Ah...the old Tommy Gun in the Violin Case trick....
BOLO! Oh no! This was a major story when the Lipiinski violin was found in a vault in Milwaukee and loaned to the Frank Almond and the MSO. The sound is just incredible! I hope that they find it and that it suffers no damage.
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Simply round up all the criminal masterminds who also happen to be world class concert musicians.
Betting its not random. It was setup by the guy who had the violin or somebody close to him.
This has all the earmarks of the classic white elephant kind of theft, whether its an artwork, famous jewels or a super-expensive and rare musical instrument, like this Lipinski violin. The thief either didn’t know what he had when he stole it, or knew what he had but underestimated ow impossible it would be to get rid of it and make anything like the value the instrument has from any possible buyer.The violin is now radioactive.The thief’s only hope is to get ransom for it, and thieves this stupid usually screw up that process too, and wind up getting nabbed,and going to prison.
I had a passin “acquAintance” with a guy in the early 70s who I assessed as a no-good, and found out 6 years later, had gotten a job in the shipping dept. at Chicago’s Art Institute and decided to ship a number of very
valuable paintings to nis own house along with the legitimate destinations
for other paintings. He then demanded a huge ransom payoff, made the even bigger mistake of showing up at the ransom rendezvous wearing. gun in his belt, immediately got arrested, and send to prison for years. When he was released he made the news again when he blew his brains out.
As if there weren’t enough sax and violins in the world.
Having said that, I look at every one I encounter at a garage sale.
Did they leave a note?
They threw away the case. Clearly idiots, why would they throw away the case (and probably WITH their fingerprints all over the case) if it’s such an iffy temperature sensitive instrument?
Aw man, what a shame. Playing guitar for over 10 years, this hurts on a personal level.
On it’s way to Japan or China in a shipping container, probably.
It’s not like you can just fence that piece of artwork anywhere...
Something like that, that hot, would be for big spenders... probably overseas.
Seems like two or three times every year, somebody acts careless with a Stradivarius or other extremely sensitive instrument. Are these musicians so into their craft that they forget to take precautions? One of my most favorite violin compositions, as I may have mentioned before, is Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op 64 by Felix Mendelssohn. It’s lively stirring, melodic and at times overwhelming.
When I carry my Les Paul Around, I also carry a Colt.
And the Les is not NEARLY as precious as the Strad.