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Rick Perrotta founded Matchless Amplifiers in 1989. Alongside partners Mark Sampson, Steve Goodale and Chris Perotta they worked on prototypes and by 1992 an early Matchless DC-30 was rated in first place in a Guitar Player Magazine boutique amplifier shootout. This publicity helped launch the company and soon other amplifier models followed: the Clubman 35', followed by the 15 watt series consisting of the Spitfire, Tornado, and Lightning. This series was followed by the Chieftain, Superchief, and Thunderchief.
The increased demand for Matchless amplifiers led to a partnership with the U.S. Music Corporation in January 1994. This led to Mark Sampson becoming head of Corporate R&D (of Guild guitars, Matchless amplifiers, Randall amplifiers and Vinci strings). Rick Perrotta became the manager of the Anaheim factory where Matchless, Randall, and Vinci were located. Chris Perrotta was involved in mechanical engineering and design for the corporation. The partnership ended in October 1995 when Mark Sampson assumed sole control of Matchless.
Financial problems led to the closure of Matchless Amplifiers in 1998 but it reopened in 2000 under new administration. They currently manufacture several lines of amplifiers and speaker cabinet enclosures which are all point-to-point hand wired by their staff in Los Angeles, California.