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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:53 pm 
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Well I've been itchin' to try my hand at instrument repair and this little beaut fell into my lap. Don't know what happend but as you can see from the pic's a brace has become unglued (that's a mirrored view of a top brace) and there are two big cracks on the soundboard. Also, there is a bit of a 'lip' at the heel of the uke just at the inlay which runs halfway from the top crack (which runs all the way to the inlay) and the bottom cack (which stops about a half-inch from the inlay). This instrument is a Sept. 2005 Bushman 'Rosie' Uke.

I have watched a few U-tube vids. One used Crazy glue and an activator for an almost instant glue drying. Another used regular wood glue and a small "patch' with glue drizzled down between the crack edges.

There is a lot of inward pressure from the soundboard pushing the brace away. Not sure why that's happening and am wondering if that may be a contributing factor in the top's collapse.

What are your thoughts on what is going on and the above solutions.

I have zero dollars invested in the Uke so I have nothing to loose in tring to repair it except my time and a little cash. 8-)

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:42 pm 
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In my less than professional opinion , I would retop it . i
It would probably take less work to retop it than fix that one . AND you will be much happier with the end result.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:34 am 
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Ditto what the Wud-man said.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:45 pm 
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I hate to agree with Tony, but he IS_THE_EXPERT on retopping ukes! beehive
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:49 pm 
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My friends Wud and Tony may well be correct in the end, but I would propose fixing it first. If repair interests you, try your hand at it on this one to gain experience. If you really foul it up, hey, you planned to re-top it anyway. If it comes out nice, you can brag on your repair. Either way, you get some repair experience.

I won't offer advice on dong the repair, as I don't have experience there. . .

BTW, Good one Rodger.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 3:05 pm 
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Rodger Knox wrote:
I hate to agree with Tony, but he IS_THE_EXPERT on retopping ukes! beehive
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Hey now! Well...you do have a point.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:20 pm 
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Tony_in_NYC wrote:
Rodger Knox wrote:
I hate to agree with Tony, but he IS_THE_EXPERT on retopping ukes! beehive
laughing6-hehe

Hey now! Well...you do have a point.


And look e here, he's a humble one too! :D


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That reminds me of an interview with Steve Martin about The Jerk. He said that in the beach scene when he played the uke and then jumped up exclaiming, "I have a special purpose!", he accidently stomped the uke which was a lovely vintage Martin. It's in the movie and you can hear the crunch.

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