I had a very long A/B test with both amps, and even after fiddling with the gain and master, I still just couldn't get the same power as a good old fashioned SS power amplifier. Looks like I'm sticking with this funky TC/Fender pre/post combo. It works and hardly takes up any more room. I suppose I could just get a nice TC compressor pedal, since that is essentially the main contributing factor. I appreciate your input though!