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Old June 13th, 2009, 03:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hiwatt

I know most are into wimpy amps these days. This 1973 Hiwatt 100, is by far the best amp I ever had, even at lower volume.
Never could find a Hiwatt cab, but, it does just fine with the old Fender cab with 2- 12" EVM 12S speakers with an open back.
One great feature of these amps is the tone knobs actually do something.

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Old June 18th, 2009, 01:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That is a serious piece of kit, Don.
I love the sound of a Hiwatt on song. Had one myself, many years ago. Killer amp.
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Old June 18th, 2009, 01:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Me in 1983, at 15 years old with my Peavey T-60, a borrowed Hiwatt and red marshall stack - and a deaf keyboard player!



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Old July 23rd, 2009, 11:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I had this 74 DR103 untill a couple of months ago. I traded it for a 76 Super lead and cab. I didn't think I'd ever be able to afford another, but came accross this 73 DR112 three days later in a flea market.So lucky to have Hiwatt tone again. It sounds just like my ex DR103,but with a little more gain. No mid pot,but it makes up for that with an effects loop,pre out and the whole band can plug in.
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 11:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I've always wanted a real Hiwatt.

Betcha it'd be a killer bass amp, too!

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Old April 4th, 2010, 10:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hi, took a few pages but I found you.
I recently bought a Hiwatt Maxwatt g110r. I know these maxwatts are lower
end of the scale and solid state but I gotta tellya it sparkles......super clean and power to boot.
Good dual distortion channels as well. Haven't tried it at gig levels yet so hope all goes well there.

Anyone had any experience with this model ?
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Old April 5th, 2010, 12:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
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"The place was really jumping to the Hiwatt Amps,
til a twenty inch cymbal fell and cut the lamps"



sorry, everytime I hear mention of Hiwatt Amps I immediately think of The Who.

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Old February 22nd, 2011, 05:38 AM   #8 (permalink)
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i have a HiWatt 4x12 in storage somewhere. haven't plugged her in in a while. sadly, i'm one of the converts to wimpy amps. but a '65 Ampeg Gemini dimed isn't that wimpy, as far as wimpy amps go! but yeah, i remember the volume days fondly.
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Old January 31st, 2012, 11:26 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Hiwatt is my favorite amp, I had a combo in the early 90's 212 can't remember the model. But I would give anything to have it back, if I could afford it I would have one now. But their tube amps are high dollar, best sound I ever had. I was using a Tele and a Jackson USA-1 Soloist back in my Christain Metal days. Work good with a 410 cab. I will own one again. it played very good clean also.
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Old February 1st, 2012, 07:30 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I had a Custom 50 head i used with a 67 Bandmaster with original C12 Jensens, What a sound. I regret selling the almost everyday and its been 15 years.
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Old February 17th, 2012, 05:40 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I have an old Lead 30. Great little Bulldog of an amp!
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Old February 17th, 2012, 05:50 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I have a newer Custom 50 head, use it with a Bogner 2x12 cab, killer sound!
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Old February 17th, 2012, 06:03 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I run Sound City mark 3's, 100 and 200 watts, through eminence pro speakers - this type of combination is pretty unbeatable in my opinion.

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Old April 26th, 2012, 04:53 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I've got one of the last DR504, PC board, that was made at the Biacrown Electronics in UK, before they closed it, has a inspection date of 1984 and Harry Joyce name on the frame... It had 2 GT tubes. 1 Mullard ECC83, 2 Phillips ECC83, and a EH ECC83 in the PI...
The Mullard and Phillip tubes are dated from the 80,s the EH is newer 04... I just got 3 Mullard ECC81 I put one in the V4/PI and wow what a big difference that made in the overall tone... Took a small amount of drive out but left it with a cleaner usable tone... I wish I did this a couple of years ago when I bought it... It's like a new amp now it cleaned up the mud and noise that the EH was producing... The 4x12 cab is Avatar with Eminence GB128...
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 03:13 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I've been playin' the heck outta my DR103 lately.
It's so weird because I've never had another amp with the dynamics and responsiveness of it and, cool as it is, it's also a bit frightning. Whenever I play it after playing an amp that, y'know, compresses, I feel like I'm playing wrong. Like I'm playing in reverse.
I love the way the low notes are so bold and deep without that Marshally way of drawing the chord toward that bass note (if that makes sense); the string seperation is divine. And with the way pick attack can stand out front, slugging out neanderthal open-chord rhythms isn't nearly as productive (or rewarding) as approaching arpeggiations or mixing up my game a bit.

I've never really been satisfied with any speaker pairings until recently, though. For a while I settled on some Weber Crescendo clones, which were mostly okay, but have recently gotten a "Hi-Tone" 212 that really matches every zing, clang, and shimmer that the Hiwatt can dare to bark out.

Yeah, getting them to crunch is a little nerve-wracking, but everything about the amp, especially in context of a band, is great...

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NEW AMP DAY!!!!

NEW AMP DAY!!!!!!!!!

I just picked up a Sterling era Lead 30 Combo early 1980s.

I Roars! Gets pretty close to the Reeves era. Its as close as I'm going to get right now on my budget but i'm very happy with it. Comes close to my 1979 custom 50 from years ago.
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Congrats Flakey!. My favorite amp ever that I've owned was an old Ampeg V-4, but a friend's Hi-Watt 100 head/cab killed just about as well. Different sounds, both amazing. I don't have much need for that loud of an amp at the moment, unfortunately. Those old cabinets were very heavy, very solid and heavy! Those old amps always turn heads from the first chord.
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Congrats Flakey!. My favorite amp ever that I've owned was an old Ampeg V-4, but a friend's Hi-Watt 100 head/cab killed just about as well. Different sounds, both amazing. I don't have much need for that loud of an amp at the moment, unfortunately. Those old cabinets were very heavy, very solid and heavy! Those old amps always turn heads from the first chord.
I was in a band during my bass playing days (late 70s) in a power trio and the guitarist had a V4 stack and I played thru a Sunn 2000s (Not the 200s) with Sunn a 6 12" V shaped cab. TALK ABOUT HEAVY BUT OH THE STAGE VOLUME but that how is was in them days. We had a retired mail van for a band vehicle. You could hear the suspension springs creak as we loaded in our respective gear.
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NEW AMP DAY!!!!!!!!!

I just picked up a Sterling era Lead 30 Combo early 1980s.

I Roars! Gets pretty close to the Reeves era. Its as close as I'm going to get right now on my budget but i'm very happy with it. Comes close to my 1979 custom 50 from years ago.
My guitar tech had this Reeves era Lead 30. It was chock full of NOS Mullards. It was definitely the loudest 30 watts I've ever heard. I was there when he opened it up and sure enough Mr. Reeve's signature was inside the chassis.

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My guitar tech had this Reeves era Lead 30. It was chock full of NOS Mullards. It was definitely the loudest 30 watts I've ever heard. I was there when he opened it up and sure enough Mr. Reeve's signature was inside the chassis.

Wow it looks just like mine. Um maybe I'm confused I thought the Reeves era only used EL 34s no matter the wattage. Mine has EL 84s also. Where was Reeves signature in the amp? I've done some looking about on the internet since yesterday and mine says Imported by Sterling but what I read was that Sterling made these amps in the US. It would be awesome if it was a Reeves era. Anyone more learned about this willing to offer up their knowledge?
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