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    I'm a musician (guitars) and founder of Screaming Stone / GPSRoadie. The GPSRoadie app protects music instruments and helps recover stolen instruments by publicizing instrument thefts.


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  1. We were talking about what is currently available. There is no instrument mounted GPS device available. Possible in the future? Yes. Available now? No.
  2. Ideally you would buy another phone and use it for the protection device. Dedicated GPS units that are accurate enough, cost about $250 and require data plans costing $20 to $60/month. Used smartphones work for $40. If a band can't afford $40, or they need something immediately - as in today, they can download the app onto all of their phones and decide whose phone goes in the tour trailer. This application due to the constraints you mention, is not really meant for protecting consoles. The interference issues depends on the phone's signal strength. The app maxes out the phone's location tech using both cellular and GPS, but the app can't increase signal strength of the phone, so the better the phone, the better the signal. When protecting an instrument by putting it in a case, the phone should not be put in the accessories compartment if possible. The phone should be hidden in the lining of a case, even if that requires cutting material. If it's a vintage case, stash the phone in a pack of strings and put in the accessories compartment is your best option. If the thief opens the case and simply takes the instrument, there is not much anyone can do except use an instrument mounted device, which at this time is not an option. If the word gets out to thieves - well, there is no stopping that. A phone is very easy to hide so it would take some time for them to find it, during which time the location is being sent to you. That's the important part of the immediate warning with the app - the faster you're able to respond, the greater chance you have at getting it back. Someone asked about those other apps and what's the difference. The difference is that GPSRoadie alerts you and your contacts immediately of theft and also broadcasts stolen alerts. You're protecting your gear and helping other musicians. Plus, no registration and no fees. This is a way for musicians to start protecting their gear today for next to nothing.
  3. Seeing that it's much easier to get back your gear if you know where it is, we developed a new phone app - GPSRoadie. The app uses smartphone's GPS and cellular tech to create a virtual fence around the phone. Put the phone in an instrument case, tour van or tour trailer and that is now protected. If it's stolen, location alerts are sent every 60 seconds to people you choose. The app also broadcasts stolen alerts, hopefully helping more people get back their stolen gear. On the Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=appinventor.ai_gpsroadie.GPSRoadie More info: http://www.GPSRoadie.com
  4. Check out GPSRoadie - an app we developed to protect instruments, tour vans, tour trailers... the app creates a virtual fence around the phone. Stick the phone in an instrument case, tour van or tour trailer, and that item is protected. If stolen, GPSRoadie messages the other people in your band with location alerts. On Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=appinventor.ai_gpsroadie.GPSRoadie More info at GPSRoadie.com
  5. GPSRoadie is now available on the Google Play store. The app has 2 primary functions - protect instruments and recover stolen instruments. It works by using smartphones' GPS and cellular location tech to create a virtual fence around the phone. Put that phone in an instrument case, tour van or tour trailer, and that will be protected. If GPSRoadie detects a change in location (it's being stolen), alerts are sent to the contacts you choose (all of the band members). Alerts are sent every minute with a link to the location on Google maps. I've been doing Screaming Stone Stolen Music Instrument Recovery for 8 years. The time most gear is stolen is when the band is playing (and the tour van is stolen), and at night when the tour van or tour trailer is broken into or stolen. The way we see it, if there are 5 people in the band, one of the member's phones can be used each night to protect the gear, or purchase a cheap used phone and use that (which costs much less than buying a dedicated GPS tracking unit). Dedicated GPS units (that are accurate enough) cost about $250 plus require a data plan costing $20 to $60 per month. With GPSRoadie, you can buy a used smartphone for $40 and add it to your existing phone plan, and that's it. If you're not protecting your gear, this is the easiest way to start. Plus, it broadcasts stolen alerts so you can help other musicians get back their gear
  6. The GPSRoadie app is now on Google Play store. If you are in a touring band, this is one of the easiest ways to protect your gear. Add contact(s), enable protection and that's it. Put it in an instrument case, tour van, tour trailer... if it changes location, messages are sent to the contacts that it's moving with a map view, and updated every minute. It also broadcasts stolen instrument alerts from Screaming Stone. You're protecting your gear and helping musicians get their stolen gear back.
