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Joko
09-12-2011, 02:31 PM
Over the weekend, I got the bad news. The pre-amp on my tenor ukulele is not fixable. I think I was somewhat at fault, as it hasnít worked since I replaced the connector for the 9V battery. I explained this to the nice guys as GuitarVille shop when I brought it in, and I was actually a bit surprised as the repair guy told me nothing could be done to fix it.

Mind you, the uke is still playable, itís just no longer something I can plug into an amp. I was kind of disappointed in its condition when I got it back. Thereís a decal that one has to peel back to get at the screws to access the pre-amp; that decal was still half off. The screws to hold the pre-amp in were still loose too. In fact, it was a bit of a design flaw in that once you loosen the little wood screws to get at the innards, theyíll never hold like they did originally. The battery itself (itís just a 9V, but it was new) was gone. I asked for a screwdriver to tighten up the screws. They gave me another battery.

The store manager was there behind the counter and sensed my mild annoyance. We got to talking and he said that since his store does a lot of business with Oscar-Schmidt ukuleles, heís talk to the factory to see what could be done. I was thinking maybe I might get some store credit or a discount on a new one. This was the same store (at a new location) where I bought it when my first ukulele was retired due to an insurmountable addiction to zinc supplements.

See the following video to see how I got the Oscar Schmidt in the first place. Zinc addiction is a terrible condition.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sDEc-IXbzo

A couple hours later, I was still out and about and got a message from the store manager. Bring the uke back, he told me. Theyíre going to take care of me. WellÖ Oscar-Schmidt stood behind their product! Iím getting a brand new ukulele in just a few days!

I handed over my old one without quite realizing the full impact of what I was doing. It wasnít until after I left that it hit me, ďOMG, Iíll never hold that uke in my hands ever again!ĒÖ The thoudands of hours Iíve played it. How many songs? How many videos made with that uke? A couple hundred, at least with hundreds of thousands of views. And now, itís gone. Wow. If I would have actually realized what I was doing, I would have sat down and played a set there in the store before handing it over.

sbpark
09-12-2011, 02:49 PM
i think you're addicted something else and it definitely isn't zinc...

Joko
09-12-2011, 03:04 PM
Not any more! Gave all that stuff up.

SuzukHammer
09-12-2011, 03:20 PM
Thanks for the good laughs.

For a minute there, I thought you looked and acted like Charlie Sheen. haha.

We need less seriousness in the world. your video was funny.

southcoastukes
09-12-2011, 04:08 PM
UKES ON DRUGS!! Is nothing sacred!

joeybug
09-12-2011, 09:05 PM
Lol @ the video!

But Yay! for Oscar Scmidt standing behind their product and replacing it! That's great :D Though I can see why it would sadden you to hand it over, couldn't even think of handing over Astrid to someone and knowing I'd never see her again!

dhoenisch
09-13-2011, 03:48 AM
Good for Oscar Schmidt, but sad for you. I wonder why they couldn't just replace all the electronics for you so you could have kept your uke? Seems like a fairly simple remedy and you could have kept your uke. But, hopefully your new one will sound even better than your old one. My first uke from two or so years ago was my Oscar Schmidt OU-2, and even though it's just an entry level all laminated job, I really like it and wouldn't want to give it up.

Dan

Jnobianchi
09-13-2011, 03:57 AM
Zinc addiction is nothing to laugh at, but this video is. Good stuff, Joko! :D

Joko
09-13-2011, 04:39 AM
Good for Oscar Schmidt, but sad for you. I wonder why they couldn't just replace all the electronics for you so you could have kept your uke? Seems like a fairly simple remedy and you could have kept your uke. . . .
Dan

The store manager reported proposing just replacing the pre-amp to the factory rep as well, but that particular pre-amp is discontinued and no longer available.