A Muncie musician has been reunited with his rare Italian violin 24 years after it was stolen from his car.

I’m glad he has his instrument back. I’m sorry for the person who thought he was going to make a bundle selling what he didn’t know was a stolen instrument.


  • Never leave your instrument unattended in a car.
  • Never buy an instrument that seems to good to be true.
  • Never give up trying to locate the instrument (especially now, with the internet as such a handy tool).
  • Always choose oboe; they are, at least, less expensive than violins.

Okay. Never mind that last bit of advice.

But really, don’t leave a so easily transportable instrument in a car. It’s just asking for trouble.

I wonder if the instrument was insured, and if the owner would now have to return the insurance money if it was. (If my stolen English horn ever showed up I think I’d ignore it; it was not a good instrument!)

I read the news here.


  1. That’s an interesting question regarding the insurance. If you discovered the instrument on your own, you could choose to ignore it. If the instrument was publicly found (say, the police know about it), can you decline to claim the instrument? If it’s 24 years later, do you have to pay interest on the insurance payment? (That would seem to be pretty unfair, but who knows how the legal documents read.)

  2. It is a curious thing, isn’t it? I’ve never known how that works. I did hear someone who said that if he found his instrument he was going to keep it AND the one he bought with his insurance money. I found that a bit troubling, but I’m one of those silly rule people. I know some think I’m nuts about that. Oh well.

    I’m sort of joking about my English horn. I suppose if it really was found I’d just give the insurance company the $$ back … but I can’t imagine an instrument of that level (it was rotten) ever showing up after 33 years. It’s probably been turned into a lamp by now. 😉

  3. And yeah, “sort of joking” is a sort of goofy thing to write, eh?