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cocohonk
11-06-2010, 05:18 PM
I guess I should consider myself lucky in many respects, as I've been playing the ukulele for more than 1.5 years, and only yesterday did a ukulele accident finally happen to me.

I was hanging out with my nephew, and everything was dandy, right up until he accidentally stepped on my backpacker (which I do admit, was partially my fault since I had it on a chair inside only a cloth bag) and broke it. I think right now I'm still kind of in denial that it happened at all :D, though the disconnected neck and a 1.5 inches break/crack on the soundboard says otherwise. *heartbreak - especially since this is a pretty new ukulele, and I've barely just broken it in to exactly how I like it*

It's my first pretty ghastly self-inflicted (or in this case, family-inflicted) damage (and not say, a vintage one that's already damaged when I bought it) for any of my ukuleles (and hopefully my last), and I've just contacted the luthier who made it to ask if I can pay him to repair it, so hopefully my poor ukulele will soon be fixed, but it got me curious (or at least, it'll be a distraction from staring at the ukulele and wishing I could turn back time) -

When and what was your first major ukulele accident, and how did you take it? :D

mm stan
11-06-2010, 06:11 PM
Aloha CoCo Honk,
You damaged Captain backpacker....sorry to hear that....Bevan is really good on service and I'm sure he'll bring it back to life......Good Luck!!!Happy Strummings....MM Stan..

Dane
11-06-2010, 07:03 PM
My first major accident was buying a uke. I'm addicted and it has consumed much of my time. ;)

cletus
11-06-2010, 07:27 PM
My first major accident was buying a uke. I'm addicted and it has consumed much of my time. ;)

I'm another 'major accident victim' in the same sense.

Sorry about yours, and I hope it can be fixed up for you.

GX9901
11-06-2010, 07:39 PM
I just had mine yesterday. I forgot that the case for my Kanile'a super soprano was not latched and picked it up. Out tumbled the ukulele and it sustained one big dent on the edge of the back lower bout. The UV gloss finish kind of chipped and the area immediately surrounding the dent turned a bit white. I was rather upset because it was the first time I've ever dropped a ukulele and I felt like a complete moron for not latching that case before picking it up.

This ukulele actually had been on the chopping block as the next one I sell off for quite some time. But I haven't brought myself to sell it because it has some rather rare curly figure on the wood. I guess that dent just cost me $200-300 so it probably doesn't make sense to sell it anymore. Maybe that's a good thing.

Dane
11-06-2010, 07:53 PM
I just had mine yesterday. I forgot that the case for my Kanile'a super soprano was not latched and picked it up. Out tumbled the ukulele and it sustained one big dent on the edge of the back lower bout. The UV gloss finish kind of chipped and the area immediately surrounding the dent turned a bit white. I was rather upset because it was the first time I've ever dropped a ukulele and I felt like a complete moron for not latching that case before picking it up.

This ukulele actually had been on the chopping block as the next one I sell off for quite some time. But I haven't brought myself to sell it because it has some rather rare curly figure on the wood. I guess that dent just cost me $200-300 so it probably doesn't make sense to sell it anymore. Maybe that's a good thing.

I think everyone has picked up their case and forgotten that it was not latched. I've done it several times in fact.

ADD
11-06-2010, 08:51 PM
Yep, that happened to me, with my beautiful Mango tenor. Thanks goodness it was the Kala, not the Mya-Moe.

mm stan
11-06-2010, 11:08 PM
I guess mines not that bad...but bad enough to bang my head on the wall....I was changing a the "C" string and had a old wound around that I wanted to put on my new gloss finish
uke, and since the used wound string was curled at the end it made an deep half inch scratch on the headstock by the post.....I was sick...I've learned now, when using old wound
strings to put tape around the area, just in case....wish I was more carefull and known better before.....

ukantor
11-07-2010, 01:15 AM
Been playing fifteen years - it hasn't happened, yet.

(Where's the "fingers crossed" smilie?)

guitharsis
11-07-2010, 01:22 AM
Playing about 1.5 years. Nothing yet. Learned my lesson with some nice classical guitars many years ago. So upsetting when it happens.

Hippie Dribble
11-07-2010, 01:27 AM
howdy cocohonk

mine came about 4 months ago after I'd just finished putting up 20 stringswing uke hangers in the sunroom for my display...of course I was so excited I got all the ukes out of their cases to parade them for the wife and kids....take pictures etc...problem was it was the middle of winter and the room has almost no insulation so violent extremes of temperature...went to bed feeling very self satisfied and left em up on the wall...in the morning the wood on 2 of my vintage ukes had shrivelled up and their backs looked like the rolling hills, they had waves in them like the sets at waikiki, completely misshapen...(thankfully all the others were pretty OK)

thanks for helping me to confront such a painful memory :o

hmmm...come to think of it I feel a little better having got that off my chest...this thread could turn out to be a UAA gathering (Ukulele Abusers Anonymous) :)

joeybug
11-07-2010, 03:12 AM
I've only had a minor accident, but I've only been playing four months...

