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Dan Kelly


From:
Boston, USA
Post Posted 29 Dec 2016 8:41 am     Reply with quote

Does anyone have any "feedback" on the Dr. Z Surgical Steel Tube Amplifier? It was designed specifically for the PSG and is supposed to be the "perfect" Smile amp.

Also, it has a solid state rectifier. What is the advantages of that feature?
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George Seymour


From:
Notown, Vermont, USA
Post Posted 29 Dec 2016 9:26 am     Reply with quote

Tremendous clarity and head room, excellent amp. You are welcome to try mine if you are ever near the Burlington Vermont area. Perfect is a matter of opinion, one size doesn't fit all, and good thing, be awful boring if we liked the same thing...
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Dan Kelly


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Boston, USA
Post Posted 29 Dec 2016 6:03 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks for the input! Its not a low priced amp, but others I have heard from say it is a special amp for PSG and worth it.
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George Seymour


From:
Notown, Vermont, USA
Post Posted 29 Dec 2016 6:18 pm     Reply with quote

Dan,
The trouble with any of the current hand built boutique steel amps is that it's awful hard to try one out before buying, if we all lived a little closer to each other would make decision making easier and more informed as in try before you buy...
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John Billings


From:
Ohio, USA
Post Posted 30 Dec 2016 4:35 pm     Reply with quote

Abdo-lutely love mine! Ultra-linear transformers, Doc's amazing EF86 pre-amp? Awesome! KT88s? Wow!
Oh! and a tube=buffered effects loop!
http://drzamps.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Surgical-Steel-manual_full.pdf

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Dr. Z Surgical Steel amp, amazing!
"74 Bud S-10 3&6
'73 Bud S-10 3&5(under construction)
'63 Fingertip S-10, at James awaiting 6 knees
'57 Strat, LP Blue
'91 Tele with 60's Maple neck
Dozen more guitars!
Dozens of amps, but SF Quad reverb, Rick Johnson cabs. JBL 15, '64 Vibroverb for at home.
'52 and '56 Pro Amps
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Dan Robinson


From:
Colorado, USA
Post Posted 31 Dec 2016 10:21 am     Reply with quote

Kudos to Doc Z for providing access to three output transformer taps on the back panel for 16, 8 and 4 ohm load!
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James Quackenbush


From:
Pomona, New York, USA
Post Posted 1 Jan 2017 11:12 am     Reply with quote

I've owned a few of Mike Zaites (Dr Z ) amps ....I have to say that he is one builder that I KNOW can build a great sounding amp ....His guitar amps are fablulous , so his attempt at a pedal steel amp should be every bit as good as his guitar amps .... KUDO's for the components that he used for this amp , and how he put everything together .... There are some professionals out there that are using this amp for guitar because of how big the clean tone is !!....That alone says something about this amp ..Nice that you can have an amp that works for both guitar and pedal steel ....Jim
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Dan Kelly


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Boston, USA
Post Posted 7 Jan 2017 5:26 am     Reply with quote

Thanks for the testimonials everyone. I am planning my next bank heist to finance this purchase! Smile

Thanks again!
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Jerry Meek


From:
Colorado, USA
Post Posted 30 Jan 2017 3:50 pm     Dr Z Reply with quote

nobody mentioned the price of this Amp must be pretty high.
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Dan Kelly


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Boston, USA
Post Posted 30 Jan 2017 5:47 pm     Reply with quote

Yes. List pricing for the Surgical Steel head is $1999. The recommended "Z-Best" cabinet lists for $849.

I have been in contact with a few owners and all have said the set up is very well worth the money.
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John Billings


From:
Ohio, USA
Post Posted 30 Jan 2017 5:55 pm     Reply with quote

Yes. You pay for the quality! Of design. Of construction. Of parts, etc.. Wonderful preamp and power amp. Ultra-linear transformers, etc.. Worth every penny!
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Dr. Z Surgical Steel amp, amazing!
"74 Bud S-10 3&6
'73 Bud S-10 3&5(under construction)
'63 Fingertip S-10, at James awaiting 6 knees
'57 Strat, LP Blue
'91 Tele with 60's Maple neck
Dozen more guitars!
Dozens of amps, but SF Quad reverb, Rick Johnson cabs. JBL 15, '64 Vibroverb for at home.
'52 and '56 Pro Amps
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John Billings


From:
Ohio, USA
Post Posted 7 Feb 2017 1:30 pm     Reply with quote

Doc is sending three Surgical Steels to The Chicago Music Exchange. If you're in the area, check it out. Here's a pic;


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Dr. Z Surgical Steel amp, amazing!
"74 Bud S-10 3&6
'73 Bud S-10 3&5(under construction)
'63 Fingertip S-10, at James awaiting 6 knees
'57 Strat, LP Blue
'91 Tele with 60's Maple neck
Dozen more guitars!
Dozens of amps, but SF Quad reverb, Rick Johnson cabs. JBL 15, '64 Vibroverb for at home.
'52 and '56 Pro Amps


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Carl Mesrobian


From:
Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Post Posted 7 Feb 2017 3:43 pm     Reply with quote

FWIW, solid state rectifiers are in Fender Twin and Showman amps, as an example. Not a bad thing at all Smile

As far as financing do like in the movies..

