NAD x 3.....seventies glory

markeebee

Country Gent
Apr 27, 2010
3,394
Forever Malcolm Young
At the very least partly inspired by the "no more tubes" thread on here, and partly because I was leaning that way anyway, I've been looking for an HH amp. Then, like the proverbial London bus, three came along at once:

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I guess that our US friends might not be too familiar with the brand. Essentially, they were the first solid state amps in the UK to incorporate some degree of quality in their build. Born in '69, before them all solid state amps were toys for babies. 100 very very loud Watts of brutal clean noise, plus some clipping diodes so that you could switch on a bit of grit. They don't sound exactly like a valve amp, but that doesn't mean they don't sound amazing. They definitely have their own thing going on, and it's righteous.

I shall now bore you with a list of the second-tier British rock royalty who chunked HH back in the day:

Pink Floyd
The Who
T Rex
The Sweet
The Glitter Band
Slade
Queen
Dr Feelgood
The Clash
The Specials
The Stranglers
XTC
The Buzzcocks
Joy Division
Etc etc etc

Pretty much anyone who played a gig in a pub or college in the seventies, really. They can't all be wrong.
 

Ricochet

Senior Gretsch-Talker
Nov 13, 2009
21,824
Monkey Island
Congrats, I used to have a HH Powerbaby ministack with tilt back legs. I remember it was Mosfet based and had a parametric mid section. I knew nothing back then, but it sounded great to my ears. No green lights though.

When I read EVH and Steve Lukather used HH power amps for their wet/drywet rigs it made my day haha.
 

BohemianLikeMe

Synchromatic
Apr 18, 2020
674
Prague, CZ
H|H stuff is aces. Jason Pierce of Spirtualized/Spacemen 3 is also a longtime user (of the brand, though also of other substances, no doubt).

Also Dr. Feelgood absolutely rips. If anyone has a chance to see Julian Temple's documentary on them, Oil City Confidential, I highly encourage you to do so. Wilco Johnson is a hugely underrated and yet highly influential guitar player.
 
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ALS57

Gretschie
Jun 17, 2019
290
London
Excellent, thanks for this.
Tragic memories of selling a 60's vox ac30 for peanuts to buy an HH in 1979.
 

mbkri

Country Gent
Sep 22, 2012
2,887
Chicago
Wowza. I had an H and H head in 77. It was my first amp. I have no idea what happened to it in the end but it sounded great to me. I must have traded it for something, a Peavey i think.
Anyhow, nice haul Mark
 

wabash slim

I Bleed Orange
Feb 10, 2010
17,510
lafayette in
I learn something every day. There were a lot of British amps that we never got over here in the colonies. WEM, Sound City, and Selmer as well as HH. The green glow makes it!
 

stiv

Country Gent
Sep 12, 2014
2,365
Firenze, Italy
I've been looking for one for ages here in Italy, as I'm a massive Buzzcocks/Dr.Feelgood fan.... it happened I scored one in Tuscany for cheap but it was so beat up that I had to pass. I don't even know if I know someone able to put his hands on these babies.
UK is the place to be... envious! Great score mate.
 

Ktone

Electromatic
Oct 31, 2021
79
SE PA USA
Never heard of HH. But here in the US, Kustom was a big brand when SS amps started to become the thing to have. This was mine, K200-B head with spring reverb, 2x15 cab with JBL D-130F speakers, and aluminum cones. I think it was technically a bass amp but I bought it with my Les Paul and it sounded good to my ears back then. I only sold it a couple of years ago.

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wabash slim

I Bleed Orange
Feb 10, 2010
17,510
lafayette in
Never heard of HH. But here in the US, Kustom was a big brand when SS amps started to become the thing to have. This was mine, K200-B head with spring reverb, 2x15 cab with JBL D-130F speakers, and aluminum cones. I think it was technically a bass amp but I bought it with my Les Paul and it sounded good to my ears back then. I only sold it a couple of years ago.

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Not a bass amp. You'll never find trem and reverb on a bass amp. You could use it for bass (tho JBL D-140s would be preferred). It'd be a great amp for keyboards.
 


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