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Mivo
08-21-2016, 02:04 PM
Let's talk about how you (or someone you liked until then) managed to clumsily damage or outright destroy an unfortunate ukulele entrusted to your care.

It was a little less than a year ago when my soprano (my first one) met its end, and it was death by butt. My butt, unfortunately. Earlier in the day I had been practicing on the bed, and later, when I went to sleep in the dark, I forgot that the ukulele was still sitting there, waiting for my return (which it came to regret). It was dark, and well, crack happened.

It was all rather unlikely. A large bed, a small ukulele, an inbetween butt, and I managed to land myself right on the soundhole. Bull's eye when I wish I had missed. The soundboard was completely destroyed and the instrument was beyond repair. After some mourning, I threw it away, though I felt pretty guilty for having been such an ass to it. I was so ashamed that I neglected to take photos of the victim.

It was a ukuMele mahogany uke, nicely set up and around $250 or so when I had bought it. It could have been worse as most of my other ukes would have been harder to replace, but still, I was pretty upset about it. I liked the thing, it sounded really good, too.

On the bright side, it was a relatively inexpensive lesson in careless butt placement, and it gave me a reason to buy a lovely Black Bear koa soprano, which is an amazing little instrument. My other ukes have lived in fear ever since this accident, but nothing else happened. Knocking on wood, gently.

What about you? Ever lost a ukulele to clumsiness, substance abuse, pets, kids, spouses, butts?

Jim Hanks
08-21-2016, 03:07 PM
it was death by butt. ... crack happened...I felt pretty guilty for having been such an ass to it.

:biglaugh: I see what u did there. Bwahahaha. :biglaugh:

Butt I am sorry for your loss

AndieZ
08-21-2016, 03:36 PM
I'm too new at this to have done it yet but at a big jam session i went to early on, i brushed passed someone's uke that was casually sitting on a table and it fell to the floor. Yep i was embarassed but good little thing didn't show any sign of injury. The place was a big outdoor drinking lounge with lots of small tables and chairs packed in reasonably close together with lots of people in between. A lot of us ukers were standign about between the tables so it was easy to do this. There were ukes everywhere. the moral of this story is don't leave your uke in a vulnerable position. It's just sometimes too difficult for people to be 100% of their bodies at all times.

rappsy
08-21-2016, 03:49 PM
Don't leave one in a hot car. I knew of some idiot that did that and the bridge flew off in the case. I'm glad that he was nowhere near it when it happened or he might have a bridge indentation in his forehead.

Figured out who it was yet????? ... :wallbash:

Lesson learned but I have also done some other bizarre things, so I just chock this one up to living...... and lessons learned.
:deadhorse:

bonesigh
08-21-2016, 03:49 PM
That is a story full of 'buns' (probably just me that thinks this could stand in for 'puns) Anyway, I've noticed I write 'anyway' a lot, well, YES, there have been 2 incidences. Sorry about yours BTW ): Couple of years ago I packed the car to go to the annual Lake Ann Ukulele Festival. Was in a bit of a hurry so I asked my girl (then 11 yrs old) to put the ukes in the car. A solid body concert Eleuke and an Ibenez Spalted Maple cut away. Got in the car and as I was backing out heard this weird sound. My then, living daughter, yelled out "THE UKES!". They were in a rolly pack with some other things. She had not put them IN the car, but behind them. I'll admit......I killed her right then.

No, of course I didn't! She's darned lucky to have me as a mom because I actually didn't loose it at all. I mean I thought my head was going to pop when I had to pull the car forward to get the ukes and bag unstuck from under the car. Then I was calm and said "let's just get these inside and I'll check them later". I grabbed another uke and we went on our way and had a great excuse for being late (:

Turned out that the Ibenez was completely trashed. Head stock broken in half, bridge popped off, tuners went flying, neck broke, body crunched. Figured this was totally beyond repair. I think I have pictures somewhere. A friend of mine's husband likes to tinker and I'll be darned if he didn't put it back together and it plays!!! I used to love the sound and feel of this uke. Fast neck, good sound. Just loved it. Now it plays like a beginner uke so it's okay and I loan it out. Too bad you didn't keep yours!

The Eleuke's neck was broken,but not the fretboard I was able to lean it on the corner of a door frame and bend it back into place. Put a couple of band aids where the wood is splintered and it now plays just as good as ever. Ya just have to watch out for splinters! LOL.

The other uke mishap happened after I gave it to a friend....her uncle sat on it!


