I owned a Matchless Phoenix for a while but had to sell it for Katrina related expenses last year. I really loved the amp, but had an idea for something else. I ran it by Phil Jamison and he said he might build it one day as he had thought of something similar. Nearly a year later, he was ready to go. We exchanged a few phone calls and several e-mails about tone, cosmetics and features. It took about three months (Phil wanted it RIGHT), but I received it today. Serial number one, the new Matchless Phalanx. It is a 35 watt, dual el34 head, cathode-biased, with an ef86 front end, topped off with reverb and tremelo. The controls are volume, tone (6 position switch), speed, depth,(trem) reverb, cut and a defeatable master. It is tube rectified. Is is not just one side of the Phoenix with verb and trem--Phil spent time getting a unique tone and response for this amp. I had to rush home at luchtime just to fire it up. I plugged straight in and played for an hour, with an old and well-worn 58 LP reissue, into a custom vertical Bob Burt 2x12. Getting a great tone with this amp is a breeze. I was playing for the last half hour (before hauling-ass back to work), competely happy with the sound, and no knob twiddling. I sounds big and RICH. The amp breaks up wonderfully at useable levels with no pedals needed---I doubt I will ever use the master, unless I really want it gainy. The Phalanx is not overly loud, thankfully, but works well at a level that sounds impressive but never had me reaching for the master or wishing for an attenuator. The clean tones are really sweet, and the amp is very dynamic and articulate. I was looking for versatility with stunning clean and dirty tones in a simple layout, and Phil delivered (country, blues, r&b, funk, classic rock--no problem). The verb is just incredible--silent, never sproingy--even at max settings, and the trem is full and gorgeous. The between clean and mean tones are among the best I've heard. This is a dream gigging amp for me. Phil was pretty happy with it. It will probably be introduced at the next NAMM, whenever that is. I will take pictures soon (black with a green front, sliver piping and white lighting) and also make clips when a bud can come over and record them. Stay tuned.