Date: 31 Mar 95 04:56:17 EST From: Winslow Yerxa <76450.32~ompuserve.com> Subject: Toots info
rmarco asks about Toots' mic, amp and discography.
Please, tell me more about this WWW Toots project. I'm a big Toots fan, have transcribed several of his solos, written about his technique, attended one of his recording sessions, and compiled a large but incomplete discography. I will be featuring an interview with him in Issue No. 6 of HIP - the Harmonica Information Publication.
Toots plays through a Shure SM-58 microphone, cupping it to his chromatic (either a Hohner 270 Super Chromonica or a Toots Mellow Tone in C). He mikes this straight through the PA, not through an amp. He does use an amp for his guitar, but I forget what. The SM-58 is one of the world's most popular microphones, being versatile, inexpensive (around $100) and nearly indestructible. Several harp-L subscribers use it and swear by it.
In late 1957 and early 1958, Toots experimented with chromatics in G and A, usually playing them in Db position. Other than that, he's always played C chromatics. During the late 1970's up to about 1980, he sometimes used a 64 or Super 64, but has gone back to the 270-style instruments since then.
As for a discography, I have a far from complete discography that runs over 50 pages - he's been very busy for nearly fifty years. I will compile a summary and email it directly to you in a day or so. If list subscribers want to see it, I can post it here as well, but I warn you, it will be a long post.
Winslow Yerxa Harmonica Information Press Z Z I'm so tired, I haven't slept a wink