10 ways are fantastic. I’ve had them in all my Strats for about 4 years now so the switch holds up. It’s great having the series sounds to hit something fatter with a bit more output. Especially when you don’t have your amp and you get stuck with a bright one.
I’m also 58 and in the same boat as the OP. I have switched to lighter strings on some guitars and am working on slide playing on the few I left with 10s on them. This way I can still play the music I like and try and learn something new with the slide.
My Swart ASTPro is about 18 Watts and it seems about perfect for me. I do really like my two 30 Watt amps as well in the Morgan AC40 deluxe and Tungsten Buckwheat. They have plenty of headroom, but you can get the amps into the zone without being too loud. I love the power scaling on the Morgan.
I prefer modern frets on vintage style instruments. I don’t care about radius of the fretboard, but I do prefer the modern EVO gold frets for easier bending. I like the 6 screw tremolos and three single coils, but like the modern 10 way switch for in series sounds.
One of my sss Strats w/10 way switch
Swart Atomic Boost pedal
Swart AST Pro amp
This gives me a big range of tones by using my volume knob for fat solos and bright rhythm. The AST pro has tremolo and reverb that are exceptional.
I guess the price of plywood is going up for their entry level Guitars to go up so much in price. I’m always amazed by how much people will pay just to have a Fender sticker on the headstock. It’s super easy to build a partscaster, with the finest hardware, for under a grand.