New mod by Tube Screamer designer Susumu Tamura.
Midrange shifted to higher frequency range.
Accentuated pick attack.
Additional note clarity.
Slightly more clean signal.
"Magic" IC for improved tone and clarity.
High quality, low tolerance components.
Vishay 1N914 diodes for alternate drive signature.
Improved frequency response in bypass.
Who better to mod a pedal than the engineer who invented it?
In his endless quest for the perfect TS-tone, legendary engineer Susumu Tamura has developed a new, tonally awesome variation on his iconic Tube Screamer mod.
Using the Ibanez TS-9 as its foundation, the new TS9-TM Tamura-MOD offers a slightly different tonal palette where the midrange has been shifted to a higher frequency range.
This subtle yet perceptible change accentuates a player’s pick attack, helping to articulate individual notes even with complex chord structures.
The TS9-TM also passes a bit more clean signal, adding additional clarity to notes.
The TS9-TM features the same “Magic” IC found in Mr. Tamura’s TS808-TM mod.
After spending three years testing hundreds of different 808 variants, Mr. T determined that this OpAmp is the secret ingredient to the clearest, most authentic TS-tone possible.
With the Magic IC at its core, Mr. T further fine-tuned the TS9-TM circuit by replacing specific components with higher quality, low-tolerance alternatives. ELNA bi-polar capacitors, KEMET tantalum capacitors and KOA/Speer resistors are used in key positions of the audio circuit to precisely sculpt the tone.
In addition, Vishay 1N914 diodes were used in the pedal’s clipping stage. These current-production diodes offer an alternate drive signature to either the stock TS9 or the TS808-TM mod.
Lastly, a key resistor in the output stage of the pedal was changed to provide a more even frequency response and less coloration when the pedal is bypassed.
The TS9-TM is another testament to the versatility of the Tubescreamer circuit as well as to the ingenuity of its designer.