The day after I got my Ohana, I didn't have a case for it yet and instead of putting it in the box it came in, I left it sitting on my desk and a kitty (not sure which one as we have four) knocked it off in the night and now it has a chip in the bottom, nothing major and it's barely noticeable...but man I felt stupid!

Hope yours can be fixed!

SailQwest
11-07-2010, 03:25 AM
The day I received what is now my "main" ukulele, I was wearing a sundress with lingerie hooks all the way down the front.

After playing for a few minutes, I stopped to gaze admiringly at my new beauty, only to discover that the hooks on my dress had made a handful of long, deep scratches all over the back of the uke.

nickman2
11-07-2010, 03:55 AM
I remember I had my first Ukulele and it was this old beat up thing that wasn't worth much at all.... but it was my first and only at the time and he was my baby. so i was walking by my piano, Ukulele in hand, when I cut the corner around the piano a little too sharp. my uke was at my side where the piano was and I my uke ran right into the corner and the was this hole about an inch wide in one of the sidewalls. I was so upset I just didn't know what to do.

Dane
11-07-2010, 06:08 AM
The day I received what is now my "main" ukulele, I was wearing a sundress with lingerie hooks all the way down the front.

After playing for a few minutes, I stopped to gaze admiringly at my new beauty, only to discover that the hooks on my dress had made a handful of long, deep scratches all over the back of the uke.

Ooh yeah I've got a few snake trails too, but at least they're on theback and it shows that you've been enjoying it.

The_Oddness_of_It_All
11-08-2010, 05:11 AM
That's really sad...I hope it can be fixed.

I dont think I have really ever had a major uke acident. There was one time when I fixing up an old cheap uke that needed some help and I acidentally broke the nut. But I think that's about all...Thankfully:)

thisnthat
11-08-2010, 07:21 AM
Nothing earth shattering but I dinged mine on the door frame the first week that I got it so it has a small crack on the back edge. I did it again a few weeks later and it has a tiny chip from that. I'm normally so careful with my things but I'm a bit of a clutz when it comes to door frames for some reason.

NatalieS
11-08-2010, 08:01 AM
Nothing earth shattering but I dinged mine on the door frame the first week that I got it so it has a small crack on the back edge. I did it again a few weeks later and it has a tiny chip from that. I'm normally so careful with my things but I'm a bit of a clutz when it comes to door frames for some reason.

I was just about to mention this-- I do that all the time! For some reason I hit the headstock almost every time I walk through a door while I'm playing. It usually elicits an "Ooh..." from me, temporarily stopping to check for a mark, then going along on my merry way. :)

lindydanny
11-08-2010, 08:37 AM
Luckily, in fifteen years as a musician, I haven't had a major catastrophe. I've had trombones, guitars, ukuleles, trumpets, euphoniums, drums, a violin, and countless other small instruments. Nothing has happened to make them unplayable. That all said, I have not owned an instrument worth more than $800 in my life time. My wife bought a $2,000 instrument not long ago and it stays in the case mostly because of the fear that something will happen!

I don't like to tempt Murphy so I tend to not live with him. I take very special notice on my instruments and make sure to keep them well maintained. I don't put an instrument in a case unless that case will be latched (very important). I don't let others I don't trust (or who wouldn't trust me) handle my instruments. I avoid playing in situations where the instrument may get wet (even brass; except in high school marching band).

I've had my share of dings, though. I look at those as ways to remember an event. I know where all of the scratches and dings in my old trombone came from and it is a hell of a walk down memory lane when play that thing!

~DB

Anton K
11-08-2010, 08:52 AM
I guess I should consider myself lucky in many respects, as I've been playing the ukulele for more than 1.5 years, and only yesterday did a ukulele accident finally happen to me.

I was hanging out with my nephew, and everything was dandy, right up until he accidentally stepped on my backpacker (which I do admit, was partially my fault since I had it on a chair inside only a cloth bag) and broke it. I think right now I'm still kind of in denial that it happened at all :D, though the disconnected neck and a 1.5 inches break/crack on the soundboard says otherwise. *heartbreak - especially since this is a pretty new ukulele, and I've barely just broken it in to exactly how I like it*

It's my first pretty ghastly self-inflicted (or in this case, family-inflicted) damage (and not say, a vintage one that's already damaged when I bought it) for any of my ukuleles (and hopefully my last), and I've just contacted the luthier who made it to ask if I can pay him to repair it, so hopefully my poor ukulele will soon be fixed, but it got me curious (or at least, it'll be a distraction from staring at the ukulele and wishing I could turn back time) -

When and what was your first major ukulele accident, and how did you take it? :D


I suspect on a tuesday or wednesday (my days off) I could fix that for you.....

