Lou Reed's Musical Gear Goes Up For Sale

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Want to buy Lou Reed’s effects pedals, or his Kurzweil keyboard? With luck – and a chunk of money – you can. 

The late, great artist’s musical equipment is to be auctioned online in the coming weeks. Though not all of it. A post on the Velvet Underground founder’s official Facebook page explains that “many pieces” of musical gear and road cases will be sold on eBay, proceeds from which will go towards developing the Lou Reed Archive.

Lou Reed Biography in the Works

The eBay page at eBay.com/Lou-Reed-Archive already resembles a music historian’s goldmine. A handful of items are listed, including Reed's Kurzweil PC2X, a Yamaha P-80 (with flight case) a Pendulum SPS-1 Stereo Preamp for acoustic instruments. 

Reps for Reed announced news of the sale via the Facebook post. The note reads: "Over the past thirty years Lou Reed amassed a large collection of equipment in support of his many tours. While all of his most important guitars, amps, and effects will be kept by Sister Ray Enterprises for his archive, there are many pieces of musical gear and road cases that need to be sold. Over the next few weeks these items will be auctioned through eBay. The proceeds will go towards the work that is underway to develop the Lou Reed Archive."

The message offers the promise that all the sale items “were used by Reed and his band.” 

How many items and which of those are deemed Reed’s “most important” is anyone’s guess. Though the mystery should help drive eyeballs to the site, where new instruments and musicians’ tools will be posted each day.

Lou Reed Dead at 71

And for fans who live in or around NYC, Reed’s reps will be listing select items for local pickup before they go up on eBay.  

Reed, an alternative rock icon widely considered one of the most influential artists ever to strum a guitar, died Oct. 27, 2013 at the age of 71. In his lifetime, Reed charted 23 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, stretching back to his self-titled debut in 1972. Reed was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 as part of the Velvet Underground, a group in which he earned five charting albums with on the Billboard 200.


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