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2568862/
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"Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars." Les Brown
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John Billings


From:
Ohio, USA
Post Posted 9 Feb 2017 11:42 am     Reply with quote

From Dr. Z Amplification;
"Solid state rectification increases clean headroom, makes attack and response more immediate, and bass response tightens and also becomes more immediate. The Surgical Steel uses a solid state plug in, so in the case you want to experiment with a tube rectifier, you can just plug in a 5AR4 (a little voltage sag) or 5U4 (a lot of sag), to experiment with the response."
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Dr. Z Surgical Steel amp, amazing!
"74 Bud S-10 3&6
'73 Bud S-10 3&5(under construction)
'63 Fingertip S-10, at James awaiting 6 knees
'57 Strat, LP Blue
'91 Tele with 60's Maple neck
Dozen more guitars!
Dozens of amps, but SF Quad reverb, Rick Johnson cabs. JBL 15, '64 Vibroverb for at home.
'52 and '56 Pro Amps
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John Billings


From:
Ohio, USA
Post Posted 12 Feb 2017 2:40 pm     Reply with quote

Here's a pic of the big "iron" in a Surgical Steel. Ultra-Linear transformers;


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Dr. Z Surgical Steel amp, amazing!
"74 Bud S-10 3&6
'73 Bud S-10 3&5(under construction)
'63 Fingertip S-10, at James awaiting 6 knees
'57 Strat, LP Blue
'91 Tele with 60's Maple neck
Dozen more guitars!
Dozens of amps, but SF Quad reverb, Rick Johnson cabs. JBL 15, '64 Vibroverb for at home.
'52 and '56 Pro Amps
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Quentin Hickey


From:
NS, Canada
Post Posted 12 Feb 2017 3:13 pm     Reply with quote

How much are the Dr Z heads?
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John Billings


From:
Ohio, USA
Post Posted 12 Feb 2017 3:15 pm     Reply with quote

Quentin,
See Dan Kelly's post above.
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Dr. Z Surgical Steel amp, amazing!
"74 Bud S-10 3&6
'73 Bud S-10 3&5(under construction)
'63 Fingertip S-10, at James awaiting 6 knees
'57 Strat, LP Blue
'91 Tele with 60's Maple neck
Dozen more guitars!
Dozens of amps, but SF Quad reverb, Rick Johnson cabs. JBL 15, '64 Vibroverb for at home.
'52 and '56 Pro Amps
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Gerry Simon


From:
Ohio, USA
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 3:59 pm     Reply with quote

As far as sound goes, I recently joined a band of seasoned old musicians (I'm still older), and on the first day of practice, I brought my Kemper profiler/amp, which I like a lot and has a great sound. Everyone seemed to like it just fine but I decided to bring the Surgical Steel on the next rehearsal date, just for comparison ...it was unanimous: use the Dr. Z amp!!
I sold my EZG-50 to get the S.S. which is 10 lbs lighter and 2X the power and sounds, for my steel, MUCH better!!
Like others have said , it's a matter of what you are looking for, but I can suggest that you should at least, give it a try!
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Quentin Hickey


From:
NS, Canada
Post Posted 18 Feb 2017 3:45 pm     Reply with quote

Carl Mesrobian wrote:
FWIW, solid state rectifiers are in Fender Twin and Showman amps, as an example. Not a bad thing at all Smile

As far as financing do like in the movies..

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2568862/


I wish I could do a lot of things like in the movies Laughing
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Len Amaral


From:
Rehoboth,MA 02769
Post Posted 2 Mar 2017 8:10 am     Reply with quote

I recently sold off a bunch of gear that I had no use for and have enough to buy a Surgical Steel amp. Have one on the way in Blond Tolex. Can't get anything in my studio without getting something out of the studio. Real estate is a premium not to mention the falling hazards.😬
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Lee Baucum


From:
McAllen, Texas (Extreme South) The Final Frontier
Post Posted 3 Mar 2017 12:50 pm     Reply with quote

Len - The limit on the number of amps you own is simple - all you can buy plus one. Laughing
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Len Amaral


From:
Rehoboth,MA 02769
Post Posted 3 Mar 2017 1:23 pm     Reply with quote

Hi Lee,

I really am trying to downsize and making an attempt to do so😬 Just picked up the Surgical Steel head at the music store and tried it out there with a Tele. Such a clean high headroom vibe. Won't get a chance to play steel through it until early next week.
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John Billings


From:
Ohio, USA
Post Posted 4 Mar 2017 12:30 pm     Reply with quote

Look for a review of the Surgical Steel in Guitar Player Magazine in a month or so.
Here's a pic of the back;


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Dr. Z Surgical Steel amp, amazing!
"74 Bud S-10 3&6
'73 Bud S-10 3&5(under construction)
'63 Fingertip S-10, at James awaiting 6 knees
'57 Strat, LP Blue
'91 Tele with 60's Maple neck
Dozen more guitars!
Dozens of amps, but SF Quad reverb, Rick Johnson cabs. JBL 15, '64 Vibroverb for at home.
'52 and '56 Pro Amps
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Len Amaral


From:
Rehoboth,MA 02769
Post Posted 4 Mar 2017 3:40 pm     Reply with quote

Here is the Dr. Z Surgical Steel head. I have an EPS 12 in this Epiphone cab. This Epi cab is unique as it has a 1-1/2 inch baffle board and semi-closed back. Will test drive this setup tomorrow.


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Len Amaral


From:
Rehoboth,MA 02769
Post Posted 6 Mar 2017 4:25 pm     Reply with quote

Have to admit that this amp is very nice. Couldn't be easier to dial in a tone. Bass, treble, mid and volume control. Cool👍
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