Hi folks, a bit of an academic question for the community here. I play old school R&B and funk in a 9 piece band (horns, percussion, keys, 2 guitars). I mainly play an ash & maple Tele, and occasionally a 335 to shake things up. Pedal board is pretty retro-oriented: wah, vibe, tremolo; plus (in order) an EP Booster, Gain Changer and Compact Direct Drive (which is sort of a backup drive, rarely used). I use the wah, vibe and trem pretty frequently, and I use amp reverb a bit too. My main amp for gigs that matter to me, and where I can turn up, is my trusty, heavily modded Mesa Lone Star Classic (1st version, 50/100 watts). However, in my endless quest to reduce the weight and volume requirements of my rig, I spend an over-large amount of mental energy trying to figure out an alternative amp to bring when I don’t feel like I need or have the room for the LSC muscle. Though I am not fortunate enough to gig very regularly, and therefore rehearse with the band maybe 6 times a year, I am fortunate enough to have a handful of amps that I quite like to choose from (see my sig). Right now we’re getting ready to play a house party and I’m trying to decide which amp to use for the gig. The two candidates are my Lone Star Special and my ‘65 Deluxe Reverb. I think I know what I am going to do, but I keep changing my mind and since I won't have much chance to try both amps in rehearsal, I thought I’d just throw this out there for fun. Here’s what I see are pros and cons of each: LSS pros: Very flexible and controllable, with excellent MV and 5/15/30 watt power settings. Has reverb and a good OD channel (also modded). Glorious clean channel, which can be dialed in to clip at civilized levels. Wheels! Mine has a Celestion Gold onboard. It also fairly bright and can cut pretty well in the mix. Mine has been really reliable and solid. Takes my pedals pretty well too. LSS cons: Though the clean channel is glorious and I am one of this amp’s players that has made peace with the drive channel, overall the LSS is a bit twangier than I prefer for this band. The thing I love about the Classic is the fatness and girth of both channels… warm, beefy and creamy, even at moderate levels. The LSS breakup is more crunchy and jangly (slightly more British flavored overall) than the LSC. BFDR pros: Also a phenomenal clean tone, tough to beat and will (probably) stay clean at the level we’ll be playing. Has lovely depth and fullness. Mine is a real ‘65, but has an ET65 to tame some of the brightness and it just sounds great. It actually seems to take my drive pedals slightly better than the LSS. Of the two, the Fender seems to be fatter, and playing it at home it seems like the winner. BFDR cons: Not quite as controllable as the LSS, and obviously just a clean channel to work with. And though I look for opportunities to take the amp out for a few paces now and then, it’s 50 years old and probably not quite as reliable as my other amps (mystery noise sometimes -- probably a loose tube socket -- though lately it has behaved). The Normal channel also suddenly gave up the ghost recently, and though I don’t use that, it makes me wonder if the Vibrato channel is next. So… if you were me and you were loading up for the house party gig, without a chance to check the amps in rehearsal, which amp would you grab?