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I was playing with my band last night with my 68 DR and completely agree with the 'spongy' aspect of the DR. I have NOS tubes and a nicley broken in Jensen c12k speaker in there. The 6V6 tubes are 1960s RCA. I think it sounds terrific with lead playing but with rhythm parts for power pop it can tend to be too loose and saggy at times. I think boosting the upper mids might help me. Currently running an OCD on LP setting with an EQ to boost certain mid frequencies, but I think I'm switching to HP because it even though it sounds harsher in my bedroom it might be tighter and cut better in a live setting.DR is more compressed, more mid dipped, spongier with a looser low end and a healthy amount of natural overdrive on 4, or so. The overdrive has that 6V6 squish and swirl to it.
VR is louder, not quite as mid dipped and has substantially more headroom. It can handle most any gig situation with headroom left and takes pedals pretty well. My 67 always sounded 'hard' compared to my 68 DR. It's quite loud when driven to overdrive and has more of a bark to it, with less sustain and compression, typical of 6L6's.
I greatly prefer the DR. I can run mine 'stock' and get that great classic tone or bypass the trem, put it through a bigger 1X12 cab and have nearly as much volume and headroom as the VR, but with a sweeter tone, at least to my ears.