Below is all the latest information we have received on instruments that have either been lost or stolen.
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John Packer Ltd. Warehouse burglary – Saturday 7th/ Sunday 8th June
Here is a message from MIA Member John Packer Ltd. –
Staff going into work today made the upsetting discovery that we’d been burgled at the weekend, with a significant number of instruments taken.
The theft took place some time between 5pm Friday and 9am on Monday morning. Thieves broke in through the fabric of the building and parts of the warehouse were ransacked. Most instruments were taken without cases and only woodwind instruments were targeted.
Police have been informed about the theft and serial numbers have been passed on. We are listing the instruments and their serial numbers below.
While we are obviously very saddened by this event, it will not prevent us from reopening next Monday June 15th. (See our website for details).
We thank all our customers for their continued support.
- Client Sale Yamaha YTS275 Tenor Sax
- Conn-Selmer Premiere PAS380 Eb Alto Saxophone 90812588
- JP044 MkII Baritone Saxophone Eb Lacquer Ex Demo A 04400306
- JP144 Cadence Baritone Saxophone Eb in Lacquer B167823
- JP144 Cadence Baritone Saxophone B16777
- JP144 Cadence Baritone Saxophone B16783
- JP144 Cadence Baritone Saxophone B16779
- JP144 Cadence Baritone Saxophone B16778
- Jupiter JAS500Q Alto Saxophone Eb Gold Lacquer YF50226
- Schreiber WS5010-2-0GB S10 Bassoon Silver Plated Keys
- Selmer Seles Axos Alto Saxophone A06020
- Selmer Super 80 Series II GG Alto Saxophone Eb Gold Lacquer 816594
- Selmer Super 80 Series II GG Tenor Saxophone Bb Gold Lacquer 814018
- Trevor James Alphasax Eb 371A Gold Lacquer
- Trevor James SR Evo (Upgrade Case) Eb Alto Sax Lacquer 100352
- Uebel ‘Emperior’ Bb Bass Clarinet To Low C 191788
- Yamaha YAS-280 Alto Saxophone Eb Gold Lacquer
- Yamaha YAS-280S Alto Saxophone Eb Silver Plated N81498
- Yamaha YAS-480 Alto Saxophone Eb Gold Lacquer Q08339
- Yamaha YAS-480 Alto Saxophone Eb Gold Lacquer Q02003
- Yamaha YAS-480 Alto Saxophone Eb Gold Lacquer N96378
- Yamaha YAS-480 Alto Saxophone Eb Gold Lacquer N97887
- Yamaha YAS-6204 Alto Saxophone Eb Gold Lacquer F11776
- Yamaha YAS-6204 Alto Saxophone Eb Gold Lacquer F16000
- Yamaha YAS-875EX04 Alto Saxophone Eb Custom E97952
- Yamaha YFL-212 UKID Flute
- Yamaha YSS-475II Bb Soprano Saxophone 42737
- Yamaha YTS-280 Tenor Saxophone Bb Gold Lacquer N70896
- Yamaha YTS-280 Tenor Saxophone Bb Gold Lacquer N70305
- Yamaha YTS-280 Tenor Saxophone Bb Gold Lacquer N68664
- Yamaha YTS-480 Tenor Saxophone Bb Gold Lacquer N76244
- Yamaha YTS-6202 Tenor Saxophone Bb Gold Lacquer F13219
- Yamaha YTS-82Z02 Bb Tenor Saxophone Gold Lacquer Z14812
- Yanagisawa AWO2 Alto Saxophone Eb Bronze 00384611
Stolen Instruments – from a flat in Earl’s Court, London – Sunday 5th April
Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Drake SOSJT7
Selmer Super Action 80 Series 2 Baritone Saxophone S/N N558096
Otto Link Baritone Mouthpiece Super Tone Master 7
Selmer Bass Clarinet S/N A3167
Bass Clarinet Mouthpiece Lear/L170
(BAM Low C Bass Clarinet Trekking Case, Black 3026SN)
Pensa Mk-1 model Guitar stolen from guitarguitar Camden
The guitar is a one-off Pensa Mk-1 model, with the serial number 0813. It was taken from the guitarguitar Camden store between 19th and 26th February.
