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    So I posted a couple of days ago about my new Anuenue Tenor. Yesterday I hit the back against a dinning table chair and made a tiny dent in the uke. Today I picked the case up and it I had not zipped it up - the uke literally did a forward role on to the wooden floor!

    So that's a small scratch and dent in less than 1 week. I have vowed to treat it with a bit more care from now on!

    No real harm done and I am trying to pretend I don't care but help me out by sharing some of your ukulele self inflicted damage stories!
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    I placed my Tokai 'Cats Eyes' solid mahogany soprano in the rear foot well of the car. It was in a softish, padded bag. Later, I folded the rear seats forward, not realising that they also drop into a lower position. Ouch!

    I was able to make a decent structural repair, but every time I look at it, I wince.

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    Ouch! I can just imagine the panic that must have caused at the time!

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    Not yet! I figure if I keep them all in their hard cases, they'll be fine.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    Luckily all of my new ukes haven't received any abuse so far. However, I did damage my vintage Martin when changing strings. One string was stuck in the bridge slot so I had to use pliers to get it out. Of course when the string was released the pliers hit the soundboard and left a scratch mark of a few centimetres. I suppose I was lucky since the uke is already quite scratched and dented what with it being a vintage instrument but I still wasn't too happy with myself...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dohle View Post
    Luckily all of my new ukes haven't received any abuse so far. However, I did damage my vintage Martin when changing strings. One string was stuck in the bridge slot so I had to use pliers to get it out. Of course when the string was released the pliers hit the soundboard and left a scratch mark of a few centimetres. I suppose I was lucky since the uke is already quite scratched and dented what with it being a vintage instrument but I still wasn't too happy with myself...
    I did a similar thing trying to get a bridge pin out of a Kanilea concert years ago, very annoying!

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    Like you, I put my uke in a case, closed the lid (got distracted by someone talking to me at a jam) and did not latch. Picked up case and out tumbled my sweet Pono bari. Left a little dent on lower bout bass side (right where I could easily see it). This was years ago; now I never close any case lid without latching. Lesson learned. I see people lean their uke against a chair or wall and I cringe...then they are surprised when it inevitably tumbles to the ground (people have done this even at jams on hard surfaces like concrete (ouch).

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    thanks guys this is making me feel better

    I have a real nice requinto guitar that just a few weeks ago I laid across my lap while I bent over to pick up a song book. It slid down my legs and banged into the music stand. OOOoooh!!! And it all happened so fast too - just a millisecond. I mean it wasn’t that horrible of a ding and it’s on the bottom of the guitar, but still - that was a bummer. I’ve been “pretending not to care” as the OP said.

    I told myself this little story: Imagine if you went to the Smithsonian one day to see Keith Richard’s guitar, and when you got there you were surprised to see that it was completely immaculate without a scratch on it - totally pristine. And you ask the curator - how can this be? And the curator says “oh yes Mr. Richards always insists that his guitars go straight into their cases with the upmost care........etc. etc”. Wouldn’t you be disappointed a little?

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    I was using a Straps for Chords strap on my KoAloha Concert (2004 Koa model), and the soft ends of the Straps for Chords strap let go as I was walking with the ukulele in my classroom, which has a terrazzo floor (very, very hard institutional construction). While I was able to catch the ukulele, the bottom hit the ground and cracked the joint a little (about a half inch) on one side where the sound board meets the side.

    This was an incredible second-hand instrument store find, and as I lamented the damage, I noticed the bridge was solid, but lifted...so I contacted KoAloha, and they let me know that some older models had that problem, and that I should send it in. So I did.

    They had to take off the bridge and had to completely refinish the ukulele, and as they did that, they repaired the damage from the drop. I didn't ask for that or expect it. But when it came back...it was perfect. And I now use "Strap Locks" (rubber washers) with that ukulele and any other of value.

    Also...when you buy that expensive KoAloha (even used), that "Better Than the Weather" warranty is the real deal. They have a customer for life (and I have five different KoAloha products in the house--but only one Koa model).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post
    I was using a Straps for Chords strap on my KoAloha Concert (2004 Koa model), and the soft ends of the Straps for Chords strap let go as I was walking with the ukulele in my classroom, which has a terrazzo floor (very, very hard institutional construction).
    That's exactly the same thing that happened to me 6 years ago on a one week old Kala solid cedar top tenor. The drop cracked the finish on the front side of the lower bout top edge, and the top corner of the head stock, both superficial, so I decided that makes my tenor unique from any other Kala cedar top. I was using a Lakota strap that's made of very soft leather, too soft because it slips off the strap buttons easily. I now only only use stiffer leather straps.


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