1967 Hiwatt Clip

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1967 Hiwatt Clip

Postby zen.state on Fri May 05, 2017 1:10 pm

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Re: 1967 Hiwatt Clip

Postby OldSchoolDave on Fri May 05, 2017 2:11 pm

Unusual amp. What's its history?

I was surprised at how much the Master Volume cleaned up the sound (as opposed to the Input Volume). Or, was that the speakers and/or microphone overloading?

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Re: 1967 Hiwatt Clip

Postby Happy Face on Fri May 05, 2017 5:59 pm

For what it's worth, I own #288, labelled as a Hiwatt DR 106 (marked as bass inside). Same layout, but without the midrange pot. Just treble and bass.
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Re: 1967 Hiwatt Clip

Postby zen.state on Sat May 06, 2017 4:38 pm

OldSchoolDave wrote:Unusual amp. What's its history?

I was surprised at how much the Master Volume cleaned up the sound (as opposed to the Input Volume). Or, was that the speakers and/or microphone overloading?

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The amp was bought decades ago by a music equipment hire company and was told it belonged to Jimi Hendrix. This guy doesn't even know Hendrix used this model of amp so for me that makes it more plausible but strictly speaking it can never be claimed this was one of Jimi's. Anyway, whatever....

It was held by the owner of that company for decades but was outside in the barn, stored and unused. I came across it and it had the original box, but with a 1965 Marshall badge on it. The chassis was pretty dirty and the bottom of the box is eaten away with humidity and time. See the sound city forum for a few innards pics. It wasn't functioning. I replaced the supply caps and an HT resistor.

So I had this heavy French table, and my neighbour made me new box for it from that table. I didn't like the shape of the new box, it doesn't look British Old School, but I have warmed to it. I put the Marshall badge on the new box and I still have the old box or what is left of it.

I think I'm just beginning to understand how to play this amp, suddenly doors are opening. The output stage distorts quite a bit but then my 69 sap output stage distorted quite a bit too. I imagine that the input gain is quite high with humbuckers. The balance of input gain against output volume its the trick with this. It's pretty loud clean as well. I run it with 2 output valves at the moment.
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Re: 1967 Hiwatt Clip

Postby zen.state on Sat May 06, 2017 4:38 pm

The amp has lots of distortion and has lots of clean potential, but I use a THD hotplate so I thrash things a bit.
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Re: 1967 Hiwatt Clip

Postby zen.state on Sat May 06, 2017 4:41 pm

Happy Face wrote:For what it's worth, I own #288, labelled as a Hiwatt DR 106 (marked as bass inside). Same layout, but without the midrange pot. Just treble and bass.

The mid pot is definitely an addition. But the mod looks really old to me.
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Re: 1967 Hiwatt Clip

Postby Baron Von Machinenmann on Tue May 09, 2017 12:22 am

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