Matchless Avalon 30 Review: An Amplifier with Premium Performance

Amplifiers can be hit or miss. Some put out the best audio quality, while others can leave you feeling disappointed. If you are the type to expect crisp and clear sound, then this Matchless Avalon 30 Review may introduce you to your new best friend.

TRIED AND TESTED

The Avalon 30 comes from the same family as the DC30, an amplifier model associated with the legendary Jimmy Page. Many guitarists probably owe their first memories of falling in love with a guitar to Jimmy, and his equipment was always top-notch. Other guitarists, like Jeff Martin, Adam Franklin, and Bob Dylan, all used the DC30, trusting Matchless with their skills.

Since those days, the Matchless catalog has expanded to include some newer models. The new ones promise to pack the same punch but keep up with the competition. And while there are some other brands that try to rip off Matchless, nothing beats the real thing. Their amplifiers provide output like no other, and it shows in the Avalon 30.

A DURABLE AND CLASSY BUILD

The Avalon 30 features premium-looking cabs, complete with intricate styling. The wiring is durable, sturdy, and aesthetically pleasing. Overall, the amplifier looks and feels like a high-end model. But besides that, it gives users the performance of a true rockstar. The Avalon 30 renders a distortion that is so full and is almost on par with classic amplifiers from Marshall and Fender.

In addition, the Avalon 30 was also crafted using Matchless’ new construction method, which is a hybrid process that mixes point-to-point wires, impeccable circuit tracing, and unique turret-like construction. Matchless’ choice of parts, even the transformers, is the same with their heavy-duty traditional amplifiers. Every part was handmade in their Los Angeles factory, so you can be sure that it will last a long time.

The clean of the Avalon 30 is also bright, distinct, and fresh. If you take excellent care of it, the amplifier will probably still look new in ten years. Even with its lower EQ, the overall sound just comes out gorgeous. There is even a solid amount of timbre and texture, an impressive feat considering that the EQ is a bit on the subdued side.

Those who have more stringent requirements in an amplifier will be proud to know that it puts out 30 watts. You can even dial it back to 15 watts, thanks to the power of its EL84 tubes. The feel of the amplifier is perfect for just about any guitar player, and it looks amazing on display.

SPECS AND PERFORMANCE

The Matchless Avalon 30 has an impressive set of specs. Together, these parts allow the amp to give out a clean, clear, and versatile sound. The 3-D tones sound vivid and unique, even with the more affordable price.

The specs are as follows:

POWER

  • 30 Watts, with the option to turn down to 15 Watts

CHANNELS

  • 1 channel

SWITCHES

  • Standard On and Off
  • Standby Switch
  • Hi-Lo Switch
  • 3 Position Rotary
  • Impedance Switch

POWER TUBES

  • 4 tubes of EL84

PREAMP TUBES

  • 3 tubes of 12AX7

REVERB

  • 5 tubes of 12AX7

RECTIFIER TUBE

  • 1 tube of 5AR4

FEATURES

  • Hi and Lo Input
  • Volume control
  • Bass control
  • Treble control
  • Cut Push and Pull for the Master Volume
  • 2 Speakers for Output
  • Effect Loop

SPEAKER OUTPUT

  • Impedance switch with options of 4, 8, and 16 ohms.

WEIGHT AND DIMENSIONS

  • 40 lbs
  • 21 3/8” x 11 ¼” x 9” 21 3/8” x 11 ¼” x 11 ¼”

The Matchless Avalon 30 is available at The Renegade Guitar Co . for £2,295.