“It showed the four of them standing on a stage complete with Rickenbacker guitars and Vox amps.” As he labored in the street rod shop by day, Sampson played in rock bands by night.His parents were as much relieved as supportive of the music.He did 10 years as a professional drag racer on the local circuit, building and modifying street rods, competing in custom car shows.Much of his interest in design engineering was formed during this period.Of course, Matchless has long outgrown Sampson’s garage. The product line has been expanded from the original DC-30 amps to a full range of heads, cabinets and combos of all sizes, and there’s also a series of heavy duty active pedals featuring analog-friendly 12AX7s.
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The venerable old Vox and sleek new Matchless amps exist side-by-side, one informing the other.He was still custom painting cars and worked a trade for the Vox amps by painting guitar bodies for Knute.“I’d been racing dragsters for a living, so they saw this rock and roll band stuff as toned down.” The band would gig, and the amps would inevitably break down.Sampson couldn’t find anyone to fix them, so he took on the repair tasks himself. Equipment breaks down on the road, that’s the story of every band. I learned a lot about how things worked.” As his band traveled, Sampson searched for the English Vox amps his heroes played, but there were none to be found in Mason City. It was better to have a new, dependable amp.” He started making trips around the music stores of the Midwest and finally found a few Voxes at a Minneapolis store called Knut-Koupeé.
The garage behind Mark Sampson’s Southern California home is a Batcave for vintage tube amp lovers.Dark, dusty storage areas are crammed with ancient tan-colored Vox AC-10 “TV” models from the late ’50s, Super Beatles with chrome stands, original mint-condition Vox sales and promotion banners.