Gardiner Houlgate announces The Bernie Marsden Collection Part One

Featuring two Marshall half-stacks.

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Gardiner Houlgate has announced The Bernie Marsden Collection Part One, an auction that spans over 70 sets of backline equipment from Marsden’s own collection.

The auction notably includes two Marshall 1959 half stacks, used by Bernie on every Whitesnake tour and recording session, including the band’s hit Here I Go Again. Other items include a Park amp used for the Saints And Sinners recording sessions and a Yamaha drum kit, owned by Bernie’s close friend Cozy Powell.

Marsden said of the decision to auction the gear: “Being a professional musician for over 50 years now has led me to acquire all kinds of music gear and memorabilia. But, there comes a time in life when you need to properly assess and re-evaluate those items. All used, some possibly abused, loved, lost, recovered, bought on an impulse, a whim or simply desired at the time. And so, in the strange year that has been 2020, I have had the time to realise that I have a LOT of now completely unused quality equipment. Mainly amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories built up over the years. Everything listed has been used either on the road or in the studio by myself.

“The Whitesnake Marshall amps and cabs are probably the centrepiece, but all of this equipment has featured on a stage or in a studio at some point in my career. A certificate of authenticity signed by myself will be included with each sale. I admit that I let go of some of these items with a bit of a sigh, especially the fantastic Yamaha drum kit I traded with my dear late friend Cozy Powell, but I simply would rather it be played and cherished by someone else than just in my lock-up, looking a little unloved. The beloved Whitesnake amps were crucial to my career. ‘Here I Go Again’ and ‘Fool For Your Loving’ and practically all my Whitesnake recordings were created with this equipment. The same applies to all the other amps, although not quite so momentous in rock history. Everything here has to go, and I look forward to knowing that the items are once again being enjoyed by whoever wants them! I will be donating a percentage of the auction income to two charities I admire, The Trussell Trust and Crisis.”

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