QUOTE(swid @ Apr 28 2008, 05:47 PM)
Super durable, because they were actually built by former British naval engineer Harry Joyce and his team of former naval engineers to military spec. I think they insisted on not building more than something like 40 amps/month, which Dave Reeves (Hiwatt guy) agreed to. Even the PCB versions of the amps are very solid. Mind you, I'm talking about Hiwatts made before Reeves's death in the early '80s. I know little to nothing about today's Hiwatts, which are built by another company who got rights to the name.
Complete agreement on your comments about the Hiwatt quality. The insides of my amps are just amazing - all leads cabled and laid out at right angles, turret boards for components - super easy to work on.
A number of companies have held the name rights over the years. I have a mid 90's 50w 1x12 combo that was made by the Audio Brothers and it is built to the same standards and sounds just like my '70's tops. A division of the MusicGround stores holds the name for the current Hiwatts, and I have have heard good things about the construction and sound. Unfortunately, they are ridiculously expensive.