  7. That's exactly how the GPSRoadie app works - broadcasts stolen alerts to everyone with the app.
  8. We have the Beta version of GPSRoadie ready and it is on the Google Play store. There's been a few changes. Mainly, the GPSRoadie app now uses smartphones (more affordable than stand-alone GPS units). The community benefit of the app is that it broadcasts stolen alerts to every musician with the app. If you are interested in testing it out, we need to add your email that you use for Google Play store to the Google Community for Beta testers. It is on Android OS only at this time. To be added to the Beta group, email your info to screamingstone@gmail.com
  9. Stolen Alert - Nashville, TN Musician Nick Gibson recently had his tour trailer with all gear inside stolen from outside of his home. A lot of the gear has been modified, so hopefully that will help. Here is a list of the stolen items: Vehicle: 2005 GMC Savana 3500 15-passenger van. VIN# 1GJHG39U651216256. Grey/Silver in color. Oklahoma License Plate 415BCG. Front grill smashed from hitting deer (see picture). Driver’s side front fender has a 3-letter profanity keyed into it. Passenger’s side front fender has small “ding” in the middle of it where the paint has chipped away. Driver’s side front of the hood has paint chipped away. Has Texas “MWK” Vanity license plate on the front bumper (see photo). 7×14 Cargo Mate Trailer. VIN# 5NHULE422AY061108. White in color. Mis-matched fenders. Driver’s side fender is smooth aluminium, passenger’s side fender is diamond plate aluminium (as seen in picture). Has “R&M Race Trailers” sticker on the rear on both sides of the trailer (as seen in picture). Has 2 extra spare tires near the tongue (as seen in picture). Guitars: 1997 Fender Stratocaster Plus. Serial# N7324589. Natural Finish. Maple neck. Just replaced the bridge pickup with a humbucker. Has push/pull knob installed in 2nd Tone pot. Has “Mato Nanji 2003″ signature on the body (as seen in picture). All saddles are Black GraphTech saddles. Schaller Strap Locks. Back Spring Plate removed and in case. Black Fender PLUS hardshell case. “N” and “D” stickers on the body of the case. 1 of the 4 latches broken. 1996 Fender Telecaster Plus. Serial# N6176930. Sunburst Finish. Maple neck. Quilted Maple Top. GLENDALE Bridge plate. Neck has recently has the frets replaced with JUMBO fret wire and installed white Pearloid fret markers. Headstock is beat up from years of playing and hitting my drummers cymbals. Schaller Strap Locks. Black Fender PLUS Hardshell Case. Covered in Stickers. 2 of the 4 latches broken. xxxx Custom Telecaster. Custom built by me. Transparent Red. Rosewood neck. White pearloid pickguard. G-string saddle is Black GraphTech (as seen in the picture). Tuners are Schaller chrome LOCKING tuners with white pearloid buttons as well (also seen in picture). There are two small chips in the finish on the top of the body (as seen in picture). Black Fender Case. No Stickers. 2007 Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom. Black finish with gold hardware. No pickup covers. Pickup Selector Switch has had plastic cover replaced with off-color replacement. Dunlop Strap Locks. Brown Leather strap in case. Standard Black Gibson USA case, white interior. 2007 Gibson Les Paul BFG. Black. Nothing custom on this guitar. This was a recent purchase so not much information on this guitar. Red GIBSON nylon strap in case. The guitar looks like it has a green hue in the picture, but that’s a trick of the light. Standard Black Gibson USA case, white interior. xxxx Epiphone Prophecy SG. Black burst. Flame maple top. EMG pickups. (This was my most recent acquisition so I don’t have much info on it.) In the picture it looks like it has a green hue, but that’s just a trick of the light. Epiphone Black Case. The outside of the case was some sort of black tolex. Fender Squier Telecaster Classic Vibe ’50s Model. Natural Finish. Maple neck. Black pickguard with the “Classic Vibe” sticker partially peeled off. Fender Squier Acoustic