"73" Hiwatt DR-103 on Ebay

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"73" Hiwatt DR-103 on Ebay

Postby sound city 69 on Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:59 am

Am I right that this amp is not from 1973? http://www.ebay.com/itm/1973-Hiwatt-Custom-100-DR103-2-Channel-100-Watt-Guitar-Amp-Amplifier-Tube-Head-/272758616784?epid=78616032&hash=item3f81ae32d0:g:1wYAAOSwnlhZZUI0 No plugged hole at the far left of the back of the chassis, no Bulgin sized power supply hole and later Partridges.
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Re: "73" Hiwatt DR-103 on Ebay

Postby pckpat on Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:36 am

If that serial # is right, it's in the '73 range according to Mark H.'s site? The filter caps look quite possibly changed to me, but there are folks on this section that will know much more about the gutshots than I.
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Re: "73" Hiwatt DR-103 on Ebay

Postby Phil4603 on Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:26 pm

I mailed the seller to say I thought it was later than the serial suggested and that the serial should be around 13000.
The transformers suggest this, black labels alone were later. Also the IEC socket is not a replacement for a Bulgin.
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Re: "73" Hiwatt DR-103 on Ebay

Postby Callaway_1 on Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:41 pm

its a converted 2 input amp from late 1977-early 1978. the preamp board is unaltered.
transformer dates to 1977.
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Re: "73" Hiwatt DR-103 on Ebay

Postby sound city 69 on Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:39 am

Thanks for the replies. So what puzzles me is why would you take a 77/78 Hiwatt and try to make it appear that it is a 73?
From what I see available there isn't that much of a value difference. What are considered the best years for DR-103s?
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Re: "73" Hiwatt DR-103 on Ebay

Postby OldSchoolDave on Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:03 pm

sound city 69 wrote:Thanks for the replies. So what puzzles me is why would you take a 77/78 Hiwatt and try to make it appear that it is a 73?
From what I see available there isn't that much of a value difference. What are considered the best years for DR-103s?


The 4 input versions are typically valued a bit higher than the 2-holers. That said, I gave up trying to guess other people's motivations awhile ago ;) .

For the classic HIWATT sound, I'd say between '72 and '76 would be the best, give or take a few months.

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Re: "73" Hiwatt DR-103 on Ebay

Postby Callaway_1 on Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:56 am

adding to Dave's statement:
a 4 input DR103 will fetch on average $1000 more than a 2 input assuming both are in equal condition.

I would extend his range from 1971-1976.

Prior to the summer of 1971, there was lots of variation in HIWATTs
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Re: "73" Hiwatt DR-103 on Ebay

Postby sound city 69 on Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:42 pm

Thanks Dave and Callaway. Then I consider myself fortunate to have an real 1973 Hiwatt.
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Re: "73" Hiwatt DR-103 on Ebay

Postby Sloclone100 on Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:48 pm

It also had a cap job but as long as you're a player and not a collector, that's a good thing.
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