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    Neo Dream
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    The worst thing that can happen to a musician is having their instrument stolen. It happened to me and I know that it has happened to others. Losing an instrument that you practice on hours a day is the worst especially if you use this instrument to make a living on and have no other. I will never get over this depression. In my case I lost a fine French Strad copy, a double violin case and 2 pernambuco and a Coda Classic Carbon bow. That is why I entered this contest.(I realize that it would be a Christmas miracle to win) Maybe starting this topic will help someone else and that is more important than a contest win.
    In the mean time it may help others whom have lost instruments to
    1) always document every violin item of value you travel with: Violins, Bows, Case, etc. with pictures sales receipts repair work receipts etc.
    2)Instruments get stolen everywhere even in the most supposedly secure areas like mine was.
    3)The sooner the authorities are notified the better.
    4)Let EVERYONE KNOW it may be a local theft someone may have seen something (that is what I hope this topic will do with such a large community as this).
    I hope to have more info up about my Instrument soon. My luthier is out of the country till January and she has all the records (and I hope and pray pictures) of my Violin.

    #6796 Reply

    Mariko
    Participant

    Hi Neo Dream, I’m so sorry to hear your violin has been stolen… This must really be terrible!! I cannot even imagine how I would feel 🙁 🙁 Thanks for sharing your tips. And I hope the info about your stolen violin will soon show up. Good luck and don’t give up!!

    #7188 Reply

    WonkyViolin
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    That is despicable, thievery. I’m so sorry you have experienced this. Thank you for the tips. I also suggest insuring your violin too. What a loss. You really do become attached to your violin and just picking up another is not the same. It’s amazing how you can form a bond and relationship with an inanimate object. We humans are rather funny, are we not? Best of luck in recovering your precious violin. Keep us posted.

    #7255 Reply

    Neo Dream
    Participant

    I must say that I was a fool not to insure my Violin and Bows so I agree with you that it is important especially if you are a professional traveling musician like myself If I had insured my violin I would have had the pictures of it in my records to show to everyone. My circumstances were :1 I actually spent all my money on the Violin Case and Bows. 2 I was going to get insurance after I had a cushion saved…
    3 The venue where my violin and bows were stolen was a well secured I thought venue. I had to sign in twice just to get back stage. How ever during the breaks in shooting the instruments were in an area that I was away from.

    #7281 Reply

    Tracye
    Keymaster

    That is awful…what is wrong with people.

    Does the venue you were at have security cameras?

    #7315 Reply

    Neo Dream
    Participant

    The Venue is a popular Theater in NYC there were video cameras in the front and at the stage entrance. No images showed my case leaving the venue. It had to leave concealed in something else like a road case or under some clothing which is easily possible. I did not see the videos myself. There were literally hundreds of people there. Just about the worse thing that could have happened to me. I blame no one but the thief or myself . I hope this Nightmare is a warning to both young and old so that they don’t have to suffer.

    #7348 Reply

    randolphr
    Participant

    Here’s an interesting story which, while bittersweet, ended well.

    http://www.npr.org/2015/08/06/427718240/a-rarity-reclaimed-stolen-stradivarius-recovered-after-35-years

    #7351 Reply

    Mariko
    Participant

    Hi Randolphr, thank you so much for sharing that interesting story. What a story!! Very rare indeed, to bad it was too late for the owner to play his violin again…

    #7543 Reply

    lrushdi89
    Participant

    i had a violin stloen from my car. it was a horrible experience

    #7579 Reply

    Neo Dream
    Participant

    I have now heard several stories about Violins stolen at venues including the violin that Joshua Bell plays. My violin was a French Strad copy that sounded wonderful after I spent hours with it practicing and going over pieces just pulling that tone out of it now it is gone… It was not worth Hundreds of Thousands or Millions to anyone but my self . I do feel a kinship to Totenberg and to Bronislaw Huberman whom my story parallels. I hope they find it, the purnambuco bows were excellent too. It was housed in a Leather Lifton Double violin case. Very Depressing too Depressing for me to think about as I type this.

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