More of a crier than a screamer
I was trying to get someplace in the middle of my Fender Blues Junior, and my Fender Frontman 25R.
I have accomplished this with the TSA30, but have given up the smoother tube sound of the Junior, and the full overdrive
of the 25R.
What I have given up the most, is the overdrive, as the Tube Screamer is more of a Tube crier which I assumed a tube driven
amp would probably sound like, and that is what I got.
The amp has a notable hiss to it, but seems to mostly go away after warm up (this is a tube amp that needs to warm up).
The cabinet is very nice looking and the only flaw I could find is in vinyl work on both bottom inside corners where the green dial plate sits; the cut and glue work is sloppy. The plastic lift handle is also a bit cheap and leaves handle shreds caused by the metal clasps when lifting.
Since the amp is brand new to me, and a tube amp, I will have to give it more time to get used to. (It's kinda like going out with a new gal, as it takes a while to dial her in)
At this point, I like the clean with the boost switch on which gives it a little growl. The Clean Boost and Scream switches together give you the loudest output, but for a cleaner scream, I like just the Scream switch on, and clean with no boost.
When using the (so called) Screamer side, you need to crank up the Overdrive all the way to get any half way decent gain out of it.