Below is all the latest information we have received on instruments that have either been lost or stolen.
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2 stolen guitars – Stephen Garner – Milton Keynes
Serial number: 160115942
Model: 2016 Traditional T
Colour: Iced Tea Burst
Description: Gibson 2016 Traditional T Iced Tea Burst. Please note the very distinctive tiger stripe between the bridge and the stop bar.
Disappeared from home in June/July this year. The Thames Valley Police. Theft occ 43180237691
The other Guitar is an Epiphone EB-3 bass. (no pictures)
Serial Number:I 02112903
Description: Taiwanese model not the Chinese model, Gibson (not
Epiphone) truss rod cover, pick up selector switch 90 degrees clockwise out of position.
Same Thames Valley Police. Theft occ 43180237691
Contact: Stephen Garner, Milton Keynes: 07941272714
Stolen Instrument incidents at Headwind Music in Bristol
Headwind Music in Bristol sold a Selmer Model 22 alto sax in silver plate (serial number 1400) as a telephone sale which transpired to be from a stolen business debit card. It was signed for at the address the card was registered to.
They also had someone telephone the shop trying to sell them what sounded like a stolen Yamaha YAS82ZB Black alto sax, and when they inquired about the serial number, the caller hung up the phone,
A customer also informed Headwind Music of a stolen Black T991 Yanagisawa tenor sax with bare brass crook and Lawton mouthpiece – serial number not known.
Please contact Ben Plocki by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any information you might have.
Stolen Guitar – Preston – 17th September
Alembic Bass Guitar. Serial number; 98mj11403.
Its a cocoa butter colour with green LED lights. Crime ref number; sa1819870.
Please contact Debby on 07950120606 with any information.
Episode of Fraud at Sax.co.uk – Stolen Saxophone – 12 September 2018
We sent out a Yamaha YAS 62 to a ‘customer’ in Colchester last Friday (for next day delivery). Our basic fraud checks passed okay, and we noticed that the delivery was signed for at the given address. However, the perpetrator used the ploy of parking his Black BMW at the foot of the drive of the house, making out that he lived there – whilst giving the impression to the genuine person who lived at that address that he had broken down.
We received a call from the bank this morning confirming that this was fraud. The victim contacted us shortly afterwards explaining to us what he had seen at the end of his drive – at the time he assumed it was just a broken down motorist, but we have now jointly concluded that it was the criminal hiding out at the end of his drive.
Serial number of sax is E 80859.
Update 26th September 2018: Sax.co.uk sadly had a case of telephone mail order fraud and lost another Yamaha YAS 62 sax – Serial no. E81970
Stolen Instruments from Absolute Music, Bournemouth – 02 August 2018
Rickenbacker 360/12 In JetGlo (serial 1642744) stolen on the 2nd August along with a Roland Aira MX-1.
John Denton of Absolute Music has pictures of the suspected thief available on request, please email email@example.com
It is believed that other retailers in the area have had issues with the same person.
Absolute Music have also recently experienced a fraud attempt, whereby a customer does not put their card in to the card machine, but types in the 16 digits of another card instead.
Luckily, the sales assistant questioned the customers about it, so they made their excuses and left.
John also has pictures of the people that attempted this card fraud on request at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stolen Trevor James Cantabile flute – #207324
This instrument was stolen from Just Flutes in Croydon, and the thieves have tried to offload the flute at All Flutes Plus and Top Wind in London.
Jonathan Myall of Just Flutes has a name that the order was placed under, as well as an address if you’d like any further details
Just Flutes • Tel +44 (0)20 8662 8400 •email@example.com
Hexham workshop robbed – guitars stolen! – 10 June 2018
The workshop is in Hexham, Northumberland, so Newcastle, Sunderland, County Durham, Northumberland and Cumbria are the most likely places for the gear to be found.
