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kaizersoza
09-26-2012, 12:45 AM
after our band practice last monday some thieving b*****d broke into our van and stole all of the bands ukuleles, we play mainly for charity and the community and now they have rendered us out of business, I know this is a longshot but if anyone sees them online on sites like e bay I would love the heads up please guys,

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Barbablanca
09-26-2012, 12:50 AM
We were once at a kid's festival and thieves stole all our tools and the materials, paints and glues, etc, we had brought to set up puppet making workshops. It was heartbreaking, I felt physically ill. We never got it back, but the festival organisers gave us some money to go buy replacements and we still managed to fulfil our commitment to the festival. :o

Could you maybe organise a whip round. Maybe even here... Contributions via paypal, perhaps?

Plainsong
09-26-2012, 01:40 AM
It would have been worth them doing it to catch them doing it. Have you filed a police report? Does your car insurance cover stolen items? The forum rules prevent me voicing what I feel about these scumbags. :(

lennymac
09-26-2012, 01:41 AM
Absolutely sickening. I don't understand people.

Lalz
09-26-2012, 02:09 AM
That's terrible. Who steals ukuleles?? That is SO MEAN! :mad:
We'll keep an eye open. Meanwhile I hope your insurance will cover the loss. Good luck!

dkcrown
09-26-2012, 02:47 AM
That is just terrible and sad.

kaizersoza
09-26-2012, 02:50 AM
thanx for the replies guys, a police report has been filed, it wasn't my van, it was one of the band member's van we use to get our equipment from gig to gig, so don't know what his insurance situation is tbh, i was just hoping someone may spot them online up for sale in the next few weeks, thanx for the offer of a whip round, but we'll get by some shape or form some of us has got other ukes we can lend out

ukuloonie
09-26-2012, 03:07 AM
Have you thought of contacting the local newspapers in the area they were stolen letting them now what happened they might run a story?

hoosierhiver
09-26-2012, 04:37 AM
Check the pawn shops, give them pics of the ukes. I think most pawn shops will report stolen items to the cops.

Newportlocal
09-26-2012, 05:21 AM
Check the pawn shops, give them pics of the ukes. I think most pawn shops will report stolen items to the cops.

What he said. Man that is an awful feeling. Hope you get them back.

ukeeku
09-26-2012, 05:45 AM
That is horrible
that being said, How many ukes are needed as a minimum to perform?
When is your next performance?

Skitzic
09-26-2012, 05:48 AM
Do you have the serial numbers written down somewhere? Not trying to be a downer, but I only see factory made ukes, and since they all look alike you will have a tough time convincing authorities they belong to you (if you can even find them) without a serial number or identifiable marking.

The newspaper idea is a good one.

lennymac
09-26-2012, 07:22 AM
Off the back of this I've just spent an hour photographing ukes and guitars of monetary and sentimental value and recorded all the serial numbers, along with all mics and gear in my home studio.

mds725
09-26-2012, 08:52 AM
Sorry for the theft. People really are inexplicable sometimes. In addition to pawn shops, check your local craigslist listings, eBay, and other places where people generally list things for sale online. I've heard stories about cops catching thieves after people reported seeing their own stolen property (in San Francisco, it's often bicycles and personal electronics) on sites like that.

000Kanaka000
09-26-2012, 09:21 AM
There is no worse feeling than having something stolen. Have had a guitar stolen before
and never quite got over it for many many years. Am hoping that you are fortunate enough
to be able to recover them.

Skitzic
09-26-2012, 09:36 AM
Off the back of this I've just spent an hour photographing ukes and guitars of monetary and sentimental value and recorded all the serial numbers, along with all mics and gear in my home studio.

This is a very wise move. I did the same awhile back because a bunch of gear was getting lifted from gigs. Someone managed to steal an entire trailer full of stuff. The band played their gig, then checked into a hotel for the night. When the woke up, someone had hooked up to their touring trailer and took off.

It's a crazy world we live in these days.

Hippie Dribble
09-26-2012, 09:37 AM
really sorry to hear of this Rich and I hope they catch the buggahs

hoosierhiver
09-26-2012, 09:46 AM
GPS tracking devices are getting smaller and less expensive. If I had a super-dooper instrument that traveled a lot, I'd consider putting one in my case.

ukegirl
09-26-2012, 09:53 AM
There is something called the snag chip...it's a lot like the grain of rice size chip you can put into your dog or cat etc....but it does require a scan wand like the vets and animal services use...not sure how many pawn shops have them...

BillOC
09-26-2012, 09:54 AM
We've had a number of thefts in our area, and quite a few have been solved by cops and victims setting up stings with the thief stupid enough to list the goods on Craigs. Most thieves are not members of Mensa.

OldePhart
09-26-2012, 11:07 AM
Have you thought of contacting the local newspapers in the area they were stolen letting them now what happened they might run a story?

+1 on this - if they play up what scumbags the thieves are it might at least make it harder for them to unload their haul...

OldePhart
09-26-2012, 11:09 AM
GPS tracking devices are getting smaller and less expensive. If I had a super-dooper instrument that traveled a lot, I'd consider putting one in my case.

Actually, I have a couple of ukes and some guitars that are probably going to get RFID chips sunk into the neck heels in the not too distant future...

Uncle Leroy
09-26-2012, 12:08 PM
Sad world, l'll say it........rotten, theiving bastards. I hope you can find a way to get your instruments back or replace them and continue your charity work.

kaizersoza
09-26-2012, 12:54 PM
That is horrible
that being said, How many ukes are needed as a minimum to perform?
When is your next performance?
Our next gig is 13th October, I think we will be ok, thank god for UAS that one or two of us suffer from lol

kaizersoza
09-26-2012, 12:57 PM
some great tips and advice from all you guys thanx, we will carry out all that you guys have advised, you are a great bunch on here its a pleasure to be friends with you all

Lalz
09-26-2012, 01:05 PM
Check the local flea markets as well. I hear stolen goods tend to show up there sometimes.

mm stan
09-26-2012, 01:17 PM
Sorry for the bad new...some good advice there...maybe we should tattoo the theiveson the face...like they do with teardrops ...
would humilate them or make them proud as a badge of honor among theives... yup like the yakuza...cut one finga everytime caught stealing..
betcha that will cut down the crimes dramatically......

bodhran
09-26-2012, 09:06 PM
Hi kaizersoza

Sorry to hear of your misfortune. Don't know of it would help or not but you could have my hudson concert ukulele on extended loan if you are stuck. Please PM me if it would help you out.

Cheers
Bodhran

kaizersoza
09-26-2012, 11:05 PM
Hi kaizersoza

Sorry to hear of your misfortune. Don't know of it would help or not but you could have my hudson concert ukulele on extended loan if you are stuck. Please PM me if it would help you out.

Cheers
Bodhran

Thank you bodhran, that is a really kind offer, we should be ok though my friend, we will just have to play acoustically rather than get amped up, but a real big thank you for your very generous offer

kaizer