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Nickie
08-21-2016, 04:28 PM
Oh, Mivo, I know it wasn't funny, but you managed to have a good sense of humor about it. I know I shouldn't have, but I smiled and giggled reading it.
Two of my cats have each managed to damage a uke. right after I got my Cocobolo, my cat Goofball dragged it off a table while trying to jump up there. It got a small knick on the edge of the top.
Later, our new arrival, Sa'di, managed to do the very same thing to my otherwise spotless Ohana, this time, doing worse damage. The uke is unplayable anyway, but I wanted to make a classy wallhanger out of it. I may still.
I don't place ukes on that table anymore. It had been put there to protect my piano. How friggin' ironic.
I've seen so many people ding and nick their ukes, mostly because they were excited and in a hurry to play.

sukie
08-21-2016, 05:57 PM
Due to a few people dinging my ukulele, I now don't let people touch it without permission. And they can't be near anything. No chairs with arms, no nothing. I apparently caused a ruckus (totally unintentionally) when a friend was playing it and HER friend took it out of her hands and started playing it. I took it out of his hands immediately. He got pissed and my friend had to do damage control and I don't think the guy likes me because it. But....excuse me....always ask permission to play someone else's ukulele. Always.

Strumdaddy
08-21-2016, 06:15 PM
I took my "beater" tenor camping. After a session around the camp-fire I was returning to my tent to put the uke to bed when I tripped on a guy rope and crashed to the ground on top of the uke. Neck broke off. I threw the pieces in the back of the car and was tempted to use them on the next night's fire - but didn't....
Back home and a week later - after ordering a "replacement" beater that was an upgrade, I thought I may as well glue the thing back together.
I used araldite and clamps - then brutally filed the 12th to 18th frets down to get clearance for the rest of the frets; and - bugger me - if she didn't come out o.k.
Funny thing was I didn't realise how much I was attached to her until I "lost" her.

coolkayaker1
08-21-2016, 07:22 PM
Don't leave one in a hot car. I knew of some idiot that did that and the bridge flew off in the case. I'm glad that he was nowhere near it when it happened or he might have a bridge indentation in his forehead.



https://youtu.be/HFPHela8YH4

maxmax
08-21-2016, 11:57 PM
Sorry to hear about your accident!

Fortunately, I haven't damaged a uke yet, but I'm very close every day now. I have a new uke at home and the slots at the bridge are quite large. I've been restringing this uke like a mad man trying every string I can think of before I settle on one, and often I can tune the first string up to pitch just fine, but after a few minutes or a few hours with fluorocarbon strings, the knot, no matter how large I make it, manages to squeeze it's way through the slot. I absolutely HATE that feeling! I'm so nervous every time I pick the uke up just waiting for the first string to whip my hand.

I'm a grown man covered in tattoos, I don't know why I'm so afraid of this, it usually doesn't even hurt, but it's seriously freaking me out! I haven't dropped the uke yet when this happens, but I've been very close! I'm going shopping for a proper size bead today or tomorrow, because this can't go on. :p

Croaky Keith
08-22-2016, 12:23 AM
Thankfully, no real accidents, knocked over a few, but I bought a stand, & since have had no problems. :)

ukulelekarcsi
08-22-2016, 01:34 AM
My son sat on his ukulele's headstock twice (I glued it twice), I dropped another ukulele out of its unzipped gigbag this summer (a loud bang, nothing broken) but I did drop a button accordeon out of an overloaded car once, right on the discant side, making chording and bass playing painfull (for the player, it was already painful for the audience before the mishap).

bonesigh
08-22-2016, 04:36 AM
I'm sorry that I giggled, (: Why don't you use a bead? That will stop it. You wrap the string around the bead and then knot it. Good to go...NO FEAR, lol.


Sorry to hear about your accident!

Fortunately, I haven't damaged a uke yet, but I'm very close every day now. I have a new uke at home and the slots at the bridge are quite large. I've been restringing this uke like a mad man trying every string I can think of before I settle on one, and often I can tune the first string up to pitch just fine, but after a few minutes or a few hours with fluorocarbon strings, the knot, no matter how large I make it, manages to squeeze it's way through the slot. I absolutely HATE that feeling! I'm so nervous every time I pick the uke up just waiting for the first string to whip my hand.

I'm a grown man covered in tattoos, I don't know why I'm so afraid of this, it usually doesn't even hurt, but it's seriously freaking me out! I haven't dropped the uke yet when this happens, but I've been very close! I'm going shopping for a proper size bead today or tomorrow, because this can't go on. :p

rappsy
08-22-2016, 04:49 AM
Sorry to hear about your accident!

