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Old 12-21-2005, 04:49 AM
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Default The Instrument Graveyard...and other musicians' horror Stories...

Okay, this is the tribute to all instruments you have owned that were broken, or have witnessed that were broken. PLEASE stay on topic in this thread, as it is a memorial to lost instruments. Please give them your respect.

My story:

My beautful Jupiter DiMedici, Series 9-11 flute was almost 9 months old...and we came to love each other very much...he got me into All-Region band my very first year, and almost All-State. We had been to our first 2 Tuesday night rehearsals a month before band camp, and had grown very close...I viewed him as my son.

Well, I had just written my first ever flute solo (as this was the summer after 7th grade, I was still in my prime of playing)...I had a couple friends over, so I decided to serinade them with my beautifully written beginner's solo. Well, the older (and, might I say, bigger) one of the two had just gotten up to grab my yearbook from that previous schoolyear, as she tended to do a lot at that point...I didn't think anything of it, so I decided to play them my recently arranged version of...oh, I forget what it's called. But it was on my keyboard. So I announced that I was placing my flute on my bed, and to be VERY careful. I majestically stood up and walked to my keyboard, where I started to play. All of a sudden, I heard a yelp of terror, and the younger, tiny friend calling my name. I abruptly stopped playing to look around, and saw the girl who had been looking at my yearbook standing up, in utter shock. Moments later, I was led to my bed, where my precious 9-11 laid there, crushed. The part under where the headjoint is put into the flute (under the barrel) was literally in a V-shape. I stood there in shock, not believing what I saw, until the the older girl started sobbing, telling me over and over again that she was sorry...

Still numb, I told the both of them they had better go. I gingerly picked up my precious 9-11, still in disbelief, cradled him, and travelled slowly to the kitchen, where my mom stood cooking supper.
"Momma..." I said softly, "Momma, my flute is..." Then it became overwhelming, and the tears started pouring. I suddenly blurted out,
"SHE SAT ON MY FLUTE, MOMMA!! FIX IT, PLEASE FIX IT!!!" My mom, seeing the damage, started yelling at me, asking how it happened. I told her the story, and she was raging, "WE JUST BOUGHT THAT FLUTE, LOREN!!! HOW COULD YOU HAVE LET THAT HAPPEN?! WHY DID YOU SIT IT ON YOUR BED?!" Feebly, I answered her questions, and walked silently in my room, still crying. Later on, she called Flute Makers, Inc, and arranged for him to be mailed the next day.

The next morning, before my mom sent him to mail, I took my precious 9-11's only key stopper as sort of a way to remember him forever. That was the last time I ever did, and ever will see my precious, because they called us back the next day to inform my mom that if they could fix him, but he would never sound good again. So she called the insurance company and began a search for my next flute. *sniffs* I still cry whenever I think of my beautiful, precious 9-11, that got me into All-Region and almost All-State in my 2nd year of playing the flute. I will forever hold a place in my heart for him, and will love him forever...

Epilogue: Having an instrument is sort of like having a child, or even a mate...through all of your accomplishments and even downfalls you experience together, you grow to love eachother more and more. The longer you know eachother, the more you know about each other. And the more your unconditional love for each other grows. Then, when your instrument gets hurt, and has to go to the 'doctor' (music store for repairs), you wait impatiently and expectantly till he comes back.

My 9-11 was like my baby, only 9 months old...losing him was the most tragic thing that ever has happened to me. Please, give a moment to give him a short prayer, and hold him in your heart. And for anyone else who has lost an instrument in a tragic event, you know how it feels...and I'm sorry it happened. I will hold your instrument dearly in my heart.

Thanks, and remember to please keep this thread strictly as a memorial to fallen instruments.
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Old 12-22-2005, 07:41 AM
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I don't have a story ending in the destruction of the instrument. However, I did have to sell an instrument in college (due to lack of cash) that made me pretty sad. When I was in high school, I'd saved about $50/week to buy a synthesizer, and it took forever, but I bought a Korg DW-8000 (which would be pretty lame by todays standards, but it was cool back in the late 80s). I think it was a little over $1000, so you can see how long it too save up for!

So, I had this for a couple of years, but got really strapped for cash in college. I had to let it go (along with an amp that went with it). I always felt sad about that, because if I hadn't wasted so much money, I wouldn't have been in a bind.

Not nearly as tragic as your story, but I was pretty bummed out at the time, especially since I'd saved up so long in first place.
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Not nearly as tragic as your story, but I was pretty bummed out at the time, especially since I'd saved up so long in first place.


That still couldn't have been too fun...I'm scared to death I'll have to sell my step up flute (the Jupiter 10-11)...she's done way too much for me to have to sell her, though...I'll refuse...
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i don't know if this fits the "horror story" but one of our pianos was ruined by a candle. About 6 years ago we had a beautiful piano that a friend had given to us and my mom was really into candles at the time. She burned one on top of the piano and the melted wax got down inside and ruined the tuning and everything!! That piano was my favorite!! I never played it much, only when i wanted to annoy someone, but my dad played some beautiful songs on it! I miss it!!
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i don't know if this fits the "horror story" but one of our pianos was ruined by a candle. About 6 years ago we had a beautiful piano that a friend had given to us and my mom was really into candles at the time. She burned one on top of the piano and the melted wax got down inside and ruined the tuning and everything!! That piano was my favorite!! I never played it much, only when i wanted to annoy someone, but my dad played some beautiful songs on it! I miss it!!



OMG!! Thats Sad!! This is not a "broken" Story, but I have seen Punch (the drink) dumped on the keys just before a concert!)
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OMG!! Thats Sad!! This is not a "broken" Story, but I have seen Punch (the drink) dumped on the keys just before a concert!)
I know. It wasn't broken but it was unusable. Well, we could still play it but it sounded horrible!!
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Must resist urge to hijack thread....
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Must resist urge to hijack thread....
I know, it's soooooooooo hard!!!!!!!!!
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