Hi folks, I have been wanting the Hiwatt tone in my sound arsenal for ages. I can't afford a vintage amp right now, so I decided to try some various pedals and see how they stack up against the real deal. I just wanted to get a ballpark sound, because no pedal I've ever played has all the dynamics and response a real tube amp does. So, after some research I bought three pedals to try. Only the one I like best will stay. First up is the Tech 21 Leeds Character Series pedal - This is the one that I was most excited about since it is easiest to find reviews and soundclips on. It is supposed to emulate not just the Hiwatt amp, but the Fane speakers that sold with Hiwatt cabinets too. I found the sound to be very Hiwattish indeed, but only with the speaker simulation turned on. Also, there is way more gain in this pedal than you could ever get out of a real Hiwatt. This pedal just flat out gets the right sound, to my ears. You have to back off the gain though. There was still plenty of low end retained in my sound. No need for the Jimmy mods from Putnam on this pedal. Next up is the Catalinbread WIIO pedal. It is supposed to emulate The Who Hiwatt sound. It came in a close second. It also gets very much in the ballpark of the Hiwatt sound. It also has way more gain than a real amp has. I like it, but the Fane speaker simulation the Leeds pedal has, makes it sound just a tad more authentic than this one. This pedal also kept plenty of the low end. I didn't discern any low end loss. I am going to sell this pedal, even though it is also excellent at copping the Hiwatt vibe and tone. Finally, I read on TGP about the Amptweaker pedals and was told that the Bass Tight Drive pedal would get the Hiwatt sound. The pedal is great and I could do a review of just that pedal. It sounds great! It has an effects loop with a pre and post switch option. It allows you to dial in a clean blend and really shines with your playing dynamics. If you play hard you will get some grit, if not it stays clean. You can dial in lots of grit and it never loses note definition. However, I couldn't get a convincing Hiwatt tone out of it. I'm on the fence about selling this one. It's no Hiwatt emulation, but I've never played a pedal quite like this one. It is bada@@! Anyway, I'm keeping the Leeds and flipping the other two I guess.