Say goodbye to the TS808 and say hello to the TO800 Vintage Tube Overdrive. While it might look like little more than a small, green plastic box, the TO800 is a Behringer overdrive pedal that’s ready to compete with the heavy hitters. Jam-packed with boost, and brimming with distortion, the TO800 offers you all the sound of a TS808 without forcing you to break the bank.
If there’s one place where Behringer will win every time, it’s price. Although their pedals are made from far cheaper materials than brands like Boss or Ibanez, and they don’t all have the best reputation, you can almost always afford to take the risk at the price they sell for. Retailing at around $20-$30, the TO800 could be one of the most mediocre overdrive sounds out there, and it’d still be good value for money.
Fortunately for you, we’re glad to say that the TO800 is far from a mediocre effect. This Behringer overdrive pedal packs an incredible punch while still retaining great audio fidelity. Putting it head to head with its inspirations like the classic TS808, or more modern comparisons like the TS9 or TS10, the TO800 more than holds its own. While you might get slightly more aggression or better mid to low range fidelity out of a true Ibanez Tube Screamer, for the most part, when it comes to audio, this pedal is almost indistinguishable from its competitors.
The only significant downside to this, as with most Behringer pedals, is the plastic casing. That being said, while it’s true that it won’t stand up to much abuse, it’s relatively sturdy for what it is, and, at the end of the day, you’d have to replace this pedal four or five times over before it cost you as much as most new tube screamers.