i think the fact that SC's are harder to obtain makes them more appealing. if you go with xxcoldricexx, you will probably pay the same price as the LVC's anyways.
i'm glad i went with the SC 47 over the LVC. i really am in love with these jeans. i'm sure later on, if i get the LVC 47s will love them in a different way, but for now, i'm super happy with my cane 47s.
the amount of trouble they went to authentically create a repro of the original 1947 501 is astounding. the fact that you can buy it for so cheap is a big plus!
so, go for the canes!