sunandmoon- economically challanged? fits me to a "t." I have this setup because for the last 4 years every free cent i've had has gone to one of three things- guitar gear, CD's, or alcohol. No car, no girlfriend, no apartment, and, god bless the 'rents, no tuition bills. Any sane person would have used this situation to get one of those first two items, but i keep telling them 1.) playing guitar WILL get me laid, god damn it
and 2.) Sure, it ain't much on the freeway, but man, it's got tone for days.
Rhythmic- so you've decided to keep it? Cool.
I've actually heard that the DSL's may be a touch warmer than the TSL's- probably comes down to application, the only other time i've heard someone playing one of these was this punk band, where this 16-year old kid had taken daddy's credit card and bought a TSL stack. Probably was running it at the full 120 watts, with the "tone shift" engaged, and gain, treble, and prescense cranked (i knew the vocalist in the band, so i asked him about it when i was shopping for this amp- he nearly died laughing cause i nailed the guy's settings- turns out the vocalist wasn't a huge fan of the tone, either
). Either way, that's a SERIOUSLY nice head...
As for handling the low B, I haven't really spent much time with the thing yet... It seems to do OK, though. Especially with a Mesa cab (i can't even imagine what that G-Flex could do, lol), if you kick in the "deep" switch, this thing almost puts out too much low end, and i NEVER thought I'd say that about a marshall. I think if definition along that low B string is all you're looking for, a Mesa Recto head may be slightly better... However, I'm a 7-string junky and i swung for the Marshall, if that tells you anything.
In fact, the clean channel is just PERFECT for the low B- full without being overpowering.
As for the Voodoo Amps mod, i've been eyeing that... We'll see what my budget's like this summer. I know Gresh on the forum had it done and was very impressed with the results...
Anyway, i had practice for this crappy musical tonight... Broke out the TSL. Got a bunch of "dear god, what is THAT" looks when i walked in with it... Priceless.
I was suprised to find exactly how much low end this thing can put out when we were running some numbers- i had to turn off the deep switch and cut the bass back to 2 to get a tone that blended in well with the ensemble. After that, though, i couldn't get over how good the amp sounded. Jammed with a sax player for a while afterwards- handled jazz-tinged chording on the low B (and elsewhere, for that matter) disturbingly well. Then, for kicks, we opened it up on the 25 watt mode... jesus christ this thing is loud. It's seriously got enough power with the VPR switch engaged, pushing a mesa 2x12, to play any venue I've ever played in. It didn't even occur to me to shut off the VPR and see what it could do flat out - it was so loud as it was that it never even crossed my mind. I played around a bit with it at 4-ish, a pretty reasonable "small club" level, and the tone was great- full, heavy, and possible to coax it into feedback without too much jumping around when need be.