Last week I received Phil Jamison's latest creation--the Matchless Phalanx (serial #1, 35 watts, cathode-biased el34's, ef86 front end, reverb and tremelo). I got a chance to use it on gigs Friday and Saturday night. I know everyone raves about new stuff, but I've been so satisfied with my gear that I have not purchased anything new ampwise in years. This amp has just pushed my gear and sonic satifaction to a new level. I will probably be selling a few amps in the emporium soon. The amp is SO simple to operate---imagine a JJ30 head with el34's. I just set the tone switch to position 4 (which worked the best at my home and in the club as well), put the cut control at noon, plugged into the high input, set the volume to about 8:30. I used a Bob Burt vertical cab (C-Rex and Red Fang). The cleans were gorgeous and full, SO sweet and dynamic, and NEVER harsh. My bandmates loved it. If I hit the guitar hard, it would break up just right. A boost was all that was needed to send it into classic rock stuff, and my univibe never sounded so good. The trem and reverb were used a lot over the 2 nights, and I wouldn't change a thing about them. This is a tone machine and the most fun I've had in years. The first night I used a 58RI Paul the whole night. The second night I used a custom Suhr classic the entire evening. I made no changes on the amp, none were needed. We play a wide range of material, but I never touched the controls. WOW. Our drummer is our band leader and very particular about dynamics. This club has a very challenging sound on the stage (it is a glass box, basically) and this amp was so touch friendly (not just touch sensitive) that he was as happy as me. I only had to adjust my guitar volume once all weekend--the rest of the dynamic changes were done with hand pressure. Another factor had to be the sweet Bob Burt cab. Open yet punchy, full with no mush--handling the most dirty sounds to quiet/clean passages equally well. This amp and cab look great together and made an easy carry. As if that wasn't enough---fellow gear pager GuitarG (George) showed up last night at our last set. George is great blues/soul/r&b singer and an equally fine guitarist that has made his living playing music longer than I have been playing. We called him up, I handed the Suhr to him and got to walk out front and hear him tear it up on some SRV and Freddie King. He even whipped out the slide. Hearing the amp out front (plus seeing/hearing my own band minus me) was a real treat. It sounded just as good at the bar as it did onstage. George sang and played his ass off and we all had a fine end to the evening. Thanks George, and thanks Phil!