For those of you who don't know, and just to put the record straight, and Watkins are one and the same company.
" " is the registered trademark of Watkins Electric Music Limited.
On behalf of Watkins Electric Music Limited, I wish to point out the information below.
The Starfinder 4 X 12 speaker cabinet.
A British icon of days gone by.
An illusive, legendry and highly sought after piece of equipment used by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, produced by Watkins / in the heydays of Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, T Rex and many others.
Copies of, or should I say "imitations" of these cabinets for some while have been, and
still are, marketed by Hiwatt and possibly others in the
United States under various guises,
From "The / Hiwatt Little D" 1 X 12
To "The / Hiwatt Starfinder" 4 X 12
Often promoted together with Hiwatt amplification.
Demonstrated on the Hiwatt stand at the NAM show 20014, blatantly bearing the UK registered trademark
USA imitations bearing the British trademark logo, and a cheap printed grill cloth of a similar style to that used by during the late 1960's and 70's .
Claimed to be officially licensed and made in England, when this was questioned we were told the cabinets are licensed by an "American" company also called wem who deal in musical sound equipment. This is no coincidence and it does not give them the right to the British trademark logo in order to con you (why else would they do it?) into believing you are buying or looking at a genuine British made product.
UK listings tend not to have a logo attached because of the UK trademark laws.
On behalf of Watkins Electric Music Ltd () of London, I wish to point out to those of you who may not already know, that these currently available imitation cabinets are not in any way licensed or authorised by Watkins Electric Music Limited / of London.
BUYER BEWARE, these FAKE imitation cabinets are not what they might appear to be. They are a deliberate attempt to extract your money on the pretence that they are an official product, when they categorically are not.
We are also aware of eBay listed FAKE cabinet and amplifier logos, and Tee shirts, bearing the trademark logo.
Again neither of these items have been authorised by yet eBay allow it to happen!
The above you tube link shows a FAKE Starfinder demonstration.
equipment in the long term will only raise the profile of the
company who own the original designs.
Nobody can ever take that away from them!
The Reissue Watkins Dominator, Westminster & Clubman amplifiers built by John Beer of Amp-Fix are the only products to have been licensed and approved by Watkins Electric Music Limited. This can be verified by ringing Watkins on +44 (0) 208 6705575