Orange Amplifiers, alongside fellow musicians and other people in the music industry, were so very saddened to hear the news about the worst tornado season in more than fifty years in the USA and would like to offer their support. 153 people have been killed in Joplin, Missouri – home of the Glory Days Music Store - and half the town was destroyed including Glory Days itself and the owner’s home.
Orange Amps have decided after hearing the news to set up a fund-raising ‘Music Aid for Joplin’ auction of very special musical equipment from Orange and a number of other manufacturers. CEO Cliff Cooper will be working with Ted Owen, the auction house Fame Bureau's Managing Director, who is recognised as one of the world's leading experts in music equipment and memorabilia.
Orange Amps will donate a rare and valuable (last one of only twenty made) Union Jack half-stack worth at least $6000! Orange have also helped to coordinate support from other musical instrument manufacturers/suppliers and the auction will include a number of very desirable items which are being added to on a daily basis. The list currently includes:
- Sabian Cymbals money-can’t-buy 14” Paragon Crash personally signed by RUSH’s Neil Peart with the Steampunk logo, personalized with the winner's name
- Sabian leather jacket
- Orange CR50BXT bass amp, signed by RUSH’s Geddy Lee, personalized with the winner’s name
- Yamaha Gigmaker 5pc drum set with hardware and Paiste 101 cymbals
- Yamaha New A Series Acoustic/Electric Guitar
- Sierra Guitars Sierra Sunrise Auditorium Acoustic Guitar
- Shure Microphones Super 55
- Guitar World 12-Month Subscription
David Peterson, owner of Glory Days Music Store, commenting on the auction said, 'On hearing about Orange’s plans to raise proceeds through an auction, I was just floored. I didn’t think for one minute that someone would do something like that for me without asking for it. It’s an incredible gesture.
‘We have seen the heartbreaking tragedy that has taken place in the USA, particularly in Joplin Missouri, ‘ said Cooper, ‘ and we felt that we would like to do something in the spirit of that special relationship that exists between the USA and the UK. The money raised will help the re-establishment of the Glory Days Music Store.
The American Red Cross in Joplin is providing emergency assistance at five separate locations. This includes first aid and emergency health services, mental health services, distribution of bulk items such as recovery kits, toiletries and items needed for the clean-up such as gloves, rakes, masks, and vital water supplies and snacks.
To assist Orange Amps and its fellow manufacturers to help and support the Joplin community please go to Fame Bureau's website and bid on one of the many items available. The auction begins Monday, July 18 at FameBureau.com. Auction ends Wednesday, August 24.
Any companies wishing to donate to this worthy cause can contact Orange Amps or the Fame Bureau direct via their website www.famebureau.com