These are my pages dedicated to the wonderful classic valve guitar amps
known as HIWATTs - the product of the design genius of the late Dave
Dave Reeves worked at Mullard during the day, but in the evenings
he worked in a tiny shop in Kingston, where he repaired hifi sets and
televisions as well as musical instrument amplifiers. It was here he
conceived the idea for a unique, sturdy and reliable line of amplifiers.
Here Reeves started creating his Hiwatt designs, which were never just
"me too" copies of existing popular amps, but completely original and
different. These amplifiers used only the highest quality components
inside and out, featuring transformers by Partridge and valves by Mullard
from the beginning.
While doing all this, he produced an OEM run of amplifiers for Sound City,
and was laid off by Mullard. At this time, in 1968, he used the money
he got from the Sound City project and his severance from Mullard to buy
a house in New Malden, and started building his Hiwatt amplifiers full
time in the garage.
HIWATT was a life-long labor of love for Reeves, and he ran the company
until his unfortunate accidental death in 1981. The company struggled on
for a few years afterwards, but fell apart by early 1984, when the name
was sold and the remaining assets liquidated. Sadly, the surviving Reeves
family got nothing from the company's dissolution, and even lost the
rights to the Hiwatt name.
Mark Huss - December, 2013
NOTE: As with all things historic, your author must rely on second- and
third-hand information, and therefore there will certainly be some
inaccuracies and errors in the information presented, particularly when
it concerns historical facts and dates.
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