Taking a Bow, Violin

Remember a year ago when that super-rare Stradivarius cello was stolen from a local musician when he forgot it on his front steps? You know, the instrument worth $3.5 million?

You’d think that a little news item like that might, I don’t know, make other musicians think twice about leaving their own super-rare instruments laying around.

Apparently not.

The violinist was quoted as saying, “It’s heartbreaking when something so rare and so special disappears because, as an artist, it’s part of me.”

By “disappears” she means “left behind in the car for somebody to pry open the window and take,” and by “part of me” she means “belongs to somebody else whose insurance doesn’t cover the $850,000 violin for theft from an auto.”

UPDATE 4/21: The AP is reporting that the violin and bow have been found undamaged in an alley nearby where they were taken, and then turned in to the cops.

That whooshing sound you hear is a certain 20-year-old musician exhaling.

5 Replies to “Taking a Bow, Violin”

  1. Sounds like an inside job to me รณ probably not including her, but maybe someone who knew her and tailed her to the market. The alleged brief time window within which the theft occured makes it look less of a random act, especially when the item seems like something a “typical” smash-and-grab car burglar either wouldn’t be interested in or certainly wouldn’t know the true value of.

  2. What an idiot. Make one of those morons pay the cost to replace the instrument and the rest will wise up.

  3. I saw this story on the news. The girl said she did something that “she never does” and left the violin in the car. Um…yeah, right.

  4. What they should do is form the “Steal Strings Trio” and advertise themselves as playing on stolen instruments that have been returned. If it keeps happening, they can become a quartet, etc. :)

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