I am writing to all of you in order to help a friend – Jason
McMillan -- that lost his business in the July 30th Ellicott City
flood. He runs a record shop
specializing in vinyl and also buys and sells vintage audio equipment as a side
line. The Ellicott City flood literally took
out the front of his store and destroyed approximately 16,000 LPs out of an
inventory of 20,000 pieces that took him two years to collect.
Vintage equipment was ruined, his point-of-sale system
ruined, any wood finishes damaged beyond use -- not to mention mold that
decided it was cool place to live while the building was condemned. The
building structure was damaged to the tune of needing over $30,000 worth of
repairs not including finishes.
To add insult to injury the insurance company has denied his
claim with the excuse that the original application was written on the wrong
form submitted by the insurance agent.
Since the flood insurance was actually provided by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) where they used an insurance company to underwrite the
policy, he is currently waiting on a decision from FEMA before getting an
attorney involved. In the meantime he is
slowly getting things back to normal and exhausting his savings in the process. This has been his life now since July 30 the
date of the event.
He and his wife live above the store and had to rent a
furnished apartment until his building was deemed habitable again.
I know that a large number of audiophiles have moved away
from vinyl and moved on to CD, SACD, or downloads. I am looking for LP donations (or money
donations) to help him restore his inventory and get back on his feet. His customer base was loyal and varied in
terms of music ranging from Rock to classical with special interests in
Jazz. So – whatever you have I am sure
it is good condition and worthy of a second audiophile home.
Having said that, Jason will still have to seek out
collections for the shop and it would be appreciated if you at least give him
right-of-refusal to buy your collection if you cannot just donate your LPs or
Please send your help (or request for quotation) directly to
Jason. His contact information is as
Jason B. McMillan
8026 Main St.
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Jason is a good guy with a good heart and I know any donations
will be most appreciated.