Id be amazed if someone who has tried / compared , &/or owned both comparing it to quilter, and if so, very few to really deminstrate something generalized across the board.
What you're looking at is a gamble
1. Go on the low risk & get the peavey that will depreciate & may be tough to resell...
Hmmm, seem that there's been no room left for the beauty of well made 3 channel amps with great master volumes ?
Amp OD guy here. Use dirt pedals for color not as a base unless it's a damage control fly date through ****** backline
wow ! glaring omission on my part - the prob is that the OP wants to be able to go to a store and check one out - kinda puts a damper on getting anything good, because the stores are limited , and i put that nicely
that said , the JVM would prob be it since he can "check one out at a store"
OP, Your demands are similar to mine stylistically, you def need a 3 channel amp.
I do respect that you want to try it out, but stores are not targeting their market demographic towards people like us.
Look at this past NAMM insofar as the big companies who are carried by music retailers is...
man after years of having to compromise my setup volume/stage space wise, i've been using SS powered rack rigs, modeling etc ..
After firing up the superbass for some re-amping this week - i've been missing out so much :-(