Just wanted to say that i've been using the AirBrake for the last week now and i don't know why i ever waited so long to get one. It's fantastic to be able get some real power tube overdrive out of my Maz 18 Jr NR. The coolest part is, is that i no longer have to run a slight overdrive out one pedal and then a solo overdrive out of another. I can just play the amp naturally and use one pedal to boost for solos and that's it. And on top of that, i can use the my BD-2 as a clean boost with the gain all the way down and the level up somewhat and it sounds much more natural than using dirt from the pedal. Anyway, i'm more than pleased with the results of my purchase and just wanted to give the Dr. props on another fine product.
guys, it seriously just made half of my pedal board obsolete. but that's a good thing. i plan on selling my whole setup and going straight into the z except for a booster and a wah. it's that good, trust me. also, i had a friends band stop by the house when i was in Rocky Mount visiting my parents and the guitar player, drummer, and the bass player were all fighting at taking turns playing through my Z with the Airbrake. to put it mildly, they nearly **** themselves. i've read some posts about some darkening of the tone at high attenuation volumes, but in reality, i play a strat with alnico 5 magnet pickups and the chiminess is still there even in the bedroom settings. don't get me wrong, there is some change in the tone, but it's not like i have to change my e.q. settings or anything.
i was about to buy a hotplate because my local shop had one that i could try, but i thought to myself, "i'll always be wishing i had just bit the bullet and gotten the Z, i trust the name and the product and everything." so i took a chance and ordered one, sight unseen, and am very glad i went with the Airbrake over the hotplate. the whole experience just reaffirmed my faith in the Z line of products. anyway, that's just how i feel. i hope you have a similar experience Paul G.
god, this post is getting long. one more thing though, about my pedals. the amount of natural overdrive i'm getting from my Z now is good, I almost hate to put anything in front of it. before the Airbrake, I had to use a couple of different overdrives to simulate a REAL overdriven amp and now i don't have to. it's great. oh well, that's about it.
Post by guitarboy02451 on Oct 13, 2005 5:50:27 GMT -7
The Sr. with a Z-Brake has more pure sweet distortion then probably any pedal I own as well. It almost becomse a Hi-Gain, like an old JTM45 or Plexi! But I also like to play clean, so I'll probably use level #2 to reduce the over all volume of the amp and still use my Sparkle Drive. The Sparkle Drive seems to really compliment the MAZ Sr. It doesn't color the tone at all. I'd still like to get a Zen Drive if the reviews pan out.
I can't believe what a difference it makes. It really adds even more versatillity to an already versatile amp.
If anyone is looking for one, Boston Guitar Works has 4 in stock. Give Heath a call.
Post by big ( Al Z. ) on Oct 13, 2005 14:57:59 GMT -7
I go no where without my Airbrake. I use it with my Sr. , DRRI and a Groove Tube Solo Single. Last year I was in a 50s band had had to play at some rediculously low levels and got a fairly good tone using the solo single with the airbrake. Besides the Sr. - it's the best purchase I've ever made.
Dr Z: Z28 10" combo Fender: CS Tele & Strat Gibson: 77 ES-335, 70s SG, 2019 LP Special Reverend FlatRoc, PRS McCarty, Gretsch Tennesee Rose, Taylor 410 Khan Pak 2, Kalamazoo Model 2, PowerBlock and some other stuff.
To anyone who has a Weber Mass attenuator, what settings are you using? I don't seem to be having the same problems with my unit. I'm running thru a Maz 38 Sr. 2x12's with a Super Strat Deluxe. I wanted to get an Airbrake and asked the local Dr. Z supplier to put me on their list but after 3 months I got tired of waiting.
there are all kinds of places on the net that you can find an airbrake. most have a money back trial period and offer some sort of free shipping incentive. and you don't have to pay state sales tax (for now anyway)
Post by guitarboy02451 on Oct 17, 2005 17:01:03 GMT -7
Had my first band practice with the z-brake. Sounded awesome! What a huge difference it made. The Z sat really well in the mix. When I needed to push the pre-vol on the SR, it sounded great. I think it really improved the sound of everything. I highly recommend and suggest one.
I got to really crank mine today (now that there's a good rectifier in my Maz but that's a different thread) and WOW!!! I've played with three other guitarist since I bought mine about 2 weeks ago and everyone of them has come off with the, "So who'd you say makes that? Man, I'm gonna have to get one of those!"
Incidentally, when I bought mine, Cory over at AGB said the hardest problem he has is keeping them in stock. I can believe it. I mean if the average word of mouth response is anything close to how people react when they hear my rig, then it's no wonder these things are so backordered.
I don't leave home without it, no way! Can't drive an amp without a good "break," right?
I can't say I have a favorite setting, as it's changing all the time. I like having favorite amp settings, which are usually too loud for practical purposes, and an Airbrake to keep things practical. It's like we have our cake and get to eat it too.
I'm about to unload my hotplate to get a Z-brake for my soon-to-here Maz 38. I'm pretty stoked about going Z now for my main rig. I do ponder the question though, Why not incorporate a lower power setting like some of the other boutique amp companies so that using a Zbrake or hotplate isn't such a necessity? Will something like this affect the amps overall tonal quality? I'm just throwing the question out there due to curiousity and nothing more. Excuse my newbieness
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