So my old TS9 from the mid 90s is giving me issues after a year after taking it to the tech. I would take it again to re-solder the input jacks but I feel its time to give its commendations and put the old box to rest for a bit. It sounds so good!!! And it's been with me for like 8 years strong. Looking at replacements the usual suspects, EHX East River Drive, MXR GT OD, Maxon OD9. Way Huge Green Rhino I was so dead set on getting an Maxon OD9 as its top choice and picking it up end week but then I got to thinking how the regular Ibanez TS9 is pretty spiffy too. I also went back in time to the other pedals I owned before the TS9 from the mid 90s I acquired....um the DOD Juice BoX this was my first pedal not that great but was cool. The Cm2 overdrive was probably one of the best....but then I put in a wrong adapter and it fried...next the Way Huge Green Rhino, reliable, flexible sturdy....then enter the TS9 This thing really had some mojo. While the CM2 is a better pedal offering practically the same tone if you want dead on with added gain and volume the TS9s simple controls made for easy intuitive on the fly dialing in. It also played nicer with the other pedals in chain like with my OCD and Fuzz Face and especially the Wah pedal something the others just could not. Playing into the TS9 I was finally able to get around some licks Ive always imagined in my head but just couldn't quite find without it. For me it just made sense and I quickly sold my Green Rhink after I got the TS9. So looking at a replacement the OD9, EHX East River Drive...or the Ibanez Mini 808.....was thinking of getting that one cause I did a shoot out with it and rhe MaxonOD9, MaxonOD808, Ibanez TS9 and Ibanez 808 RI and I have to say money aside strictly tone the mini held up and I actually liked it just a bit more than the Ibanez TS9 and the Ibanez 808 RI....... I ended up digging the Maxon OD808 the most and took that home to add to the TS9 but was thinking of coming back someday for the mini 808. The TS9 was great too and it was pretty much 95% identical to the tones I get off my current one. So after much thought actually thinking of getting the Ibanez current production TS9..... Um why this one over the Maxon OD9 or tje Ibanez Mini you may ask? It sounded great and got the job done and after thinking about it the 5% difference in tone between it and my old ass 20 year old TS9 has to do with the parts just getting old over time....I love my old TS9 and its got that worn mojo....but its to damn old now and its time to replace it with a new one that is practically the same in every way Also another reason is I started thinking why did I get rid of the Green Rhino or did not pursue another Cm2....simple the TS9 got me the bare knuckle tone I wanted, was easier to dial in, sounds fantastic and well just provided the Classic TS tones the others didn't nail 100%. Aside from that the reason I am going Ibanez and not Maxon in this case is the impedence and ohm contradicting each other with so many 7 pedals in the chain the Buffer on the TS9 helps all the pedals play well together. I tried once taking it out of the chain in between the wah and fuzz and putting in an OCD for example or a Fulldrive.....they wouldn't work well with the other pedals. And thinking about it not even the Maxon OD9 has a buffer. Only reason I got the Maxon Od808 even though it was true bypass is because I already have the TS9 as buffer in the chain to rectify any impedance mismatch the OD808 may have caused....but if I replace my TS9 with a true bypass TS like the TS mini or OD9 Maxon I am afraid they wont play nice with the other pedals because they are true bypass....especially with my fuzz and especially with wah when both are active..... The Buffer in the TS9 solves all that ohm mismatching and makes all my pedals work and play well together with no association or splatter. So just going Ibanez TS9 current production, played a friends he let me borrow, sounds 95% the same as the one I got and the function and tone is distinctly and inherently TS. The new ones have the JRC chip and the old one I have now has the old Toshiba so that has a role to play too, looking at gut shot pics they are 100% identical except for the JRC chip vs the Toshiba.....cant say either sounds bad but I am partial to the older Toshiba as I have been playing it for 6 years plus. Either way, gonna go in Friday and pick one up or just order one through CME, Reverb or GC online. They are pretty good, simple, function well with other pedals, sound great and get the job done. Classic reliable authentic TS tone at a great price. But to others who don't have a whole lot of pedals to worry about playing nice together definitely recommend the TS mini OD or Maxon Od808 or OD9.