Please take a look at this Blog post to see a list of all the Stolen Instruments, and keep an eye out: www.nkforsterguitars.com/blog/guitars-stolen/
Stolen PRS Guitar from GAK Brighton – 07 June 2018
- Crime Number: 47180083355
- Brand: PRS
- Model: Custom 24 Wood Library LTD
- Flame Maple Neck
- Quilt Maple Top
- “Copperhead” finish
- Serial #: 231904
- Manufactured: 2016
The thief will not have the case, hang tags, case candy etc as they are all still here.
More pictures of the guitar and CCTV pictures of the theft are available – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Stolen Guitar – Occurrence: 44180144395 – 19 April 2018
Stolen FENDER JAGUAR [SUNBURST YELLOW] MX12221488 Value:200.00
Helen Mills, Western Area Stolen Property Investigator
Southampton Central Police Station.
Ext 4741-152 | DDI 02380-533231|
Stolen Clarinets – Chesington area – 08 February 2018
Selmer Bass Clarinet (to low C) serial no. M0298
Yanagisawa 880 Alto Saxophone serial no. 156831
Noblet E Flat Clarinet serial no. 58185
Boosey & Hawkes E Flat Clarinet serial number 226699
Olivia Wild – Clarinet Department Manager at Howarth of London
Elise Jones – Stolen Trumpet 26 January 2018
I was given this email address by an employee at Wood, Wind & Reed in Cambridge, where I bought my son’s trumpet on 25th July 2013. Yesterday evening (Friday 26th Jan 2018) the trumpet was stolen in a break-in to my car. The details of the instrument are as follows:
Trumpet Bach Stradivarius ML37S, Serial no.644312. REV Leadpipe, S/P
We bought it second-hand in very good condition for £1500 (apparently new price now £3045).
Please will you add this to your register of lost and stolen instruments? It has great sentimental value, so we would dearly love to have it returned.
Contact: 07922 186506 or 01223 572534
Naomi Stolen Soprano Saxophone 13 December 2017
So sorry for the impersonal, mass email. And I hope you’re well.
I’m just trying to spread the word about my soprano saxophone that went missing on the Northern Line yesterday afternoon. I can’t yet seem to get a crime reference number out of BTP or City of London Police, so if you’re at all able to pass this on to any saxophonists, musicians, teachers that would be really helpful. And thank you so much.
Selmer mark VI soprano, gold lacquer, very good condition, high F sharp, engraved (only a bit),
Serial number: 248266
In a black, leather wiseman, cylindrical case. (With a sticker on the side, saying my name), blue velvet interior
Selmer C* mouthpiece inside, with reeds, and other paraphernalia
Thank you again so much again and best wishes,
Nelson Edward Sinclair-Strong Two Buffet Clarinets 28 November 2017
Contact me on 07591689652 and my email is email@example.com
I have lost my two buffet Clarinets after leaving them on the train towards reading from Paddington. Unfortunately they have not been found and I believe they may have been stolen. Please if you can send this to anyone I would really appreciate this.
Bb R13 clarinet serial no. 642736
A R13 Prestige clarinet serial no. F288114
Patrick Hayes Stolen Trombone 15th November 2017
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a professional musician and I am contacting you with regards to my trombone which was stolen on a train in Dorset between Branksome station and Weymouth on the 15th November. I was wondering if you might be able to help and add it to your stolen instruments list and notify anybody that may be helpful in tracking it down!
Just under two years ago I had another trombone (same case) stolen. Six weeks later I very luckily discovered it in a nearby Cash Converters online and I was able to get it back. Of course I’m distraught that this has happened again, especially in such a short space of time. However I am positive and strongly feel that it will turn up again due to all of it being very unique.
It is an antique (1927) Conn Elkhart 24H small bore trombone with a new Vincent Bach 7C mouthpiece and it came in a custom brown two tone leather “Glenn Cronkhite” case. Inside I had custom ACS moulded earplugs and some M6 Pro in ear monitor headphones. I’m only aware of one other professional trombonist in the UK that owns one of these cases and no one that plays one of these trombones! They don’t make these cases anymore and there obviously aren’t very many trombones of this age so I am hopeful when it does show up that it will stick out!
