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.
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
“Every harp player needs a Harp Wah to express themselves to the fullest!
Thank You Roly!!!”
Rob PaparozziBlood Sweat & Tears, Blues Brothers...
“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
I definitely love the Wah Claw!
It’s great! If the Wah was perfect before, now it’s even better!
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!
I was skeptical … but this is a beast with its own rich tone.
Definitely a valuable addition to the harp player’s toolkit.
Nice one Roly!”
“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
The Harp Wah is awesome!!!!!
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’m just a beginner but it brings such a new color palette and expressiveness.
Such a nice and well built product. Wow! And the sound!! Hell, I’m just a beginner but it brings such a new color palette and expressiveness to the sound. Can’t really cup well with my hands – but with your mute, it’s so easy.
Denis BouchardBeginner Player