Price paid: $ 99
Sound — 10
I am using it with a Line 6 Spider III, Ibanez IC 400 iceman and a Electro-Harmonix Metal muff, using the TS-9 to boost and smoothen out the rough harsh distortion from the metal muff while maintaining the 'heavy' tonal qualities of the Metal Muff. Note, this is not a distortion pedal. That is why I am able to use this pedal at the same time as my metal muff without the sound becoming muddy. The effects sound best for me at maximum drive, 50% volume and 50% tone, this is as I use the equalizer on my metal muff for most tonal tweaking. This is a very nice clean and smooth pedal, it is never noisy on whatever setting and does not generate feedback.
Overall Impression — 9
I play metal, that's all, that's why I never use this pedal alone. Other distortions that this pedal does an excellent job of creaming out and smoothening the edges are the DigiTech Grunge and Boss MT-2 (which sounds like crap alone). I don't hate any aspect of this pedal as, really, it is perfect for my needs, also, it is reasonably priced as compared to it's contemporaries. If it was stolen or something along those lines, I would definitely get another one. Nothing else I have tried to date even comes close to the clean boost is gives to my distortion pedals, best of all, it doesn't muddy up the distortion.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This pedal is a built like a f--king brick. The all metal construction makes it considerably tough. If I needed a weapon, I'd actually not mind using it. I'd happily use it to gig without backup naturally. Sad to say, the paint is not exactly scratch resistant, however the metal seems reasonable tough enough to not dent from a few hits.
Ease of Use — 10
This pedal is relatively easy to use, the Drive controls the amount of overdrive, the tone sets how much treble/bass you get and the level is just the volume. It will take abit of tweaking to get your perfect tone. It works perfectly fine un-modded. It will take a read idiot to actually go wrong with this thing. Also uses a pretty standard 9V input, 300mA.