I would replace this unit in a heartbeat. This is just a great no frills unit that you can find cheaper than a TS-9 with the same great sound.
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This is the little brother of the TS-9 with the JCD chip. Great sound utilizing the three knobs - drive, tone, level. I use the same settings as my TS-9 with almost duplicate results.
Great unit to run through Fender's or Marshall's. Just think - drop, kick and roll. For style's - Stray Cats, SRV, Blues Rock - Kick it baby!!!
Simply three knobs. Analog and adjustable live. Just a quick dial in and play!!!
These cases are not a thick as the earlier TS-9 series. They take a beating but not as strong as the older tanks.
If you're looking for some good rockin blues-balls punch i'd give this a try before you shell out $150 or way more for a TS9 reissue, some TS808 mod, or a real TS9. for about $50 it does a real nice job.
i'd be interested to compare it to a TS9, and maybe if money were available, i'd try an 808 mod; but it does me quite well as it is now. a nice addition to my board.
they're not made anymore, of course, so you'd have to find it on-line or in some used shop.
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Three knobs, drive, tone, level. level of course is the volume. tone of course is the tone. drive adjusts the amount of overdrive/gain.
set the knobs, step on it and it goes.
runs on battery or 9v adapter. battery easy to access from the top of the pedal.
I never compared with a TS9 or TS808(or mod); but it cranks it out quite good on its own. this thing really pushes your amp to get some extra boom out of it.
using the drive knob, you can go from a clean boost through a ballsy-blues sound, onto a bit of distortion. but this pedal is not really for distortion. emulates more of a classic tube amp cranked up good and loud.
the TS10 runs on the high tone side, so i set the tone down to around the 9:00 position. doesnt get too muddy, doesnt color the sound too much, not too noisy.
can also use this to boost either the amps gain or other distortion pedals.
i think the tube screamers are used most often to puch up blues/rock music, but you can probably use it to spice up almost any style except maybe heavy metal.
i use it on my pedal board with other effects, but mostly use the TS10 by itself. it compliments my other distortion pedal which i use for more of the smooth violin-like distortion sounds.
i play a Carvin SC90 & a 1989 US-made Fender Squier Strat through a Peavey (tube) Claasic 50 2x12.
i play mostly classic and current rock & blues/rock.
Easy enough. just dial-in the tone you want. dial-in the amount of overdrive/gain, then set the volume level to match your clean sound.
battery is easy to access under the foot switch pad.
Metal housing. this thing has probably been around since the late 80's; and its doing fine.