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The diodes clip when the signal reaches a level at which they conduct. That is why it is called diode clipping.what exactly are you trying to argue? no-one's saying a modded tubescreamer will sound identical to a tubescreamer. what would be the point of modding the darn thing if it were? That doesn't mean that it's not still based on a tubescreamer, which seems to be what you're suggesting. If I take a tubescreamer and change two components, it's based on a tubescreamer.
EDIT: Just read through your original post a bit more
that's factually incorrect. tubescreamers and the like use diodes to clip the signal. it's not based on overloading anything to generate clipping.
(actually... the op-amp may well clip too. But it's clearly designed to generate clipping regardless of overloading anything else. but it's clear from your post that you don't really understand what you're talking about. And I only have a very, very shaky understanding of very basic electronics, so if it's clear to me you're making stuff up...)
That shapes the waveform. Symmetric vs asymmetric (diode layout), etc.
My point is that calling something a TS that does not sound like a TS or has different features and tonal range than a TS does not make it a TS, regardless of the base circuit.
If that doesn't qualify as different I don't know what it takes to change your POV.
At least I am in the right room for an argument this time!