Price paid: € 70
Sound — 10
I'm using a Cort X-2 and Peavy tube head with a Mesa Boogie cabinet and the sound is crystal. It is also plugged into my other pedals a wah, a distortion and a delay. The good thing is that you don't hear that annoying "bzzzzz" sound when you're on high gain. It can also be used as a booster. But carefull! In case you want to boost don't turn the gain knob all the way up. This will low your frequences and your volume will get lower. You have to turn the gain to about 1-2, the level knob full and then you'll get the boost. It is also an analog pedal so the sound you can get is pretty far amazing.
Overall Impression — 9
My playing style is mainly post-rock and experimental type of music. I'm also a guitarist in a gothic-metal band. It matches well with the experimental genre 'cause in some songs you need an OD and not a Distortion.But as I said before I'm using as a boost in the gothic band for the solos.If it was lost or stolen I'd propably buy the DigiTech Bad Monkey instead cause it's newer and cheaper. I love the colour of the TS-9 but one thing that is really annoying is that the LED light is so poor compared to my other pedals, and it's not that the battery is low. The only thing I wish it had would be a brighter LED light. Overall this pedal can do its work well.
Reliability & Durability — 8
It is said that Tube Screamers often have problems. I have heard many stories about not working on stage and stuff. Even for the one I have the guy told me that it might not work sometimes and that I have to take the battery off, replace it, press the toggle switch a few times and then it comes back to life. I would go without backup because I can rely on my Hot Head Distortion. And I don't have any more pedals so.
Ease of Use — 10
The famous Ibanez Tube Screamer also known as TS-9 is one of the most descent Overdrive pedals and it has been used by many guitarists over the years. 3 knobs to mess around with, a tone, level and a gain. My friend of which I bought it from did not gave me a manual but you don't actually need one since the use of it is easy. I can get a warm overdrive at any level of the gain knob. It is quite heavy I can say, cause when I placed it into my pedal case my shoulder just "went off" while carrying it to the studio.