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tried a mazerati gt

argylespots

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i really liked the gt the best out of all the dr z's i tried but man was it loud. I had the volume about 9 o'clock and it sounded amazing with my legacy but it might be to loud for home use. do the airbake or airlites work well to tame this thing? I am not looking for bedroom levels but i would like to sit in the same room. Also is the new monza voiced the same as the gt?
 

Trotter

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I owned one. Great sounding amp but it was WAY too loud for home use. I tried several attenuators and had to attenuate it so much it really killed the tone. I've owed a lot of 100 watters including old Marshalls and Hiwatts. Nothing came close to being as loud as my Mazerati GT.
 

argylespots

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Even if an attenuator would bring the volume down a little bit so it doesn't kill any cats or dogs. I don't have any expirience with attenuators but some people like them and some don't. I do know this amp had the sound that I liked the best out of all the amps I tried
 

ROKY

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I owned one. Great sounding amp but it was WAY too loud for home use. I tried several attenuators and had to attenuate it so much it really killed the tone. I've owed a lot of 100 watters including old Marshalls and Hiwatts. Nothing came close to being as loud as my Mazerati GT.
I seriously doubt the Mazerati GT is louder than a Marshall Super Lead .
 

Marc Roy

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I seriously doubt the Mazerati GT is louder than a Marshall Super Lead .
Maybe not, but I played one in the shop a while ago, cranked it to about 10 o'clock and I can tell you that it's loud as all hell. I don't know what the good Dr. put under the hood, but damn....
 

stratovarius

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I've got quite a few high end boutiques and my GT gets played more than any of them. Both the UA and the Aracom do a great job of attenuating it. I like to run mine about 1:00 when I'm at home. It also cleans up fairly well with my Strat.
 

riffmeister

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Perceived loudness has a lot to do with voicing of the amp. The GT probably concentrates its output in the frequency range that the human ear is most sensitive to. I had a 30 watt Matchless that did the same thing.
 

Bigtone

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Perceived loudness has a lot to do with voicing of the amp. The GT probably concentrates its output in the frequency range that the human ear is most sensitive to. I had a 30 watt Matchless that did the same thing.
Agree, My C30 matchless was deafening, even compared to my JMP 50 watter,
But the frequencies are smoother on the JMP also, My K & M Custom is smoother still, but very loud also,

Bigtone
 

argylespots

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There was nothing perceived about the loudness of the gt. A couple of times I had to duck my head away from the front of the cab. If the new Monza sounds like the gt I might go that route.
 

JeffD

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Perceived loudness has a lot to do with voicing of the amp. The GT probably concentrates its output in the frequency range that the human ear is most sensitive to. I had a 30 watt Matchless that did the same thing.

Makes sense. Every Z I've played seemed very loud for it's power level compared to other amps of similar power. And, they have all needed to be turned up to hit a sweet spot. For that reason, they haven't worked for me. Still, the video of the Monza got my interest, and I'd like to try one.
 

Dave_C

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Another vote here for the Aracom attenuator for taming a beast like that. I'm using one with a Maz 18 Jr NR and am finding it extremely transparent...more so than the Airbrake, Hot-Plate, MASS, Ultimate and Powerbrake attenuators I've owned. In fact, the "bedroom" mode on the Aracom sounds better than the high quality click modes on the other units! It's that good. My guess is that you'd love it with the GT. Once the Aracom catches on, I believe many amp makers are gonna' see increased sales as this thing finally breaks the barrier between tone and output level and, for the first time ever, allows you to pick an amp without regard to volume.
 

Trotter

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I seriously doubt the Mazerati GT is louder than a Marshall Super Lead .
I have 2 vintage Super Leads... and yes, my Mazerati GT's "perceived" volume was louder than either of them.

I can use my Super Lead's without an attenuator... I can't turn the Mazerati GT up very far at all with out doing damage to my ears.

Again, great sounding amp... just get a great attenuator to tame it.
 

cvriz

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i love my gt. 3 clicks down and im ok for band practice. if you want bedroom vol use a boost pedal and lower down amp vol and pedal vol. this works best with EFFICIENT speakers. i use a dr.z airbrake for bedroom vol and either a komet or z airbrake for the band.
 
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Perceived loudness has a lot to do with voicing of the amp. The GT probably concentrates its output in the frequency range that the human ear is most sensitive to. I had a 30 watt Matchless that did the same thing.
Exactly. I find that amps with a concentrated focus on the mid and upper-mid frequencies really pierce through a mix and sound a lot louder than they are. The last two amps I've owned, a Bludotone and my current 3 Monkeys Orangutan, have a ton of low end and it seems that even though they are loud, the volume is more pleasing to the ear because it is more low end than high end.

On this same note, I had an interesting experience at lunch while playing around with my Line 6 M13 and the Orangutan. The O is a pretty loud amp, but by using the graphic EQ and pulling the middle frequency all the way down it pulled a ton of volume and grit out of the sound and made it clean up and be very Fendery. Amazing that one adjustment like that on one EQ frequency can change the tone of the amp from Voxy to Fendery.
 

meterman

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Another vote here for the Aracom attenuator for taming a beast like that. I'm using one with a Maz 18 Jr NR and am finding it extremely transparent...more so than the Airbrake, Hot-Plate, MASS, Ultimate and Powerbrake attenuators I've owned. In fact, the "bedroom" mode on the Aracom sounds better than the high quality click modes on the other units! It's that good. My guess is that you'd love it with the GT. Once the Aracom catches on, I believe many amp makers are gonna' see increased sales as this thing finally breaks the barrier between tone and output level and, for the first time ever, allows you to pick an amp without regard to volume.
big +1 for the Aracom!
 

gtrs

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Cool amp, but with that much gain it's silly that it doesn't have a loop.
Just my .02
 




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