Minnesotan pedal builder Ramble FX has announced that 40% of all its direct sales, up to $5,000, will be donated to COVID-19 relief efforts.
Sales from all of Ramble FX’s pedals and accessories will go towards the Mayo Clinic, supporting its COVID-19 testing capability and overall response to the pandemic. Ramble FX manufactures a selection of three pedals – the Kismet, an analogue distortion pedal with digital control elements, the Twin Bender, a vintage tone-bender with some moden quality of life features, and the Marvel Drive, a JFET-powered plexi pedal.
In a statement on the brand’s website, owner Tim Krueger urged people to be cautious about taking in information about coronavirus, checking that it comes from a trusted source: “The grip of this pandemic is squeezing us all. With noise coming from every direction, please be careful to put your trust in the advice and information coming from doctors and health officials. This is too important to fall into our convenient habit of consuming soundbites, headlines, or social media and become convinced that we know the facts. The butterfly effect is on full display during this pandemic and we’ve never been so dependent on each other.”
He also noted the systemic issues that have been laid bare during the crisis, but noted that “the part that is not [broken], and has never been, is the people.” He continues: “Like many, I have been hospitalized and experienced the altruistic actions of everyone from the doctors to the custodial staff who leave their own troubles everyday to tend to the troubles of others. During this pandemic, it’s shameful to simply reward them the title of hero when they are being forced to take unnecessarily heroic measures to do their job.”