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    A customer/friend had her mandolin stolen from her house a couple of years ago, an Old Wave she'd worn the finish off the back of the neck playing for 20 years. Made her another that she liked as much, but decades of bonding is not easily broken. Last Saturday an elderly gent called me from her town for info on a mando he'd just bought at a yard sale. He collects inexpensive instruments to fix and pass on to folks who teach kids, but this seemed too nice. Long story short, I hooked them up and she bought her stolen mando back from him for what he'd paid for it- $8! She laughed when I told her she'd paid too much! Talked to her repairman as he replaced the bridge, we agreed it could not have happened to a nicer human being! One word came to both of us- karma!

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    Great story and kudos to honest folk!

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    So glad for the happy ending!!
    Thank you very much for sharing such an encouraging story in the world that is now posing so many challenges.
    Her joy in playing your instrument is a testament to the quality of your builds!
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    This is a great story. Sometimes things do land jelly side up!
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    WoW, Very happy ending for her! I despise thief's and dishonesty!!

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    Lovely story.
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    Thats awesome... love it!
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    Wow.. great story!
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    With all that is wrong in the world today we need more stories like this. Thanks for posting Bill.
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    Great story, Bill. The guy who bought it at the yard sale should have offered $5. Glad to hear he was upright enough to get it back to its owner at that outrageous price.
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    Well hopefully the honest, elderly gentleman has a really weird secret life with a lot of strange friends who don’t like musicians.

    Then he’ll at least get a percentage of the movie rights.

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    I still dream of the day I find a D-18 (#196835) so I can return it to Bill Halsey! It was stolen from me 40 years ago!
    It’s refreshing to hear of things getting back to their rightful owners!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbofood View Post
    I still dream of the day I find a D-18 (#196835) so I can return it to Bill Halsey! It was stolen from me 40 years ago!
    It’s refreshing to hear of things getting back to their rightful owners!
    So Timothy... I know you and Bill H. are pals and neighbors (of a sort), but I'm missing something. Are you saying you borrowed the guitar from Bill and it was stolen while in your care?
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    such a good story!

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    No consequences for yard sales fencing stolen goods?

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