Hi. My name is Leonardo Kenji. I am an amateur harmonica player. I am 41 years old and I've been playing since I was 14. During these years, I've been involved in several harmonica initiatives here in Brazil. I've played with several nice people and currently I am involved in the "Kenji & Friends" project, which is basically making movies of me playing with several friends I have. Some are also amateurs, some are skilled professionals, so, as I say, "the best in Kenji & Friends is the friends part" :-)
Unfortunately, taxes in Brazil are quite high, so in order to buy a decent equipment here, sometimes we have to pay twice the price we find in US. And despite I have a pretty decent life (I am married for more than 20 years and I have a lovely 7-year old daughter, we both work), I really can't afford buying such an expensive amp.
My dream is to buy the best amp I ever tried: a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe.
This kind of amp costs BRL 5000 in my city
EUR 1665 Target
EUR 100 Campaign (mailing costs, stickers, postcards)
EUR 1765 Sub Total
EUR -52,95 taxes (3%)
EUR -88,25 KKBB (5%)
EUR -130,61 paypal (7.4%)
EUR 1493,19 Total => 1492 Amp net price (BRL 5000)
Actually I have a amp, that I can use in small gigs (it was my lovely wife's present last year) but it can't handle a band with a drummer. My amp is good, but it has only 20 watts.
With a big amp, I can finally play with a band, getting the tone I'd love.
Also, even local harmonica players in my town can benefit from this amplifier, since it's not unusual for us to exchange equipment on gigs.