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  • Universal Allah gets 3 1/2 years in prison in Stradivarius robbery

    07/25/2014 3:45:13 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7-24-14 | Megan Trimble
    One of the two Milwaukee men involved in the January armed robbery that briefly netted them a $5 million Stradivarius violin was sentenced Thursday to 31/2 years in prison. Universal K. Allah, 37, pleaded guilty in May to robbery as a party to a crime. In addition to his prison term, Allah will remain under extended supervision for another 31/2 years, must avoid contact with the people involved in the attack and pay $4,014.57 in lost wages and ambulance fees to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond. Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Dennis P. Moroney called Allah's actions egregious and said...
  • Universal Allah pleads guilty for role in Stradivarius theft

    05/28/2014 10:51:21 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 5-28-14 | Bruce Vielmetti
    One of the two Milwaukee men accused in the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin a few months ago has pleaded guilty to taking part in the robbery. Universal K. Allah, 36, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to robbery as a party to a crime. Prosecutors have recommended prison time, leaving the amount to the judge's discretion, and at least three years of extended supervision. The judge reminded Allah that he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years of prison with five years extended supervision and a $50,000 fine. A charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver was...
  • Exhausted Frank Almond eagerly awaits reunion with stolen Stradivarius

    02/07/2014 10:35:35 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Exhausted but delighted, Frank Almond can't wait to be reunited with his partner. That would be the exquisite Lipinski Stradivarius stolen from Almond, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, during an armed robbery Jan. 27 after a Frankly Music concert at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Milwaukee police recovered the violin and arrested three suspects in the case. Two of those suspects remain in jail. "Chief Flynn personally called me last night, actually early this morning, which I very much appreciated," said Almond during a phone interview, his first since the theft occurred. The violinist is out of the state and returning to...
  • Stradivarius Thief Tied to Congresswoman's (Gwen Moore D-WI) Son

    02/06/2014 2:44:59 PM PST · by LouD · 84 replies
    Three suspects are now in custody for the theft of a rare $5 million violin, and one of the suspects has ties to US Congresswoman Gwen Moore’s (D-Wis.) son Sowande A. Omokunde, known publically by his alias Supreme Solar Allah. Universal Knowledge Allah, 36, Salah Jones, 41, and Latoya Atlas, 32, have all been arrested in conjunction with the investigation of the theft of a rare Stradivarius violin in Milwaukee last week. Furthermore, AP reporter Tom Bauer reports that one of the suspects is rumored to have been a barber of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. According to a 2002 story...
  • Stolen Stradivarius violin found in suitcase in Milwaukee attic

    02/06/2014 11:40:57 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 98 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 2-6-14 | Ashley Luthern
    The 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was taken from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster in an armed robbery last month has been found and will be returned to its owner later Thursday, authorities said. Three suspects — two men, ages 42 and 36, and a woman, 32 — were arrested Monday morning at their respective Milwaukee residences and remain in police custody. Milwaukee police Chief Edward Flynn said at a news conference Thursday afternoon that the violin was found in a suitcase in an attic of a city residence, with the help of tips from citizens and information received from Taser...
  • Three suspects arrested, but stolen Stradivarius violin not recovered

    02/05/2014 8:12:56 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 2-5-14 | Ashley Luthern & Jim Higgins
    Three people have been arrested in connection with the robbery of a priceless Stradivarius violin, but the instrument has not been found, police said Wednesday. The three suspects — two men, ages 42 and 36, and a woman, 32 — were arrested Monday morning at their respective Milwaukee residences and remained in police custody Wednesday. One of the suspects has been linked to a prior art theft. The violin, crafted in 1715 and known as the Lipinski Strad after a former owner, was stolen from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond during an armed robbery Jan. 27. Almond had played...
  • Stolen Stradivarius violin’s owner relieved Frank Almond not badly hurt

    02/03/2014 11:07:37 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 2-3-14 | Jim Higgins
    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....
  • $100,000 reward announced in Stradivarius violin theft

    01/31/2014 7:37:57 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-31-14 | Ashley Luthern
    A $100,000 reward was announced Friday for a priceless 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was stolen in an armed robbery this week. Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was attacked with a stun gun Monday and robbed of the violin, which has been on indefinite loan to him from its anonymous owners since 2008, a common practice in the music world. The reward will be offered to anyone who can provide information that results in the safe return of the stolen violin. Officials declined to disclose Friday who, or what organization, is financing the reward. Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said...
  • Stolen Stradivarius violin likely still in Milwaukee, ex-FBI expert says (UPDATE)

    01/29/2014 8:30:45 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 40 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-29-14 | Ashley Luthern
    A priceless 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was stolen in a robbery Monday night likely is sitting in a Milwaukee home, a retired FBI expert on such cases said Wednesday. "I doubt it'd be shipped out that quickly to some far-off place," said Robert K. Wittman, founder of the FBI's National Art Crime Team and author of "Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures." The Stradivarius violin was on loan to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond, who was attacked Monday night with a stun gun and robbed of the instrument. He had just completed a performance...
  • Stradivarius violin stolen in armed robbery in Milwaukee

    01/28/2014 2:37:27 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 68 replies
    Milwuakee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-28-14 | undisclosed
    A rare Stradivarius violin on loan to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was stolen during an armed robbery Monday night. The instrument, known in musical circles as the Lipinski violin, was taken around 10:20 p.m. Monday in a parking lot in the rear of Wisconsin Lutheran College on W. Wisconsin Ave., police said. Almond had played a concert at Wisconsin Lutheran Monday evening as part of his Frankly Music series. In a 2008 feature on the violin, Chicago violin dealer Stefan Hersh said the Lipinski violin was comparable in value to another Strad that sold for more than $3.5...
  • Man uses CAT scanner to copy Stradivarius

