Stolen Stradivarius

Photo CBS 58 - Chris Patterson
Photo CBS 58 - Chris Patterson
Saw a report on the news about a local violinist who has been using a "priceless" Strad (think millions most likely - it does have a price) that was loaned to him by the owner.  Apparently last night after a concert at Wisconsin Lutheran College it was stolen by two guys who jumped out of a van, tasered the violinist, grabbed it and took off.  The case and the violinist's iPad were recovered near Washington Park.

The first question that came to my mind was "What the heck is he doing taking this violin around and playing it at venues like this one"?  The report on Channel 12 compared it to a "Picasso".  Well, people don't ordinarily take Picassos to school art exhibits and, if they do, they properly transport and guard them.  They don't have one person carry them from the exhibit to their car.  It certainly doesn't make sense to have the violin transported in this fashion when the Symphony, of which this person is a member, has been promoting both him using the instrument and a recording he made using it.

I'm not an expert but I do know a bit about vintage musical instruments and I know guys who play ones that are probably worth about a 10th of what this one is worth and they wouldn't think of taking them to venues such as this one, much less walking across a parking lot on their own, at night carrying them.  The real value in these instruments, basically, is in how they record - not how they perform in concert.  

Either there's a whole lot of boneheaded irresponsibility going on here...or....
Lyle Ruble February 09, 2014 at 07:31 PM
The Pale Rider...... :- )
Bob McBride February 15, 2014 at 01:30 PM
I realize this incident is pretty much old news at this point, but it still continues to give off a very fishy aroma. I wasn't aware, until my wife read this article in the dead tree version of the paper, that we had diverted the efforts of 40 (yes, 40) detectives from our homicide division for 10 days in order to crack this caper. ::::::: http://www.jsonline.com/news/crime/police-tapped-homicide-detectives-to-find-stradivarius-b99203640z1-245090531.html ::: For all those Milwaukee residents who think the outlying areas don't understand, don't care to address and are unwilling to devote the resources to Milwaukee's urban crime issues, you may wish to question why your own mayor and police chief decided to essentially step away from any ongoing investigations and allow them to grow colder by 10 days in order to address this very, VERY first world problem. Who's pulling the strings on this one (pun intended)?
® Cody Walker February 17, 2014 at 02:35 PM
Only in Tom Barrett's Milwaukee, urban crime is too hard to solve, best to try and look like a hero in the international news.


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