Losing an instrument is clearly one of the most frightening and stressful experiences that a musician can have. Having researched the issues of instrument theft and loss extensively, I am always interested to hear more about the circumstances under which people lose their instruments. Some of the most famous musicians in the world have had their instruments stolen, including multi-million dollar Strads. Others have accidentally left them behind in taxis or on buses, only to realize too late that they were missing. Many thieves fail to recognize the value of the instruments that they steal, and they often try to sell them for a few dollars to pawn shops or other dealers.
I would be very interested to hear stories from others who have experienced these types of losses, and to hear what you did to try to recover your instrument. Under what circumstances was it stolen or lost? Were you able to get your instrument and/or case back? Was it recognized as stolen by a savvy dealer who called the police? Did an honest cab driver or bus driver return it to you?
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