15. December 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Stolen Instrument

A wayward wind instrument worth tens of thousands of dollars has been returned to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa after being found for sale on eBay.

A member of the NAC orchestra spotted the 1955 German-made Heckel contrabassoon on the online auction site and contacted police, said an Ottawa police news release Friday.

The instrument is worth between $60,000 and $100,000, and went missing between August and Oct. 17.

Police contacted the Montreal pawn shop that was selling the instrument, which was turned over to police.

Police said they believe the shop obtained the instrument from someone else, and no charges will be laid.

I love reading about found instruments. I’m trying to figure out, though, why the “went missing dates” are so spread … “between August and October 17″? Wow.

I read it here.

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