Here's FXDB's interview with Michael Zerah of MZ Effects:
How did MZ Effects start?
Like many builders, I built pedals for myself at first because I'm a rock guitarist... :)
I get my inspiration from the Sola Sound/Colorsound company and D*A*M effects, I always use the original vintage components from the 60's/70's, the same found in the original Tone Benders of those years.
Where do the name and logo come from?
The name is just my initials with "effects" :)
There's no real logo at the moment, sometimes I use a star in a circle.Can you tell us something about the production process?
for my Tone Bender replica I only use "strip board" .
How important is the look of your pedals?
I search a very luxurious design for my pedals, perhaps one day I'll include gold to build my pedal :)))
Is parts selection important?
I only use NOS parts, it's very expensive and difficult to get the true vintage components.
Which of your pedals is the most popular?
I only have a very small production so I can make better pedals. I see my pedals as art, I don't want spend my time to build bad sounding effects...
I just build about 1-3 pedals/month.
Who uses your pedals and for which genres?
I make pedals for guitar players who want the great retro tone of the 60's and 70's.
Sometimes I make pedals for famous players too.