.
It takes harp “muting” possibilities to a new level. Thanks, Roly!”
The Harp Wah is awesome!!!!!
What a Wonderful Adaptation!
I always wanted to find a way to get the “wah” sound with a mug but got discouraged. This really makes it easy. Thank you!
“Thank you Roly!!
Your workshop was very helpful. It gave me ideas about listening more and not being afraid to play what I am hearing.”
“It’s just perfect. Fantastic sound and very expressive!”
It’s the best wah sound effect I’ve ever tried – beautifully designed and easy to hold in your hand.
Mathieu Pequeriau (The Celtic Social Club)Harmonica Player: The Celtic Social Club (France)
“The Harp Wah is a cool, expressive tool for acoustic harp players, with a learning curve near zero.”
Richard HunterBest-Selling Harmonica Method Author – US Session Player