Mike was actually in the United States on business when he heard from Cathy that he had indeed been the winning bidder for this most treasured bass guitar. Part of the original auction was that if the winning bidder could make it to California, Ross would personally present the bass to the high bidder. Mike worked hard to try and make arrangements to meet Ross but Journey was on the east coast playing Casino Rama in Toronto and a personal meeting just could not be arranged. The Journey Gods were in action though because Mike had no sooner got off the phone with someone at the Chet Helms Trust and who should come on the office/factory system but Journey! Then to cap off the experience, Mike's flight back to the UK got routed through Chicago and then north over the Great Lakes. From 38,000 feet/minus 58 degrees he got an amazingly clear view of Toronto, where he and Cathy had first ventured to see Journey perform live. At that precise moment, you'll never guess who was actually playing live at Casino Rama in Toronto...you guessed it, Journey! Rumor has it that the smile did not leave Mike's face for many days to come!Mike has received not one, but two letters from Ross since winning the bass. I am sure that a personal meeting awaits Mike somewhere along the line whether it's here in the US or in the UK.
Your RoSs ZoNe family would like to wish you nothing but the best, and hope you enjoy playing the newest member of your bass collection. Rock on, Mike!