For all you Strat lovers out there, this may be of some interest. First, I'm not the biggest Strat guy----I've always had one or two, but have also looked for "that special one" for a long time (25 years! I've let some great ones get bought out from under me. I may have "my Strat" now after some tweaking). Anyway, the sound I was looking for in my head from a Strat I'm now getting from the Matchless Pheonix. The Pheonix is a cathode-biased 35 watt head, with two channels (like the C30 series). Powered by a pair of el34's, it is a very robust amp. I am running the two channels together with a jumper, getting a little dirt from the ef86 channel and the sweetness from channel one. The 6 position switch on the ef86 channel provides SO much bigness and depth that I only have it at the 4th position to get a huge, fat sound. The sweet clarity of this amp is pretty amazing. Not ice-picky at all, and on the other end, no flub. This amp is NOT a HC30 with el84's. It has a smoother sound, with much less breakup---volumes have to be near noon to get some crunch, and they have a very gradual taper (at 9:00, the amp is not loud at all. I was running channel one at 1:00 and channel 2 at 11:00). However, it never sounds "too clean" even when set completely clean due to the richness. It is a fat, vibey sound that just screams Hendrix to me. Blues, soulful R&B, rock--it's all there. I had a great time playing all afternoon. The only effects I used was an old Boss DM2 delay and a Dejavibe (had the Jimi and Robin Trower sounds really happening). At the end of the session, I plugged in a Landgraff DO and it sounded wonderful, very Neil Geraldo-ish. Very pedal friendly amp, FWIW. When turned up, it cleans up very well with the guitar volume, so much so it sounds like you are turning the amp down rather than cutting something from the guitar. It always sounds full, even with Strat volume on 3-4. It is not noisy either. For reference sake, I was using a 56 NOS Strat with Harmonic Design pickups into the Pheonix into a Bob Burt vert-cab loaded with 2 blackback Celestion G12M25's at 16 ohms. Those of you that think a Strat needs to be plugged into a Fender type amp to sound right would be suprised. The cleans are amazing, and it sounds so BIG. I was considering selling my tweaked Strat until I played it through this amp. Try one if you can. Phil Jamison really made a sweet amp here.