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ElectricDynamite
11-04-2009, 06:00 AM
After waking up this morning, I was packing my bag, and amidst a veil of general sleepyness managed to knock a particularly heavy German dictionary off its shelf. Its trajectory of flight was anything but graceful as it soared through the air, and through the top of my beautiful Kala Koa/Cedartop Tenor.
The Uke means a lot to me, and I figured I'd look for advice on getting it fixed, and naturally this is the first place I've come to.
I live in the UK, so I don't know of any specialist luthiers nearby, but just looking for suggestions really.
Damage is as follows.

Doc_J
11-04-2009, 06:10 AM
Wow. Sorry to hear about that. Looks bad, but I'm sure it can be fixed. Check with a local "music instrument" /guitar store. They must know of people who can fix this. I'd get an estimate though. It may be less costly to get a new one.

Another thought:have it cut out cleanly to remove vibrating broken bits and (1) leave as a new sound hole or (2) use a koa (or other wood) patch just covering the cut out (might look cool).

ElectricDynamite
11-04-2009, 06:15 AM
Thanks for the reply man, I'll look into it at the weekend, you're right, a new patch might give it a bit of character (:

Landshark
11-04-2009, 06:18 AM
Does not look good, but when I was visiting the Kanile'a factory, they had just repaired one of their baritone models for a customer that had sat on it. They said it had been severely damaged when they got it back but their repair job looked amazing, good as new. So there is hope.

ukuleG
11-04-2009, 06:20 AM
i really need to start putting my ukes away Ive got 3 laying around on my floor at the moment its only a matter of time until i do something similar.

ukantor
11-04-2009, 07:27 AM
Wow! That's awful! Damage to the front of a uke can often be repaired from inside, through the soundhole, but that looks too extensive. I'd cut away the damaged area, and replace it with new cedar. Such a repair would always be clearly visible, but need not look horrendously obvious.

Get a quote before leaving it with anybody. As someone mentioned above, the cost could be alarmingly high.

Do you have household insurance?

Ukantor.

Ronnie Aloha
11-04-2009, 07:59 AM
I would venture to say that it might be cheaper to buy a new Kala...

Good luck with it. I was sick seeing it so I can't imagine how you felt.

Ahnko Honu
11-04-2009, 08:34 AM
Buy a new 'ukulele, and turn that one into a Cigar box 'ukulele. ;)

freedive135
11-04-2009, 08:59 AM
Find an old school, folk music, acoustic guitar shop that's been around since the 60's....

They will be able to tell you what to do, and tend to know their stuff.

The silver lining side is that it is still playable!!!

haole
11-04-2009, 10:25 AM
Another thought:have it cut out cleanly to remove vibrating broken bits and (1) leave as a new sound hole or (2) use a koa (or other wood) patch just covering the cut out (might look cool).

Agreed! Contrasting wood might make it look artistic. ;) Or a new, irregular soundhole could be an interesting battle scar. It sucks that your uke got damaged, but it doesn't look like it's totaled.

ukantor
11-04-2009, 11:36 AM
That kind of damage in that area is bad news. I'd advise you to take the tension off the strings right away, until you have figured out what to do about it.

Best of luck,

Ukantor.

DeG
11-04-2009, 11:54 AM
You're not too far from Pete Howlett. Maybe, he could work some magic on it for you.

haolejohn
11-04-2009, 06:06 PM
Find an old school, folk music, acoustic guitar shop that's been around since the 60's....

They will be able to tell you what to do, and tend to know their stuff.

The silver lining side is that it is still playable!!!

Why since the 60s? lol:)

MoreUke
11-04-2009, 06:35 PM
I suggest leaving it as it is and just tell folks you are the "Willie Nelson" of the Ukuleles.

wfwhitson
11-04-2009, 06:46 PM
http://i462.photobucket.com/albums/qq342/wfwhitson/willie-nelson_op.jpg

Just had to do it.

Doctroid
11-05-2009, 02:31 AM
i really need to start putting my ukes away Ive got 3 laying around on my floor at the moment its only a matter of time until i do something similar.

Good lesson to take away from this.

