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.
“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)
“On tour, I use the Harp Wah… and the new Wah Claw handle makes it even easier to hold.
It’s just a great muted effect for harmonica! A great invention and a beautiful device!”
Marko BallandFrance's great
“Everyone loves it!”
“In my Intermediate Harmonica Course at Niagara College, I include the Harp Wah as part of my gear seminar.”
Max HillierMusic Instructor - Niagara College
“This is THE sound I’ve been looking for in a cup style wah.”
I just received my Harp Wah, and I already love it!
It’s waaaay more comfortable to use than a coffee or tea cup, plus it’s much easier to direct the sound into a mic. I look forward to recording with it.
Todd ParrottUS Top Gospel/Country/Blues
“Best harmonica innovation in a long time.
It takes harp “muting” possibilities to a new level. Thanks, Roly!”
A great investment!
It (the Harp Wah) arrived this morning and it is brilliant, everything promised and more. It adds a lovely tone to the playing, much better than cupped hands. I would certainly recommend everyone to get one, a great investment.
I definitely love the Wah Claw!
It’s great! If the Wah was perfect before, now it’s even better!
“Yes!!!! The Wah Claw handle makes it even better!”
“It’s cool. The Harp Wah has it’s own thing – a different sound than using a tradition cup.”
Jason RicciGround-breaking US harp great
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
“Your teaching is deeply appreciated…
I really appreciate the warm, friendly, welcoming and insightful way that you teach your workshops.”