Ronnie Aloha
11-08-2010, 09:08 AM
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?25657-I-am-so-sick-right-now.-I-dropped-my-KoAloha...&highlight=sick+koaloha

My story but it had a happy ending.

mikeg0232
11-08-2010, 09:12 AM
A few years ago I had bought a 'nice' brand Koa uke at the Aloha Swap Meet during a vacation.

In Winter here in NorCal we can get some cold snaps and extremely dry weather (20% humidity). I had left my uke out after playing one day and picked it up later to hear a crunchy noise. Closer investigation revealed that the back was split vertically in 2 places, about 3 and 4 inches long with light showing through in spots.

Coincidentally, I had met a local violin luthier who is also a uke enthusiast at my wife's office party the previous week. I took it to him and he was able to patch it up to almost new condition. My Koa uke lives in its in case with humidifier, no further problems since.

ADD
11-08-2010, 10:51 AM
howdy cocohonk

mine came about 4 months ago after I'd just finished putting up 20 stringswing uke hangers in the sunroom for my display...of course I was so excited I got all the ukes out of their cases to parade them for the wife and kids....take pictures etc...problem was it was the middle of winter and the room has almost no insulation so violent extremes of temperature...went to bed feeling very self satisfied and left em up on the wall...in the morning the wood on 2 of my vintage ukes had shrivelled up and their backs looked like the rolling hills, they had waves in them like the sets at waikiki, completely misshapen...(thankfully all the others were pretty OK)

thanks for helping me to confront such a painful memory :o

hmmm...come to think of it I feel a little better having got that off my chest...this thread could turn out to be a UAA gathering (Ukulele Abusers Anonymous) :)

Glad you got that off your chest and thanks for posting as a cautionary tale. I am getting ready to install swingstring uke hangers because I can't remember what uke is in what case (yep, have too many and bad memory) and I want them readily available and off the floor. At this very moment, a whole house humidifier is being installed in my heating system, something needed anyway as wood floors near hallway vents have buckled every winter. I'm also getting a small room humifier and hygrometer to add any additional humidity that might be needed. Muchas gracias, Eugene.

ukecantdothat
11-08-2010, 11:40 AM
My nearly catastrophic "accident" was backing over a Lehua longneck soprano with my 4Runner. I say "nearly" because while the body was turned to kindling, the neck was converted to a cigar box uke, which I actually prefer to the original!

ADD
11-08-2010, 12:30 PM
A soured lemon became sweet lemonade! That's a great story.

ukecantdothat
11-08-2010, 02:16 PM
A soured lemon became sweet lemonade! That's a great story.

This little tune I uploaded the other day seems appropriate... (You can also see the CBU on my YT channel, featured in my hospital post-op jam with a volunteer from Cedars Sainai Med Center.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VNHUp5XRgk

ADD
11-08-2010, 03:31 PM
This little tune I uploaded the other day seems appropriate... (You can also see the CBU on my YT channel, featured in my hospital post-op jam with a volunteer from Cedars Sainai Med Center.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VNHUp5XRgk

Short, sweet song; interesting lemon. Aloha to all you little friends.

808boy
11-10-2010, 05:31 PM
Aloha all, My first accident happened to my first uke that my Mom got for me in a drug store. Don't know the brand name, but there were lots of them hanging on a rack. She was beautiful, spruce lookin top and mahagony looking back and sides. In fact so beautiful that I gave away the uke my friends Mom gave me when I started playing at 10 years old because mine was nicer looking. Anyway, my older brother and I got into a scrap and I swung my baby at him. He blocked with a closed fist and cracked the side board. That angered me more. As I went to the kitchen for a knife, my Mom intervined. So that's my first accident. Oh, did I mention that the I gave away was a Kamaka? Got it in 56 or 57 but must have been made earlier than that because it was used with nicks and scratches.... SO YOUNG, SO DUMB!!! Bobo

bbycrts
11-11-2010, 06:07 AM
I am absolutely anal about latching the case - if the case is closed, the case is latched, period. I am so clumsy and prone to dropping things and breaking things that I don't need to forget to latch the case and tumble the uke out - that's exactly the sort of thing I would do!