I recently shared all these details to social media and have been very fortunate that it has reached thousands of people and been shared nearly 1000 times by colleagues and people unknown to me. I have attached the link here:
Imogen Royce Flute stolen w/c 6th November 2017
Contact number 07975740087 and email address is email@example.com
I am writing to give details of my flute which was stolen last week on a train, the people who stole it got off in Leeds.
The flute is a Pearl 8800 cantabile model, serial number 26037.
It’s in a brown wooden case with green velvet on the inside.
WINDCORP GÖTEBORG (Gothenburg, Sweden) Stolen Instruments 31 October 2017
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or +47 708 660 305
The thieves used the same kind of action we have seen in several break-ins in wind instrument stores across Europe. They drove a car through our entrance and security bars, and took as many instruments (without cases) as possible during a few minutes.
Here is a list of what is missing with the serial numbers we could figure out. Please help spread this list to all your friends in the music business. If you have any information about these instruments.
Altsax Cannonball Key Artist Series #18045
Altsax Cannonball Big Bell Silver #179931
Sopransax Yanagisawa S-902
Sopransax Yanagisawa S-WO10 Elite
Sopraninosax Yanagisawa SN-981
Altsax Yanagisawa A-WO1 #00362643 or 00363372
Altsax Yanagisawa A-WO10 Elite #00362049
Tenorsax Yanagisawa T-WO1 Professional
Altsax Jupiter JAS-1100Q #VF06963
Altsax Jupiter JAS-1100Q #WF0005
Sopransax Jupiter JSS-1100Q #VF06555
Tenorsax Yamaha YTS-280 #M85781
Klarinett Nuvo Clarinéo Svart (standard kit)
BEG Altsax Yamaha YAS-480 #L66771
BEG Tenorsax Jupiter JTS-989 Matt Silv. #15325
BEG Tenorsax Selmer Mark VI #121778
BEG Tenorsax Selmer Mark VI -57 Silver #71453
BEG Sopransax Yanagisawa S-991 #347727
New and used clarinets:
Klarinett Jupiter JCL-1100S #VE52404
BEG Klarinett Yamaha YCL-CSGIIIH #01444
New and used brass instruments:
Valthorn Jupiter JHR-1100DQ skruvklocka #WC01556
Barytonhorn Jupiter JBR730S silver #WC08090
Valthorn Windplay WFH-800 Bb/F
BEG Althorn B&H Imperial Silver
Sam Blade Thwaites Fine Stringed Instruments 01923 232412 – 15 September 2017
A customer left a viola of ours on a train from Euston to Northampton late last night. It is by and labelled “Egidius Kloz in Mittenwald an der iser 1799” with some restoration. (we have pictures) It was in a Young dark blue oblong case with a Coda viola bow, two shoulder rests and some music in the pocket.
Catherine Hookway 07963 820730 email@example.com – 11 September 2017
My daughter’s clarinet was left on a bus in Harrow on Thursday and we presume someone stole it from the bus as it was reported quickly and the driver did not find it. Matt at Dawkes Music suggested emailing you and that you could pass the details to your members?
The details of the instrument are:
Yamaha YCL650 Bb clarinet, serial number 130014
I have registered it with the Met Police and TfL lost property. I have also attached a photo of the clarinet
Please see the Facebook link below relating to Howard who had his guitars stolen over the weekend: – 11 September 2017
Jess Gillam firstname.lastname@example.org – 23 August 2017
I am a 19 year old saxophonist from Ulverston in Cumbria and was recently in London for a meeting when my Soprano saxophone was stolen. I have posted it online and the response has been amazing – it has reached nearly 350000 people online and the Evening Standard and Daily Express have reported on it. The BBC Proms Extra made an appeal on BBC 2 Proms Extra (as I have just performed at the Proms) so although I am devastated that it has been lost, I am remaining hopeful! Somebody has suggested to me that I should contact you to alert you of the stolen instrument so I am just emailing with the details and location. If you do hear anything at all about it, I would really appreciate it and be extremely grateful if you were able to let me know please.