Here is a link to the guitar on guitarguitar’s site: www.guitarguitar.co.uk/product/191028350361003–pensa-guitars-mk-1-classic-plus-teaburst-knopfler-spec-0813
The crime number from the Police is 2308179/20
It’s a very distinctive guitar! Please take a look at the picture below and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any information you may have
TMC Music Shop, Crawley – Stolen Speakers – 14 February
I would like to make everyone aware we have had a lot of equipment stolen from us. If anyone comes across any of these items would you mind getting in touch and also gain as much information from the seller as possible.
2x QCS HPR181 Bass Bins
2x QSC Ksub bass bins
2x QSC K10 speakers
2x QSC K12 Speakers
1x Allen and Heath ZED 420 mixer in flight case 1x Shure SM58 Beta Wireless Microphone 2x Shure SM58 Wireless Microphones 1x AKG Wireless Microphone
Lots of RED XLR-XLR leads, Hercules Microphone stands, satellite poles.
Crime Reference No. SXP20200215-0513
If anyone gets any information please could you contact me on the number below.
2 Clarinets Stolen – 1 February, Earls Court area – caught on CCTV.
Please take a look at this PDF and familiarise yourself with these instruments:
All details including crime numbers, and who to contact can be found at the link above
Violin Stolen from Birmingham home – 4th January 2020
My violin was stolen on 4th of January 2020 from my house in Harborne, Birmingham.
The violin was made by the Italian luthier Luigi Varola, it is has a light brown, very close to orange, colour.
Inside the violin there the inscription: “Luigi Varola faciebat Bergamo-Anno 20…” followed by the luthier signature. I don’t remember exactly the year. which should be around 2011, the attached picture shows the example taken from another violin of the same luthier.
The violin was contained in a Bam case, model: “HIGHTECH OBLONG VIOLIN CASE WITH POCKET”, color: “Tweed look”.
Together with the violin, inside the case, there were 2 bows:
a wooden bow with a turtle decoration on the frog and a black carbon bow.
please contact me if you come across this violin.
My mobile number is 07719908144
My email address is email@example.com
Bassoon stolen from North London home – 30th December.
My bassoon was stolen from my home in North London on 30th December. Marked Mueller (although actually a different model), it has a distinctive base with a hole and screw for a spike. It is in a dark red Will and Tom bag and the serial number is 78812. An attempt was made to sell it to Howarths and it may now become available online.
Please contact Lindsey Glen with any information – firstname.lastname@example.org
FRENCH HORN STOLEN – Manchester – 16th December
Someone has broken into my house in Manchester during the night of the 16th Dec and taken my horn. Please share and keep your eyes open and give me any information you can. See picture below. Yellow brass Alexander Mainz 103 serial number 5253. Black Marcus Bonna Case.
If you have any info please let me know!
Nicole Linning – PHONE: 07500468957
CRIME NO: 0628171219
STOLEN – Two bassoons: – 21st November 2019
Fox model 601 serial number: 25482 and a black plastic Fox bassoon were stolen on 21st November from my house in London.
The Fox 601 is tiger striped, and is in an unusual small rectangle case. It is set up with a knee support and has an unusual front F#.
The black plastic Fox is easily identifiable by the large scratched ‘Kilburn School’ on the tenor joint. It is in a rucksack gig bag with a seat strap. Contact the police with crime reference 243 1159/19
Fender Stratocaster stolen in Nottingham, Wednesday 20th November
My house was broken into this week and my white fender Stratocaster was stolen.
