Some background: I've been researching amps for a long time now and I decided to go with the Dr. Z MAZ 18 Jr NR 210. I've put my deposit down and the amp should arrive in the next week or so. The amp won't have the Brake Lite installed on it when it arrives. Because I don't currently gig regularly, I'll mostly be using the amp to jam with friends and play at home. However, I wanted something that could easily fill a small/medium venue when I do gig.
Now to my question: As to not bother other inhabitants or neighbors, is it possible to enjoy playing with the amp in a house or apartment without the Brake Lite? If not, will the Brake Lite bring the volume level down enough to be enjoyable in a house or apartment without disturbing others (or busting my eardrums)?
Last Edit: Jul 23, 2009 7:03:21 GMT -7 by Big Andy
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The Maz 18 NR is a surprisingly loud amp and sounds best when pushed a bit. That said, I mostly play mine around the house these days and it also sounds fine to me at lower volume levels. This is especially true after the speaker(s) break in. In my experience, this can take 20 to 30 hours of playing time and can't be done at house\apartment volumes. I shut mine in my car, in the garage, wrapped in thick foam (not near the hot tubes), and ran various backing track loops from my GDEC through it working up to full volume for several days. I don't have them but I understand that the Z 10's take a particularly long time to break in. Speaker break-in makes a significant difference at all volumes but particularly at lower "at home" volume.
I just got a Brake Lite about a week ago and it is a great addition to the Maz. It helps some with the volume but does not turn the amp into a bedroom or apartment amp in my opinion. Mostly it allows more natural amp breakup at SOMEWHAT lower volumes. I found all settings on the BL except for "4" to be very usable.
Good luck and enjoy your new amp.
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It helps some with the volume but does not turn the amp into a bedroom or apartment amp in my opinion. Mostly it allows more natural amp breakup at SOMEWHAT lower volumes. I found all settings on the BL except for "4" to be very usable.
I agree 100%. I would get a Brake-Lite if I were you. It really does help.
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