Ahnko Honu
11-05-2009, 06:05 AM
I try and keep all my 'ukuleles out of harm's way. Most have cases, and with the exception of my Flea & Fluke both which I keep at bedside in gig bags all my 'ukuleles are in a specific protected place reserved for them. I'm a longboard surfer but haven't surfed in 6 years due to industrial injury and 3 back surgeries plus recovery so my surfboard in it's ceiling rack makes a nice 'ukulele shelf low enough for just me to reach. ;)

kluson
11-05-2009, 10:11 AM
Very sorry to see that. It of course can be repaired, but to have it repaired properly is not going to be cheap. Can you make an insurance claim? as accidental damage.

Good luck

I feel for you.
Hope you resolve that really soon

jenford
11-06-2009, 02:48 PM
Can the top be replaced?
Do they do those kind of repairs on ukes ?

itsme
11-06-2009, 03:17 PM
Can you make an insurance claim? as accidental damage.
I'm quite sure his homeowner's insurance would laugh at him if he tried to bring a claim. "Accidental damage" does not include one being a klutz and destroying their own property. Might be different if the OP had riders on individual instruments, don't really know.


Can the top be replaced?
Do they do those kind of repairs on ukes ?
Almost anything's possible with a good luthier, but don't expect the replacement to be cheap. Probably prohibitive even, given the replacement value.

I actually kind of like the idea of having the damage cut into an additional soundport or even replacing that area with a unique new wedge shaped piece of wood, if it would remain structurally sound. :)

jer989
11-06-2009, 03:20 PM
...and amidst a veil of general sleepyness managed to knock a particularly heavy German dictionary off its shelf. ...

Looks like Germany got in the last word there, huh? (sorry for the bad pun, I couldn't resist.)
:D

Seriously though - I hope your uke gets well soon!

JT_Ukes
11-06-2009, 03:25 PM
Looks like Germany got in the last word there, huh? (sorry for the bad pun, I couldn't resist.)
:D

Seriously though - I hope your uke gets well soon!

Awesome! rep given for good use of words...

Ahnko Honu
11-06-2009, 03:49 PM
In the meantime you could always...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/Ahnkochee/GIFs/26850DuckTape.jpg

ElectricDynamite
11-07-2009, 01:41 AM
Cheers for the replies guys, a lot of good ideas. The funniest thing was that it was propped up against the opposite wall, but had to move it because of the barrage of nagging telling me it would get stood on :D
I know a guy who's a decent woodworker quite well, and he recommended taking removing the aforementioned area and getting a nice bit of plastic on there, as I'm fairly certain that would give a lot more structural support than leaving it as a soundhole.

ukantor
11-07-2009, 02:38 AM
I'd cut out a regular rectangle of wood to remove the damaged area, and replace it with a new piece of cedar, blended in. You'll never match the grain exactly, but it would look pretty good. A good repair has a beauty of its own. That uke is too nice to bodge it.

Ukantor.

bazmaz
11-07-2009, 02:42 AM
As regards the northwest - phone either Frailers in Frodsham, or Eagle Music in Huddersfield - am sure they can put you in touch with a luthier. Both those shops specialise in folky instruments, and both have a brilliant personal service.

Mayercaster
11-07-2009, 03:45 AM
There is a music shop in our area that I was informed did alterations, set-ups etc. Maybe they have had encounters with at least acoustic guitars and could help you out with a uke. I'll try and remember what its called don't think it was in the city centre anyway.
On the other hand, there is that shop on dale street which I am told has a good selections of ukes and folk instruments so maybe they could help. I've never got around to going in myself so i couldn't say but next time I'm in the studio I'll go have a look.

Ahnko Honu
11-07-2009, 05:41 AM
I hope the repairs don't cost more than the 'ukulele itself. If this 'ukulele has sentimental value then go for it. :cool:

ukantor
11-07-2009, 07:03 AM
ElectricDynamite - check your PMs.

Ukantor.

Ukuleleblues
11-07-2009, 12:22 PM
Send it to a friend and have it shipped back to you with a bunch of insurance. The when you open it up, say "where are my Fabrege Eggs and Picasso sculpture", then pause and say to the driver "you even broke my uke."

Landshark
11-07-2009, 01:59 PM
Wow, I just had a close call with disaster. Knocked over something and my new used Kamaka soprano went for a ride. Luckily it seems like it just suffered a scratch on the back top and a small dent in the heel. Otherwise it seems fine.:eek:

ukantor
11-11-2009, 01:03 AM
ED, did you get my latest PM?

John Colter (Ukantor).