Saturday, August 8, 2015

AMES STRAD RECOVERED!

The Ames Strad has been recovered.  Who had it?  It's an interesting story, appropriately reported by Nina Totenberg at NPR.  She's the daughter of legendary soloist and teacher, Roman Totenberg, from whom the Ames was notoriously stolen decades ago:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/07/arts/music/roman-totenbergs-stolen-stradivarius-is-found-after-35-years.html?_r=1

http://www.npr.org/2015/08/06/427718240/a-rarity-reclaimed-stolen-

stradivarius-recovered-after-35-years

http://www.violinist.com/blog/laurie/20158/16968/


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A PATTERN TO STRADIVARI VIOLIN THEFTSMILWAUKIE SYMPHONY CONCERTMASTER ASSAULTED; LIPINSKI STRAD STOLEN!



THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE THEFT OF THE AMES BY PHIL JOHNSON MIRROR THOSE OF THE THEFT OF THE GIBSON/HUBERMAN (NOW JOSHUA BELL'S CONCERT  INSTRUMENT) DECADES PRIOR.

Is there a pattern here of obscure, sociopathic violinists lifting conveniently vulnerable Strads (and perhaps other valuable instruments)?


The Karpilowski/Benjamin, the Lamoureux/Zimbalist, the Ames, the Colossus, the Davidoff/Morini, the King 
Maximilian/Unico, Le Maurien -- these include some of the best working Strads, all taken from performers or, in one case, a dealer. All are still missing. These thefts, taken together, all appearing targeted and preplanned, bespeak a strong, extra-legal market for Strads. 

I predict that more than one of these fiddles can be found, if 

they are ever found, in the same place.   Anyone receiving 

the Lipinsky from these perps would be considered an 

accessory-after-the-fact to aggravated robbery, at least. That 

would distinguish this theft from the others, which were by 


burglary.





THE 1715 LIPINSKY STRADIVARI






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