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Thread: Is it worth trying to get this fixed in Burma?

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    Default Is it worth trying to get this fixed in Burma?

    I haven't got the opinion of a local luthier (there's not that many here in Yangon, Myanmar) yet, but before I even bother, I thought I'd seek an opinion here. I don't know if it's even worth trying to fix this uke. This Hulala concert uke only cost me $85 in Bangkok.

    On a recent motorcycle journey, the uke case accidentally got positioned in front of the exhaust pipe of the bike. The heat from the 6-hour ride burned a hole in the case and then destroyed the headstock. Tuning pegs melted. The nut melted.

    I don't know. Whaddya think? Is this fixable?

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    Sure, why not? Replace the tuning machines, change to a bone nut.
    If the headstock is a little discolored, then you've got a story to tell.

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    A Torrified uke. They charge more for that.

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    Easy fix , however it will probably cost you the price of the uke. Does it have sentimental value?, could be cheaper to replace it.
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    The nut and the tuning machines are replaceable and it may not cost that much where you live. No harm in asking.

    What I would be concerned about and we cant see in the picture is did the neck stay straight after all the heat? If the neck warped at all I wouldn't spend the money on fixing it.

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    Four tuning heads and nut should not be a lot of money. If you like the ukulele, fix it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyg View Post
    The nut and the tuning machines are replaceable and it may not cost that much where you live. No harm in asking.

    What I would be concerned about and we cant see in the picture is did the neck stay straight after all the heat? If the neck warped at all I wouldn't spend the money on fixing it.
    No, the neck appears undamaged, and the the charring of the headstock has given it a nice color, so I'll see if I can get it fixed. Just waiting for a local luthier recommended by a friend to get back to me.
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    I bet the strings are a bit melted as well.

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    Glancing at your vids riding your motorcycle where you do I would assume your a resourceful guy. Pretend the uke is your bike and you're stuck you'll do fine fixing it yourself I would think.
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    I also liked your blog/vids. Very kool
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