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definitely, but while tone is debatable, lower noise floor and reverb tank that doesn't hum is not ! That was the main difference why I bought a crystal and sold my CRS. I happen to like the tone better too but as I said, that's debatable.
I have owned almost every model Two Rock and have been able to borrow the models that I have not owned. Only one had a reverb related hum, a Studio Pro, and all of them had a low "noise floor." New amps should. I don't think that TR amps would have the reputation that they have if they produced amps that hummed and were noisy.
Your CRS was noisy and the reverb hummed? I had a CRS v.2 and it was very quiet and the reverb was fantastic.
I think that the Studio Pro is the amp that created a stir about the placement of the reverb in the circuit and problems with humming.
Besides, any good amp builder will tell you that an amp is better without built in reverb. Take it out of the circuit and the tone improves. That's why I'm looking for a Flickinger Spaghetti Western to put in the loop through my ELI. Outboard reverb, not pedals, are where it's at as far as maintaining the tone of the amp IMO.
I could be totally wrong about it though. I'm not mechanically inclined so I'm basing my opinion on personal experience and am going from memory since I've sold all my TR amps except two long ago.