Yanagisawa Straight Soprano Model Number S901U
Serial Number 00307849 (Unlacquered model, in a log black case with 2 yellow reflective stickers on the outside)
14 August 2017
Stolen from flat in Salford (M3 postcode), police crime number is 197532Q/17 Tim Smith email@example.com – 31 July 2017
The guitars in particular are all quite unique (rare/modified/both) so should be easy to identify.
Items are listed below, we have pictures.
- Epiphone Les Paul, heavily modified. Birdseye maple top (looks like it has chicken pox), yellow/red cherry sunburst, notable features are top-locking Kluson tuners, locking TonePros bridge/tailpiece, open-coil Bare Knuckle humbuckers, scratchplate removed, a couple of large dings on the bottom edge on the back. Serial number will begin S95 (Samick, 1995)
- Fender USA Deluxe Stratocaster. Yellow/red cherry sunburst, maple neck and fingerboard, pearloid scratchplate, lots of light dings but nothing obvious. Serial number will begin DZ9. In a fitted Fender brand hard case.
- ESP LTD Ninja 600 Michael Amott signature model x2
- One in red, quilt maple top, open humbuckers, with a floyd rose. 24 frets, ninja star inlays. Large square Gator hard case with very obvious pink custom cut foam.
- One in black, quilt maple top, chrome covered pickups. In black flying vee-shaped hard case.
Both very rare and easy to spot, I haven’t seen either model for sale used anywhere in 5 years (only in production for 2008/9) and a very unique shape. Chances are if one comes up for sale anywhere, it’s mine.
- PRS SE Custom 24 7 string. Purple flame top. Recently changed the pickup rings to black (as opposed to stock cream) and put gold saddles on the bridge, so it will look different to a stock model. In red PRS SE gig bag. Please note the attached photo is from before I’d modified it (unfortunately).
- Ibanez EW20BGE electro-acoustic. Very distinctive burled bubinga wood finish. In brown shaped hard case. Nothing to identify it in particular other than it needed a clean – had had cider spilled on the top.
- ESP EX. This is a full ESP model, not an LTD. Black all over, with EMG pickups. In a large rectangular ESP-branded hard case.
- Victory V30 “the Countess” amp head. Lunchbox amp head in soft Victory-branded carry case. Please note it’s sharing the picture with the Epiphone, no especially distinguishing features to mark it out from others of the same model, but they’re a small manufacturer and there aren’t many of them around.
- Line 6 Pod HD500X floorboard pedal. In soft Gator case, with lots of leads.
DAWKES MUSIC LTD (Tel: 01628 630 800) Thames Valley Police Crime Ref #43170204724 – 12th July 2017
|Instrument Name/Model||Type||Serial Numbers|
|Aizen FUGA Pro - Tenor Sax||New||T000396|
|Aizen HIBIKI - Alto Sax||New||A1000494|
|Aizen HIBIKI - Tenor Sax||New||T1000493|
|Cannonball A5 BL - Alto Sax||New||178017|
|Cannonball A5-BL - Alto Saxophone (168060)||S/Hand||168060|
|Cannonball A5-R Black Ruby Alto Saxophone||New||180712|
|Cannonball AVR20-L Vintage Anniversary Model - Alto Sax||New||V179014|
|Cannonball GA5 B - Alto Sax||New||163209|
|Cannonball GA5 SB - Alto Sax||New||179415|
|Cannonball GT5 SB - Tenor Sax||New||179555|
|Cannonball SA5 BS Arc - Soprano Sax||New||170907|
|Cannonball SC5 L - Curved Soprano Sax||New||123831|
|Cannonball T5 BR Brute - Tenor Sax||New||178408|
|Cannonball T5 W White - Tenor Sax||New||165340|
|Cannonball Vintage Reborn SVR-L - Soprano Sax||New||V161233|
|Conn New Wonder Series I Tenor Sax (c.1917) (442XX)||S/Hand||442xx|
|Keilwerth SX90R Shadow - Alto Sax||New||128318|
