In no other representative examples of fender's 60's offerings is there such a huge difference between the reverb & non-reverb models of a given amp.
Unlike other models [pro vs. pro reverb, b-master vs. b-master reverb, etc.] where the "gain" is pretty uniform between the rev & non rev offerings, the Princeton & Princeton Reverb are worlds apart. Not even close.
The PR is a scream machine......the non-rev is a clean machine.
reasonably loud, bedroom or small jam volume. I like clean, but some breakup is always good. I know princetons stay clean till 10 and reverbs breakup, but I'm just curious if any straight blues players out there have tried/owned both and have a preference while playing at home.
I own a NR Princeton and it will stay clean up to 10 with my Tele. If I hit it with a boost, it will start to break up, but not much. Gets decently loud. I'm sure if you hooked it up to a 4X12 or mic'd it you could use it most places. I saw Ryan Adams last fall and he was using a pair of Princetons with 4x12 and was plenty loud.