Hi guys, I just want to ask you guys your humble opinion about my current situation. I currently own a vintage Hiwatt Custom 100 which sounds amazing of course. I currently use the Hiwatt together with a V30 4x12 cabinet, it sounds okay but far from amazing. The V30s break up way to fast, and for me playing ambient/post-rock with lots of reverb and delay, and having a fairly loud live setup going on with a band the V30's are a real no-go. So I'm planning on selling my old 4x12 and get an original 300W Hiwatt 4x12. So yeah, you can understand clean headroom is a key ingredient to my guitar sound. Getting a Hiwatt cab will cost me about €500 ($700) making my total amp rig cost about €2000 ($2800). I know it's a lot of money, but I know it's worth it. However, lately the sound of a Silverface Twin has been appealing to me as well, judging from the countless youtube videos I've checked. Problem is I really want to try one out but I don't know anyone who owns one. I was thinking about just buying a used Twin and A/B it with the Hiwatt and just keep the one I like the most, having my ears be the final judge. But it wouldn't be a fair test because I would have to test the Hiwatt with a Hiwatt 4x12 because the V30s I have now don't match the Hiwatt that well. But that would be a pretty expensive investment, getting both the twin and a 4x12, just to see which amp I'd prefer. In short, I'm just wondering if I'd like a Fender Twin more than my Hiwatt. What really got me wondering was that getting a Fender Twin and selling my Hiwatt would save me a decent amount of cash. A used Silverface Twin costs about €800 ($1100). Knowing that a vintage Hiwatt Custom 100 is worth about €1500 ($2100, same price I paid mine) I can save like $1000 buying the Twin and selling my Hiwatt! It's not about the money really, I'd be happy to have spend a 'fortune' as well for my Hiwatt but if a Fender Twin sounds amazing as well and it would be convincing enough for me to sell my Hiwatt it would bring some financial advantages along! So yeah, that's why I want your guys opinion on both amps, before I take any further actions. I've searched around on the net and here on TGP and I do find a lot of 'Fender vs Hiwatt' threads, but people only seem to say 'I like the Hiwatt better' or 'I swear by Fender for cleans'. But no one seems to explain WHY they like the one better than the other. And that's what I really like to know. Just some things I like to hear from you guys? - How do you compare the sound of a Fender Twin to a Hiwatt Custom 100 and vice versa? What are each amps characteristics? - If you own one of these amps, what do you like about them and why? - Which one do you prefer, and most importantly, why? - Will a Twin 2x12 be loud enough for un-miced gigs within a loud band with a hard-hitting drummer? - Can a Twin 2x12 be pushed hard without breaking up (and speaker breakup) even with lots of reverb, delay and drop-tuned guitars? I can't really describe a certain 'tone' I'm looking for, I'm a real sucker in describing tone. I do find my Hiwatt to sound a bit 'stiff', I would like to have a bit more loose bass-response, but that could be the V30's fault I playing ambient/post-rock with a pretty 'loud' band format. So like I said, having TONS of headroom is definitely important. You can check out some songs of my band in my sig to get an idea of our music! Thanks!