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    Quote Originally Posted by 80's_Metal View Post
    I use and love the ehx East River drive. It's Wonderful and less than half the price of any real Ibanez or maxons.
    That IS a good one.

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    The Rast River is on my radar. On the opposite end of the price range, Ive been eyeing the JHS Bonsai which is several TSs in one small box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hsb View Post
    The Rast River is on my radar. On the opposite end of the price range, Ive been eyeing the JHS Bonsai which is several TSs in one small box.
    When I didn’t know which flavor of Muff would be my favorite I got the Muffuletta, played with all then I bought the actual pedal for the flavor I liked. You could do something similar with the Bonsai.

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    For fuzz I was looking at the Muffuletta also, nut the Flat Iron fuzz and Wampler Fuzztration are in the running also.
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    Yeah "better" is a tricky thing to answer because the original TS had such it's own character to it IMO (and still does), I still love the way it sounds and functions. And I still bust it out in the studio for certain parts when I want that specific tone but I think honestly now I can get my 805 to give me everything I'm looking for, mostly, and that three band EQ makes all the difference. Actually I still sometimes use a TS-7 too when recording, I find it pairs really well with lower wattage tube amps especially with the Hot switch engaged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RevDoom73 View Post
    Yeah "better" is a tricky thing to answer because the original TS had such it's own character to it IMO (and still does), I still love the way it sounds and functions. And I still bust it out in the studio for certain parts when I want that specific tone but I think honestly now I can get my 805 to give me everything I'm looking for, mostly, and that three band EQ makes all the difference. Actually I still sometimes use a TS-7 too when recording, I find it pairs really well with lower wattage tube amps especially with the Hot switch engaged.
    That TS-7 hot switch is something. I sold mine but I do miss it sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blille View Post
    That TS-7 hot switch is something. I sold mine but I do miss it sometimes.
    Indeed it is. This is why I'd pick it over any Ibanez TS pedal if I had to choose.
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    You might want to take a look at the Cusack Music Screamer Overdrive.


    Description:
    The Cusack Screamer is a “clean” overdrive, but has about twice the gain of a typical Tube Screamer. Many TS style pedals come off as “mid-rangey” or “muddy”, making them easy to get lost in a mix. This is where the Screamer offers much more clarity than a typical overdrive. It has been meticulously thought out, and tweaked for maximum tonal definition. You can actually hear the individual notes of complex chords that would normally be buried. Many players consider the Cusack Screamer to be the best option in a crowded field for good reason!

    Features:
    -Level (volume)
    -Drive (gain)
    -Tone
    -3-way clipping toggle (left: silicon, center: asymmetrical LED, right: Schottky).

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    3 band active EQ is a really great thing in a TS-style pedal. It is hard to get used to a single tone knob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    The 805 has a bigger gain range than the TS, and has a 3 band active EQ. That being said, I was able to clone my 808, TS7, TS5, BYOC Overdrive II, and Bad Monkey pedals with it. There is no reason these days to get a stock TS, unless money or availability comes into it. You can read more about it in this blog I wrote.
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    There are a few nice "tight metal od pedals such as the amptweaker tight metal,and other models... and the horizon devices precision drive. Which delve into the boutique side. I think my next OD will be an airis Savage drive.
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    Tube Screamers and variants are like flavors of ice cream. There's one out there to satisfy nearly every type of player. If I was to own one again, I would go with the TS808. I had one before and it was what I needed at the time. Nice and simple and does the job.
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    I just bought and highly recommend a Cusack Screamer V2.

    Description:
    The Cusack Screamer is a “clean” overdrive, but has about twice the gain of a typical Tube Screamer. Many TS style pedals come off as “mid-rangey” or “muddy”, making them easy to get lost in a mix. This is where the Screamer offers much more clarity than a typical overdrive. It has been meticulously thought out, and tweaked for maximum tonal definition. You can actually hear the individual notes of complex chords that would normally be buried. Many players consider the Cusack Screamer to be the best option in a crowded field for good reason!

    Features:
    -Level (volume)
    -Drive (gain)
    -Tone
    -3-way clipping toggle (left: silicon, center: asymmetrical LED, right: Schottky)

    Power:
    -Standard center negative 9V DC supply, or 9V battery (neither included)
    -Current draw: ~9mA

    Dimensions:
    -4.42" L x 2.39" W x 1.24" H

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    Default Re: Tube Screamer options

    Quote Originally Posted by ErikH View Post
    Tube Screamers and variants are like flavors of ice cream. There's one out there to satisfy nearly every type of flavor. If I was to own one again, I would go with the TS808. I had one before and it was what I needed at the time. Nice and simple and does the job.
    And with the TS808 you know you have a good one. Good enough to satisfy guys like SRV and Eric Johnson. It feels good to own the "real thing".

    I do like my Visual Sound Route 808 though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lewguitar View Post
    And with the TS808 you know you have a good one. Good enough to satisfy guys like SRV and Eric Johnson. It feels good to own the "real thing".

    I do like my Visual Sound Route 808 though.
    The Route 808 is sweet. Same thing as an original TS808 with the added bass boost switch. Keep that. They don't make 'em anymore since the rebrand to Truetone.

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    EHX East River for me... It is supposed to be a 808 clone, and I like it quite a lot.

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    Maxon OD-9 here. I thought it was sweeter than the current TS-9 and TS-808.

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    Dammit! You guys are gonna get me to go buy a screamer I don't need!!!!
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