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1925 Gibson Style 3 goes missing from UPS Knoxville

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Aug 10, 2022 - 6:25:10 PM
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14913 posts since 10/30/2008

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.

FON 8012-30

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

Aug 11, 2022 - 1:41:35 AM

131 posts since 2/15/2011

:v this makes me nerevous, I got a merlin traveling by UPS at the moment. I hope the find the persons banjo!

Aug 11, 2022 - 4:24:18 AM

1971 posts since 5/19/2018

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.

Aug 11, 2022 - 8:35 AM

3837 posts since 7/12/2006

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.

Aug 14, 2022 - 1:02:32 PM

981 posts since 3/23/2006

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.

Aug 14, 2022 - 1:10:36 PM
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644 posts since 6/26/2004

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.

Aug 14, 2022 - 3:04:35 PM

12 posts since 2/20/2021

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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