Was curious about others' experiences. Mine occured just today. For the past several weeks, one of my basses has been in the possession of my local luthier. For the past 3 weeks, I have been calling his shop, hoping to find out something, anything, but alas - no answer. Last week I treked over and saw that, while the lights were off and the door was locked, everything seemed to remain intact. Got ahold of some random dude there on Monday ("Walt") who thought the luthier would be back soon. Said he'd call with status. Sadly, i did not hear back. So I called a few times today and finally Walt answered. Suggested I come pick up my bass because it wasn't looking good for my luthier to return. Sped on over and picked up the bass. Inquired as to what had happened ("Whahappa?!?") and, apparently, my luthier fell off the wagon a few weeks back and nobody has seen him sober since. Basically, if I had not picked up my bass today, I might not have seen it again.