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Stolen violin
This lady had her violin stolen. Let me know if you see someone trying to sell it
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gwscheer
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May 21, 2016 - 11:04 pm
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Dear people of Facebook in Montana: please keep your eyes open for any suspicious instrument selling activity in the state. My violin was stolen in the Missoula university district last night, along with my bow, case, and the music that was in the case. Police report has been filed and I'm obsessively checking craigslist, but I'm really overwhelmed and am not sure how to proceed, so any assistance would be great. Pawn shops, eBay, etc?
The violin was made in 2012 by Ming Jiang Zhu. The bow is a 1921 Otto Hoyer. Black case with blue velvet lining. This stuff is irreplaceable to me. I don't mean sentimentally...I literally cannot replace it because I don't have a spare $10,000 in my bank account. Thank you. ❤️  Sarah Harmsworth

"Make every note beautiful", Ivan Galamian

“To play a wrong note is INSIGNIFICANT; To play without PASSION is INEXCUSABLE!” , Ludvig Van Beethovan

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That really breaks my heart.  🙁

I am sending good vibes that the violin gets back in to the owners hands. 

Toni

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Fiddlerman
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June 10, 2016 - 11:22 pm
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That is terrible news. 🙁 I'll spread the word.
Let's hope a miracle happens and you get it back.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Awful thing, I know how she (Sarah) must feel (helpless). Definitely check pawn shops. However there is a possible financial solution to her situation and that is to claim it on her homeowners or renters insurance, whatever the case may be. Homeowners pays off on some very strange claims and she does have a police report.

Back around 1982 my car was stolen, the car nor the contents in the trunk were ever recovered. My auto insurance paid paid off the car, but wouldn't pay for my sky diving equipment in the trunk, so I claimed it on my homeowners policy and the insurance company told me to get replacement costs for my, parachute, jump suit altimeter and the duffel bag the equipment was in and they sent me a check for the cost.

So there is hope for some financial recovery of the instrument.

Good luck to that gal, I hope she can get everything back.

Ken.

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Fiddlerman
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June 13, 2016 - 10:00 am
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Great tip with checking insurance. One never knows for sure. Proof of the instrument and it's value would be very helpful. 🙂

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but the one who needs the least."

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June 14, 2016 - 1:07 pm
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Happy Ending!  When I went to her FB page to pass on insurance ideas saw that police recovered all except sheet music not-very-bright thief pawned &10000 instrument for 50 bucks.  Pawn shop guy called cops; instrument returned to Sarah!  Thanks for getting the word out and suggestions.   Gws 

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“To play a wrong note is INSIGNIFICANT; To play without PASSION is INEXCUSABLE!” , Ludvig Van Beethovan

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Great news, Gary; she's got to a happy girl.   cheerleaderclap and playing again. violin-1267

 

Ken.

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Fiddlerman
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June 15, 2016 - 12:54 pm
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Not only is the thief not very bright but there are almost NO pawnshops that would pay more for a violin unless they are very knowledgeable about stringed instruments and their value. Even then, they would drive the price down. The thief on the other hand is just content to make money of what he took.

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I know all pawn shops have cameras all over the place, so I'm going to presume they caught the guy.  I sure hope they did. That may turn out to be the hardest 50 bucks he's ever made. 

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