Guitar. Serial# ends in 594 (see picture). There was no truss rod nut in the guitar as I was working on the neck. Bond Acoustic Guitar – Serial# DC-1013 – Custom made. One of a kind. None other like it in the world. (Picture included from when I received the guitar.) Takamine EGS-330SC Acoustic Guitar. Has two “MWK” stickers on the top of it near the bridge. Long crack going down the top under the stickers. Preamp has been disconnected. LR Baggs Element pickup installed with volume knob inside sound hole. Wooden Soundhole Cover. Black generic hardshell acoustic case. Fender Stratocaster. Black. LEFT Handed. Maple neck. Has two stickers on the back of it. (1) Green Day Sticker (2) Sticker that says “…Drunk” Fender Telecaster. Pale Yellow. LEFT Handed. Maple neck. Bigsby Tremolo. Gibson Blues King Acoustic Guitar. LEFT Handed. Battery box is loose inside the guitar. Amplifiers: Sewell Blistertone 50 – Serial# BL052008 – Has black tape over front speaker cloth (see picture). Speakers have been replaced with Eminence Swamp Thang and Eminence The Wizard. Sewell Texaplex 25 – Serial# TP072008 – Looks identical except no black tape (see picture). Black canvas amp cover. Fender Hot Rod Deville 4×10 – Serial# B-173451 – Black tolex, silver grille cloth. Brown canvas Fender amp cover. Black tape over the grill cloth just like mentioned above. “SRV” “JIMI” “MASON” and “SOTO” written on the black tape with silver sharpie (see picture). Speakers have been replaced to Eminence Ragin’ Cajun and Eminence Ramrod Speakers. Many mods have been done to the circuit board of this amp. 5751 tube installed in v1 and v2. 12ay7 tube installed in v3. Not stock at all. 2003 Fender Blues Jr 1×12 – Blonde tolex with oxblood grille cloth. Black canvas amp cover. Speaker has been changed out to Eminence Texas Heat. Many mods have been done to this circuit board of this amp. 5751 tubes installed into v1. 12ay7 tube in v3. Not stock at all. Pedal Board: (I have attached a crappy picture of my pedal board just for a reference.) Keeley 4-Knob Compressor Boss GE-7 Boss TU-2 Dunlop CFH Wah Pedal Wampler Hot Wired v1 Boss TR-1 MXR Phase 90 MXR Micro Amp Boss RT-20 – Serial# ZU44881 Line 6 DL4 TC Helicon Harmony G Shure ULXS14 Wireless Guitar System – Serial# 1020060258 Boss RC20XL – Serial# EU93768 Sansamp Tech 21 Acoustic DI – Serial# 0565515 PA: (4) Yamaha SW218V Subwoofer Cabinets (2) Yamaha S215V Speaker Cabinets (6) Crown CE 2000 Power Amplifiers – Serial# (A374263/B389454/A357794/Unknown/Unknown/Unknown) (2) Crown CE 1000 Power Amplifiers – Serial# (A695537/Unknown) (2) EV EX23 Electronic Stereo Crossover – Serial# (985290061/Unknown) IEM Rig: Black ATA Flight Case (as seen in picture) with a Cowboy Hat logo on one side and “MON” on the other. The picture is older so not all equipment is in the picture. (1) Behringer Eurodesk 3282A Console (Serial# N0511866029) (1) Sennheiser ew300 G2 inner ear system (Serial# 002347) (4) Shure PSM 200 Wireless Inner Ear System (Serial# 1026051173/Unknown/Unknown/Unknown) (3) Peavey 31-band Stereo EQ (Serial# 11491061/Unknown/Unknown) (3) Behringer Composer MDX 2200 (Serial# 001806905/001806705/001806805) (1) DBX 166XL Compressor (Serial# 00671606) (1) 24×4 150’/15′ Split Snake Microphones: (1) Audix DP7 Drum Mic Set (2) Blue The Ball (2) Sennhesier e906 (2) Oktava MK-012 (3) Shure SM58 (2) Audix OM-5 (1) Audix OM-7 (1) AKG D-1000 (1) Shure Beta 87C Pics and more info at http://www.screamingstone.com/stolen-alert-nashville-tn-multiple-instruments-fender-telecasters-gibson-les-pauls/
