Hi folks. I was rear ended 2 weeks ago on my way home from a gig. My V2 2005 Mazerati 1x12 combo (Serial # P-9134) with Weber Blue Dog speaker flew out the back of my car. Woe is me. It is at an amp repair guy's shop being TLC'd. I hope he can fix it. But if not I've been told by the offending drivers insurance that I will get compensation for it. So I'm wondering what any experts here might think its actually worth. I only paid $1000 for it from a guitar student. But it has been so great, many tone comments over the years. It feels kind of irreplaceable, but I'd love any pricing opinions from this great forum. And if its broken I'd love any suggestions of what might be a close replacement (mostly an amp that will stay as a clean platform for mostly club size work. Not looking for an dirty breakup type amp) Thanks to anyone for viewing! Kelly
Post by mauiman(Bill in Texas) on Feb 13, 2019 7:26:16 GMT -7
You need to ask for full replacement value. They may then come back with a depreciated value but I think they may treat you a lot better on the amp than an offer on your car if it was totaled. The amp has certain intrinsic value and has been obviously modified for your specific sound needed in your profession as a professional musician. You obviously may have a loss of income due to this too. I think you will find they will treat you ok. Let us know how it works out fir future reference.
This is a property damage claim caused by the negligent act of the other driver. His insurance company will want to settle for some amount. Your job is to figure out what that amount is based on whatever comparables you can find, and weighing that against suing instead of settling. If everything else is valued to your satisfaction then a suit over the amp would be silly.
I’d start putting together a list of what that year (or thereabouts) Maz’s go for (eBay, reverb, CL). I throw in the recent 30 Anniv Maz but that won’t be a good comparison because it was a limited edition model. What you paid for it is also a valid data point. Because the amp is no longer in production, it’s going to be a little hard nail down a number.
Try to get the insurance company to make the first offer - depending on the overall size of the accident claim, they may go higher than you expect (they likely know nothing about amps and may “be generous” just to get this settled - particularly if there is auto damage and medical claims).
Edit to add: there are a couple Maz on reverb for 1,200 and 1,250. Can’t tell the years.
Post by headshrinker (Marc) on Feb 13, 2019 10:15:08 GMT -7
I've found, as someone said above, that insurance companies are pretty easy about reimbursing you for damage to things inside the car as compared to the car itself. I would go with the price of the limited edition one. Let them tell you it should have depreciated, and see what they offer. If it's not enough to you, start arguing how amps increase in value over time. Throw them some Fender examples using 60s amps. Might want to add how yours was a handmade amp and how each one is different and it took you some time to find one that fit you. Quote Don from Z repair who often says they make snowflakes. You could also check on reverb for what they are selling for. I would settle if they offered $1200 or more. You likely could find a replacement for one in that range, if you are patient.
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