Dating sound city amps
David would also scale down his rig for TV-appearances in 1970-â€™71 using only one Hiwatt head and a WEM cabinet.
– Hiwatt DR103 All Purpose 100W heads with Mullard 4x EL34 power tubes and 4x ECC83 pre-amp tubes.
Two heads powered the four WEM cabinets, one was a spare and the fourth head was used to power Davidâ€™s front stage monitors.
David had over ten Hiwatt heads on the Dark Side of the Moon tours in 1973-75 and he always performed soundcheck on them all himself to make sure they sounded right.
Controls for normal volume, brilliance volume, bass, middle, treble, presence and master.
Dave Reeves, who had been working for Sound City between 1966-68, had started his own company called Hiwatt and by January 1969 he began making custom 100w heads for local musicians and bands like Jethro Tull and The Who are seen using Hiwatts in May later that year.
Another funny story dates from the Earlâ€™s Court shows in May 1973 where the sound crew reported that during some of Davidâ€™s solos his rig wasnâ€™t in the PA at all. For the Animals 1977 tour David had three Hiwatt heads, again two mains and one spare and a 1960â€™s Marshall 100w plexi.