Hello everyone!!! I'm new to this forum and new to dr z amps, well new in that I finally just bought one after wishing for one for a long time.
Anyway, I have a maz 18 nr head and want to get a cab for it.
Wanted your folks thought on the avatar cabs vs the dr z cabs. The avatar are less expensive but you can get the same type of speaker configuration with them. So aside from having the matching head and cab (which is always aesthetically pleasing) is there a reason not to get an avatar cab at least in regards to the sound?
I have a Z cab and an avatar cab both. They are both great cabs. No reason to not get an avatar, they sound great, you can choose any color scheme, piping. cloth etc.. whichever fits your budget. I myself prefer to have everything match and would buy a Z cab first just because Im anal about things matching and being perfect but I also have the avatar cab in blonde and use it with my red maz jr and my black therapy.
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I have both a really like the Z cab. Matches my amp!
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Avatar can get pretty close to matching the Z cosmetically. If you decide to go with Avatar tell them you're going to be matching a Dr Z and they will orient the cloth so that it's the same as on a Z cab or head (if the head has cloth; some do, some don't).
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I like Avatar cabs quite a lot. I've never run a Dr Z 112. I did have a 210 convertible that was a great sounding cab with surprising bass response for 10" speakers - of note, the best tones I ever got from either of the Deluxe Reverbs I've had; a DRRI and a '65 DR came from bypassing the on-board speaker and running them through that 210 cab (in hindsight, I should have chopped the DRRI into a cab and used it with that set-up, as it blew my 1968 Drip Edge Vibrolux out of the water. I also owned a ZBest 210. This is one of the best sounding cabs I've ever run, but you need a crane to move the damned thing, and it's really too beamy for small rooms, IMHO. The best all-around sounding and most reasonable weight option with a MAz18 head that I've run is the Two Rock oval back 112 loaded with a Celestion Gold. It mics great, and fills up a room like nobody's business.
I can throw some more data into the fire. I've also liked my 1x12 J Design cab for my Tone Tubby. They do a nice job. www.jdesigncabs.com/ I did a pine cabinet for the ambiance and weight and figured I'd see how it might go.
I had a 2x12 Avatar cabinet which was also built very well. I sold it only because I'm getting older and it seemed to be getting heavier.
And, of course, you can't go wrong with a Dr Z built cab.
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The Z 1 x 12 convertible cab is BY FAR the best made cab I've ever owned...including a Z 1x10(which was bought as a combo), Audio Zone 2x10, Rocket Cab Custom Cab as well as other combos from other companies. It is built so perfectly I don't think I could find a better made cab anywhere. I just saw a used one go for 286 on the EBay...so deals can be found if money is the issue but I love mine and wouldn't consider a different brand in the future.
It's so sturdy and tightly made I.e. No rattle or hum except what I put thru it...plus I get a closed or open cab ! As well the sound output is much more pronounced than other cabs I've used including dual speaker cabs. So Z gets my vote on this round.
Post by wubberdubber on Apr 5, 2015 8:19:51 GMT -7
I had a blonde convertible Z-cab for a while (1X12) along with a 2X10 Avatar cab. Aside from the obvious difference of the speaker configurations, I found the Z-cab to be "tighter" sounding and a bit more focused...the baffle design has a lot to do with that...however, I ended up selling the Z and still have the Avatar. Both sounded really good, but the Avatar is lighter weight, easier to carry/load in/load out, and the slightly looser sound appeals to me. So...BOTH great cabs, largely a matter of personal preference. The Avatars are well-built, the Z cabs are REALLY well-built.
MAZ 18 NR 1X12,Remedy head w/Sonic 4X10 or Avatar 2X10...plus the everchanging pile o' guitars.
Post by dnicholas100 on Apr 10, 2015 8:46:50 GMT -7
My bandmate has a z open back 2x12 and I have an avatar "oval back" 2x12. They both have a v30 and a g12h. Both cabinets are equally awesome. If you don't care that they don't match, the avatar is a really great product for the money!!
Post by runninwiththerevil on Mar 18, 2019 4:14:33 GMT -7
I've had both, but I've also seen and purchased both used at pretty close to the same cost. Avatars will sometimes be as low at $250. Z's I've picked up for as low as $300 and seen Z-Best for as low as $425. If you can be patient there are deals to be had on both.
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