View Full Version : Sobering experience...

Pete Howlett
03-25-2013, 09:34 AM
New one for me: Client has died just as I was about to ship their instrument. I now this is not common but I have to ask: "Has this happened to anyone else?" When I took the call from his son I just didn't know what to say... :(

hawaii 50
03-25-2013, 09:42 AM
I pay my custom builds up front..
in case something like this happens, the ukulele I ordered will get to my family and my family knowing how much I love the uke hopefully would let them feel a part of me in it ..also I trust the luthier that I choose so no reason to hold on to the the money that I plan to use for that uke..

but it must of been hard to speak to the son..i get your main point.

only my 2 cents

Pete Howlett
03-25-2013, 09:49 AM
The widow is buying the ukulele - that's not the issue....

03-25-2013, 09:50 AM
At the pace I'm working through my list of interested people, I expect at least some of them to die before I finish what they're after.

03-25-2013, 09:54 AM
Wow. That is a sobering conversation to have. Life is short...make every moment count.

03-25-2013, 10:11 AM
Fortunately, it hasn’t happened to me...It does make you realize that we are not here forever.

03-25-2013, 10:39 AM
Oh man. That's a tough one, Pete.

Cooper Black
03-25-2013, 11:13 AM
Enjoy every taco.

I once went into the place for our gig and the server informed me one of the regulars had passed. I knew him well enough, and our lead guitarist knew him personally as a good friend. This was sad news. What we did not expect was that, through his Living Will, we were hired to perform at his funeral. His ashes were to be scattered to the sea, and he requested our band be aboard the charter, performing for his friends and family during service.

True Story. He requested we play Dead Flowers.

R.I.P Ron (I actually teared up just now typing all this, too) :(

03-25-2013, 12:29 PM
It's the other way round for me...I won't take a commision co's i could "Kick the bucket" before I finish it.:old:

03-25-2013, 01:10 PM
I hope the widow plays it, enjoys it, and feels comfort knowing this was a custom job commissioned by her husband. I can't imagine getting a call like that, Pete...

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
03-25-2013, 01:39 PM
The widow is buying the ukulele - that's not the issue....

Just as long as she actually wants it and isn't just being English polite honouring her late husband's hobby/order which she secretly found annoying.