Crime Number: 000436-20112019
Serial No is s/no US14082251
Please contact: Tom Brogan Tel: 07984 108379
Clarinet stolen from Leon, Notting Hill Gate, Sunday 17th November 6-7pm
Here are the details:
Buffet Crampon Vintage B flat clarinet (Serial number: 630829)
Buffet Crampon Vintage A clarinet
(Serial number: 616356)
Both stored in a Howarth of London Double case (black backpack)
Pictures of the double case and a model identical to my clarinets (the stolen one looks more used):
Please contact Matt Glendening on 07530381778 with any information you may have
Lost Viola! Here is a description from the owner: – 2nd November 2019
I lost my viola on 2nd November, in the evening after a concert.
It’s in a burgundy wooden case, has a car number plate style on it says joyce and a sticker says save the tiger. Inside the case is my viola which is dark in colour, 15’5 , has 2 dates written inside, one says 1752( I think) and the other one says 1827(ish).
It has 2 bows in it. One black bow and one wooden colour bow. It has a tube string holder in it as well with a set of strings already in.
It also has a green Pirastro rosin, shoulder rest, (kun style but with wooden and rubber bit is old and falling apart)
The viola has got a navy blue teddy towel wrap around it and a navy blue cloth for cleaning and the usual burgundy cover that came with the case.
I have two pictures inside, one is me when I was 6 holding a ball, leaning my head on it, the other one is me in my Taiwanese orchestra, a concert photo standing in front of a huge organ before I moved here.
Please contact email@example.com with any information you may have
Theft via Credit Card Fraud – LA Guitar Sales, California
On December 12, 2018 we sold and shipped a Composite Acoustics GX Serial number: 003BIF0614139 to Mr Mok in England and on February 7th, 2019 Mok charged back the payment but is refusing to return the guitar.
If you have any information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Two basses stolen from a tour van in Doncaster – 19 September
Please keep a look out for the following:
Overwater 5 string jazz bass.
Red with tortoise shell red scratchplate which is very distinctive as I cut it (very badly) myself.
Maple neck, ebony board with block inlays.
Wood & Tronics 6 string fretless zoid
Very unusual body shape!!
Natural finish maple body with wenge centre.
Ash neck, lined ebony board.
With any information, please contact: Luke Capon – email@example.com
Fender Guitar Stolen from Absolute Music Bournemouth -15 September 2019
Unfortunately we have had a Fender Custom Shop Ltd Ed. 63 Telecaster, Super Heavy Relic, Aged Olympic White with serial number CZ541417 stolen yesterday from our store.
Our Crime Reference is 55190146119
Please contact John Denton on 01202 597194 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any information.
Stolen Puchner model 23 bassoon serial number 6577 in a black hardshell BAM case – 21st August, Bradford/Chester
The British Transport Police crime reference number is 1900076472.
It went missing on a train from Manchester to Chester on Wednesday 21st August in the morning. It was the 8.05 train from Bradford to Chester.
Please contact Stephanie Knight via email email@example.com with any information you may have.
Professional instruments stolen on Thameslink service between St Mary Cray and Sevenoaks on 22/8/19:
– Black GEWA ‘maestro’ case with green lining.
– German Mittenwald 7/8 violin, unknown maker (est. 1840-60) with distinctive lion’s head scroll, small spot on the back of scroll.
– Fine French silver mounted Louis Bazin bow (name stamp faint therefore protected by leather patch). 65g,white/blue pearl slide, small repaired crack in frog, spot side & close to the hair. Small scratch on the end of the screw.
– Brazillian spare bow.
Crime Occurence Number (British Transport Police): 1900072533
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org and mobile number 07581623334
Hintlesham- piano stolen in burglary – 15th August 2019
Stolen Equipment from a lockup – Hatfield on 02/08/2019
– 4 x 1960s Marshall cabs (4×12 cabs. 2 flat grille, 2 angled) in individual flight cases
– Boss pedals: Digital Delay, super chorus ensemble, TU-2 and others
– Dunlop crybaby Wah
– Marshall pedals: Bluesbreaker and others
– Flight case full of leads, patch leads and Boss PSUs
Contact: Roy Blaby Tel. no: 07475 421787
Stolen Equipment – King’s Cross Station, London. Wednesday 31st July
My name is Ryan Smith, FOH engineer for the tenor trio GENTRI out of the U.S. The group is currently on a small tour of Europe and unfortunately had about $25k worth of equipment stolen the other night.
