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Best thing since the 30th Anniversary amp.
As the creator of the sub-genre Dubstomp I require the highest gain, lowest noise, purest sound and best tone from my amps to compete with the super clean sounds EDM DJ's produce on computers. Only the new 4 channel amps from Marshall come close to what my TSL has been doing for 15 years. If you don't use Marshall, fuck off. I aquired a second one of these heads this year and as far as i know I'm running the only twin TSL stacks currently on tour in the world! now i just need a whole other set for stage left.
The TSL100 is a very underrated and generally unreliable amp mainly to the main board having issues about the biasing of the tubes. However, I used this amp on my 2006 'Eniac' album and had tones that I have never achieved with any other amp to date - and I have loads of tube amps.
The fix is simple, get a replacement board and fit it, it solves the issues forever and the amp returns to an incredibly good sounding lead tone. Don't listen to moaners... they don't know quite how to use this amp.
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My main amp from 2001-2011
I owned several TSL100's and several TSL60’s. I made an album with them in 2007 and gigged them for a decade.
The amp itself was ok, but the 5 way footswitch was terrible. I was going through two a year without fail. Usually cable issues. A spare is essential.
Also the FX loop was awful. For some reason the TSL100 loop really affected the tone. Even without any FX in the loop itself. Like a blanket being thrown over the speaker.
I've also used and gigged the tsl60 which for some odd reason has a much better quality FX loop, it’s actually amazingly transparent. But sadly due to its really odd control layout I could only get an acceptable tone at gig level volumes. So I’d run the master at 4 o clock and control the volume with the channel volume. You can’t gun the master volume or you get a popping sound when you switch channels.
There are stories of reliability issues. I did have one arc out on me in rehearsal. But gigging was OK. The fix is a post 2002 main PCB. Sadly these are true. Don't get me wrong, they sounded alright. But I had to do a lot of maintenance to keep them going for not a lot of gigs. I used to play hundreds of gigs with a 70’s Marshall Artiste and 80’s Jubilee series combo’s and they were far more reliable.
But personally I think the JVM is a better amp. The TSL was built down to a price and it does show itself.
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