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    Default Missed a bullet or more correctly, a screwdriver

    If I was going to be stabbed, do it here! We arrived in Melbourne late last night so I didnít discover this until this morning. I had packed this suitcase so tightly that I didnít think anything could shift around during travel. How this little screwdriver found it way to be able to pierce the Ameritage case, I donít know. I consider myself very fortunate that it pierced at the seam and absolutely no damage was sustained to the Beau Hannam Tenor Inside. I guess the patron saint of traveling Ukuleles was standing guard.

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    Phwew! I would cry if one of my ukes were impaled by a screwdriver... glad the gods of ukulele were smiling on you today!

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    That is definitely weird!
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    Speechless.

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    Wow. Can imagine how you felt when you first saw that & didn't know if the ukulele was damaged or not.
    Glad that the ukulele was safe.

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    Man that was close. Heart attack city!

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    Nothing like an Ameritage case Hollis. Built like a tank!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevejfc View Post
    Nothing like an Ameritage case Hollis. Built like a tank!
    The edges are obviously weaker. The photo doesn’t really show the situation well. The Uke case was in a suitcase that was extremely tightly packed with, I thought, no possibility of anything shifting around. How that screwdriver came loose from the pocket it was in and moved to the top of the case and was able to vertically position itself to pierce the case at a 90 degree angle is just mind blowing. The suitcase weighed 68Lbs so no one was tossing it around. Just amazing.
    "All worthwhile things in life should be easy to learn but hard to master"

    Boat Paddle ML tenor - Red Spruce over Cocobolo
    Barron River 8 string tenor - All Honduran Quilted Mahogany
    Collings UC2 Concert - All Mahogany
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Baritone - Master Grade Ebony and AAA Red Spruce
    Beau Hannam Custom Tenor - Vintage Hand Rubbed Sun Burst all Tassie Blackwood
    Barron River Tenor - Satin Box Maple and Alaskan Yellow Cedar
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Concert - Angry Owl Ebony and Cedar

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    Wow, lucky indeed! I'm surprised you checked your lovely Beau Hannam. Was there a reason you didn't carry it on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukulele Eddie View Post
    Wow, lucky indeed! I'm surprised you checked your lovely Beau Hannam. Was there a reason you didn't carry it on?
    My carry on allowance was taken up by more delicate items. Also I had total confidence in the Ameritage case which was totally and tightly surrounded by soft cushioning. This has taught me the lesson that if you can imagine something can happen then it probably will no matter what action you take to prevent it.
    "All worthwhile things in life should be easy to learn but hard to master"

    Boat Paddle ML tenor - Red Spruce over Cocobolo
    Barron River 8 string tenor - All Honduran Quilted Mahogany
    Collings UC2 Concert - All Mahogany
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Baritone - Master Grade Ebony and AAA Red Spruce
    Beau Hannam Custom Tenor - Vintage Hand Rubbed Sun Burst all Tassie Blackwood
    Barron River Tenor - Satin Box Maple and Alaskan Yellow Cedar
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Concert - Angry Owl Ebony and Cedar

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