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bonesigh
07-12-2014, 03:38 PM
688406884168842While getting ready for the Ukulele Festival in Northern VA I got my ukes ready and in my rolly bag with music etc. Asked a family member to please put the ukes in the car. Well, they put them:uhoh:....behind the car. Rest in pieces by beloved Ibenez quilted maple, cut away concert. My Eleuke solid now wears band aids on her neck and will never ever be the same again!:wallbash:

You know I was gonna add a picture that would just make you cry but....the message board won't let me upload one!

Imagine this...head of the uke is cracked in half, splinters, screws went flying inside the case, neck broken off and in two pieces, edge of body split badly, WAAHHHHHH!

wayfarer75
07-12-2014, 03:45 PM
That sucks! I'm sorry about your ukes! :(

Jim Hanks
07-12-2014, 03:57 PM
Oh no! :(:(:(

bunnyf
07-12-2014, 04:05 PM
Terrible. I'm travelling soon by plane with at least one uke and am paranoid that a catastrophe like that will occur. I almost want to take my worst uke but I'm playing at a wedding. So sorry to hear about your accident. On the bright side, will this mean a new uke in your future?

wickedwahine11
07-12-2014, 04:17 PM
Oh no! I am so sorry to hear that. :(

Icelander53
07-12-2014, 05:02 PM
And those family member are still in one piece??? You have amazing self control. I'm really sorry for you dear, I'd absolutely HATE that.

igorthebarbarian
07-12-2014, 06:09 PM
Oh no. That sucks. On the bright side - a good reason to feed your UAS though!

Teek
07-12-2014, 06:09 PM
I'm so sorry, I know it's just "stuff" and people are more important but still it's a bummer.

I'm afraid that my own days of comforting the perpetrator in cases like this are done. It just left me without whatever and the perp walked away laughing behind my back. So I probably would have said "What did you NOT understand about INSIDE the car?" and then I would have said "Looks like you're buying me a new uke." which I did with the last purchase, (or maybe "You're grounded and this is coming out of your allowance and/or college fund"). No more Mr Nice Guy.

Roselynne
07-13-2014, 01:55 AM
If Family Member had trouble getting into the car, s/he should have told you. Leaving them behind the car??? What was s/he thinking???

Yesterday I picked my beloved husband up from an errand ... and he dropped, and I do mean dropped, a valise with at least one book in it right onto the neck of my Kamoa tenor, which was lying in our pickup truck's cab extension. He knew I was coming straight from a jam, and he'd been told the Kamoa was there, but he'd forgotten, and didn't look. The gig bag is padded, but not super-padded.

I picked up the ukulele right away, and everything felt fine ... but I could not bring myself to open the bag. We weren't far from home, but that was one long, long drive.

Fortunately, the Kamoa somehow came out of it OK, though it shouldn't have. Husband felt bad, so I hope there won't be any repeats.

Shady Wilbury
07-13-2014, 02:12 AM
Oh no! That Ibanez was beautiful...so, so sorry to hear this.

PhilUSAFRet
07-13-2014, 02:34 AM
Somehow, to say that "..it happens" is not enough. So sorry this happened to you. I know they are replaceable, but money doesn't grow on trees. Have to download pics to your pictures windows pictures files, then upload them to UU, then manage attachments to your post and add...... Also, a fairly new product I recently learned of is fiber fix. Not sure it it'll help or not. http://www.fiberfix.com/

Be praying you become "whole" again real soon.

actadh
07-13-2014, 03:19 AM
Heartsick. Yes, I know they are possessions, and not people, but part of you was in the core of those instruments.

Hammond
07-13-2014, 03:44 AM
Oh NO. Oh NO.. I am so sorry for you :(
Sometimes they just don't have the sense of certain things, sometimes even can't really say its their fault. They don't understand why so care, & why we cry for that. I feel your pain:(

fretie
07-13-2014, 03:45 AM
How cruel! It is hard to imagine someone so unkind and thoughtless.

