Kenji's Big Harp Amp

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Help an amateur harmonica player to get a big amp.

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Kenji's Big Harp Amp

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.

 

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À quoi servira la collecte

Well, I am still an amateur harmonica player, and most probably I'll keep being one for a long time :-) because I can't dedicate to a fully musician career. Life is expensive enough, my priority is to raise my daughter. So I am pretty conscious that I will never match a professional and high skilled harmonica player such as Greg Slap or JJ Milteau. These guys are heroes, while I am just a regular guy in another country.

 

What can I offer in exchange for your generosity? Well, I can offer my music, and my friend's music. And to be honest, I know there are lots and lots and lots of talented people all around the web giving their music for free. If you like my music, and if you like my friends, well, that's it. You're gonna see more videos on the web. And, of course, there are some interesting gifts for those who contribute too like harmonicas, self-made microphones and so on.

 

Here's my "Kenji & Friends" project. In this link you can see me playing. There are still more to come, until 2018 I guess.

 

 

 

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I can send a you postcard from my home town. Actually, I'll take a photo of an unusual touristic attraction + an harmonica and send to you. Belo Horizonte and nearby cities have lot of unusual places and cultural happenings such as "Quarteirao do Soul" (Soul's block), Central Market, "Rua do Amendoim" (peanuts st - which claims to defy gravity) and the infamous Mineirao Stadium, where Brazil lost to Germany by 7x1 in the recent Soccer World Cup. Thank you.

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This is a weird hand-made microphone that uses an inexpensive telephone capsule. I made it myself. Actually, if you pay attention to the videos of the Kenji & Friends project here -- http://kenjishikida.blogspot.com.br/ -- you're gonna see that episodes 1 to 6 were all recorded using this mic. That's because I've borrowed my astatic jt30vc clone to a professional harmonica player that lives in Sao Paulo (he was robbed and he needed a decent mic until he could buy another). So, since episode 7, I am using my astatic again. But I have to say I kind of like this handmade mic. It's not pretty, but it's light and, well, I could play with it. It's not an incredible mic. In fact, it looks like a frankenstein. Well, at least it's somewhat exclusive. :-) It's made of a plastic medicine bottle. Aspirins not included. Thank you.

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A video of me and one of my friends (check which friends soon -- I still have to check with them! -- at http://kenjishikida.blogspot.com.br/) playing a song for you. Of course, we have a list a songs you'll have to choose from. You can also choose if you want the video to go public or not on youtube (amateur musicians have a limited repertoir). I'll publish a list of which friends and what songs will be available soon. Thank you.

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