Well, I agree with both of you - that Boss pedal is j-u-n-k junk; I've played it.
Obviously as you read in the other thread, I highly recommend the TS's. The difference between the TS9 & the TS808 (from analogman's website):
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In early 2004 Ibanez finally reissued the TS-808 pedal due to popular demand. This pedal uses the new 2002+ TS9 reissue board, made by Ibanez, not the older, slightly better quality MAXON board like the original TS808 and pre-2002 TS9. It does have the correct JRC4558D op amp and output resistors, so it sounds good, pretty close to our CLASSIC TS9/808 mod.
I just got one of each to have a little bit more of a difference; the TS808 has a little more hair on it's balls to it - that is to say, a little more distortion sound. I can't really recommend one over the other - I love them both - I guess it depends on what you're going for. I use my TS9 more than the TS808 because I have the distortion set lower on the TS9, and I use it for both lead & rhythm. I rarely ever
use the TS808 for rhythm....just that searing sustaining distortion lead sound that I love, fwiw. If you like the tone of Trey, SRV, or Hendrix, having at least one in your chain is a must.
I highly reccomend getting them modded by Analogman, though. You don't need
to purchase them from him, however - you can purchase one & mail it in for a mod, which is what I did. Not sure if this'll save you any money or time....
Best thing to do is email Mike & ask him yourself, if you have questions about them. I've found him to be extremely
helpful, and very responsive, even to an amateur like me. Treated me great, and answered some questions I had about them, which I really appreciate and I thought went a long way towards my own personal satisfaction of the purchase.
Again, I've also heard really good things about Keeley's modded TS's, but have yet to try them or hear them in person.
Good luck either way!