Stolen violinNews: Please be on the lookout for this missing violin, stolen in Ireland.
From Marsha Weaver
Violin: Bela vaci (Hungarian) / cdm-r
Contact : Yuki please give me message through Facebook.
I am teaching with Sing Out With Strings program with Irish Chamber Orchestra.
I need the violin to teach the 300kids here in limerick and it came to Ireland with me from the eastern end of the world, Japan in 2008. It is my Irish life indeed.have been learning Irish trad and performing all over Ireland so far.
thanks a million,
From gordon olswingThe stolen violin should serve as a warning to violinists not to leave a violin in your vehicle. Besides a vehicle's interior or trunk not being a good environment or a safe place for a violin, theft of a violin as is golf clubs from a vehicle is Very often not covered by insurance.
Posted on July 1, 2012 at 10:01 PM
From Trevor JenningsI wonder that the viola visible on the back seat wasn't stolen as well (or instead of). Perhaps the circumstances were such that breaking into the passenger area would have taken longer and been more obvious than quickly forcing the boot/trunk.
Posted on July 1, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Whatever has happened it's been a sad and fraught time for Yuki Nishioka and we can but hope that her violin is recovered intact, and that she can, if necessary, borrow or hire a replacement in the interim.
The theft has also been reported on thesession.org, a website specializing in Irish music.
From Roland GarrisonBreaking into a trunk (boot) on most vehicles is rather simple. and quick. It often can be done without triggering an alarm.
Posted on July 2, 2012 at 06:51 AM
Years ago, I had my trunk broken into twice, within two weeks of each other. At the suggestion of my auto repair shop, I had the external lock blanked over (that meant it could only be opened from inside the vehicle), and have never had that issue again.
From Charles CookA good thing to do is go to the closest pawn shops in the area
Posted on July 3, 2012 at 05:58 AM
From Nicky Paxton@Roland, thank you for the story about your car boot/trunk. That of my present car can only be opened from inside the car. I put a violin in the boot/trunk only for short journeys (not more than 10 miles) and never, never in summer unless the weather is particularly dull - I'm talking about the British summer here, we rarely get proper summer weather. If going on a longer journey, I put the violin on the floor in between the front and back seats (relatively shady) and, if need be, put on the air-con and turn up the fan. Another thing I don't do on principle is to leave a violin in the car boot/trunk while I go and do something else, such as shopping or going for a coffee. There's a question here: if the weather is dull (as so often here) might it not be actually safer to leave a violin in the boot/trunk than take it out and risk theft if the violin case is (very exceptionally) ever out of my hand or if I were to get mugged for it? Does anyone have any answers?
Posted on July 3, 2012 at 11:35 AM
From Paul DeckWe can all rest more easily knowing that the theft has been posted on a website specializing in Irish music. I think I would have notified the police. Limerick, Ireland is not the third world. The authorities there will know what to do.
Posted on July 3, 2012 at 01:53 PM
From marjory langePaul, you are right, if maybe a bit optimistic. Police are not usually called on to deal with the theft of specialized items like violins. They know what to do about stolen TVs, 'puters, and the like, but when my viola was stolen (from a uni. town with a very famous music dept.) the cops were sympathetic, but I could see them scratching their heads.
Posted on July 4, 2012 at 02:45 PM
From Marsha WeaverI can't imagine that Yuki didn't notify the police. We're just trying to create the biggest possible network of folks to be on the lookout. Couldn't hurt -- might help.
Posted on July 5, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Yuki created a "group" on Facebook -- "Yuki's Hungarian Violin". It has some good photos of the missing instrument. It's an open group, so anyone can access it.
From Malcolm TurnerOne time when I was a student in Bristol, I had my violin taken. I found it in a local "violin" shop and provided you can prove its yours, they just have to hand it back.
Posted on July 5, 2012 at 10:49 PM
I doubt if it's been stolen by someone who knows its value - just chancers looking for ANYTHING to steal and flog for whatever they can get for it. And quite possibly local - try local music shops, second-hand shops etc. And of course please make sure the police are notified first - they won't do anything other than put it on a list, but if you DO find it, it's then much easier to claim it as yours. Be worth a trip to Dublin to explore the shops as well.
From Marsha WeaverHAPPY ENDING!!! Here's a post from Yuki:
Posted on July 7, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Yuki Nishioka 9:53am Jul 7
IT IS FOUND!!!!!!!!!! I do not know how to thank you all enough!
Your massive support and kindest mesages kept cheering me up through the last 7days. I could keep myself strong until this morning's tears.
I hope such a hard time which you feel you lost a part of your body will never happen for good.
my kindest regards,
From Randy WaltonVery good news indeed!!! I can't stand thievery. So glad this story was a 'short story' and had a happy ending!
Posted on July 7, 2012 at 02:57 PM
From Barry NelsonSo glad to hear that its found !!!
Posted on July 7, 2012 at 04:51 PM
From elise stanleyWonderful :) :)
Posted on July 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM
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