Fortunately, I haven't damaged a uke yet, but I'm very close every day now. I have a new uke at home and the slots at the bridge are quite large. I've been restringing this uke like a mad man trying every string I can think of before I settle on one, and often I can tune the first string up to pitch just fine, but after a few minutes or a few hours with fluorocarbon strings, the knot, no matter how large I make it, manages to squeeze it's way through the slot. I absolutely HATE that feeling! I'm so nervous every time I pick the uke up just waiting for the first string to whip my hand.

I'm a grown man covered in tattoos, I don't know why I'm so afraid of this, it usually doesn't even hurt, but it's seriously freaking me out! I haven't dropped the uke yet when this happens, but I've been very close! I'm going shopping for a proper size bead today or tomorrow, because this can't go on. :p

Beads will do the job as they won't go through the holes. It hasn't happened to me yet, but I've been told that sometimes the beads vibrate against the sound board so be aware of this possibility.

Ukejenny
08-22-2016, 06:33 AM
One of the reasons I got a Blackbird was my fear of something happening outside. The concert Ohana that I played before the Clara is a wonderful ukulele, but feels so delicate in my hands. My Clara has taken a few knocks, but no real damage so far. I hope that trend continues. I am now wondering what a kevlar ukulele might sound like?

stevejfc
08-22-2016, 07:57 AM
:biglaugh: I see what u did there. Bwahahaha. :biglaugh:

Butt I am sorry for your loss
Gives a whole new meaning to ass crack!.....ugh...sorry

Twibbly
08-22-2016, 08:06 AM
Are we allowed to tell tales of other instruments in here?

*whistles innocently*

stevejfc
08-22-2016, 08:09 AM
Anyway, back from the commercial break. A couple of years ago as I was taking out my Kanile'a Concert from it's case, when our Siamese cat decided it was a good time to attack the case. Her timing was purrfect, she hit the top cover of the case and it slammed down on the Kanile'a head stock creating an indentation on otherwise pristine high gloss finish. Battle scars I guess

Iulia
08-22-2016, 09:40 AM
Are we allowed to tell tales of other instruments in here?

*whistles innocently*

I was gigging with my accordion many years ago, and put it on a low coffee table, which someone - somehow - knocked over. Dent in the outer shell of the instrument, mostly cosmetic, didn't really affect the playing. But taught me a valuable lesson to assume the worst. If not being played, put them back in the case, or somewhere NOBODY can reach ... esp if its a valuable instrument. Don't mean to derail, its a point worth making :-)

Not derailing too much this is relevant to ukes :-) maybe more than accordions.

Twibbly
08-22-2016, 09:45 AM
I was gigging with my accordion many years ago, and put it on a low coffee table, which someone - somehow - knocked over. Dent in the case, mostly cosmetic, didn't really affect the playing. But taught me a valuable lesson to assume the worst. If not being played, put them back in the case, or somewhere NOBODY can reach ... esp if its a valuable instrument. Don't mean to derail, its a point worth making :-)

Not derailing too much this is relevant to ukes :-) maybe more than accordions.

I was going to explain that instruments should generally not be used as weapons, at least unless they are in a hard case.

Iulia
08-22-2016, 10:02 AM
dunno - a uke is a pretty good weapon if you need? :cool:

Down Up Dick
08-22-2016, 10:38 AM
When I got my new Deering banjo in the mail, I examined it closely to make sure it was perfect. Then I decided to tune it and began twisting a tuning knob as one cranks away at a Uke peg. Then, pow! and I had a two piece #2 string! Of course, I was frightened and heartbroken, but luckily I had an extra so all was well. Banjo strings only take a few turns.

And you who (Yoo Hoo?) have a banjolele; be very careful when moving the bridge--hang on to it, don't just push it. One is supposed to lift it slightly. It makes a heck of a noise if it slips. It scared the heck oughta me when mine slipped. I thought the head had ripped.

Banjerin' ain't for sissies. :old:

Twibbly
08-22-2016, 12:14 PM
dunno - a uke is a pretty good weapon if you need? :cool:

Well, yes, but if my oboe hadn't been in a hard case, I probably would have broken it along with Dad's nose.

