Electronic Gear Dr. Z Amps
From our friends at Reverb: Mike Zaite’s middle name is Dominic. As such, when signing important documents—things like checks and his driver’s license—he’s been scribbling "MD Zaite" for as long as he can remember. So when it came time to name his eponymous amp operation, a subtle spin on that moniker rolled nicely off the tongue: Dr. Z. The son of a Cleveland TV repairman, Zaite is the nostalgic type, waxing poetic about days-gone-by with a heavy dose of mid-western geniality. "If they only knew some of the things that I did," he reminisces, through his trademark chortle. Today, Dr. Z is 67. "Ain’t no kid," he’ll remind you. And yet, as he sits in a shop that’s eerily reminiscent of the basement where his father worked all those years ago, complete with tubes and electronic schematics scattered about, he’s as open-minded as ever.