Hope there's still something playable while you regroup and rebuild.

mm stan
07-13-2014, 03:50 AM
My sincere condolences to you for your loss.. and loss of voice yelling at your family member...may your uke RIP

Doc_J
07-13-2014, 04:28 AM
You have my sympathy.

But, maybe this is an opportunity to find an instrument that could be your all time favorite.
Find your cloud's silver lining.

(I guess a certain family member of yours will never be asked to move your ukes again.)

sukie
07-13-2014, 05:30 AM
My sincere condolences to you for your loss.. and loss of voice yelling at your family member...may your uke RIP

What MM said.

BigD
07-13-2014, 05:44 AM
Oh im so sorry!! Like everyone else said too its just a "thing" but how many things do you pick up daily like an instrument? how many of your random daily items really mean something to you? Terrible :( but try and be positive! Someone better be helping fund a trip to the music shop for you!

Nickie
07-13-2014, 12:13 PM
My condolences. That really sucks! Godspeed lil uke....

I hope you find another that you like just as much or more!

bonesigh
07-13-2014, 02:03 PM
Hah, there was a new uke the same day!! I did go to a Uke Festival (: Good luck with the wedding and uke travel!


Terrible. I'm travelling soon by plane with at least one uke and am paranoid that a catastrophe like that will occur. I almost want to take my worst uke but I'm playing at a wedding. So sorry to hear about your accident. On the bright side, will this mean a new uke in your future?

Paul December
07-13-2014, 02:07 PM
:confused: I wonder if you car insurance would cover it :confused:

bonesigh
07-13-2014, 02:11 PM
LOL, I think it helped that I had a situation to focus on.......the bag and ukes were actually stuck under the car next to the rear wheel wedged under the muffler! I couldn't get 'em out and by the time I did and pulled out the soft case and it was like a limp noodle I was doing okay. I have to say the person who did it was extremely remorseful, they play uke too occasionally.


And those family member are still in one piece??? You have amazing self control. I'm really sorry for you dear, I'd absolutely HATE that.

bonesigh
07-13-2014, 02:14 PM
Car was unlocked and ready. Really don't know why they decided to just leave 'em out of the car. So glad your Kamoa survived!!

bonesigh
07-13-2014, 02:24 PM
Yes, I do feel as if part of me is in each of my ukes. Was a sad day but a good day too. Bought a new uke, my mother (who's visiting from CA) got to see me onstage (:

Thanks to everyone for their condolences and, Phil, I will try the way you said to upload a picture.




Heartsick. Yes, I know they are possessions, and not people, but part of you was in the core of those instruments.

Ukuleleblues
07-13-2014, 04:39 PM
I was at the beach and was worried my uke would get damaged by laying in the hot sun. I was going back to the house and put it under a beach towel on the beach chair. I then remembered I forget to put sunscreen on the tops of my feet, so I grabbed the sun screen and sat down to put it on. What a sickening sound, like a giant Twixt bar being crunched. I physically got sick to my stomach. It was the first nice Uke I ever bought. I feel you pain!!

Teek
07-13-2014, 08:46 PM
Maybe save the body with some glue and wood putty on the top edge, paint it up or otherwise decorate it some, smooth the rough parts and make a drum like Ohana (?) is doing, there was a thread a few days back about it. You would have to heat the bridge and use a thin putty knife to get it off, do some sanding (hence the paint or stickers etc) not sure about the neck, but you'd need to make a flat surface.

I'm still sad about my dumb husband losing my 36 year old tortoise because he thought my carefully built temporary tortoise barrier after a move to a new house was "ugly" and took it apart to where it was useless; tortoises can really climb but of course he who knows zero about them knew BETTER than I did. So my tortie who would come when I called him got out of the yard and I never found him. I was sick with grief.

