My first real pedal was one of the original TS-808s from the early 80s (the one with the square metal footswitch). I played though a Peavey hybrid amp, don't remember the model name. Anyway, I actually wanted more of an 80's hair metal type sound, and was sorely disappointed at the time, since the tube screamer got nowhere near the amount of gain I was looking for and I also didn't like the way the bottom end dropped out when engaged. I sold it to a buddy for a few bucks and bought some kind of "bees in a box" no name pedal that suited me just fine at the time. I guess my buddy laughed all the way to the bank, and at some point I did get some other dirt pedals, but I have never been tempted to get a Tube Screamer.