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Discussion in 'Glowing Bottle Tube Amp Forum' started by hrstrat57, Dec 30, 2016.
Looks pretty killer....anybody on this one yet?
No Reverb, no tremolo- $1299
i have a remedy and used to have a z 28. i think dr. z are the best all around amps you can buy. excellent quality with focus on vintage tone. priced really well and are handwired in the usa. cure is a stripped down z lux. you can never go wrong with a z. he carries the philosophical torch of the late great Ken Fisher.
There's a mint bedroom only Therapy on local CL $1200 nice!
Too much beast for me at the moment tho supposedly cruises nicely turned down.
This Cure seriously looks awesome.....
Crickets on this? Bueller? Nobody on dr Z Cure?
I never really understood the "boutique" amp thing, especially the prices they charge. If you can't sound good with a Fender tube amp, a high dollar amp is the least of your problems, but, to each their own................
It's not much more than a PRRI.....
I don't get the $2500 boutique stuff either but this beaut looks priced nice!!
dr z amps are all hand wired. considering anything fender currently puts out that is hand wired is like 2-3 grand i think Mike Zaite is quite fair with his prices. boutique is just a word somebody gave something that is built with love by individuals and not machines soldering un-serviceable junk boards together. nothing against fender though, i have an old twin reverb and a super reverb and they are the best amps imo
A friend of mine, killer pro player for the last 40 years, loves his old Fenders and Marshals, but he swears by his Maz 38.
I'll resurrect this thread...since nobody has one to review and I will on Tuesday. Check out some clips, this is a very cool sounding amp and the level control is said to be incredible. You can cut down to whisper levels and not lose any tone.
Volume, Master, and Level?
ANY high-quality hand-wired tube amp costs about the same. Look at Fender's new hand-wired amps.
Also check the original prices of vintage Fenders and use an inflation calculator to determine what they would cost new - today. The same as "boutique" amps.
these types of amps are not expensive - they are fairly priced for hand-wired tube amps. They can't be compared in durability and ease of service with new, production PCB amps - which are essentially disposable at some point in their life cycle and are not made to last for decades.
And while you may think cheap amps sound "just as good" many disagree, and without being "tube amp" or "boutique" "snobs".
If you don't understand them it's because you're making invalid comparisons with unequal products. If you compare like-to-like they make perfect sense.
so nobody on TDPRI has gotten there hands on a Z Cure?
Waiting for a hands on member review?
Ha!!! Reminds me of the old Xerox commercial. "Is it a Xerox?" (insert vintage Fender). "No, but its as good as a Xerox" (insert vintage Fender).
I played a cure and would one one if I didn't already own a Redplate delux, a very similar amp. To me it's the ideal 6v6 gig amp, fender-y when you need it but a purer, less filtered tone that provides more mids and more of your guitar/pickups. Plenty of grind with the interactive eq and volume/master, the master is wonderful - I have two other Zs and his master volumes are crazy good. I didn't try the fx loop, but I'm sure it's good. Really the perfect club, grab n go IMO
Do you think 15 watts is enough to gig with? I've tried a PRRI and a 5E3/tweed deluxe at rehearsals, and there is just not headroom. They get loud to a point, then just start to mush out.
I think so. It is not as gainy as a 5e3 and much tighter than a princeton plus the mids help it cut easily but it also depends on your arrangement. When I do pop/theater gigs, it has plenty of headroom, in my rock band it's at breakup but that's how I play usually. Never have problems hearing it and it cleans up very dynamically
Not tried a cure but I own and gig a prescription ES and a maz 38 a lot
A little late to this thread...so I have a Dr. Z Cure. I also have an Allen Accomplice (DR clone) To answer some of the questions:
It is plenty loud to gig with. There are watts, and then Dr. Z watts (LOL). Even the cleans are quite loud. We have a 6 piece band (sax, keys, two guitars, bass, drums) and I have no trouble being heard. We did an outdoor gig last summer and even the guys in the band commented on how much they liked the tone.
I actually think it's louder than my Accomplice. The Cure has a lot of punch - stands out, kind of in your face. Different from a DR style amp.
With the master and a volume knob, you can play overdriven or clean or in between at reasonable levels for most applications.
I did add a reverb/trem pedal - although I tend to use primarily a fulltone fulldrive and an MXR carbon copy, and really not much else. The thing is, I don't even need the overdrive because the amp is configurable to provide a lot of OD at whatever volume works. It has a variable EQ bypass that gives it a tweed-ish flavor.
80% of the time I play it with a Suhr T-style. Lately I've been using a recently purchased pre-owned McCarty. Works great with both.
I wouldn't say it's exactly providing BF cleans or Tweed tones. But it plays in both realms.
I love my Allen Accomplice but haven't turned it on in over a year. The Cure is handling all my needs right now.