Vintageukes
08-23-2016, 09:47 AM
I was at a friend's house...a fellow collector of vintage ukuleles and he was showing me one of his Santo ukuleles. He set it down on his chair to grab another to show me something on that ukulele and he backed up to sit in that chair. Luckily, I was in position to quickly grab that ukulele before he sat on it. He thanked me up and down as an 1890's Santo ukulele is NOT something which could ever be replaced! Consequently, I never set a ukulele on a chair. I hang my ukuleles on the walls and if I am with others and I put it down, I put it in a case and latch it. I've seen a uke come flying out of a case when placed inside but the latches not latched. (luckily it wasn't one of mine)

Rllink
08-23-2016, 10:05 AM
I've not actually smashed a ukulele yet, but I spent a year learning to play my Makala, searching and researching my upgrade that I promised myself if I stuck with it for that long. So I chose a gloss Mainland concert with a MiSi. I ordered a nice hard case while I was at it. So it arrived, and it was flawless. My Makala did not have a strap button, so I had not used a strap, but the MiSi of course provides one. My wife had an old guitar in the basement and I knew that there was an old hippie strap down there with it that would just go great with that uke. I ran down got it, put it on, and went to town. When I was done, I jammed it strap and all, in the case. The next day I pulled it out and was playing it, and my wife asked me how I scratched my new uke. It seems that the old hippy strap had brass rivets on it, and it put a couple of good scratches around the pickup. I was just sick about it. I had owned that uke less that twenty four hours and I already had these deep scratches in it. But, I've played it almost every day for close to two years, gigged with it, busked with it, and now it has enough scratches in it that those first ones don't stand out so much. I threw away that hippie strap by the way, and my guitar playing buddy gave me one without any rivets. So I'm good.

Zorba48
08-23-2016, 06:50 PM
Reading these horrific tales makes me cringe. I have mangled two pair of glasses, and made my flute look like a banana when they came between a chair and my big bum. Squashing a perfectly good ukulele would be something nightmares are made of.

mm stan
08-23-2016, 07:35 PM
[QUOTE=sukie;1882041]Due to a few people dinging my ukulele, I now don't let people touch it without permission. And they can't be near anything. No chairs with arms, no nothing. I apparently caused a ruckus (totally unintentionally) when a friend was playing it and HER friend took it out of her hands and started playing it. I took it out of his hands immediately. He got pissed and my friend had to do damage control and I don't think the guy likes me because it. But....excuse me....always ask permission to play someone else's ukulele. Always.[/QUOTE
ESPECIALLY YOUR MOORE BETTAH, how dare him :), I'd explain it to him why you did it, then again...maybe not :)
Cause he might ask next time ha ha...Golden Rule, no one, I mean no one touches another ones Moore Bettah without permission. .did they know every ding is at least 500.00 off your mbs worth or more . Let them sign a waiver

SoloRule
08-24-2016, 03:09 AM
How about this......
The uke is so light weight, forgot I had it on me. Walked into the wall, chipped the edge. Of course, this always happen on the most expensive uke .
Luckily, a very well-known world class luthier lives close to me. He went out of his way to repair it for me when it's not even his product. His magic hands returned my uke to the original condition !

This is another reason I bought a Fluke so I can afford to be careless! Those things can really take a lot f abuse!

rappsy
08-24-2016, 07:35 AM
How about this......
The uke is so light weight, forgot I had it on me. Walked into the wall, chipped the edge. Of course, this always happen on the most expensive uke .
Luckily, a very well-known world class luthier lives close to me. He went out of his way to repair it for me when it's not even his product. His magic hands returned my uke to the original condition !

This is another reason I bought a Fluke so I can afford to be careless! Those things can really take a lot f abuse!

I believe the reason for this is the intoxicating auras of Simon and Dave. Blame them and make them pay for the repairs.
:cool:

Tudorp
08-24-2016, 08:12 AM
Here's my uke abuse story. It wasn't "intentional", but that said, I knew it wasn't a good idea for the future of the uke. A few years ago, I had a couple of my grand kids here. they wanted to play in the hot tub. And they wanted Grandpa in there with them. So, Sitting in the tub and the grandkids frolicking around, decided I would see what I could do to chill em out a little. They also loved to hear and watch Grandpa play the uke, so I asked them if they wanted to have a uke party in the hot tub. I imagine by now you see what's coming. Well, I had a cheap LU21 I kept around as a loaner, so I grabbed it, and I sat in the hot tub with the grandkids and we had a little concert in the tub of sorts. They loved it, I loved it, but the uke, even a laminate didn't fair so well. After a couple days, it started falling apart. But then again, I kinda expected it would. But the fun memory for my grand kids, it was worth it.. ;)

rappsy
08-24-2016, 08:18 AM
But the fun memory for my grand kids, it was worth it.. ;)

That's the most important thing. Not only will you never forget it, they too should always remember that moment with G'PA.

Iulia
08-24-2016, 09:14 AM
isn't that what the plastic ukes are for, lol?

Tudorp
08-24-2016, 09:35 AM
isn't that what the plastic ukes are for, lol?

I never been a "polymer" guy, but if I had one, it would have been a better choice for that party.. lol