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  1. A lot of people think because an amp has a high wattage rating that you can't use it in a smaller situation and before modern, now technically ancient designs, that had some merit, depending on where in the power curve of the amp the end-user chose to get "his/her" sound. Each stage of an amp is part of a system chain that colors the output of the guitar pickup each based on its gain, power source stability, and filtering. The result you hear is a summation of the chain with a final filter, the speaker, cabinet, and where you place your ear relative to the sound wave. Hiwatt, like big bottle audiophile Marantz amps, did not saturate the pickup output in the earlier stages of the chain, so you get a high fidelity signal all the way through. Hiwatt used inefficient Fane speakers which when driven hard would break up and color the sound wave to give the characteristic sound. Inefficient does not mean beshissen, but the power delivered to the speaker is not accurately seen in the output of the sound wave. There is a unique coloration. A big bottle amp, referring to the output tubes, sounds much different when run is a triode mode (less wattage) than pentode mode. Take any amp with a power selection and compare what you hear at the different wattage settings. You will likely prefer the full power setting because the others do not deliver the full fidelity of the initial part of the signal chain. You hear something not quite as warm, with a part of the bloom missing. The point is greater power leads to higher fidelity even when it is not cranked. I came close to taking a plunge in the Hiwatt pool, but didn't want to fight a front end designed for clarity, one which lacked touch sensitivity. Listen to the guy's clips of mainly the guitar without effects and you will hear it die early, no sustain, which is part guitar part feedback within the amp. My experience, yours may be different.
  2. Been a long time since I repaired any Gallery pics I owned as a non-Admin. Don't have a normal account. PM me which you want purged and we will go from there is probably the easiest at this point.
  3. Surprisingly enough, this gets the job done for me. You are able to dial in the amount of bloom you need and I run it through 4x12 cabinets into which I have installed Celestion-made Vintage 50 Black Shadows. These are the speakers that would normally go into Mesa Studio 22+ combos. They do a good job of taming any overkill in high frequency content you might expect from a Soldano design.
  4. Came from Texas wrapped in an old quilt bought at Goodwill packed inside the case. A nurse sold it to me and it may have been her husband's at one point. His loss, my gain.
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    '15 PSP VIII

    This album contains pictures from the eighth Parsons Street Pilgrimage held July 31, 2015
  6. Looks like the pathway to the finish room. If you look out the window here on the left, you see the stack. First door on the left, the old John.
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    '14 PSP VII

    This album contains pictures from the seventh Parsons Street Pilgrimage held August 1, 2014
  8. mars_hall

    '13 PSP VI

    This album contains pictures from the sixth Parsons Street Pilgrimage held August 2, 2013
  9. mars_hall

    '12 PSP V

    This album contains pictures from the fifth Parsons Street Pilgrimage held August 3, 2012
  10. mars_hall

    '11 PSP IV

    This album contains pictures from the fourth Parsons Street Pilgrimage held August 5, 2011
  11. the 2nd and 4th are still there for your musical enjoyment
  12. mars_hall

    '86 H140CM Custom - ACB

    Need to put that label to the inside so it doesn't get ruined.
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