||VW Van Drives Over Guitar Case
Occupant a little shaken, but safe and well
A near fatal hit and run incident involving a van and a guitar case occurred near Beccles in Suffolk. Colin Truesdale of Beccles, had just driven his son, together with his Yamaha electric guitar valued at £800, to a friends house when the accident happened. The guitar which was stored in a recently purchased Hiscox Case, was laid on the roadway whilst unloading the car, when a Volkswagen Combi van coming from behind, was forced to cut in to avoid parked cars on the opposite side of the road.
The vehicle’s rear wheel went over the front end of the case sending it flying into the air, and it crashed back down onto the road. The Volkswagen failed to stop and report the accident.
The case suffered a severe squashing, buckled aluminium strips and split plastic in several places. "I was very angry," said Mr. Truesdale, "it will not take much imagination to visualise both my son’s and my consternation! £800 worth of guitar wrecked in the blink of an eye."
The guitar, which was not insured, and it’s now ruined case were thrown back into the car and Mr. Truesdale and his son drove home in a temper.
But a surprise was awaiting them both when they got home. After prising the case open and expecting the worst, they were amazed to find that the guitar appeared to be completely undamaged. "After very close inspection we were unable to find any damage to the guitar, and it plays as usual!" said Mr. Truesdale.
Mr. Truesdale was coerced into buying a lighter case because the plywood based, oblong Gibson case his son was using, proved to be too heavy. After shopping around, he decided that the Hiscox ‘Liteflite’ case offered the best protection, weight for weight, and purchased one.
"I originally considered your case very pricey," he said, "but now I consider it money very well spent indeed. Had the guitar still been in the original plywood case, it would have been shattered junk."
The result of this incident has been one guitar case consigned to the dump, but one expensive and loved guitar very much intact and another satisfied customer of Hiscox Cases Ltd.
A spokesman for the company said, "Because of the high quality of our products, many people perceive our cases to be expensive, but in fact, they are very competitively priced and offer a level of protection no other case in their class can match, as this incident shows, and with a 3 Year Guarantee they represent unbeatable value for money."
Mr. Truesdale finished by saying, "Please accept my congratulations on your product, in my mind at least, here is a product whose design and construction fully lives up to what the customer expects of it, and for anyone with an expensive instrument to protect it is money well spent and cheap at the price."