Violin missing in Jacksonville, Fla.: 2016 Douglas C. Cox Stradivarius copy

June 3, 2018, 3:52 PM · UPDATE: the violin was found at a local pawn shop on Monday.

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A 2016 Douglas C. Cox violin is missing after it was left around 1:30 p.m. Sunday at a McDonald's restaurant on Cassat Avenue in Jacksonville, Fla.

The violin was in a black fitted BAM case with a silver cover, along with two bows. The violin is valued at $22,000 and the bows at $3,000.

Douglas Cox 2016 violin
Douglas Cox 2016 violin

Police are planning to review surveillance video to see who might have taken it from the restaurant. The violin, which belongs to a student, was not labeled with the owner's name.


June 4, 2018 at 12:54 AM · Gosh I feel sorry for who left it inadvertly, it's a terrible thing to happen and wish him/her best of luck that who picked it up is honest and will return it to authority.

June 4, 2018 at 01:02 AM · Absolutely. It’s very easy to leave an instrument in a restaurant by accident and it has happened even to very famous people who are old pros at living with a valuable instrument. Hopefully we can get the word out and they will find the violin.

June 4, 2018 at 05:31 PM · Or, it' easy to leave it at home. The last show I worked in, Boulder Dinner Theatre's "Singin in the Rain", I played my violin for a couple of the numbers (what fun!). One night, I simply left my violin at home as I headed off to work. And I would never make call if I drove home to get it, so I called my then roommate in a panic and he agreed to drive over, so I only missed the first number. But, the producer/owner of the theatre was not too happy about it. He told me flat out that if I wanted to remain in the rest of the run I would have a violin on hand from now on! Glad the violin was found. Cheers.

June 5, 2018 at 04:47 AM · Jeff, these things happen!

June 6, 2018 at 12:53 AM · I got to a community orchestra concert once and one of the violinists had forgotten her violin. Long story but no way she could get home. But I lived close so I went back for my daughter's violin. We're all in this together.

June 9, 2018 at 07:33 PM · I have arrived at orchestra rehearsals a few times, having forgotten to bring my cello to the rehearsal. There are times when you are moving so fast that things simply happen ~ or don't happen. Life goes on and at least you don't miss the rehearsal.

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