I'll start. A friend has an original Blues Deluxe, and I have the Blues Deluxe RI. I have also had Hot Rod Deluxe and HRDevilles, as well as Bassman LTD (RI). What I like about my BD RI is that it has a definite tweed Bassman flavor, but a nice reverb and is lighter to schlep than even the pine cab LTD Bassman. It can be lots louder than I run it, but the sound starts to blow apart if too loud. A Hot Rod Deluxe I had was worse that way though. I run a Tele w Nocaster pu's into #2 on the clean side of things and really like the overall effect and character. For distortion I use a pedal, but I do like the growl of the drive setting sometimes (a little goes a long ways).