  10. Stolen Alert – Davenport, IA – MARTIN DCME (2001) Serial# 818479 My grandmother gave me this guitar shortly before she passed away. Very important to me. Stolen on New Years Eve (01-01-2015) from a gig at the Renwick Mansion in Davenport Iowa. MARTIN DCME (2001) Acoustic-electric, Dreadnought, rounded cutaway, solid spruce top, solid mahogany back, laminated mahogany sides, rosewood fretboard and bridge, pearl dot inlays, chrome tuners, tortoise plastic pickguard, black body binding, herringbone soundhole rosette, factory Fishman Classic 4 preamp / pickup system, natural satin finish. Some identifying marks: it has a small crack from the bridge to the frame, a bunch of little indentations above the soundhole (from pick smacking), some slight warping and wear around and above the soundhole (black feedback buster was in it), a few tiny blood stains under the strings near the bridge and in the soundhole. It lived in a Martin 640 Deluxe Hardshell Molded Case with a yellow “Orangadang” sticker on it. In the case was a green and blue design “Jamz”strap with black leather ends and a gold Buddha pin, gold Kayser capo, planet waves black rubber feedback buster, planet waves 10ft cable 90 end with mute, 3-4 packs of strings (martin/D’addario exp), a number of orange Tortex picks and old black-handled wire cutters (which were my grandfathers).
  11. Stolen Alert – Sacramento, CA – Carol-Ann Amp Heads and Cabs On December 27th, 2014, I had the following items stolen from my Sacramento, CA home: 1 Carol Ann Triptik (serial # 081005) 1 Carol Ann Tripr (don’t have the serial number) 1 Forte 112 speaker cabinet 1 Forte 112 3D speaker cabinet 1 SKB Microphone case 2 TC Electronics Nova Systems An assortment of Monster cables All amps and cabinets have oxblood tolex covering with cane grills/front panels. More info at: http://www.screamingstone.com/stolen-alert-sacramento-ca-carol-ann-amp-heads-cabs/
  12. $2,000 Reward for this black MIJ '86 Fender Strat stolen in North Charleston, SC http://www.screamingstone.com/stolen-alert-north-charleston-sc-1986-fender-standard-strat-e622068/
  13. I posted a reply with a full explanation - but basically, no thief is going to hack a system to find out which trailers have GPS protection and then go find one of those trailers. He's simply going to gather his thieving tools and look for something to steal.
  14. @witesol - we thought about that, and the reality is no thief is going to spend the time to try and hack our backend to find out where trailers with GPS units are. That would only let them know (1) which trailers not to steal because they have GPS protection, or (2) if they hack the system, then decide to get a GPS blocker so they can steal a trailer with a GPS, we have GPS blocking alerts (the unit can still use it's cellular communication.) Most likely a thief is simply going to gather up his tools and head into town looking for something to steal. If he sees a trailer, he's going to first look at the padlock. If it's a shackle padlock, he probably has the tools to cut/pick the lock right then and there (takes about 15 seconds to cut a shackle). If it's a puck style, he'll see how the trailer is attached to the van or truck and how hard it will be to steal the whole thing (puck style padlocks take at least 15 minutes to cut with torch).
  15. Craig - the idea of crowdfunding for the bands was from a survey we did 6 months ago. At that time the unit was going to cost us an additional $250 due to the battery (a 200 day battery) a much larger case, and the backend data costs were 4 times what we now have. Now going with a basic unit with 10 day battery, a DC power connector (can be hooked to the vehicle battery), self-installed SIM, and a much smaller case. When we did the survey, the majority of bands said they couldn't afford it (total cost first year including hardware would have been over $600), so we came up with the crowdfunding. IndieGoGo made it very easy for us to setup multiple campaigns for bands, so we're still looking at that (but that adds more cost for IndieGoGo's take) but at this new price ($100 ~ $120), most bands could probably buy it outright. Wes - great info. Yes, the unit has a micro-USB port. Agree that the mapping software should be easy (it's already been done before), but Google Maps is requiring to us to pay. I'll PM you... Nano-SIM adapter - good idea, but we're avoiding that because of the potential of damage to the device using an adapter.
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