I'm surprised at how many guitarists need volume. That means their amp sound does not go to the PA. I cannot imagine playing that way, it must be very loud...
if dollars were the same, which would you pick… and why
If you could swing a ps-2 you can easily get to that sweet spot and control the volume with the ps-2I play bar gigs with my 74 SF Vibrolux Reverb. As great as it sounds, I wish I could turn it up more. I both practice with the band in the basement, and play on stage (mic), at volume 3. Use pedal stacking to get overdrive then solo level. I would much rather have the amp do it.
that’s not regret as I LOVE this amp. I just know it has the tone I’m chasing under its hood that I can’t get to.
In a nutshell, it has more clean headroom.
It’s only slightly bigger and heavier than a Deluxe.
They sound good cranked up, but slightly upgraded speakers help if you do play it louder.
I’ve owned several.