|Keilwerth SX90R Vintage - Tenor Sax||New||128398|
|Pierret Artist Tenor sax (NSN)||S/Hand||NSN001|
|Selmer 26 - Alto Sax (12XXX)||S/Hand||12460|
|Selmer Reference 54L - Tenor Sax||New||N.789893|
|Selmer SA80 Series II Jubilee - Alto Sax||New||N.781830|
|Selmer SA80 Series II Jubilee - Tenor Sax||New||N.784721|
|Selmer Series III Jubilee - Soprano Sax||New||789417|
|Selmer Series III Jubilee - Tenor Sax||New||N.776672|
|Theo Wanne Mantra Platinum Lacquer - Tenor Sax (10047)||S/Hand||10047|
|Windcraft WAS-110 - Alto Sax||New||504872|
|Windcraft WTS-200 - Tenor Sax||New||PST080009|
|Wood Stone New Vintage AF Model - Tenor Sax||New||0488|
|Yamaha YAS-280 - Alto Sax||New||M71831|
|Yamaha YAS-480 - Alto Sax||New||M40534|
|Yamaha YAS-62 - Alto Sax||New||E55872|
|Yamaha YAS-82Z - Black Alto Sax||New||E46650|
|Yamaha YSS-82ZR - Soprano Sax||New||002868|
|Yamaha YTS-280 - Tenor Sax||New||M65644|
|Yamaha YTS-480 - Tenor Sax||New||M47927|
|Yamaha YTS-875EX02 - Tenor Sax||New||E54371|
|Yanagisawa AWO2 - Alto Sax||New||00359445|
|Yanagisawa AWO20 - Alto Sax||New||00360832|
|Yanagisawa TWO2 - Tenor Sax||New||00345290|
Fergus Davidson firstname.lastname@example.org – 12 June 2017
Crime ref no. 1700038917 crime desk no: 02070276523
I had my flute and piccolo stolen on Friday night from a bar near Kings Cross.
The details of the theft are as follows:
Flute: ‘Arista’ serial no. 518 with an Arista headjoint with gold lip plate serial no. 309
Piccolo: ‘Reiner’ serial no. 857 with a Fischer headjoint.
The police have interviewed me and are studying CCTV from the bar.
Stephen Sherriff 07527 735 487 crime number for this is 20BW/132415X/17 – 27 June 2017
I had my Keilworth ex90 series II tenor saxophone serial number 106151 stolen in the early hours of last Friday night. It was in Kings heath Birmingham on woodthorpe road.
The sax is in keilworth shaped case with red interior, serial number is clearly marked on the bottom of the horn. The crook has had a bad repair done in the past so the laquer is badly damaged at that point rest of the horn is in very good condition for it’s age. There is also a Vandoren V16 40’s gold metal mouthpiece in the case model SM823GL, this is in a beige velvet pouch. There is also a cebulla strap which has the wide adjuster fitting which is quite unusual. reeds are rico jazz select kept in a bubble wrap bag in the bell and some of them are marked with pen so I know which are good.
Hercules Saxophone Stand in it’s yellow bag
Apart from the sax there was also a radio mic: audio-technica system 10 with pro35cw microphone this was in a small flight case.
4x speaker stands
4x microphone stands
the stands were in 2 Gator stand bags
Adam Clifford Just Flutes Croydon 020 8662 8400 – 30 June 2017
Unfortunately we’ve been the latest victim of the gang targeting music shops. At around 3:30am this morning our shop was broken in to and a few (thankfully low-ish value) instruments stolen from our window. All were stolen as is without case, mouthpiece etc.
The stolen instruments are:
- JP045BS Alto Saxophone #045002008
- Yamaha YAS480 Alto Saxophone #M47014
- JP045R Alto Saxophone #04540232
- JP251SW Trumpet #25120087
- Last but not least, two Maholo MR1 Ukelele’s (one pink, one black)
I suspect these are already on the market on mainland Europe by now, but other shops ought to be on the lookout. We’re on a busy high street with metal grilles across our windows and bullet-proof glass (the previous owner of the building sold guns), and thought no-one would be brazen enough to do this, but it seems no shop is off limits.
