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    Thumbs up TC Spark vs Maxon OD9 - big low end vs mid range punch

    Probably some of the best when it comes to both boosting an amp/pedal and as standalone overdrives, imho. Extremely dynamic, able to go from high gain to sparkly cleans on a strat with picking dynamics alone. Even with the gain dimed, turning the volume knob down to get cleans is just overkill, a light pick attack will do just fine.

    A picture is worth a thousand words and a Sennheiser E906 recording is worth about 2.5 times that so here's my comparison with a 50's Strat through an edge of breakup tube amp:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI2NpN_ASOc

    They both have their own thing going. The Maxon OD9 is definately The Classic Tube Screamer to have imho, but the TC Spark is no slouch either! Versatile EQ, three drive modes (thick bass, transparent clean and TS-style), but most importantly, lots of clean volume and low end! No bass and presence cut with this one.

    And so what would be your favorite boost pedal of all for a nice crunchy tube amp?
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    Default Re: TC Spark vs Maxon OD9 - big low end vs mid range punch

    I'm currently experimenting with the Xotic BB Preamp, and the Xotic AC Boost, used independently and together, getting some nice tones out of them, still in the tweaking stage, though....

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    Of the two, I have played through the OD9. I love that pedal. I put it head-to-head against a TS9 and a TS808, and it won me over by quite a margin.

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    Default Re: TC Spark vs Maxon OD9 - big low end vs mid range punch

    Quote Originally Posted by Little Pigbacon View Post
    Of the two, I have played through the OD9. I love that pedal. I put it head-to-head against a TS9 and a TS808, and it won me over by quite a margin.
    That was my experience as well. I've had one since 2004; these days I'm using it to push my Lead 12 Mini Stack with a bit of tone shaping thrown in.
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    I have a TC Spark booster pedal that works pleasingly well with my DigiTech Bad Monkey OD pedal and modified Boss DS-1 distortion pedal. The TC was a gift and I've enjoyed it immensely.



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    Default Re: TC Spark vs Maxon OD9 - big low end vs mid range punch

    Ever since I was introduced to the Klon circuit, I started thinking of Tube Screamers as second-class citizens. I still think the MXR GT-OD is the best of those I've tried, though, and I still have one on my board.

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    Default Re: TC Spark vs Maxon OD9 - big low end vs mid range punch

    Quote Originally Posted by RorySquier View Post
    I have a TC Spark booster pedal that works pleasingly well with my DigiTech Bad Monkey OD pedal and modified Boss DS-1 distortion pedal. The TC was a gift and I've enjoyed it immensely. ;>)/
    Well that's an amazing gift to get! My TC Spark also works wonders on my Boss DS1. I've never played the Bad Monkey, but it looks good with that bass knob. Wondering if it has enough volume for pushing a clean amp though.


    Quote Originally Posted by Liam1963 View Post
    I'm currently experimenting with the Xotic BB Preamp, and the Xotic AC Boost, used independently and together, getting some nice tones out of them, still in the tweaking stage, though....
    Stacking drive is definitely awesome! BTW what amp are you running them into?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Pigbacon View Post
    Of the two, I have played through the OD9. I love that pedal. I put it head-to-head against a TS9 and a TS808, and it won me over by quite a margin.
    Quote Originally Posted by dystrust View Post
    That was my experience as well. I've had one since 2004; these days I'm using it to push my Lead 12 Mini Stack with a bit of tone shaping thrown in.
    Works wonders especially on an overdriven amp, plus the build quality on the OD9 is top notch!

    Quote Originally Posted by misterwhizzy View Post
    Ever since I was introduced to the Klon circuit, I started thinking of Tube Screamers as second-class citizens. I still think the MXR GT-OD is the best of those I've tried, though, and I still have one on my board.
    I like the fact that the Klon has a lot of volume on tap! And that with the gain at zero it is completely clean. But it is a colored boost just like the tube screamers. Different colors, both great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Liam1963 View Post
    I'm currently experimenting with the Xotic BB Preamp, and the Xotic AC Boost, used independently and together, getting some nice tones out of them, still in the tweaking stage, though....
    Stacking with the BB Preamp is instant winning.
    But stacking two ODs or and OD and a boost, or two character boosts can make some great combos!

    Other favorites of mine for stacking are the Catalinbread Naga Viper, Bogner Harlow, and Thundertomate Fat Boost.

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    Default Re: TC Spark vs Maxon OD9 - big low end vs mid range punch

    Quote Originally Posted by TwilightOdyssey View Post
    Stacking with the BB Preamp is instant winning.
    But stacking two ODs or and OD and a boost, or two character boosts can make some great combos!

    Other favorites of mine for stacking are the Catalinbread Naga Viper, Bogner Harlow, and Thundertomate Fat Boost.

    EDIT: Forgot to add the z.vex SHO!
    Thundertomate is a new one to me, will check them out! BTW, what amp are you running all that goodness into?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ilikeoverdrive View Post
    Well that's an amazing gift to get! My TC Spark also works wonders on my Boss DS1. I've never played the Bad Monkey, but it looks good with that bass knob. Wondering if it has enough volume for pushing a clean amp though.




    Stacking drive is definitely awesome! BTW what amp are you running them into?
    Right now, I'm running them into a Vox AC30 CC2, a Fender Twin, and a Marshall DSL 100, getting really usable tones out of each! Guitars are a Fender Telecaster HH FMT, and a 2014 Gibson Les Paul Standard w/ custom Burstbuckers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liam1963 View Post
    Right now, I'm running them into a Vox AC30 CC2, a Fender Twin, and a Marshall DSL 100, getting really usable tones out of each! Guitars are a Fender Telecaster HH FMT, and a 2014 Gibson Les Paul Standard w/ custom Burstbuckers...
    With those amps you have all the bases covered! Maybe a single coil strat is all that might be added in there
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    Quote Originally Posted by ilikeoverdrive View Post
    With those amps you have all the bases covered! Maybe a single coil strat is all that might be added in there
    That's in Phase 2....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilikeoverdrive View Post
    Thundertomate is a new one to me, will check them out! BTW, what amp are you running all that goodness into?
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    EDIT: Sounds like this, btw

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilikeoverdrive View Post

    And so what would be your favorite boost pedal of all for a nice crunchy tube amp?
    Well, the 805, of course. It has a 3 band active EQ, and more gain range than most TS-based pedals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    Well, the 805, of course. It has a 3 band active EQ, and more gain range than most TS-based pedals.
    That's an awesome one! The Maxon OD9 is a very classic but specific tone, it does some stuff but it sounds like a tube screamer not matter what, for better or worse.

    Now with the SD805 adding EQ (especially BASS!) knobs you really increase the versatility exponentially, plus you still have that screamer tone in there. Some might stick to the classic no matter what, but I think everyone should try as much as possible and settle for what works for them. BTW, does the 805 have more volume on tap than a TS9/OD9 or just distortion gain?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Pigbacon View Post
    Just checked a demo of that... Damn, it has VOLUME! And it doesn't seem to cut as much bass as a tube screamer!

    Wish I had one to compare against the Spark
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