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Kevin M.
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Done! I asked everyone to circulate it.  Sad to hear about the violin.  She is proabably scared and sitting in a pawnshop somewhere because some, -rackin', frackin' no good fracing wreckin- person decided they wanted it more than her.  I truly hope she gets it back.

I hope someone finds this person and smiley-face-punching orb-slap!!!!! That would be poetic.

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It was a quick snag and run because they overlooked a viola that was next to it...thankfully

It's killing me to not make a joke about that last bit. But in all seriousness, I hope it is found soon.

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We should really post some tips about traveling with your violin to help avoid that situation.  I'm always worried about leaving my home with my violin.  Aside from handcuffing the case to your arm, what else can we do??

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Here's a few suggestions to get this thing started.

1- If you fly with your violin:

    Go to the ticket counter and ask if they have insurance coverage for your instrument as checked baggage. If they say yes... ask for $125,000 in coverage against loss or damage. If the person on the other side lets out a gasp... say, "...or I can just carry it on if that's ok with you guys?"

     If they loose it or damage it, bingo...winning lottery ticket. I bet you they take extra special care of it and won't let any baggage gorrillas touch it. LOL It might just fly in the cockpit with the pilots!

 

2- If you travel by train:

     Keep it under your arm, preferably handcuffed to your wrist. Don't let it out of your sight.

 

3- If you just travel in your personl transportation:

     Don't leave it in the hot vehicle when you stop. Take it with you inside the motel, or the restraunt. Sit it in the seat next to you while you eat. It will become quite a point of interst and conversation with everyone around you from the people in the next booth to the waitress. Hopefully you won't leave it behind when you're done. LoL

     If you can't take it with you for some reason... lock it in the trunk or other secure area. Remember, out of sight out of mind. Temperature and humidity are not your friend... If you don't like the conditions, you're violin won't like them either.

 

If you're going to use any of the above methods, it can be a plus if you write your name and address (city/state only) and your telephone number on a piece of paper, small, and place it inside the violin. Have it say something like this: "If found, this violin is stolen. Call the police and retain possession of it until I can come and claim it. Reward"

Just in the long shot case the person who stole it takes it to a luthier or violin shop for evaluation, the person inspecting it might see the paper inside and fish it out, thereby at least retaining your violin until you can come and reclaim it. You might place the same paper inside the case... this way whomever stole it in the first place might see it and think you only put one in there and think they got away scott-free when they throw it in the trash. The look on their faces when the cops show up asking for an explanation would be priceless!

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SaraO said

Barry said
It was a quick snag and run because they overlooked a viola that was next to it...thankfully

It's killing me to not make a joke about that last bit. But in all seriousness, I hope it is found soon.

I'll say it: Why would anyone WANT to steal a viola?  (Joking!! Don't tell Keith I said that!! lol)

Daniel and I were actually telling violin vs viola jokes last night, so I am full of 'em today, lol.

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EJKiszenia said
We should really post some tips about traveling with your violin to help avoid that situation.  I'm always worried about leaving my home with my violin.  Aside from handcuffing the case to your arm, what else can we do??

Tip #1: Put your violin in a viola case. JUST KIDDING!!!!!

I posted it on my Facebook as well and really hope she gets it back somehow.

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Fiddlerman said

EJKiszenia said
We should really post some tips about traveling with your violin to help avoid that situation.  I'm always worried about leaving my home with my violin.  Aside from handcuffing the case to your arm, what else can we do??

Tip #1: Put your violin in a viola case. JUST KIDDING!!!!!

I posted it on my Facebook as well and really hope she gets it back somehow.

 

Love it!!!! bananabanana

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Thanks for making me laugh out loud for no apparent reason in a quiet office among my colleagues who now think I'm an imbecile!

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EJKiszenia said
We should really post some tips about traveling with your violin to help avoid that situation.  I'm always worried about leaving my home with my violin.  Aside from handcuffing the case to your arm, what else can we do??

The handcuff solution can be kind of amusing as a sort of joke ala "The Blues Brothers".  But it does have some drawbacks.  I actually used to have a set of handcuffs on my guitar case at gigs for a short while years ago.

The "top three' list of reasons..

3.) As an actual security system, it is pretty clumsy to handcuff the instrument to you.  Though still maybe not a bad idea at some venues/gigs.

2.) A surprising number of people seem to view the handcuffs as a declaration of "kinky" preferences instead of a security system or joke.  This may not be entirely a bad thing, but it may not be what you are actually trying to accomplish at the moment.

and #1

1.) About every other gig or so, someone will manage to accidentally handcuff themselves to your instrument case when they are "just looking" at your handcuffs.  What part of "Don't mess with somebody else's handcuffs if you can't pick a lock" do these people not understand???  facepalm

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Looks like I'll be getting that viola case then for travel! rofl

It would be better then running around with a pair of leopard print/pink ruffled handcuffs binding me to my case!!  facepalmroflroflroflolroflrofl

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EJKiszenia said
Looks like I'll be getting that viola case then for travel! rofl

It would be better then running around with a pair of leopard print/pink ruffled handcuffs binding me to my case!!  facepalmroflroflroflolroflrofl

Now wait a minute here... you might just look rather 'dashing' with leopard print/pink cuffs on. Just sayin'.

roflolpink-violin-girl

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Well, I think there would be more stolen violas if people were more conscious of violas.  For example, you take the layman who barely knows anything of bowed strings, the name Stradivari seems to only be associated with violins, and hardly any of them know that he ran the gamut of bowed strings.  I wonder if the average person will even know the difference.

Still, I think Barry hit it on the head -- it's probably some random guy who just grabbed something figuring it will be valuable.  Assumes that someone who's traveling with an instrument is going to be a reasonably competent artist, and as such will have a reasonably high-quality, highly valuable instrument that will fetch a good price.  You only need to grab one to make a few grand.  He probably would have just as easily grabbed the viola if it was more out in front.  I suppose that makes for Tip #2 -- barring the ability to fit your violin in a viola case -- at least put a viola case in front of your violin when you store it in a visible spot.

More calculating and careful thieves who have imbibed a huge hit of crazy juice will be like this guy, who steals the teeth of Brahms and Strauss --

http://abcnews.go.com/Internat....._NSi6SHd64

They'll be less interested in your violin.

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EJKiszenia said
Looks like I'll be getting that viola case then for travel! rofl

It would be better then running around with a pair of leopard print/pink ruffled handcuffs binding me to my case!!  facepalmroflroflroflolroflrofl

C'mon EJ, you know you are looking for a good excuse to bust those babies out in public! 

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I'm not sure I like where this post is heading!
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roflol

 

Next FM tutorial:  How to Pick the lock on Leopard Print/Pink Ruffle handcuffs after wife takes off with key!

 

What's crazy is that I have replica Civil War Handcuffs that I may just bring out to the next event with my period wooden case! devil-violin

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Barry said

GOOD NEWS !!!!

The violin has been found, she is going to post details later and I'll post them here !!


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Violin's should be transported in a "Bass Fiddle" case,,, harder for a theif to conceal while running down the road.  blink

Glad to hear she has it back, safe and sound.   clap

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Really cool. Never thought that she would get it back. Thanks for the update.

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What a great outcome.  YIIPPPPPEE!

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