Mesa Fillmore would be a good choice, IMO:
Wasn't the Z-28 their main offering on heading towards Fender-land?
Ya, I’m sure. It’s based on the DR, not a clone. There’s a whole bunch of differences The tone controls are completely different. Though it’s voiced similar to the DR with flatter mids. The power section is very different too in order to accommodate different power tubes and put out different wattage. Does it sound exactly like a DR? No. But it’s definitely similar. If you lift the tone stack with the pull boost you can get some Tweedish tones too. VHT used to make a 5E3 clone called the Standard 12.
I've never heard of it being based on a Deluxe Reverb and its circuit doesn't really seem to bear much resemblance to a Deluxe Reverb circuit -- as you mentioned there are a "bunch of differences." I guess I'm just wondering in what sense it can be thought of as being "based on" a Deluxe Reverb, then. I've seen some people say it's based on a Princeton Reverb, and the phase inverter would indeed be a closer match to a Princeton Reverb, but it's still not terribly close to a PR circuit. I'm aware of the Standard 12's circuit being a near-exact clone of a 5E3 circuit, though.
The Dr Z Cure ticks most of your boxes. Two 6V6 power tubes, two 12AX7 (ECC83) preamp tubes, and 12AT7 (ECC81) PI. It has an effects loop as well. Major difference is that the power tubes are cathode bias.
The Z-Luxe is undoubtedly a great amp for a Deluxe Reverb with more power (4 x 6V6). The Cure does away with the effects and has half the power. It is really close to the Normal channel of a Deluxe Reverb, but the Z quality and design makes it a great value.
How about a Lil Dawg Wonder Dawg?
I was on a similar quest, and these two were top of my list (I wanted reverb, but no trem). Also the Vintage Sound SC22, though it has both the reverb and trem. But all of these are basically the same idea, BF tone in a Princeton size cab with DR power.Wooly Coats Spanky MKII
I have Spanky MKII and I love it. Perfect amp for me. Weird you say that about the reverb. I find the verb on the Spanky MKII to be very tame; with it on 10, it's about equal to my old 65 PRRI at about 2.5-3.Ended up going with the WC Spanky, no regrets. It does go way beyond just the BF DR tone if desired, which I personally like as I can dial in exactly the tone I want, especially the mids. Ironically I found the reverb a little heavy (seen this said about the Wonderdawg also) and now am just using delay for reverb and liking it better that way..
I got mine new, but I'm wondering if something's up with my reverb.I have Spanky MKII and I love it. Perfect amp for me. Weird you say that about the reverb. I find the verb on the Spanky MKII to be very tame; with it on 10, it's about equal to my old 65 PRRI at about 2.5-3.