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Subject: Nashville flood & the instruments
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 12 May 10 - 11:21 PM

The recent flood in Nashville took more than 20 lives and wrought billions in property damage. Among the damage were lots of instruments:

NPR: Floods Wreak Havoc On Nashville Music Scene

NY Times: After Flooding, Nashville Musicians Assess Losses

"Soundcheck", a 160,000-square-foot storage and rehearsal facility that also included repair shops, product representatives, and rehearsal spaces was flooded. Many musicians had instruments and sound equipment stored there in prep for studio or performance dates. Over 600 artists were affected.

The NPR story quotes the facility owner:
"Everybody thought that everything in Soundcheck was destroyed," Jumper says. "But a lot of people had shelving in their lockers and their equipment stayed above the waterline. From 3 1/2 feet down, it's tragic. It's horrific."

One of the most devastating losses of historic instruments hit the Musicians Hall of Fame in a heartbreaking instance of bad timing. Less than two months ago, it was forced to store its collection after the city acquired its downtown property to make way for a new convention center. Lost in the flood: a Jimi Hendrix-owned Stratocaster guitar and the bass used in Hank Williams' "Your Cheating Heart."

In general, however, guitar repairman Ed Beaver was somewhat cheered by the survival rate of the vintage instruments he'd worked on.

"If you want to go mathematical, I'd say about 10 percent of the stuff I have is tear-jerking," Beaver says. "About 60 percent of the stuff I have is going to be OK. It might bear the scars of the flood, but, hey, so do we."

~ Becky

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Subject: RE: Nashville flood & the instruments
From: Acme
Date: 12 May 10 - 11:27 PM

I've been listening to these stories, wondering what the outcome will be. Thanks for posting the links.


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