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uke_rob
07-14-2011, 07:08 AM
I need my Uke after work tomorrow, so to save going home then back on myself to where I need to go, I was just going to pack the Uke in the car. However I don't know if this will potentially ruin it in anyway.

Most things are best kept out of direct sunlight and I get that. I have a carry case for the Uke, although it's black so will soak up the heat. I can keep it in the boot (Trunk) but then it'll get hot in there.

I might well be worrying about nothing here, but I just don't want it ruined . Has anyone suffered from a damaged Uke this way? Or any tips.

Thanks

janeray1940
07-14-2011, 07:10 AM
Solid wood or laminate? I used to have a laminate Ohana that I left in the car for long periods pretty often, with no ill effects. I don't do that with my Kamakas though - if I need my uke after work, I bring it to my office with me and stash it under my desk.

PedalFreak
07-14-2011, 07:13 AM
Solid wood or laminate? I used to have a laminate Ohana that I left in the car for long periods pretty often, with no ill effects. I don't do that with my Kamakas though - if I need my uke after work, I bring it to my office with me and stash it under my desk.

Yeah, bring it inside.

Best advice that I tell customers is to treat your instrument like a baby or a puppy. So no leaving it locked in the trunk ;)

Bradford
07-14-2011, 07:20 AM
Generally speaking, it would not be a good idea to put it in the trunk if it is going to get hot in there. There have been lots of ukes damaged in this way, I know because I have reglued a lot bridges.

Brad

mcwhitlow
07-14-2011, 07:27 AM
I live in north central Texas and have even stopped my porch concert series because the heat affecting my mainland. It's too hot here.

hobblecreek
07-14-2011, 08:42 AM
Whenever I need to take an instrument with me during a work day, I always take it into the office generally, only bad things can happen when left in the car (theft, the negative effects of heat or cold, etc.) The up-side is that when I carry it in, it always leads to good, fun discussions. And I don't have to worry about it during the day.

sukie
07-14-2011, 08:44 AM
Take it in to work with you. Your ukulele thanks you!

hoosierhiver
07-14-2011, 08:49 AM
Good advice here, too hot and the bridge might pop. Treat your uke like a live animal.

BadLands Bart
07-14-2011, 08:56 AM
Never leave a uke in the car!! Bring your uke inside at work. You never know...people might want you to play and then you will have an official gig! Getting paid to play the uke!!

mr moonlight
07-14-2011, 09:58 AM
A uke is not quite like a live animal as it doesn't need to breath. Insulation is the key. Think about it this way. You can keep a six pack of beer cold all day in a cooler that's in the trunk of your car. You don't want your uke to get too hot or be subject to wildly fluctuating temperature extremes, but there are ways to regulate temperature even in the trunk of your car. I've left my uke in the care while it's in a case just wrapped in blanket for a couple hours in the hot sun. When I opened the case up the uke was still just about the same temp as when I left it although the case was starting to feel a tad warm. I'm sure a well insulated ice chest or an envelope made of insulation would have fared better.

uke_rob
07-14-2011, 10:37 AM
Thanks people for the sound advice.

Janeray - Laminate one. It's a Mahalo .

Moonlight - I see your point of view. In the future I might consider something along those lines.

I could bring it into work I guess. I work in a factory. One things for sure is I wouldn't be confident enough to pull out the Uke and play to a crowd ;) Maybe I will put the uke in a bag and smuggle it in and hope no one ask's what I'm hiding. I just don't fancy leaving it on the back seat soaking up the sunshine or in the boot/trunk. Thankfully theft wouldn't be an issue, I hope!

PhilUSAFRet
07-14-2011, 01:13 PM
Regardess of what it is, If I want t protect it from sunlight coming into the car, I place it in the rear floor well and cover it with my silver foil windshield reflector if I can't take it with me for a while. Plus, no one can see what' under the reflector.

OldePhart
07-14-2011, 01:17 PM
If you have a safe place to keep it at work by all means take it in with you. I know that isn't always the case. If there isn't a safe place inside to keep it, a laminated uke like a Mahalo will be fine if you take reasonable care to keep it out of direct sunlight and, as someone mentioned, wrap it up a bit. Unless, of course, you work in the middle of a desert or something. :)

John