#1
so i recently bought a solid state fender eighty-five combo amp. i played it for a while with a clean sound and like it alot but when i tried running my boss ds-1 and mt-2 metal zone through it they didnt seem to have as much power as when ive run them through different amps in the past. I guess im just wondering if different amps will take distortion better or worse and if in this case the amp just doesnt like producing a very distorted sound.

thanks alot
#2
The MT-2 will tend to sound the same through any amp, but overdrive and distortion sounds better through valve amps.
#3
Yes yes yes. Different amps take pedals differently. Just like amps can sound different with different guitars-- pickups for that matter (humbucker, single coil). Usually I'd say a solidstate is a bit better for distortion pedal, just an opinion. But getting a good distorted sound out of that Fender is like trying to get a good clean sound out of an MG. Most Fender amps are famous for cleans and bluesy sounds.
#4
just gotta tweak your settings till you find the sweet spot, but every amp will take stuff differently
people with large sig's are clearly compensating for something.