Good morning. I can't remember the last time I posted on the forum, but I'm happy to say I now own a second Z. I recently acquired a Prescription head with a matching Avatar loaded with a Celetion Vintage 30 and G12H. My other Z is a MAZ 38R head.
When I played the amp earlier in the week, I was completely blown away at the sound, specifically the volume and clean headroom. I only managed to turn it up to 2 (9 o'clock) on the dial, and that was plenty for my needs. I ran my tele (OC Duff Redd Volkaert set) and Gibson ES-339 through it along with my pedalboard. While this amp was in good shape, it had cobwebs and dust from sitting around not being used.
I was able to use it at a gig on Saturday. Once again I turned it up to 9 o'clock, and got breakup....way more than I did when I auditioned it. I tried this with the Expand and DB boost disengaged. I even put it through my Z clone 1x12 loaded with a Celestion Gold, and still breakup. So I replaced the power tubes with a new set of JJs and had the same results. I thought it might have been dirty power, so I plugged it in at my sister's place...same thing.
Am I missing something here? My only other guess would be to replace the other tubes (pre and rectifier). What volume do you folks get up to before the breakup? I'd like to exhaust my options before looking for another amp. Thank you!
Last Edit: Nov 2, 2015 3:50:46 GMT -7 by fourcaster
Your idea of breakup might be different from somone else's. I ran mine between 3 and 4 and the slight break up was heavenly. It could be that I was using 2 very efficient speakers (Weber Blue and Silver 50 watt alnicos). If you wind up not liking it, I will take it off your hands.
Post by Mark (Basement Enthusiast) on Nov 3, 2015 8:53:49 GMT -7
Looks like there's 2 threads on this--I've already commented in the other one. Basically, though, with that amp I'm getting breakup before even 9:00 on the volume. Oh yeah, and it's already ridiculously loud by then, too. (Sounds great, though! Thank goodness for attenuators.)
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