This banjo has reportedly "gone missing" from UPS in Knoxville 3-4 weeks ago. Owner would rather have the banjo back after decades of ownership, than the insurance money.
Modernish RB 250 neck and 1970s type 4 hump tailpiece on it. Hex head resonator screws, etc. Ball bearing.
Man who posted this on "Them Big Mastertone Banjos" FB page is named Heath Loy. In case you see it.
Edited by - The Old Timer on 08/10/2022 18:31:37
:v this makes me nerevous, I got a merlin traveling by UPS at the moment. I hope the find the persons banjo!
I had a banjo neck go missing for months. There is a process which I am sure you are going through for finding lost items. If it was not stolen from the facility, they will find it. Just might take a while.
My neck eventually did turn up. I hope the same for this banjo.
Gosh id be afraid to even send anything like that in the mail. My son sold an electric guitar and it got to the buyer with a snapped neck.
There is a very, very small chance that a shipper will lose a package, but almost always it is somewhere in their many facilities, behind a shelf or a door, miscoded, etc. when they (eventually — keep pushing) do a “physical search” they invariably find it. Shipping damage is more common. The only protection is defensive packing. Eg, If I can’t use a flight case, I remove the necks of particularly valuable instruments with bolt-on necks. I may be paranoid, but I have reviewed shipping operations as part of my business.
One of the things I do is put the neck in one of those white cardboard mailing tubes and then put it in a box. Those things are very hard to destroy.
A package big enough to house a banjo should be hard to loose. Sometimes if the packages get jammed on a moving conveyor belt, the belt can peel off tape or address labels. If that happens, UPS has strategies to locate the shipper or receiver. The contents of the package are documented/photographed into a searchable database. UPS doesn’t want to pay claims if it can be avoided.
Your best defense against loss in shipping is to always fully insure your shipment and place paperwork inside the package detailing where the package came from and where it’s going.
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