TS9 or TS808?

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by lineboat, Mar 8, 2019.

  1. telemnemonics

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    I can 100% guarantee that you can make both sound exactly the same.

    Boutique hand wired with gooped secret mods OTOH...
     
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    I just got an 808 (Maxon) last week. I didn't put a whole lot of thought into different models. I play an Orange amp, it has higher gain than your typical fender, etc.. and the 808 is really revered among high gain & metal guys.

    The EQ curve of the tube screamer really is amazing into an amp that's already broken up. I've tried a bunch of different ODs and should have gone to a TS right away. I tried a Klone previously (Soul Food) and it wasn't the same, probably too much bass in the Klon-type circuit.

    I have had best results with 0 gain & high "balance", as is typically mentioned.

    "Holy grail" for me would be a drive pedal I can use on either channel of my amp without adjusting the pedal. So 4 flavors.. clean, clean + pedal, drive, drive + pedal. Very simple, 2 switches.

    Not sure if the TS is there for me but it's close. Just gotta find the best setup that does as close to the right thing as possible for both channels. The usual issue is the clean channel going "nasal" when boosted.
     
  3. Art VanDelay

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    Ts10....I'm saying this just to watch the world burn :lol:
     
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    HA, OCD.
     
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    Well, the pedals came in today. I didn’t have much time to mess with them, but I really can’t hear a nickels worth of difference between the ERD and the TS9.
    Some of y’all might be able to, but I can’t. The El Mocambo is a different story. It’s aupposed to be an 808, but it’s a big difference from the ERD. Not in a bad way, it just has a lot less gain to it. It seems to boost the mids more than either of the other two. I think I’ll use it to boost the TS9. It sounded really thick that way.
    The only thing I’m not fond of is the El Mocambo is quite a bit larger in size than something like a TS. That’ll be ok though.
     
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    Yeah, TS10 for me too please, or even worse, an Om from that goopy Tone Monk!

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    I had a Maxon OD808 and a Maxon OD9. I liked the 808 better.
     
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    I agree. These pedals have components that have up to 20% variation in their specs. That's a lot. You're going to hear a difference. I had 3 TS9s here for awhile. Each one sounded different. Dark to middy to bright. 2 of them had the JRC4558 chip. There's a story that Eric Johnson went and tried 10 different Tube Screamers before he found the one he liked.

    That Brian Wampler video is good.
     
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    Buy with the one with the switch you like best.

    The rest is just misinformation, confirmation bias and setting pedals by eye, not by ear.
     
  11. omahaaudio

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    Maxon OD9
     
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    I had a TS9 but much prefer the tone I can get from my $35 Joyo Vintage Drive tube screamer rip off. Best cheap pedal I ever bought.
     
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    Jekyll & Hyde. has switches inside set NR & bass level response & EQ dual switch functions on each side & can boost eachother ..into OD pedals lately
     
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    I've owned a TS-5, a TS-7, a TS-9 Turbo and a TS mini... not to mention a slew of TS variants. I found some I like better than others (TS-5, baby) but they're all just fine. I really don't think it's worth getting too worked up about this.

    A TS is a TS.
     
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    One good thing about the newer Maxon TS's is they have true bypass switches, unlike most Ibanez models (although my Ibanez Jet Driver has a TB switch).
    Al
     
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    All of them are good but definitely variations on a theme.
     
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    I've had a TS mini. It does a good job.
     
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    T REx Moller. Or Moller 2 if you can't find the original used. My favorite Greenie style pedal.

    Or anything else you like. Last time I A-B'd a bunch of OD pedals I bought a Klon Clone. Sounds great with my P90 equipped LP Special into a Fender Champ.
     
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    Yes I do. I used to have multiple overdrives on my board and settled on the JHS for it's range of pedals all in one.
     
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