I am writing with some info about the gear and the hopes that you and your staff can keep an eye open for anyone trying to sell it or get market prices from your store.
The theft happened at King’s Cross Station this past Wednesday night, July 31st, between 8:09 and 8:24pm. Local authorities have been contacted.
List of Equipment:
4 – Shure Axient Digital Wireless Handheld microphones with KSM8 capsules
6 – PSM10R+ Wireless IEM belt packs in a small SKB injection molded case
1 – DPA 4099 Piano Microphone kit
5 – DPA 4099 String microphones
1 – Allen & Heath IP8 dLive Controller
2 – Sennheiser MKE 600 shotgun microphones
1 – Lectrosonics paddle antenna
Various other cables and peripherals.
All equipment was stored in a large SKB injection molded case.
We are aware the odds of getting this equipment back are very slim, but we want to spread the awareness around and perhaps something may come of it.
If you notice anything, you can email me at email@example.com or our Production Manager, Doug Olsen, who is currently traveling with them, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call him at +1-801-647-1122
Thanks and have a great day!
GENTRI FOH Engineer
Stolen Oboe – Ilford – 20/7/2019
It is a Howarth S20 Oboe, J951. My insurance also gave me the number 13372606 but I don’t think that’s printed on the oboe anywhere, but J951 is.
Crime reference number is 4415158/19.
I can be contacted either at email@example.com or on 07806 818289
Stolen Drum Kit in the News – Liverpool 20/7/2019
A musician set for a summer of festivals was left devastated after thieves stole the drum kit he spent 25 years playing.
Click link below for details.
Stolen Oboe – Bath – 17/07/2019
My Howarth LXV oboe (serial number 8102) was stolen on July 17th in Bath. It was made only last year.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 07970 788091 with any information that you might have.
Missing Bass Bows – Pontypridd – 18/07/2019
Bow 1 – brasil wood, dark brown, shorter bow. Not much value.
Bow 2 – Pernambuco long thin stick, stamped A.Carvahlo Brasil, chip missing in the ivory tip, no rubber finger rest, steel wrapping is slightly stained pink.
In a black double bow box, zipped, one of the inside clips is broken.
Please email email@example.com with any information that you might have
2 x guitars and an amp stolen – OAKHAM, Rutland – 5/07/19
Another sad story of someone having their car broken into and their pride and joy stolen.
King Super 20 tenor saxophone stolen – in London. 29/6/19
I had my beloved horn stolen at a bus stop Saturday night at 2.am after a long hot night of gigging… I have had it for 20 years and its customised to my liking. Inside the case was a custom ebonite Berg Larson very open mouthpiece 11*. one of those KMG stands that goes down the bell.
Here are the details
Serial 352175 circa 1955. king super 20 tenor in a black canvas case with shoulder straps.
5 lee oskar blues harps
1 set whits j JBL headphones,
1 KMG stand.
I have taken the bottom e flat and c guards off the horn and the guard that protects the lower inside mechanism.
Stolen Cornet – 11/06/19 in Birmingham
The cornet is a Yamaha YCR-8335G Neo
The serial Number is C98250
Crime Number- 20BW/137876H/19
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any information!
Stolen Clarinets from the Harp Pub in London on 5th June, shortly before 10pm
The details are:
Name: Chris Hatton
Mobile: 07871 536 815
Stolen Clarinets: Buffet Tosca (pair) Bb s/n 594881 A s/n 587227
Please contact Chris with any information you may have!
On the morning of Sunday 26th May, I discovered that my Trombone had been stolen from the boot of my car in London N10 area
I would be very grateful if you could keep a look out for anybody attempting to sell it second hand. All the details are below. I have reported this as a crime to the police. I am a professional trombonist and so it is incredibly important to me to try and recover my instrument.
