Maybe you noticed the little "auction for Andy" banner that has been on top of all pages this week? It's for a benefit auction for the wife and son of Andrew Richardson (Z.Vex employee) started on Reverb. There are 169 (often unique) items sent in by manufacturers and artists: from guitars, pedals, autographed records and cd's, guitar lessons,... to a visit to Juan Alderete's studio (including an Earthquaker Devices pedal of your choice).
Andrew Richardson, sales/operations manager at ZVEX Effects passed away suddenly on September 1, 2014. Artists and gear manufacturers alike have rallied to raise money for Andy’s beautiful wife, Moe (Marisa) and 3 year old son Bronson, who must now carry on without him. His passing is felt deeply by the many who loved him. From stores, artists, distributors, manufacturers alike, Andy was loved and is sorely missed. In addition to his key role at ZVEX, Andy was an amazing musician and member of Minneapolis-based bands such as The Crush, Book of Dead Names, Start: Destruct and the Dirty Hits. Andy was sarcastic, hilarious, organized, whip-smart and kicky cool. He will be remembered always for his talent, generosity, lanky gait and devilish smile.
If you didn’t have the honor to know Andy, you can learn more about him here:
Andy suffered from depression and anxiety. Although he had friends on all corners of the earth, he was somehow not able to ask for help. His life and his loss will not be forgotten.
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