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orangeena
08-07-2016, 01:13 AM
Hello
I searched the forums but could not find anything specific.
I am off to Florida with the family tomorrow for two weeks and wanted to take one of my ukes. It is self-made with a mahogany front, back and sides and a mahogany like neck (from some UK fencing supplier). The fretboard might be rosewood. I have no paperwork of course as it is homemade. Am I at risk of trouble if I take it with me?
Cheers
Max

maxmax
08-07-2016, 03:41 AM
No. I've traveled with instruments my whole life and never been asked about the wood or pearl inlays or anything. I think you must be extremely unlucky if you run into any kind of trouble in that regard. Now checking in instruments as luggage is a different topic, but ukes are so small You can easily bring them with you as hand luggage.

/Another Max

orangeena
08-07-2016, 03:50 AM
Thanks Max. Mine fits in the suitcase and is only my wonkulele (neck is out of line, and I put on an 11th fret marker by mistake) so not the end of the world if it gets damaged.
Now I just need to fund a ukulele meet-up in Orlando somewhere.
Max

stevejfc
08-07-2016, 03:55 AM
Should not be a problem............I've traveled with a uke all over the world..........never an issue. At most, you might be asked what's in the case. Enjoy Florida.

natchez
08-07-2016, 04:24 AM
Brought a uke two ago from London to NY with no issues; just some smiles from the folks at immigration.

orangeena
08-07-2016, 06:37 AM
Thanks everyone

orangeena
08-09-2016, 01:27 AM
Update : well me and the wonkukele made it IN to the USA without any issue. Let's see if we can get out together in 2 weeks!

PhilUSAFRet
08-09-2016, 02:06 AM
Welcome to Florida. Hope you don't "fry" in our August heat.