Fellow bandmate and friend, John Duffey, used to jokingly introduce Mike as "The Legend". It was no joke. Duffey admired and respected Mike Auldridge perhaps more than anyone else in his musical life. So did Mike's many fans. He was one of the very few true innovators in the history of the resophonic slide guitar world. Those familiar with his music with the band 'Seldom Scene' or solo recordings know he had a very special touch on the instrument. This instrument was Mike's "baby".
Mike passed away 29 December 2012. While sad to see iconic tools-of-the-trade have to leave their Master, it is often out of necessity to offer them for sale. In a best case scenario, we might hope someone with the talent to do so will be the new caretaker. Someone who will honor and continue the history of this beautiful well-played piece.
Regal/Dobro #426 comes with Mike Auldridge's custom-built case, a letter written and signed by Mike telling the story of this instrument, and several other items.