1709 violin left on a train now happily reunited with its owner
The loss of this violin on October 22, 2019 apparently was not reported on this forum, but now here is the good news:
Good news, I was surprised it was not reported here.
Here is a video of the owner being interviewed on BBC TV, and playing
There was a similar thing in Boston when Malcolm Lowe was auditioning for the concertmaster slot. He brought a Gagliano with him that somehow disappeared. It was returned, and in gratitude he played some Kreisler for the cops at the station.
How does this happen? I traveled with my violin and it was always in line if sight.
Fatigue can make anyone forget anything. Professional musicians often have grueling rehearsal and travel schedules and irregular hours.
Everyone makes mistakes. When May-June rolls around, you read about people leaving their kids in the back seat of their cars on hot days and the children die. That's worse than leaving your stupid violin on a train, believe me. First you lose your children then you go to prison.
It's good to see and hear a David Tecchler violin being played solo on a TV news programme. More about David Tecchler violins and cellos on Wikipedia and the Tarisio website.
If someone left a violin behind and someone else finds it and picks it up, is it theft? If I saw someone leaving something valuable behind I would certainty pick it up and report it in the hope that the owner would care enough to look for it and I sure hope that the owner of that instrument would not immediately label me as a thief for being caring. I can understand why the individual who picked up the instrument was a little apprehensive in returning it.
Safest procedure to obviate an accusation of theft would be to immediately draw a rail official's attention to apparently abandoned luggage. In a more general situation contact the police.