If it was my uke I'd save the neck and hang it on the wall where the perp could see it.

bonesigh
07-15-2014, 04:40 AM
So, sorry about your story. I would have felt much worse if it had been me who put them behind the car!

I was at the beach and was worried my uke would get damaged by laying in the hot sun. I was going back to the house and put it under a beach towel on the beach chair. I then remembered I forget to put sunscreen on the tops of my feet, so I grabbed the sun screen and sat down to put it on. What a sickening sound, like a giant Twixt bar being crunched. I physically got sick to my stomach. It was the first nice Uke I ever bought. I feel you pain!!

bonesigh
07-15-2014, 04:42 AM
I was thinking about using the wood for another uke project, probably will. Guess it will help me practice taking apart a uke so there is some good in the accident. I'm definitely going to see if my car insurance will cover it! So, so sorry about your torti, I know how you feel as I have a house full of critters that I love!


Maybe save the body with some glue and wood putty on the top edge, paint it up or otherwise decorate it some, smooth the rough parts and make a drum like Ohana (?) is doing, there was a thread a few days back about it. You would have to heat the bridge and use a thin putty knife to get it off, do some sanding (hence the paint or stickers etc) not sure about the neck, but you'd need to make a flat surface.

I'm still sad about my dumb husband losing my 36 year old tortoise because he thought my carefully built temporary tortoise barrier after a move to a new house was "ugly" and took it apart to where it was useless; tortoises can really climb but of course he who knows zero about them knew BETTER than I did. So my tortie who would come when I called him got out of the yard and I never found him. I was sick with grief.

If it was my uke I'd save the neck and hang it on the wall where the perp could see it.

Ukejenny
07-15-2014, 02:40 PM
Well, that is a totally horrible story. A lose/lose for all involved. I'm glad the person who left them back there felt bad. I'm so thrilled you were able to get a replacement right away. What did you end up getting?

I've seen band instruments backed over in the driveway and it is quite a sad little autopsy. If your stomach can handle it, you could try to piece them back together a little and have some very interesting albeit jarring wall art. I also like the bongolele idea - using the body as a percussion instrument.

bonesigh
07-15-2014, 04:06 PM
Looks like insurance is no help, sadly. Deductible is more than the worth of the ukes. In answer to Jenny's question I got a tenor (didn't have one) a Rainie. I'd never heard of them and liked the sound and the price. Solid Acacia Koa http://www.lightinthebox.com/rainie-tco-02-high-grand-fishman-pickup-ocean-tatoo-solid-acacia-koa-tenor-ukulele-with-gig-bag-tuner_p385044.html

RAB11
07-15-2014, 07:54 PM
Looks like insurance is no help, sadly. Deductible is more than the worth of the ukes. In answer to Jenny's question I got a tenor (didn't have one) a Rainie. I'd never heard of them and liked the sound and the price. Solid Acacia Koa http://www.lightinthebox.com/rainie-tco-02-high-grand-fishman-pickup-ocean-tatoo-solid-acacia-koa-tenor-ukulele-with-gig-bag-tuner_p385044.html

That's gorgeous Janet! Can't wait for its Seasons debut!

Barbablanca
07-15-2014, 10:56 PM
Sorry to hear about that. I had a gorgeous small bodied twelve string guitar that was in the back of the car when suddenly there was an enormous twang! The bridge just jumped right off the instrument. Who'd have guessed the sun in Scotland could have got so hot as to do that! Problem was the guy I took it to said he couldn't repair it as was and suggested a floating bridge and a new heel to take the strings. It worked (sort of) but the sound was never the same and I part-traded it in for another instrument.

I have never found a small bodied twelve string like it, either. Plus it was the instrument I had learned on and wrote my first songs on, so it had sentimental value too.

So I understand your pain. But on the plus side your new Uke is a looker. Hope it sounds as good as it looks!

PS I still have the Yamaha FG180 I bought to replace my broken baby and it still sounds sweet after nearly 40 years!