Conn 88h Trombone – serial no: 277467
Closed wrap Bb/F Trombone. It is a few years old and looks relatively new asides from a repaired dent on the bell. There is a leather hand guard on the slide section.
Glenn Cronkhite Travel Trombone case (soft case with separate slide and bell section)
Yamaha Silent Brass Mute – SB5X (mute only)
Denis Wick 4AL mouthpiece in leather pouch and various oils, pencils and cloths.
My email address is email@example.com and phone number is 07778599313 if you do have any information or suggestions.
Stolen Flute – on arrival at Vauxhall (approx 8.10pm Wednesday 15th May) on a South Western train from Putney.
Serial no. 3335
Crime ref. 1900041016
Stolen Pedal Board from the Manchester area
Please contact Andrew Norton with any information on 07887361158
PMT Manchester have a regular customer who’s had a large amount of gear stolen from his van. – 0161 877 6262
Fender Jaguar American Standard Bass in Candy Red inc a Mono bass case.
Taylor 310e with a custom bung and LR Baggs pick up installed, also in a Mono case.
2 X QSC K10.2 Speakers inc QSC tote bags.
QSC touch mix 16 desk in a QSC case.
Egnator Rebel 30 Guitar Combo
Pedal train nano+ with boss tuner, Ibanez tube screamer, DMBL overdrive, MXR phaser, HOF reverb.
Chauvet slim par X 4 in a Chauvet case.
Chauvet Slim par pro W in a Chauvet case.
Db Technologies FM10 Monitor
Neumann KMS 104 MT mic
3 SM 38s, a Beta 52 and a sennheiser e604
Shure PSM300 Wireless system.
I’d like to report a lost instrument, left on a train to Sutton on 07/03/2019.
Just in case anyone hands it in or tries to trade it. Please see below and I’d be very grateful if you would get in touch should it come your way.
What was lost: Buffet bass clarinet
Further information: Large black hard shell rectangular case with gaffer tape around edges and red handle (tennis grip coming loose). Contains a Buffet bass clarinet with large silver bell. Serial number 22301. Plus accessories in inner compartment: Two x mouthpieces Buffet B40 and Selmer, cleaning cloth and reeds, neck strap.
Chapman ML2 in Dusk stolen from a car at the Park Inn Radisson Northampton – 7th Feb 2019
It was a present and the owner had only had it two weeks, he is devastated by the loss.
Serial Number is MWI18100214. The Crime Incident number is 19000065712.
Please contact Sarah Ainsworth Sarah.Ainsworth@gatewayqualifications.org.uk with any information you may have.
Stolen Trombone in the Crowthorne area
Stolen from the owners car – it is a Bach TB300 Tenor Trombone #G4967
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any information you may have
Stolen Saxophone from near Shoreditch High Street Station at 6:40pm on Sunday 20th January
Please contact Christo Squire via email at email@example.com with any information you might have. Here are the details:
Yanagisawa T901 Tenor Saxophone Brass Lacquered in a Hiscox Black Hard Case
Selmer Soloist C* Mouthpiece and various other sax paraphernailia inside.
Serial Number: 00257693
Crime Reference Number: 4601817-19
Break in at Absolute Music, Bournemouth – Friday 4th January @ 1:37am
Please see the below list of guitar pedals that were stolen:
If you could keep your ears open and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any information you may have
Stolen Gear – Birmingham 19th December
On Wednesday 19th December 2018 at around 11.30am I had my work van stolen from Lodge Hill Cemetery in Birmingham.
In the back was my Vincent Bach Stradivarius 42B Trombone. It’s in a wooden, cloth clad Stradivarius Case (Bach embroidered(?) on outside).
Serial Number: 345647
In the case there were numerous Salvation Army Carol Books (and Tune Books), a bell lyre and a Dennis Wick Mouthpiece.
