Has anyone been able to compare both side-by-side?
I currently use a Blues Junior with upgraded speaker. I've mostly been a Fender guy. I like the jangle and twang. I have a G&L Legacy. I play proto punk/ post punk with some surf/ blues psychedelic sounds. The Peavey seems to be more in my price range, I'm looking at one for $350 this weekend. Used Deluxe Reverbs seem to be around the $700 mark if you can find them. I played one a while ago and the sound isn't too fresh in my mind.
What I really want is portable, gig worthy, tube reverb/ tube vibrato. I have no interest in "vintage" I don't want to worry about or pay for it. I know historically the Deluxe Reverb is drooled over. But beyond the usual rabid vintage Fender cheering does the Peavey stand up?
It is in my own nature to automatically deride Peavey and go "yay Fender" because I used to own a Twin Reverb. But ultimately it was too heavy and had too much headroom.