Marie Chovil 07729481944 Crime Reference number is 45170065083 – 20 June 2017
The item missing is:
Buffet Bb Clarinet E13 wooden Serial number K145572
Mouthpiece Weinberg zenith custom M1 with Rovsner Dark Ligature.
Oliver Wild email@example.com 07535 650149 0151 51193934 – 1 June 2017
My flute ALTUS 1107 (#047360) was stolen from my flat in Birmingham end of May.
It has the following specifications:
– B footjoint
– offset G
– E mechanism
– Serial number 047360
Items taken from Dawsons Reading Store firstname.lastname@example.org 01925 622187 – 7 May 2017
DESCRIPTION Serial Numbers
Fender Std Strat MN Brown Sunburst
Squier Vint Mod 70’s Strat RW
Fender Amer Pro Strat RW 3TS
Gretsch G5439T Pro Jet SS
Fender Flea Bass MX16805184D
Farida CT36 EN STR
Farida CT32 RN OW
Farida CT32 RN OW
Gibson Firebird Studio TVS 170009339
Gibson Firebird Studio T PB 170010673
Epiphone G400 Pro Nickel
Yamaha THR5A (21) T248406PR
Yamaha YFL212D Flute (21) K08088
Yamaha YFL312 Flute (21) J71902
Yamaha YTR2330 Trumpet (21) Z62466
Yamaha YCR2300III Cornet 21) Z11296
Yamaha YCL255 Clarinet
Yamaha YCL255S Clarinet (21) L62322
Nord Electro SD SW61 EL11063
Chris Lovell The Accordion Shop – 23 April 2017
I’m sorry to have to say that we have had yet another break-in in overnight at 1.20am with the theft of another 8 accordions despite further security measures since last time!
Highly likely to be the same culprits as previous break-ins.
The accordions taken and if you can ask the community to be on the look-out for via the MIA are.
Bugari Evo Black Piano serial number either 16m0014 or 16m0015
Roland FR8X Black Piano serial number Z0D0104
Roland FR4X Black Piano serial number Z4H0207
Roland FR3X White Piano Z9G0169
It is also worth noting that the specialist Saxophone specialist SAX UKs Sussex branch have been hit 3 times in the last 4-6 weeks with over 200 sax’s taken, by a similar organised gang!
Mrs Philippa Nunn 0208 428 9439 or 07753985309 email@example.com– 25 April 2017
4/4 cello bow mid 20th Century, wood, in a hard black fabric covered single bow case (79cm x 6cm x 4.5 cm depth) which has 2 clips.
The bow – 2 immediately identifying points – the frog has an American rubber grip covering the whole of the frog and is just beginning to show signs of wear, the tip has a crack right across the white about where the hair enters. This is not lose neither does it affect the playing. The bow was re-haired about November 2015. The bow was lost in Northwood Middlesex on Saturday 22nd April 2017 at about 1700hrs. I have informed the police in Northwood, Harrow and Pinner.
It’s not just the value of the bow but also for sentimental reasons I’m offering a £100 reward for the recovery of the bow.
Sean Lakeman had two Martin guitars stolen from his vehicle on 23/4/2017 in Petersfield Hampshire – 25 April 2017
1952 Martin 0-15 All Mahogany acoustic guitar, with fisherman rare earth humbucker pickup and white Calton flight case. Guitar Serial number 121337
1983 Martin D28 Shenandoah acoustic guitar, with a Fishman Rare Earth humbucker pick up and black Hiscox Artist series flight case.
Photos can be found at this dropbox link :
FYI and for any other musician / music shop alerts. Any shares very appreciated.
Also stolen were…
Silver Miyazawa PA101 Flute in blue hard case
Bose L1 PA system base/stand unit in black soft Bose case
Black peli style case full of pedals, cables + x2 sure microphones (sm58beta + sm57beta)
Black X frame keyboard stand.
Small silver Behirnger Eurorack MXB1002mixing desk in a soft black carry case
Stagg Black hard guitar stand case. Fits up to 6 guitars.
Flute stand. Yellow and black.