Ok, but 1-you must have hot pickups and 2-are you driving the loop return for more OD with the EQ? No one ever mentions what they do with the EQ, they just mention it in the loop and i don't know if they are driving the return stage for V2 distortion with the EQ by jacking the EQ volume way up or what. (tried that, sounds buzzy) In any case, with my master on 3 and gain not on 8 like you, but MAXED, and a strat with vintage pickups the amp is as clean as clean can be and the volume won't even cut above the TV. You either have really hot pickups or are using the EQ to drive the front or the return but you don't mention any of that. When i asked about how much gain others get from the amp alone i mentioned a strat with vintage pickups, but hot humbuckers are way hotter then 6k strats and is like using a clean boost by comparison.