The crime reference number is 20BW/295497N/18.
My best email for contact is email@example.com
Yamaha U3 Piano scammed from Sheargold Pianos Ltd – 29th September 2018
We have been scammed with a credit card fraud on a new Yamaha U3 in black Polyester serial number 6462059.
It was delivered to Flat in Newark on 29/09/18 by G & R.
It may have been sold on or moved from there at some time?
Contact 01932 866577 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trumpet has been stolen from the Albert Hall in Nottingham – 4th December 2018
The trumpet is Yamaha YATR 2335, Serial number 649421
It was in a hard black case with a brown lining.
The crime number is 491-04122018
Contact details : Eloise Oates-Lidar – Mobile: 078 511 13076 or email: email@example.com
or Sue Oates-Lidar – Mobile: 07505882167, Tel: 01332 489667 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guitar Stolen from Andertons Guildford – 28th November 2018 @ 13:01
Model: Taylor 914ce
Serial number: 887766084716
Crime reference number: 45180126825
Please contact Ian Roberts, Operations Manager at Andertons Music Co. via email email@example.com or phone 01483 456711
CCTV images also available on request
Stolen Guitars – London – 28th November 2018
98 Sadowsky S-Type in Lake Placid Blue. White pearloid pickguard, Sperzel locking tuners, morado / pau ferro fingerboard. Serial 2727.
Godin Multiac Nylon SA. This one has a K&K Pure Western pickup and is therefore unique as it has a jack socket on the end of the guitar in addition to the usual RMC pickups.
Dingwall Super J5 -The key distinguishing features are the fanned frets, the brown pearloid pickguard, white pearloid block inlays on the fingerboard, a Sadowskypreamp, Luminlay side dots and a plexiglass ramp between the pickups. There is a Hipshot D-Tuner on the low B string with a double-stop lever, and the back of the headstock has been signed by Sheldon Dingwall of Dingwall Guitars.
Please contact Johann Ting with any information you may have
Pianos stolen from Markson Pianos North London Warehouse – 23 November 2018
Some time on Friday, between 11am and 5pm we had a break in at our facility in Whetstone
6 Upright PIanos were stolen. They were:
John Broadwood Number 263484 Mahogany Satin
Kawai Model CE7 Number 1691042 Black Polyester
Kingsburg Model 108 Number 38541 Mahogany Polyester
Welmar Model A2 Number 75043 Mahogany Satin
Welmar Model A41 Number 80123 Mahogany Satin
Zender Model President Number 48143 White Polyester
As you can see, this is not a list of desirable pianos. Most, if not all, require a fair amount of work.
Call 020 7935 8682 if you have any information
The Quireboys have had a large number of musical equipment and personal possessions stolen from their lock up in Tavistock St, Bedford. The theft is believed to have taken place on Sunday 11th November.
Vintage Cherry Red semi acoustic guitar
Vintage White V6 electric guitar
Alvarez acoustic guitar
Boss Tuner pedal
Boss Digital Delay pedal
Boss Graphic EQ pedal
Suitcase containing tour clothing
Also taken were a pair of BluGuitar AMP1 amplifiers, although these have been found, discarded in a nearby carpark.
Please email Paul Guerin at firstname.lastname@example.org with any information you may have
Sussex Police are currently investigating a burglary in which a guitar teacher had the following guitars stolen from the Chichester area:
- Baroque Guitar £3000-£4000
- Picado Classical Guitar £3000
- Ramirez Classical Guitar £3000
- Ibanez ST300 electric Guitar (1979) £700
- Freshman archtop Guitar with a Bigsby tremolo $400
- Paco Castillo electro-acoustic Guitar £500
- Fender Squire Bass Guitar £250
- Acoustics Bass Guitar (Spruce top) £200
- Ukulele (spruce top) £100
- Rolland AC33 amp £300
- Charanga Guitar
- African 3 string Guitar
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 •firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org – 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 email@example.com – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org – 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 email@example.com – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org– 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.