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Forum topic by guitfiddleniick posted 04-11-2012 04:37 PM 1255 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2012 04:37 PM

I recently had all my tools stolen.It was a big hit emotionally and threate,ned to put me out of commission as a luthier. I lost my collection of Bedrock planes and Pfeil carving tools. The paduak workbench and dovetailed tool cabinet that I built, and everything from my 10 inch jointer to my jet drum sander was taken from me by a landlord. I may be litigating forever. My guitars sell for anywhere between $1200-5000. If there are any guitar players, that have an 8” or bigger jointer,a thickness planer, dust collector, or any other tools or machines that they would be willing to trade for a handmade guitar, please contact me. I wont let the asshole landlord keep me from doing what I am meant to do.,

-- Be the tool- Mark Ragonese

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#1 posted 04-11-2012 06:04 PM

WHAT? The landlord stole your stuff? Keep us posted.


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#2 posted 04-11-2012 07:53 PM

Yes Bill, it looks that way. its a long story, and its in the courts now. I will certainly keep you posted.

-- Be the tool- Mark Ragonese

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#3 posted 04-16-2012 05:25 PM

Usually a Landlord will only impound contents of a rented unit to secure back rents. It is allowed in many states.
The only time I’ve ever seen anyone get something back was when a 3rd party had a secured interest in some of the equipment. (Such as a bank loan on an item.)
Hopefully you can negotiate the disputed amounts and get your equipment back.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#4 posted 04-17-2012 01:43 AM

Hmmm. sounds familiar. I had a similar experience. New landlord bought building, asked everyone to leave. It took longer than expected to move everything out of 5000 sq ft, so before I completed the move he came in with some help and threw out the last of my stuff! Nothing too important but it was so senseless! To this day that building is vacant. I owed him rent that he never got after that.

I could get together a load of tools as I have duplicates of most of my stuff. I play guitar and would rather you have stuff I rarely use for a guitar I would play every day!

-- Thom, Westport,

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