Members Will Chen Posted March 1, 2010 Members Share Posted March 1, 2010 Took delivery of a ZT Club on Friday and got a chance to audition it over the weekend and here are my initial impressions: It looks too small to be even functional given the size of it's speaker! I mean, it looks more like the boxes 12 inch speakers are delivered in than a full blown amp. Consequentially, it's much denser than one might expect so while extremely lightweight (less than 30 pounds) it's still heavy given it's size. Make sense? Initially I was just a bit let down by the amp run clean as it's much darker than I expected. even with the treble cranked, I just wasn't getting the highs I hoped for. However, once the volume was cranked beyond bedroom levels the treble response was much better. Still pretty far from chimey, but good. Conversely, there is low end to spare. Those preferring big low end warmth vs chime will be very impressed. I imagine Jazz guys are going to adore this amp. Running the gain up the amp breaks up in a somewhat mids rich Fender-esque fashion. The amp isn't incredibly dynamically response with the gain maxed out, but it sounds quite good and could easily be run without any pedals for those who only require a moderate amount of breakup to get their tones. I also tested the amp running a Pathfinder 15r and Digitech RP355 into the loop return and...damn, it's magical. I imagine this might end up being the way many users run the amp with an external preamp. The slightly constricted treble response from the built in preamp is opened up and it is extremely transparent (though still "guitar" voiced). And this thing is scary loud and I mean that literally. I was scared to crank it up much past noon (with the gain also cranked up to max) for fear of what it might do to my hearing within a small room. I brought it to a rehearsal over the weekend (small room and drummer using hot rods) and ran it a little over one the whole time and never had an issue being heard. A couple strange things about it: The amp needs to warm up. During the first few minutes of operation, some strange background noises can be heard. the amp handle smells strange. I realize new amps have all kinds of interesting oders, but the handle smells almost like gasoline. I hoping it will dissipate in a couple days... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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