Original TS808

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  1. Cary Chilton

    Cary Chilton Senior Member

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    I have read lately that the ORIGINAL ts808 was much different than the re issue. Is that true?

    I have heard from many that even in the TS808 golden years, these pedal varied in tone, compression, gain.
     
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    Most likely.... Technology at that time wasn't that consistant... It was better than the 60's but things have really improved over the past few years....
     
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    Guitar Center in Hollywood is selling two original 808s for $1,000 a peice.

    Analogman makes a great reissue no reason to buy an original from my perspective.
     
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    ALL TS pedals are basically the same. 808's, 9's, 10's, 5's and 7's. There are a few differences but nothing major.

    Apparently there is some magic in the early ones - I know a few people that have 'em but I haven't had a chance to A/B them. BUT, they are still almost identical to the others mentioned.

    $1000 for $40 worth of parts is highway robbery. You can easily pick one up for much cheaper (if you consider $400 for a pedal cheap). I suppose the originals are worth it if you are a collector - but they are also not that rare to command a $1000 price tag - Guitar Center is NUTS.

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    I've been to the Hollywood store once, those two guys are screwing the vintage market .... They're overcharging on everything.... Idiots wrapped in morons....
     
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    I had one of the early ones, maybe first production year, had it for maybe 15 years before I sold it.

    I can tell you that there was no magic in there, it was just an O/D pedal, and not a particlularly good one to my ears.

    $1000 for one?
    That's internet hype in action folks.
     
  7. Cary Chilton

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    NUFF SAID! Thanks everyone!
     
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    I had an original 808. I tweaked my reissue TS-9 to sound just like it. It took me about an hour and included changing two resistors and putting in an original JRC 4558D op amp. Parts were around $10.

    At first I thought there was a slight difference in sound because I had to turn the tone knob up a little bit higher on the original than the reissue to get the same treble response. But I switched batteries between the two units and the difference in high end was due to the battery. They both read 9 volts, but one was an alkaline and one was not. The alkaline battery made the tone brighter for some reason.

    I sold my 808 for big bucks and never looked back. I love my modded reissue!
     
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    Unburst & kevmin - that's some real good info. Thank you. I've always wondered. I've built a few TS models and heard a pile of reissues but I've never had the chance to sit down with an original - just too darn expensive.

    If you are planning on building one, modding one or just curious as to what goes on in there you should read this

    http://www.geofex.com/Article_Folders/TStech/tsxtech.htm


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  10. CPA

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    I've had the reissues and the Keeley modded ones. Nothing compares to the sound of the original ones. It has that vintage vibe of a smooth tone with a smooth top end and a creamy mid. I wish there was a reisuues that can replace then I could sell my original one!
     

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