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Stranded for almost a week because of a broken transmission and three stolen guitars, Montreal based metal band Endast is back on tour in part due to the generosity of staff at Kamloops’ Long and McQuade. The band expected to be on the road Friday afternoon for a show in Saskatoon with a repaired vehicle and three guitars on loan from the music store. Endast played Bailey’s Pub Oct. when their van’s transmission gave out on them. The van was towed to a garage and the band Chris Arsenian, brother James Arsenian (vocals), Ryan Miller (bass), Blair Youngblut (drums) and Pepe Poliquin (guitar) has been staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Aberdeen. Their trailer full of instruments was parked at the hotel. Arsenian said the band wanted it where they could keep an eye on it. The guitars were stolen some time Wednesday night. Wednesday, but the locks were clipped off by Thursday morning. “It’s very frustrating,” he said. “I didn’t have anything to play for the rest of the tour and we’re a long way from home.” Active on social media, Endast made a YouTube video explaining the situation. The video caught on with the media and put Endast in touch with staff at the local Long and McQuade. Manager Ron Willes rented three guitars to the band free of charge as long as the instruments are dropped off at a Long and McQuade in Montreal when Endast gets home. Willes said he and his staff are also musicians and they’ve all been in Endast’s shoes at one time or another. “It’s terrible. In a sense, it’s your livelihood,” he said. Endast is thankful for the help and eager to get back on the road, said Chris Arsenian. But he’s keeping an eye on Craigslist and Kijiji in case the guitars turn up. He said RCMP are investigating, but there’s only so much police can do. A high end custom made Fat Black series guitar with white pickups, an LG Signature and a Redline 3 were stolen. The LG and Redline have an amber stain finish. All three are made by Godin. Chris Arsenian said there is no way to replace the stolen instruments. “The sentimental value there is pretty high. There’s a lot going on there,” said Arsenian. “One of those guitars I’ve had for a long time and recorded a lot of the records with that thing.” “We’re losing out on a lot of money,” said Arsenian.