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Stolen Stradivarius violinís owner relieved Frank Almond not badly hurt
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 2-3-14 | Jim Higgins

Posted on 02/03/2014 11:07:37 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic

The owner of a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin stolen from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond during an armed robbery last week has released a statement expressing relief that Almond was not permanently injured in the attack.

Almond posted the owner's statement in his Non Divisi column online at her request.

"Due to my devastation at the attack on you, Frank, and the theft of the violin, I feel compelled to write this," the owner writes. "First, I'm so happy that you are safe."

"Frank, I could never have guessed that after all you have done, you would be physically attacked. I'm so sorry."

~snip~

She thanks Almond for the public stewardship of the instrument:

"As a non-violinist, non-public figure, it has felt more natural to me to remain relatively anonymous. Not expecting the violin to participate in this tendency, I had the good fortune to find Frank to take loving care of it every day and to use his musicality and virtuosity to express his vision with its glorious voice. That he was concertmaster of the MSO was especially appropriate, as another goal was to give Milwaukee the gift of being able to hear the violin frequently. He has also acted as its human face and voice, giving interviews exploring his thoughts and feelings on getting to know this violin. He has put remarkable effort, talent and enthusiasm into making the first modern recordings of the Lipinski."

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1 posted on 02/03/2014 11:07:37 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; ...

Update on the saga of the Lipinski

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


2 posted on 02/03/2014 11:08:43 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Very nice that the owner is more concerned for the safety of the violinist than of the violin.


3 posted on 02/03/2014 11:14:28 AM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

So now some drug-addict is in possession of a centuries-old Stradivarius worth $millions, which at the same time, will be nearly impossible to sell because it is so famous.

I wonder what he/she will do with it?


4 posted on 02/03/2014 11:19:29 AM PST by PGR88
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To: knittnmom

I think that it was quite gracious of the owner to issue this statement. I’m sure that FRee Republic is not the only place where comments have been posted blaming the violinist for the loss of the violin and unjustly calling the robbery an ‘inside job’.


5 posted on 02/03/2014 11:20:58 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: PGR88

Some rich Saudi with typical Muslim values will buy it on the black market.


6 posted on 02/03/2014 11:22:11 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: PGR88

Either the attackers wanted the instrument for themselves, or they conducted this heist at the behest of someone else — a contract robbery.


7 posted on 02/03/2014 11:22:31 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: PGR88

It’ll end up in an episode of “Pawn Stars”.


8 posted on 02/03/2014 11:26:29 AM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"First, I'm so happy that you are safe."

They left out the rest of the quote

"...now I won't feel too bad when I KILL YOU!!!

9 posted on 02/03/2014 11:30:54 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The owner is very gracious.
Still, Almond should have shown the amount of care needed to keep the violin safe from thieves. I’m sure most of us would know how to do that.


10 posted on 02/03/2014 12:14:34 PM PST by TheConservativeParty
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To: afraidfortherepublic; a fool in paradise

If I were the owner of the Strad, I’d tell everyone that Almond is nuts!


11 posted on 02/03/2014 12:16:09 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Why?


12 posted on 02/03/2014 12:32:17 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Revolting cat!

Hehe


13 posted on 02/03/2014 1:27:24 PM PST by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: Revolting cat!

ALMOND OVERJOYED


14 posted on 02/03/2014 2:59:12 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Revolting cat!
Hipsters stole it.

"I own a Stradivarius violin. You've probably never heard it."


15 posted on 02/03/2014 3:04:02 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: right way right

Chum will buy it and Rick will yell at him.

And the old man will get another car.

The “Beard of Knowledge” will show up and surprise everyone when he starts playing it like a pro after explaining the entire history of Stradivarius .


16 posted on 02/03/2014 3:34:04 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: PGR88

I’d say with 90% certainty that it was a contract job. Most likely for a foreign buyer who won’t fear showing it off.

Pretty much no chance that it was a random crackhead since the case was ditched.

The only other possibility is some fool that did an inside job simply to hold on to the piece


17 posted on 02/03/2014 4:23:13 PM PST by varyouga
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Quite a gracious statement. Reading between the lines, you can imagine the loss felt by the owner of this instrument. She seems to have seen herself as a steward of a device with a greater legacy than just your average bit of property.I can understand it, as music can be extraordinarily personal to some folks.

Personally, I feel for both the owner and the fellow who has been able to play it for her.

18 posted on 02/03/2014 5:02:37 PM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This begs one question.
Was it insured for the 3 million?

I wonder how bad does he really want it back?


19 posted on 02/04/2014 12:43:02 AM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I meant “she”.


20 posted on 02/04/2014 12:44:21 AM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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