    11/30/2011 8:48:15 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 45 replies
    Hardware ^ | 11-30-11 | Caleb Cox
    CAD, CNC kit used to knock out wood Attempts to recreate the renowned Stradivarius violin continued this week with boffins proposing an all-new approach using CAT scans and CAD software. After studying the anatomy of several instruments using a computerised axial tomography (CAT) scanner, Mora, Minnesota-based radiologist Steven Sirr managed to get hold of a Stradivarius, borrowed from the US Library of Congress, to scan. Along with two instrument makers, Sirr set about creating replicas of Antonio Stradivari's highly-sought violins. More than 1000 CAT scans were taken of the instrument, all of which were analysed and converted into 3D computer-aided...
  • Fungi-Infested Violin Beats Strad

    10/06/2009 3:49:42 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 8 replies · 888+ views
    livescience ^ | October 2009 | Jeanna Bryner
    A violin made of wood treated with a fungus just bested the real McCoy — a Stradivarius crafted by the great master himself in 1711 — in a sound test in front of 180 people. The fungi-infested violins were created by Francis Schwarze of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research and the Swiss violin maker Michael Rhonheimer. In the test, which took place at a conference on forest husbandry in Germany (called “Osnabrücker Baumpflegetagen"), British violinist Matthew Trusler played five different instruments behind a curtain to keep the audience blinded. Trusler played his own strad (worth $2...
  • Fungus-treated Violin Outdoes Stradivarius

    09/16/2009 10:58:41 AM PDT · by BGHater · 18 replies · 1,234+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | 14 Sep 2009 | ScienceDaily
    At the 27th “Osnabrücker Baumpflegetagen” (one of Germany’s most important annual conferences on all aspects of forest husbandry), Empa researcher Francis Schwarze’s "biotech violin" dared to go head to head in a blind test against a stradivarius – and won! A brilliant outcome for the Empa violin, which is made of wood treated with fungus, against the instrument made by the great master himself in 1711. September 1st 2009 was a day of reckoning for Empa scientist Francis Schwarze and the Swiss violin maker Michael Rhonheimer. The violin they had created using wood treated with a specially selected fungus was...
  • Secrets Of Stradivarius’ Unique Sound Revealed

    01/22/2009 12:33:27 PM PST · by decimon · 54 replies · 2,015+ views
    Texas A&M ^ | January 22, 2009 | Unknown
    For centuries, violin makers have tried and failed to reproduce the pristine sound of Stradivarius and Guarneri violins, but after 33 years of work put into the project, a Texas A&M University professor is confident the veil of mystery has now been lifted. Joseph Nagyvary, a professor emeritus of biochemistry, first theorized in 1976 that chemicals used on the instruments – not merely the wood and the construction – are responsible for the distinctive sound of these violins. His controversial theory has now received definitive experimental support through collaboration with Renald Guillemette, director of the electron microprobe laboratory in the...
  • Mystery Solved: Chemicals Made Stradivarius Violins Unique

    11/29/2006 11:42:34 AM PST · by Teflonic · 28 replies · 720+ views
    Texas A&M University ^ | 11/29/06 | Joseph Nagyvary
    Answering a question that has lingered for centuries, a team of scientists has proved that chemicals used to treat the wood used in Stradivarius and Guarneri violins are the reasons for the distinct sound produced by the world-famous instruments. The conclusions, published in the current issue of Nature magazine, have confirmed 30 years of work into the subject by Joseph Nagyvary, professor emeritus of biochemistry at Texas A&M University, who was the first to theorize that chemicals – not necessarily the wood – created the unique sound of the two violins. Nagyvary teamed with collaborators Joseph DiVerdi of Colorado State...
  • Stradivarius tops auction record

    05/18/2006 7:02:19 AM PDT · by sitetest · 14 replies · 399+ views
    BBC News On-Line ^ | Wednesday, 17 May 2006 | No byline
    A Stradivarius violin almost 300 years old has smashed the record for the amount paid for a musical instrument at auction, selling for $3.5m (£1.8m). The instrument, made in 1707, broke the previous record of $2.03m (£1.07m) paid for a Stradivarius in 2003. The buyer has not been revealed but Christie's in New York said he was a "benefactor and patron of the arts" who loves classical music. It had been privately owned but was loaned to world-renowned orchestras. The auction was tense, with gasps punctuating the bidding. A round of applause broke out when the price reached $3m (£1.5m)....
  • Stradivarius found above chicken coop

    02/09/2006 12:18:39 PM PST · by Red Badger · 92 replies · 2,737+ views
    Ananova ^ | 2/8/2006 | Staff
    An elderly Hungarian is set to become a millionaire after finding a priceless Stradivarius violin hidden above his chicken coop. Imre Horvath, 68, makes a living from the poultry and egss he sells from his home on a smallholding, near Debrecen. He believes the violin was hidden in the roof space by his musician father, Zoltan, before he went off to fight in the war. Zoltan was killed in the war and never had a chance to tell his family where the instrument was hidden, reports Debreceni Napelo. He built the house in the 1920s and lived there with his...
  • Scientists Dispel The Mystery Surrounding Stradivarius Violins

    07/17/2005 9:35:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 74 replies · 831+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2005-07-13
    Antonius Stradivarius violins are shrouded in more myths than any other instruments in world history. At Mid Sweden University, researchers are using modern technology to uncover his secrets. At the international acoustics conference ICSV12, taking place in Lisbon on July 11-14, 2005, Associate Professor Mats Tinnsten will be presenting the latest research findings in the field. "It's not possible to copy Stradivarius violins exactly, since wood is a living material with great natural variations. The results of new research indicate, however, that we will be able to overcome such difficulties with the aid of advanced computer support," says Mats Tinnsten....