I made the mistake of getting a TS as one of my first pedals b/c it was "the standard" pedal to have. I was looking for distortion, and at the time did not know that there was a difference between boost, OD and distortion. The idea of stacking wasn't even a thought. And as a beginner bedroom player I was highly disappointed. That thing sat on the shelf for years until I got more into playing and the internet exposed me to all the different flavors of drive and ways to use drive pedals. Now I love it in front of more dirty pedals to get them more dirty. It can be used in so many other places in the chain to but that is my primary use.