HIWATT : Hi... What ? Today, I came home with a little HIWATT CUSTOM 7 Combo - an absolute rarity : a few hundreds have been made by the HIWATT Custom Shop, Doncaster, UK, including all variants in color (black, red, white) and shape (combo, head)... I had an Hiwatt SA112 combo from the late 70s in the past (picture from the late 80s, scanned) : A great amp, that I probably shoudn't have never sold, but... "One day, I'll have an HIWATT again", I thought. And then appeared the little 7-watters model CUSTOM 7 in early 2010s, awfully costy (think 1800 Euros) and nearly impossible to obtain here in France (always stated "unavailable")... And then today, my local shop called me : "Came in, Guy : I have another item that may please you". Back home with the beast... How cute he is, along the rest of my bunch of amps... OK : let's look closer... And came the first disappointment : hidden lower lettering due to msiplaced control panel (pic 1,2,3); grillcloth put à l'arrache (pic 4) and unstretched (pic 6): upper control panel angle broken and cruedly reglued (pic 5)... OK : let's listen to the tone now... And came the second disappointment : no bass, no brightness, ugly high-mid centered, poor efficiency of the Tone correctors ; nearly no overdrive except if you max the Gain control with the Boost engaged and max the Master Volume ; a moderate loudness that in no way evokes HIWATT legend... HaHaHa ! Not even worth to record any sample of that CUSTOM 7... Now add that the seller ask a price of 1000 Euros for it... If it had been a cosmetic perfect, flawless amp with a killer tone - as we can expect from a custom shop amp as they are stated - Then why not ? Here... No. Thank you. Definetly. Tomorrow the amp will be back to the music shop. For the SUPRO 1605R , I was really supsicious, and finally found a good surprise... For the HIWATT CUSTOM 7, I was really confident, and bitterly found a lousy junk... But it's me, OK ? A+!