BearFoot FX Owner
Seems we've hit the point of diminishing returns on new amps, at what point is it even profitable to innovate anymore?
Is that true? I don't doubt you, but it's kind of hard to unload a mint condition used one even for way below the price of a new one (not just Z's, with many other fine amps it's the same), are that many more people ready to pay about half again as much for a brand new one? It's definitely a buyer's market for a used Dr Z amp.Originally posted by LeftyLang
Tell that to Doctor Z.........there is a huge waiting list for most of his amps.
There are a lot of dimensions to amp tone. Gain is just one of them.Originally posted by John Phillips
In the past, new guitar amp designs did things that no amp before could actually do - but where is there really to go once you've reached the gain levels and tonal range of something like a Mesa Road King or a Diezel VH4?
Hmmm... Lemme guess: stoner/doom?Originally posted by Occam
I've actually wanted to design an amp. In the scene I play we seem to be able to get away with a lot more volume than most people so my idea was to create some really nice large amps...in the 200-watt range and yet still set them up for sweet power tube distortion but at very high volume levels. I use a Matamp GTL140 now that I run on 10 and I have a GTO140 that's coming that'll probably be on 10....all of the boutique guys are making smaller and smaller amps for the 12-billion blues guys out there that have bad backs and want to fit their entire rig in their back seat. It would be a very small niche but I wouldn't quit my day job for this or anything.
I also have no idea how feasible this is but I'd like to see an amp with different power tubes that has seperate volume knobs so they can be blended together...plus big VU meters and big knobs
This happens from time to time with Riveras. People willing to buy something that isn't Fender or Marshall just because it says so, usually actually think about the way the thing sounds. And not everyone likes the same things. For examle, I don't like Zs. There's guys out there that like Zs that don't like Riveras. Because of this, the price for used Z or Rivera amps is way lower than for new. I have to thank the guys who don't like the Riveras for helping make them affordable, and I expect the Z buyers feel the same way about people like me.Originally posted by Guy from Idaho
Is that true? I don't doubt you, but it's kind of hard to unload a mint condition used one even for way below the price of a new one (not just Z's, with many other fine amps it's the same), are that many more people ready to pay about half again as much for a brand new one? It's definitely a buyer's market for a used Dr Z amp.
This is why I get all my lead tones from pedals with my GNX2. I can get some very nice clean tones with the modeler and then step on my own pedals (well, not my own, but one's I've bought..... ) for the lead tones I prefer. Works for me.Originally posted by John Phillips
I also think this is a problem with digital modeling - the designers seem to spend all their time creating ever-more-anally-precise reproductions of past sounds, not new ones... or even simply making it sound better. DM seems to be judged on whether the 'sound' and 'feel' is exactly like your favorite tube amp.