has anybody had any experience with this amp? basically from what i have read it is a matchless dc30 for a fraction of the price but I cannot find one of these amps to test out anywhere.

it may try to be a matchless dc30 but it is not. it does not have an EF86 channel so in my book it can't be a dc30. this is not to say it won't sound good but matchless has its name for a reason.