#1
You guys hear about the Dr Z Maz 8 yet? Anybody play or order one?

http://www.drzamps.com/amp/maz8/

Power Output: 8 Watts
Output Tubes: 1 - EL84
Preamp Tubes: 4 - 12AX7, 1-12AT7
Rectifier: 1 - GZ34
Controls: Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Cut, Reverb, Master Volume, Pentode/Triode switch
Configurations: Head, 1x12 Studio Combo, 1x12 Standard combo, 2x10 Combo
Colors: Black, Blonde, Red

Single ended class A amp.

Switchable Pentode or Triode mode.

I like the little bugger!!

Should be built like a tank too: DR.Z Amps are now ETL/CSA Certified
http://ztalk.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=news&action=display&thread=45310

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Sjankjj6lk
Last edited by BurstBucker Pro at Dec 3, 2011,
#2
I have to admit I'm way more interested in that tasty white Gretsch they've got propped up against it, but the amp looks good too. I'm not real big on EL84s in single-tube amps, but it's s popular enough convention that I'm probably in the minority on that.

I liked the 38 and the 18, so I'll give the 8 whenever they show up in stores. I don't think I'll be buying one, though - they're only $50 less than the MAZ18 head, and the same price as a NR MAZ38 head. Both of the bigger amps sounded good at low volumes so that doesn't make the 8 all that attractive pricewise.
#3
I think the stock Celestian Blue, and the switchable Pentode or Triode mode moved the cost up...

And yes, the white Gretsch is sharp!!
Last edited by BurstBucker Pro at Dec 3, 2011,
#4
I agree with Colin. It is a 'good to know' and thanks for posting but I personally would rather have a Maz Senior 38


v.... I wouldn't worry about it. Burstbucker is our resident Dr Z expert. I never got the impression that he worked for them or a dealer or anything like that - although his posts are sometimes a bit 'ad'ish'

I'm sure a thread like this over at The Gear Page would garnish more posts
Last edited by 311ZOSOVHJH at Dec 3, 2011,
#6
Quote by BurstBucker Pro
I think the stock Celestian Blue, and the switchable Pentode or Triode mode moved the cost up...

And yes, the white Gretsch is sharp!!

No, I don't think that's right. I was comparing the heads, so the speaker doesn't factor. A pentode switch is a really cheap addition and shouldn't make that much difference.

From the Dr. Z website (all heads, for fairest comparison) :
MAZ 8 : 1599
MAZ 18: 1649
MAZ 18 NR: 1399
MAZ 38: 1849
MAZ 38 NR: 1599

Plus the Mini-Z is 799 and the Carmen Ghia is 1099, Monza 1249, Prescription Jr. and Remedy 1649. I just can't appreciate the Dr. Z pricing here. For 50 more than the MAZ 8 you could get an 18 that's going to crunch almost exactly as well at low volumes and could actually feasibly be used with a drummer. If you don't need reverb the 8 becomes completely worthless and overpriced. It's not like Dr. Z doesn't have 400 other low-wattage EL84 based amps to choose from.
#9
Quote by Roc8995
No, I don't think that's right. I was comparing the heads, so the speaker doesn't factor. A pentode switch is a really cheap addition and shouldn't make that much difference.

From the Dr. Z website (all heads, for fairest comparison) :
MAZ 8 : 1599
MAZ 18: 1649
MAZ 18 NR: 1399
MAZ 38: 1849
MAZ 38 NR: 1599

Plus the Mini-Z is 799 and the Carmen Ghia is 1099, Monza 1249, Prescription Jr. and Remedy 1649. I just can't appreciate the Dr. Z pricing here. For 50 more than the MAZ 8 you could get an 18 that's going to crunch almost exactly as well at low volumes and could actually feasibly be used with a drummer. If you don't need reverb the 8 becomes completely worthless and overpriced. It's not like Dr. Z doesn't have 400 other low-wattage EL84 based amps to choose from.


You are correct my friend...

Looking at things that way, the 8 does seem a bit high.

I am trying to win a free Maz 8 Combo right now.
http://www.makenmusic.com/#

You have to pay for shipping, but I'd go for that!

I also learned some trivia about that Brake-Lite attenuator that comes in the Maz 8 Combo.

Taken from here: http://makenmusic.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/an-interview-with-the-doctor-himself-of-dr-z-amps/
An interview with the doctor himself of Dr. Z Amps!

The sound byte from the Attenuation section: http://makenmusic.com/newsletter/drzinterview113011/03Attenuation.mp3

Dr. Z worked with Ken Fisher to get the best tone he could possibly find in an attenuator.

The Brake - Lite is based on a 1980 Ken Fisher Trainwreck design, that was originally made to help lower the volume on high power Marshall amps.


I never knew it was based on a design by Ken Fisher...
Last edited by BurstBucker Pro at Dec 3, 2011,
#10
i want to wait till gearmandude gets one
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