Distinctive viola stolen and changed with a less expensive instrument in New York | Information

    Distinctive viola stolen and changed with a less expensive instrument in New York | Information

    Distinctive viola stolen and changed with a less expensive instrument in New York | Information

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    A one-of-a-kind viola has been stolen and changed with a less expensive instrument en path to its potential new proprietor.  

    The 1990 Varagnola mannequin, made by California-based luthier Geoffrey Maingart, was despatched on 20 Might from Los Angeles to Maingart’s colleague in New York, who was going to point out it to a possible new proprietor. It was delivered to an deal with on W 143rd Road by a driver from the USA Postal Service (USPS) on 24 Might. Nevertheless, as a result of the bundle arrived two days late, the meant recipient had gone out of city the evening earlier than and the boxed instrument was left within the constructing’s mailroom for them to gather. 

    When the recipient returned every week afterward 31 Might they found that the bundle had been tampered with and that the viola had, extremely, been changed with one other, cheaper instrument.

    Each the New York Police Division and the USPS are investigating and consider the theft occurred after the viola was delivered to the constructing’s mailroom, and that it was taken by somebody who knew of the recipient’s absence. Each the police and the postal service have acknowledged that USPS is unlikely to have been concerned within the theft because the bundle was unmarked and the contents unknown.

    On his web site, strumenti.us, Maingart describes the instrument, which he made in Antwerp, Belgium, as his solely viola, ‘made from a good looking piece of hundred-year-old Bosnian maple and Italian spruce’ and modelled after ‘an unique H. Varagnola 42.5cm viola’ which he copied and offered to the principal violist of the LA Philharmonic on the time.

    Anybody who has details about the whereabouts of the viola is urged to contact the NYPD or Geoffrey Maingart, both by telephone on +1 (320) 985 5929 or e-mail at [email protected].

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